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November 2017

Parents Time Out – Felt Make and Take

November 30, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, 800 E. Broadway
Vancouver, BC Canada
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Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House presents Parents Time Out - Felt Make and Take: Pete the Cat Create your own felt-story version of this classic children's favorite, and discover fun ways to support your child's literacy at home. Patterns and materials included. Childcare available. When: Thursday, November 30 from 6:00 - 7:30 PM Where: Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, 800 E. Broadway, Vancouver BC Free! Registration required. To register contact or call 604-879-8208

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December 2017

Citizenship Test Preparation

December 1, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Welcome Centre – ISSofBC, 2610 Victoria Drive
Vancouver , BC Canada
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Join ISSofBC for a free workshop.This is in preparation for your Canadian citizenship test and will provide tips to get you closer to the citizenship ceremony. When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM November 27, 2017 - Monday November 29, 2017 - Wednesday December 1, 2017 - Friday  Where: ISSofBC Welcome Centre #201 - 2610 Victoria Drive Vancouver, BC V5N 4L2 For more information, please contact: Dawran Mukamil 604-684-7498 Ext. 1672 Free bus tickets for eligible clients.  

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Holly Bazaar

December 9, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
South Granville Seniors Centre, 1420 W 12th Avenue
Vancouver, BC Canada
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South Granville Seniors Centre presents: Holly Bazaar. When: Saturday, December 9 at 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Details: Free Admission! Auction | Books | Jewelry | Vintage Antiques | Household Goods | Artwork | Fresh Baking | Hand-knitted items | $7 Soup & Sandwich Lunch served from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Where: 1420 W. 12th Avenue (12th and Hemlock) For more information, call 604-732-0812

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Writing a Business Plan for Permanent Residents

December 13, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Vancouver Public Library presents Writing a Business Plan for Permanent Residents Are you a new Canadian interested in starting a small business? This program will help you better understand how to write your business plan. Space is limited, registration is required.  Offered through VPL's Skilled Immigrant InfoCentre in partnership with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. Event details: Suitable for: Adults Language: English When: Thursday, January 11, 2018 from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Where: Central Branch, Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver,…

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Christmas Potluck Dinner

December 15, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Richmond Multicultural Community Services, 220 - 4351 No. 3 Road
Richmond, BC Canada
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RMCS invites you to their Christmas Potluck Dinner!

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Creating a Resumé Infographic with Illustrator for Permanent Residents

December 19, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Vancouver Public Library, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 6B1 Canada
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Vancouver Public Library presents: Creating a Resumé Infographic with Illustrator for Permanent Residents Discover how infographics can help you market yourself to employers. Learn the steps of using Adobe Illustrator to create a visually interesting infographic to enhance your resume or any other document. An infographic is an image such as a chart or diagram that presents information or data in a pleasing manner. Please have your permanent resident number available when registering. This class is for learners who are comfortable…

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Tips for Successful Interviews

December 20, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
ISSofBC New Westminster, 280 - 610 Sixth STreet
New Westminster, BC V3L 3C2 Canada
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ISSofBC presents the Tips for Successful Interviews workshop The ability to handle yourself well at an interview is a skill you can learn. Join ISSofBC's workshop and learn tips on the following: Interview preparation and readiness Answering common interview questions Responding to behavioural and situational questions Closing the interview and creating a lasting good impression Professional follow-up Event details: When: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 from 1:00 PM- 4:00 PM Where: ISSofBC New Westminster, 280 - 610 Sixth Street, New Westminster…

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Free Parent Education Support Program

December 23, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Safeway Extra – Community Room, 580 Clarke Road
Coquitlam, BC Canada
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Join the Muslim Foodbank Community Service's program to strengthen your confidence and ability to positively influence the lives of your children and to provide nurturing based on Islamic values and principles. Program will start on Saturday, January 6 from 3:00 - 5:00 PM Children aged 7-12 years are invited to attend with their parents to most sessions. For more information, contact Ruba Kanawati at 604-366-8070 or Orientation Session: Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 3:00 PM Where: Safeway Extra (Community…

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January 2018

Resumes and the Hidden Job Market

January 8 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
ISSofBC Coquitlam, Cottonwood, 201 - 504 Cottonwood Avenue
Coquitlam, BC Canada
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ISSofBC presents Resumes and the Hidden Job Market. A free webinar to learn about: Canadian resume styles and how to target your resume How to introduce yourself and present your skills Accessing more opportunities through the hidden job market When: Monday, January 8 from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Where: ISSofBC Cottonwood, #200 - 504 Cottonwood Avenue, Coquitlam, BC V3J 2R5 To register or for more information, please contact Sarah Rolling at 778-383-1438 ext. 1912 or

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Explore Employment / Education Possibilities in Canada

January 11 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Avia WorkBC, Suite 101, 20316 56th Avenue
Langley, BC V3A 3Y7 Canada
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Join ISSofBC, for their career assessment workshop to explore employment and education in Canada. Workshop details: structured career assessment to know about yourself find out how your skills and education match with local occupations learn how to upgrade your education identify careers and how to achieve them in Canada A free workshop for permanent residents, live-in caregivers, naturalized Canadian citizens, refugees, refugee claimants and provincial nominees. When: Thursday, January 11, 2018 from 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Where: Aviva WorkBC…

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Ongoing Community Events / Programs

April 2018 Workshops

Free Multicultural Peer Support Group – For Immigrant and Refugee Women
Mondays, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM; March 12 – May 28, 2018

Connecting Through Vulnerability (3 workshops)
Muslim Food Bank Community Services

Be Here Now: February 25, 2018
Heart at Peace: March 25, 2018
Embrace Your Truth: April 29, 2018

Immigrant Women’s Employment Readiness Connections Program (IWERC)
Deadline to apply April 13, 2018

ASPIRE Case Management Workshops
Muslim Food Bank Community Services
Free Training Sessions for Ages 18+

Workshop 1: Trauma
Workshop 2: Case Management Training
Workshop 3:  Conflict and Resources

SOS Health and Settlement Orientation Group
Settlement Orientation Services

Citizenship and Civic Engagement Course
DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society

Microloans Program
DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society

Finances for Newcomer Women with Children
Family Services of Greater Vancouver

Yarn Circle
Family Services of Greater Vancouver

Moving Ahead (Tri-Cities & Maple Ridge)

Income Assistance Outreach Tuesday
(First 3 Tuesdays every month)

After School Club!
Kamloops Immigrant Services

Welcoming Neighbours
Kitsilano Neighbourhood House

Family Support Worker in Your Neighbourhood
All families with children 0-5 years old welcome
Kiwassa Neighbourhood House

Food Security & Sustainable Living – Workshops and Potluck
Little Mountain Neighbourhood House
First Tuesday of every month 

Refugee Training and Employment Program – BC Alliance for Manufacturing

Fast-track to IT (FIT)-Youth Program

Settlement Online Pre-Arrival Program 
For pre-landed immigrants to find and retain employment

HIPPY Program for Multicultural Parents

Family Literacy Outreach
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House

Infant Sing and Grow Drop-In
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
With children 0 – 12 months old 

The Little House Family Drop-In
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
With children 0-5 years old

West Village Family Drop-In
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
With children birth to 6 years old

Baby Time Drop-In
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Circle
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House

Men’s Group
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House

Vancouver Early Years Refugee Program
Pacific Immigrant Resources Society

Community Adult Literacy Program – Free English Class for Job Seekers
Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society (PICS)

Syrian Kids Go!
Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society (PICS)

Community Adult Literacy Program
Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society (PICS)

Foreign Credential Recognition Loan Project

English Conversation Club