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AMSSA and its member agencies and stakeholders organize public community events, workshops for newcomers to Canada as well as professional development training, workshops, seminars and conferences for settlement, diversity and inclusion sector employees.

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October 2017

Speaking & Listening to Connect: An Introduction to Compassionate Communication

October 14, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 4:45 pm
City Centre Library, 10350 University Drive
Surrey, BC Canada
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The Muslim Food Bank Community Services and ASPIRE presents a one-day workshop: Speaking and Listening to Connect: An Introduction to Compassionate Communication When: Saturday, October 14, 2017, 10:30 am - 4:45 pm Where: Room 401, Surrey City Centre Library Fee: Pay what you can, suggest general admission is $50.00 For Muslim Food Bank Volunteers, seniors and students $25.00 (smaller and larger amounts welcome) In this fun and lively workshop, participants will learn the basics of compassion communication. You will learn…

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Understanding Depression Part 2

October 15, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Seminar Room, School Gym, St. Mary’s Parish, 5239 Joyce Street
Vancouver, BC V5R 4G8 Canada
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ISSofBC's Settlement Program in collaboration with St. Mary's Migrant Ministry presents "Understanding Depression Part 2" Join ISSofBC in a Free interactive discussion and learn about: signs and possible causes of depression - a review ways to prevent depression how to deal with stress and low mood how to manage or work with depression resources available When: Sunday, October 15, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM Where: Seminar Room, School Gym St. Mary's Parish, 5239 Joyce Street Vancouver, BC V5$…

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Panel: How are we doing? Refugee Private Sponsorship in Canada

October 16, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Simon KY Lee Global Lounge, UBC, 2205 Lower Mall, Building 1
Vancouver, BC, BC V6T 1Z4 Canada
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Monday, Oct. 16 Panel: How are we doing? Refugee Private Sponsorship in Canada VENUE: Global Lounge, UBC TIME: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Light dinner offered. Panelists will talk about the current private sponsorship program, the work of the Sponsorship Agreement Holder Council, Canadian Council for Refugees and the international attention that the program is receiving. The panel will also highlight the WUSC program to sponsor refugee students and the Journey Home Community Association’s program to sponsor refugee claimants. This…

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A facilitated conversation on “Seeking a New Life in Canada”: Media Representations of Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Forced Migrants

October 17, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Liu Institute for Global Issues, UBC, 6476 NW Marine Drive
Vancouver, BC Canada
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Tuesday, Oct. 17 A Facilitated Conversation on “Seeking a New Life in Canada”: Media Representations of Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Forced Migrants VENUE: Liu Institute Multipurpose Room, UBC TIME: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Refreshments offered. This session is open to students, faculty, people who arrived as refugees, claimants and immigrants, settlement sector providers, and anyone interested in media representations of newcomers to Canada. Please RSVP on EventBrite. This event is part of After the Flight: Community-University Refugee & Migration Symposium hosted…

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Introduction to TransLink Service – Free Community Workshop in Chinese

October 18, 2017 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Kiwassa Neighbourhood House, 2425 Oxford Street
Vancouver, BC Canada
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Kiwassa Neighbourhood House presents a free community workshop in Chinese: Introduction to TransLink Service  Introduction to TransLink Service Compass Card & Service Safety & Securty Getting assistance Date: October 18, 2107 from 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM Location: Kiwassa Neighbourhood House Senior Room, 2nd Floor, 2425 Oxford Street, Vancouver, BC Contact Teresa at 604-254-5401 Ext. 249 for more information. Click here for the poster.

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Panel: Community Approaches to Healing Trauma

October 18, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street
Vancouver, BC Canada
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Wednesday, Oct. 18 Panel: Community Approaches to Healing Trauma VENUE: UBC Robson Square TIME:  3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Light refreshments offered. Community can also provide long-term support and healing for refugees who have experienced trauma. Accordingly, this panel brings together a wide variety of perspectives and practitioners, and will engage the audience in learning about how different community organizations develop trauma-informed and trauma-sensitive activities and connections to complement the trauma-focused work they may be doing with therapists and in groups. This session is open…

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Film Screening – Constance on the Edge

October 18, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Pacific Cinematique Theatre, 1131 Howe Street, #200
Vancouver, BC V6Z 2L7 Canada
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Film Screening – Constance on the Edge VENUE: Pacific Cinematheque theatre DATE: October 18, 2017 TIME: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm Join us for the Vancouver premier of Constance On the Edge: One family. Two wars. Three countries. What does it take to forge a new life far from home? The film highlights the important role communities play in encouraging a sense of belonging and enabling participation for everyone.  Watch the film and stay for the post film discussion. Buy tickets here. Tickets…

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Panel: Economic Contributions of Refugees, Immigrants and Newcomers

October 19, 2017 @ 5:35 pm - 7:30 pm
UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street
Vancouver, BC Canada
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Thursday, Oct. 19 Panel: Economic Contributions of Refugees, Immigrants, and Newcomers VENUE: UBC Robson Square TIME: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Light dinner offered. Join us for a series of panel presentations that will illustrate the various important contributions that government-assisted refugees, refugee claimants, immigrants and other newcomers make to our communities. Students, faculty members, employers, settlement sector representatives, and community members are all welcome to attend! Please RSVP on EventBrite.   This event is part of After the Flight: Community-University Refugee…

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MOSAIC: Immigrant Professionals Conference

October 21, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Hilton Vancouver Metrotownn, 6083 McKay Avenue
Burnaby, BC V5H 2W7 Canada
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Take Control of Your Career — Join MOSAIC on October 21, 2017! Learn how to succeed from sector-specific experts Get advice from Canadian professionals Be inspired by successful immigrants and their stories Network with other professionals in your field of work Husband and Wife Keynote Speakers: Manu and Ria Chopra Manu Chopra will share insights regarding his remarkable journey from being a top international ad agency executive to his current success in Canada writing and producing Hollywood movies! Ria Chopra –…

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Autumn Fair

October 21, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Kitsilano Neighbourhood house, 2305 West 7th
Vancouver, BC Canada
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Kitsilano Neighbourhood House presents its 7th Annual Autumn Fair! When: October 21, 2017 Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Where: 2305 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver, BC This is one of our most popular annual events, bringing people of all ages together to meet their neighbours, have fun and celebrate the season. The Autumn Fair fills an entire city block with street vendors, food trucks, pancake breakfast, bouncy castle and carnival games, pumpkin patch, local musicians, farmer’s market…and the fun doesn’t…

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Ongoing Community Events / Programs

Career and Job Search Tour
Vancouver Public Library
December 14, 2017 – March 28, 2018 (Wednesdays) 

Small Business Tour
Vancouver Public Library
December 30, 2017 – March 24, 2018 (Last Saturday of the month) 

Citizenship and Civic Engagement Course
DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society
When: Every Wednesday from January 24 – March 28, 2018 OR
Every Friday from January 26 – March 30, 2018

March 2018 Workshops
ISSofBC

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

Parent Educational & Support Program
Muslim Food Bank Community Services
Program for parents of children aged 7-12 years old
Programs in English & Arabic from March 3 – April 7, 2018

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

Session 1: A Journey of Survival
Session 2: Case Management Training
Session 3: Managing 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
(Wednesdays)

Moving Ahead (Tri-Cities & Maple Ridge)
ISSofBC

Income Assistance Outreach Tuesday
ISSofBC
(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
MOSAIC

Fast-track to IT (FIT)-Youth Program
MOSAIC

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

HIPPY Program for Multicultural Parents
MOSAIC

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
S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

English Conversation Club
YMCA