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February 2018

Taxation System in Canada

February 18 @ 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 presents Taxation System in Canada. Join ISSofBC in a free interactive discussion to learn about: importance and benefits of filing taxes update on the tax system information & documents needed to file taxes who can help in filing taxes Speakers: Lorina Serafico, Board Member, Vancouver Committee for Domestic Workers and Caregivers' Rights (CDWCR) & Home Financing Advisor Scotiabank Loribel Mercado, CPA, CGA When: Sunday, February 18, 2018 from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Where: Seminar Room, School Gym, St.…

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Annual Fundraising Dinner – Muslim Food Bank

February 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Royal King Palace, 366 – 8158 128th Street
Surrey, BC Canada
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Join the Muslim Food Bank for their Annual Fundraising Dinner. When: February 24, 2018 at 6:00 PM Tickets: $30 adults | $20 kids | $500 premium sponsor tables (8 tickets & RSVP priority seating) Get your tickets from

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“Get Hired” Exploration Day! Meet the Employer!

February 28 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Welcome Centre – ISSofBC, 2610 Victoria Drive
Vancouver , BC Canada
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Join ISSofBC at the "Get Hired - Job Fair" Meet one of the dominant employers of YVR Airport: Airport Terminal Services. Get information directly from HR Find out about jobs at YVR Ask your questions Get professional advice from employer Prepare yourself for the March 6th event When: Wednesday, February 28 from 2:00 - 4:00 PM Were: Room 203, ISSofBC Welcome Centre - Head Office, 2610 Victoria Drive, Vancouver, BC V5N 4L2 Bring you resume For registration, please call or e-mail:…

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March 2018

Working in British Columbia – A Work Safe BC Orientation for English Speaking Newcomers

March 2 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
8400 Alexandra Road, 150 - 8400 Alexandra Road
Richmond, BC V6X 3L4 Canada
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Get ready to work in BC! Join ISSofBC and Work Safe BC to learn about your rights and responsibilities in the workplace. This is an opportunity for newcomers to learn about: rights and responsibilities in the workplace for both the workers and the employers strategies to identify and talk about workplace hazards rules for reporting unsafe working conditions When: Friday, March 2, 2018 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where: 150 - 8400 Alexandra Road, Richmond, BC V6X 3L4 To…

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Get Hired! ISSofBC Hiring Fair

March 6 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Welcome Centre – ISSofBC, 2610 Victoria Drive
Vancouver , BC Canada
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Join ISSofBC's Hiring Fair: Get Hired!  Over 100 jobs waiting for the right candidate - this could be YOU! When: March 6, 2018 from 1:00 - 4:00 PM Where: ISSofBC Welcome Centre, 2610 Victoria Drive, Vancouver BC Please register at or at

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AMSSA Webinar: Bridging Language Learning Assessment with the Real World

March 8 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

This webinar will showcase both smaller and larger centre approaches to bridging language learning and assessment with community integration. Settlement staff will gain a better understanding of real-world task requirements and LINC teams will have the opportunity to discuss the versatility of assessment. Three British Columbia language instructors, including two working with Portfolio-Based Language Assessment (PBLA), will identify ways to increase community connections through task-based assessment as well as through volunteerism. Event Details: Webinar: Bridging Language Learning Assessment with the…

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Reconciliation: Healing the Future

March 8 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
SFU Segal Building, 500 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC Canada
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Mothers Matter Centre presents Reconciliation: Healing for the Future. Support Aboriginal families to succeed! Help the Aboriginal HIPPY Program to increase family well-being and resilience by supporting Indigenous parents to teach their children to succeed in school and beyond. When: Thursday, March 8, 2018 from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Where: SFU Segal School of Business, 500 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC Tickets: $150 (includes $100 tax receipt) Keynote address: Yvonne Rigsby Jones, Reconciliation Canada Ambassador  With Tammy Harkey, Master of…

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Resource Fair for Refugee Claimants

March 10 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Surrey Central Library, 10350 University Drive
Surrey, BC Canada
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Options, UNHCR and MOSAIC present a Resource Fair for Refugee claimants. Date: Saturday, March 10, 2018 Time: 11 am to 2 pm Venue: Surrey Central Library, 10350 University Drive in Surrey This free event will provide an opportunity for refugee claimants to:  Learn more about government and community services, Meet representatives of Refugee Claimant Serving Organizations Attend presentations on settlement, employment, refugee appeals and more. Connect with other refugee claimants Language support in Arabic, Kurdish, and Spanish will be provided during…

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Resumes and the Hidden Job Market

March 12 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
ISSofBC Coquitlam, Cottonwood, 201 - 504 Cottonwood Avenue
Coquitlam, BC Canada
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Join ISSofBC for a free workshop "Resumes and the Hidden Job Market" 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, March 12, 2018 from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Where: ISSofBC Cottonwood, #200 - 504 Cottonwood Ave., Coquitlam, BC V3J 2R5 To Register, please contact: Sarah Rolling, 778-383-1438 ext. 1912 or

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Faces of Humanity Exhibit

March 13 @ 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, BC V5N 4E4 Canada
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Imagine leaving your home, able to take only what you can carry, and walking for as many as 14 days to reach safety. This is the journey many of those who have fled violence in Myanmar have taken. Since August 25, 2017, over 688,000 displaced people have arrived in Bangladesh. They are living in overcrowded, makeshift settlements, and the majority of them are women and children. The Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, including the Canadian Red Cross, was quick…

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Ongoing Community Events / Programs

July 2018 Workshops

Family Resource Programs | July – August
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House

Literacy and Essential Skills Training Program
For IT professionals seeking career advancement in Canada
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10-week course from June – August, 2018 

Youth Summer School
Muslim Food Bank Community Services
For Youth Ages 13 – 18 years
Starting July 3, 2018; 8 weeks, 3 days a week for 2 hours

Digital Storytelling
Muslim Food Bank Community Services
10 Session for Ages Between 12 – 18 years
July 5 – August 7, 2018 (Mondays and Thursdays)
10:30 AM – 12:30 AM 

Play & Sing in the Park
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
July 27 – August 31 (Fridays)
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Free Leadership and Facilitation Training
September 8 – December 8, 2018 (Saturdays)
Application Deadline: July 27, 2018

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)

Free Multicultural Peer Support Group – For Immigrant and Refugee Women

SOS Health and Settlement Orientation Group
ISSofBC – Settlement Orientation Services

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

Immigrant Women’s Employment Readiness Connections Program (IWERC)

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

Boys & Girls Soccer Training
Muslim Food Bank Community Services
Saturdays from 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

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