Canada Day Parade

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The Pemberton Multicultural Network will be walking in the Canada Day Parade on July 1st.  If you would like to be part of this please meet at the downtown community barn at 9 a.m. dressed in your traditional clothing.  The parade starts at 10 a.m. followed by a cake cutting, children’s arts and crafts, dance party and farmers market at the Community Center from 11-2 p.m.  The Pemberton Public Library will also be announcing the winners of the 2017 Photo Challenge.  Come celebrate Canada’s 150!

A Huge Thank You!

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from the Whistler Multicultural Network to all those who made the 2017 Whistler Multicultural Festival another great success… We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did…



Thanks to Our Volunteers: Addyta Alonzo Ramirez, Adriana Molina, Ayako Yamaguchi, Barbora Piatkova, Belle Menesis, Benjie Accanogan, Carla Eguez Paz, Celia Law Utley, Chantelle Shore, Dignoi Leona Suarez, Emma Becerra Salinas, Eva Wei, Evelyn Hernandez, Faye Seco, Heinz Wango, Ikuyo Takaya, Irma Gomez Ferrer, Ivan Pedro, Jennifer Stimpson, Jill Nowack-Dawson, Karoline Madsen, Krystin Matters, Lisa Briscoe, Lorenz Paragoso, Lorenzo Paragoso, Martin Stretch, Marvin Corona, Miyuki Yamaguchi, Nobuaki Nakagawa, Paulo Aguilera, Priscilla Belanger, Ramon Espada, Randa Hiswani, Santiago Farell, Stephane Belanger, Suzie Soman, Teresa Vazquez, Therese Quilantang, Weslie Walchuk, Yoshie Nakagawa, Yuko Thibeault, Yuriko Nonaka (Koni)

Thanks to Our Performers: Aeron Pita, Angela Jeren Tangonan, Ann Beatriz Pescador, Charlize Littlelight, Christina Joy Paredes, Gerald Gabriel, Gian Kaylee Tangonan, Iris Joy Paguia, Israel de Real, James Paguia, Jenn & Benjamin Embate, Jenna Mae & The Groove Section, Kinderchoir – Jeanette Bruce & Alison Hunter, Lily Duke & Latin Dancers, Nellie Bingas & Igorot Dancers, Reign Rivera, Vernika Lyka Limsipson, Whistler Tai Chi Wushu, Xet’oclaw Community School

Thanks to Our Vendors & Exhibitors: Ajita Chaubal, Community Foundation of Whistler, Forged Axe Throwing, ISSofBC, Kia-anne Garthwaite, Lexsan Sancha, Aurae Tea, Pemberton Multicultural Network, Squamish Aikido, The Rocking Wok, Whistler Community Services, Work BC

Thanks to Our Sponsors and Funders: Aava Hotel, AWARE, Canadian Heritage, David’s Tea, Mexican Corner, Nesters, Pique Newsmagazine, Province of BC, RMOW, Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, Vancouver Coastal Health, Watermark Inc, Whistler Conference Centre, Whistler FM, Whistler Museum and staff, Whistler Public Library and staff

Our Special Thanks to: Rob Olive and Jesse for their 3rd year managing, Nikki Best for MCing again, and Our amazing food team: Aila Sears, Chia Chia Chen, Daniel Vidal Araneda, Haruna Sears, Jessica Pena Garcia, Kona Higashi, Kyoko Sears, Miyuki Kurumada, Miyuki Maema, Oscar Araiza, Satsuki Shoji, Take Tanaka

And Very Special Thanks to Our All Stars of 2017: Chizuko Higashi, Elisa Corona Medina, Izumi Inoue, Keiko Ogawa, Michael Andre, Romina Wells, Sachi Miyachi, Yuko Murose, Yumiko Fukagawa

The Festival is You!



Bake Sale for Whistler Multicultural Festival

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Share the best baking goods with Whistler residence and let them taste flavors from your homeland. Donate pastries for Whistler Multicultural Festival. How to do it?

If you want to support us, please bring your homemade baked goods for us to sell at the Festival! All food must be low risk, which means just baked goods (no meat or dairy fillings, and no jellies or pickles), and wrapped either in plastic foil or ideally in zip lock bags. We also ask you to provide the name of what you’ve baked, and any interesting details about it (where it’s from, when people eat it etc).

Read more in the flyer, if you have any questions contact Barbora – call 6049672422 or email

Test your Multicultural Knowledge

Learn about different cultures and customs at the Whistler Multicultural Festival – see displays and demonstrations, try out some crafts, have some food… and find the answers to these and other questions… Join us on June 9 at the Whistler Public Library and Florence Petersen Park – from 4 to 8pm…

What is in the centre of the Mexican flag, and what is the meaning?

    What is celebrated in Russia on March 8 every year?

Why would somebody give me a Pizho and a Penda in Bulgaria on the first day of March? And what would I do with them? What’s the Blarney Stone, and why would you kiss it?
What day of the year do Chinese people watch the moon? And why?


When you make a cup of tea in England, which should you put in first – the tea or the milk?

Who can tell us what this machine is called and what it does?

If you’re getting ‘screeched’ – what’s happening? And what do you have to do?

Snowy, Captain Haddock, Professor Calculus, Thompson and Thompson are all characters from which Belgian comic books? And who wrote them?  
  In which country to they eat spinach and cabbage on Green Thursday and hit girls with willow branches decorated with ribbons on Red Monday?


If you visit Thailand in April, why should you be ready to get wet?


Why is zongzi the traditional food at the Dragon Boat Festival, and what is it?
Who throws and who catches a grushy? And when? What is a balikbayan box? And what should you put in one?

In which country do students attend high school for around 16 hours a day?

Where did the piñata originate?
  In which country would eyebrows raised mean ‘yes’ and pouting lips in the direction of something mean ‘over there’?
In which country do people eat pancakes at a funeral? And why? What is St Jean Baptiste Day? Where and how is it celebrated?

WMN Spring Newsletter 2017

Finally real spring is here and the Welcome Centre has so much to offer. Come and share some delicious food during our spring potluck, take a photography class and be part of our photo contest, or help to clean the Earth during Pitch In Day…

Spring Calendar

  • Pitch in Day – On May 6 you can volunteer and help clean up Whistler after winter.
  • Show Us Your Whistler: Photography workshop May 7,Ÿ Submit your photos by May  22
  • Spring Potluck – Celebrate spring on May 7
  • Multicultural Community Kitchen – the real taste of Taiwan – May 16
  • Whistler Multicultural Festival – the festival for locals is here – June 9

This spring, Monday settlement drop-in for any questions or information needs, and Friday drop-ins with skills training, cultural sharing and other activities continue each week. There’ll be more multicultural community kitchens and ESL groups continue. If you are interested in any of our programs or events please contact us by phone (604.698.5960) or email


We had lots of programs over the season including the highly successful Tax Clinics. We also had several info sessions – Tod from Licence to Drive came to talk about how to successfully get your driver’s licence, Priscilla and Andrea visited from Work BC, and Mika from Sakura Bookkeeping gave us some tips on tax deductions and filing our taxes. We celebrated Saint Patrick’s Day and the Sakura festival. On April 10, we launched the Show Us Your Whistler photo challenge and we’re now full on planning for the Whistler Multicultural Festival.

For a full list of upcoming events and activities visit our website at

Show Us Your Whistler photo challenge celebrates Canada’s 150th anniversary

To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday and our great community, the WMN in partnership with the Library, is organizing the ‘Show us Your Whistler’ photo challenge.  We are inviting all community members to take a photo showing how they ‘belong’ to Whistler, in the categories: My home, My culture, My town, My work, My family.

Winners in each category will be announced, and the See Your Whistler  photo display will be launched, at the Whistler Multicultural Festival at the Library on June 9 at 6pm. Visit the See Your Whistler display from June 9 to September 6 at the Whistler Public Library.

FREE! photo workshops

As part of the photo challenge, we are organizing 2 free workshops at the Whistler Public Library on April 21 (10am to 12pm) and/or May 7 (6 to 8pm). Local photographer, Toshi Kawano, will teach the basics; composition, exposure, settings; and focus on photographing people (portrait and candid). Bring your camera, or just your phone, to learn more. To register, or for questions, email


Citizenship Test

Since IRCC brought in changes to the Citizenship application process, they also introduced changes to the Citizenship Test, making it more difficult to pass. If you are preparing for your Citizenship Test, be sure to study the latest materials available on the CIC website

Pitch in Day

Next up – the WMN is participating in Pitch In Day this spring! You can volunteer and help clean the beautiful place we live in. We meet on May 6 at 9 AM in parking lot 4 by the staircase. Everyone will get free gloves, garbage bags and a t-shirt. After cleaning we will enjoy an amazing BBQ at the Fire Hall!!

Community Volunteer Income Tax Program – another year finished!

In total, between 9 volunteers and 4 tax clinics, we helped 83 individuals file their tax return. Thank you to all the volunteers who participated. Despite some technical hiccups, we managed to run each clinic smoothly and worked together as a team to solve problems. The WMN is heppy to work with the Whistler Public Library, Whistler Community Services, and Revenue Canada, to deliver this community service.

Parenting Across Cultures (PAC)

Hoping to have our funding confirmed shortly, Andrea has started spreading the word about PAC, and receiving lots of positive feedback and interest. We have invited Lana Lutke, a local certified counsellor who specialises in culture shock and adjustment, to facilitate the program. Lana is excited to be involved as she already helps clients with these issues in her practice as a counsellor. Carole and Andrea met with Jackie at WCSS, who run a comparable program called Birth, Baby & Beyond (BBB). They are planning to run 5 BBB sessions per year, as they find it difficult to keep up with the demand, and are welcoming PAC as an additional community resource.

Multicultural Community Kitchens – taste all the flavours of the world

Would you like to show everyone how to cook your favourite food? We would love to hear from you!

Contact us for more information about cooking at the Multicultural Community Kitchen at 604.388.5511 or email

The popular Multicultural Community Kitchen program is back. We kick off the new season with Taiwanese food. Chia Chia will teach us how to cook and enjoy a traditional meal. For other kitchens, we will keep you posted with an updated calendar.  Get your taste buds ready for an amazing journey around the world.


We’re happy to report that we’ve received funding for the Festival from Heritage Canada and Welcome BC this year. We’re also hoping to have more local sponsors so that the event can become more sustainable for the WMN to continue delivering.

Recruitment for performers, activity leaders and general volunteers is now open. The food team is busy planning what we’ll be selling this year, and spaces are open for the multicultural marketplace again.

If you’d like to participate in any way or have ideas for activities, performances, food, or other offerings, then contact the Welcome Centre by calling 604-698-5960 or emailing

April Advisory Board Minutes

Whistler Multicultural Network

Advisory Board Meeting – Minutes

April 24, 2017 at Whistler Welcome Centre


Meeting called to order at 5.30pm



Andrea Dunne, Carla Eguez Paz, Carole Stretch, Chizuko Higashi, Karolina Cadova, Karoline Madsen, Maria Romero, Priscilla Belanger,

Regrets: Belle Menesis, Masumi Yamazaki, Barbora Vanickova, Ghazal Tohidi





Monthly report      

Attendees were encouraged to read report prior to meeting. News: Parenting Across Cultures received funding approval from the CFOW and Multicultural Community Kitchens received funding approval from RMOW.


Whistler Multicultural Festival 


Marie is going connect with Joy about returning as dancers.

Andrea is working on maybe a salsa dancer and Carmen the Zumba teacher. Karolina will connect a Greek Musician with Andrea.

** Any performance inquiries pass on to Andrea**

Suggestion: kids to learn their cultural dances


Pinatas, Dreamcatchers, Calligraphy, Photo Booth? Do it differently – have 1 or 2 costumes, show how to wear it and then take a photo.

Henna Tattoos – Andrea to connect with Ajita about her friend to do them as a fundraiser (by donation).

**Any activities inquiries pass on to Barbora or Andrea or Carole**

Food vendors

Commercial Kitchen almost secured at the CABN (Aava Hotel)

Nesters has pledged $500 of food, PC maybe the same.

**Any food inquiries pass on to Barbora**

Multicultural Market

** Any market inquiries pass on to Andrea**

Ajita’s stall – Indian Chutneys and spreads.


Funding has been approved by Heritage Canada and BC Gaming

Logistics & Promotion

Florence Petersen Park has now been booked

Plaza to hold market, karaoke and axe throwing.

Confirmed everything Rob Olive will be able to provide as Event Manager.


Pitch – in Day                     

Priscilla has had 8 inquiries, 4 confirmations of volunteers.

Andrea to re-post the flyer on the group on Tuesday and then the page later this week.

Location – Day lots along with the Village Host group, meet at the Library, meeting 9am.



Communication Items        

Please see sheet. Please talk to people in your network about these items


Core Funding          

Funding comes from IRCC, SMART Fund, BCSIS. Funding has been cut this year and will continue to be cut over the next 2 years making it challenging to cover Welcome Centre staffing costs (3 part-time staff members). WMN has been asked for some money to be made available to the Welcome Centre to help cover staffing costs if needed, in order to maintain staffing levels and/or operational costs.

AB discussed how much $ and what to allocate it to. AB to think about this proposal over the next month.


WMN process to non-profit incorporation:        

WMN currently a community group. Challenges with this include funding applications have to be made with a partner.

Choices we have – stay as we are, become a society. Carole   to circulate the presentation about how to become a society, next meeting will discuss the possibilities.


Announcements & New Business    

Chizuko had a great idea to develop a Multicultural Summer  Camp in Whistler – lots of possibilities, can even apply for funding to run it and perhaps then create some revenue for the WMN – to be discussed.


Adjournment        Meeting adjourned at 7pm.

Next Board Meeting: Monday May 29, 5.30pm

Location: Whistler Welcome Centre


Prepared by Andrea Dunne

May Calendar

May is here and Whistler Multicultural Network have so many fun events ready for you!

We start strong on the first week with Nutrition Workshop on Friday, Pitch in Day on Saturday and Photo Workshop and Spring Potluck on Sunday.

In the following weeks you will see more events, which will get us ready for the Whistler Multicultural Festival – like amazing Pinata workshop with Elisa.

Good news is, that Whistler Multicultural Kitchens are back – the first flavors we discover will be Taiwanese – Chia Chia will teach us how to cook traditional food from her home land on May 16.

For more details, please check event calendar or contact Barbora on 6043885511 or

Pitch in Day- meeting point in front of library!

We invite you to take part and keep our community clean and beautiful. Volunteer and spend some great time outdoor with people from your community. Pitch in!

How it works?  We meet on Saturday May 6th  in front of Whistler Public Library at 8.45 am. Everyone will get free gloves, garbage bags and T-shirt. After cleaning we will enjoy an amazing BBQ!!

Please register! We will announce more details shortly…

Sign up for the photo workshops

Join local photographer, Toshi Kawano, in a free workshop at the Whistler Public Library on April 21 (10am to 12pm) and/or May 7 (6 to 8pm). The firs workshop will be focusing on the art of capturing people – in portrait or candid. You will learn all about composition, exposure and setting. “The center of my interest is always people. Especially people in beautiful settings” says Toshi and he is ready to share his passion.

Toshi’s excellence is in the details. Variety of experience fuels Toshi’s creativity and helps to achieve his goal of capturing and sharing great moments. Learn tips and tricks only professional photographers know.

To register, or for questions, email

It’s that time again… April Advisory Board Meeting!



Join us on Monday, April 24, 5.30-7pm for this month’s Advisory Board Meeting, especially if you are interested in the following topics;

Becoming an official non-profit organisation

Whistler Multicultural Festival planning


For the first time, the Advisory Board will also be discussing the Whistler Multicultural Network’s possible capacity to support the Welcome Centre financially. The Welcome Centre has just entered a new year of funding and due to government cut backs, it will need support to be able to operate our minimum levels of service over the next year and longer. If this service is important to you and your community, get involved and join the discussion! All ideas and discussion will be welcomed.

We look forward to seeing you there!