ESL groups are back!

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Summer’s slowing down, the schools are back and ESL conversation groups start the week of 9th September:

Conversation circle – Monday morning (10 – 11.30 am) in the Community Room at the Whistler Public Library. Conversation practice, while you learn about Canada and Canadian culture.

Conversation circle – Wednesday evening (6 – 7.30pm) at Tamwood International language school. Conversation and pronunciation practice.

General English group – Monday evenings (7 – 8.30pm) at the Whistler Public Library.  Advanced level reading, writing, listening and speaking. If you want to broaden your vocabulary, have the opportunity to discuss more complex topics in English, improve your listening and reading skills – then this could be the group for you. To participate in this group, you will need to take an assessment.

To qualify for these free ESL services, you must be:

  • a permanent resident of Canada
  • a naturalized citizen
  • accepted on the Provincial Nominee Program
  • hold a full work visa (not working holiday visa)
  • a caregiver
  • aged 18+

New students register at the Welcome Centre; Drop-in at the Welcome Centre at the Whistler Public Library 3-6pm on a Monday and 9.30 to 12 on a Friday morning. You’ll need to take your immigration document; permanent resident card, landing document, or visa document. Or call 604.698.5960 or email

Free Japanese Calligraphy workshops at the festival

Interested in learning about calligraphy? Why not join a short introduction to calligraphy workshop at the Multicultural Festival on June 7…

  • learn about Japanese characters
  • learn how to hold a brush and make brush strokes
  • make your own calligraphy artwork

Workshops are personalized and places are limited:

  • 4 people in each workshop
  • all materials provided
  • three workshops at 4.30 p,. 5.15 pm, and 6 pm

Choose your time, and sign up now to reserve your place – contact Izumi on

tel: 604.698.5960 or email:

Volunteer Opportunities at the Whistler Multicultural Festival

Friday June 7, 2019 at Whistler Public Library 4 – 8 pm

Can you help out for a couple of hours? Our volunteers help with food, with crafts and activities, and just general organization…

  • Festival Ambassadors One hour between 4 and 8pm to interact with the public near the Festival location to invite them in. Handout promotional pieces. If you have national dress to wear, that’s even better.
  • Set up/take down 10 – 4 pm and/or 8 – 9:30 pm. Set up/take down tents, tables, recycling area, displays, activities. Decorate the location.
  • Customer relations 3:30 – 6 pm and/or 6 – 8 pm to greet visitors, give event information, manage a world map activity.
  • General helpers 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm and/or 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm to help with any task that needs an extra hand.  Also, to help keep the site clean and tidy, and garbage in the right place.
  • Activities helpers 3:30 – 6 pm and/or 5:30 – 8 pm to help run multicultural crafts and activities. No skills or knowledge needed.
  • Food team Help prep food on June 6 between 2 – 7pm and/or cook and serve food for 2 – 3 hours between 3:30 – 8pm at the Festival

Most shifts are around 3 hours, but can be adjusted to your availability.  Volunteers will receive snacks and a gelato voucher, as well as join the fun. 

Certificates of participation are provided on request.

Contact Us if you’d like to help or want more information:  tel: 604.698.5960

Are you preparing for the citizenship test?

Would you like to learn about the test, what to expect and how to answer the questions? Want some help with vocabulary and learning about the Canadian government and institutions? Need to know where to find extra study resources and practice tests?

The test is the last step before the citizenship ceremony. Taken in English or French, the test will confirm that you have sufficient knowledge of Canada (geography, history, society, values, etc.) and that you understand the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.

The test is based on the Discover Canada study guide; questions are drawn from the entire study guide. The federal government says you can be tested on any section of any chapter, so basically you have to memorize the entire study guide. The written test consists of 20 questions that you have to answer within 30 minutes. You have to answer at least 15 questions correctly (so you are allowed 5 incorrect answers). The test is multiple-choice, which means you will be presented with 4 possible answers for each question (unless it is a True/False question with only two possible answers) and you will need to pick the best answer.

Here’s a sample question from the test:

What is celebrated in Canada on the 15 February?

  • Vimy Day  
  • Labour Day
  • National Flag of Canada Day
  • Family Day

Want to know how you did? Check the answer below….. For all those preparing to take the citizenship test, the Whistler Welcome Centre is offering free study sessions on March 13 and 28.

Canadian Citizenship Test Preparation

Session 1: 7 to 8.30pm on March 13 will cover:

  • Overview of the test, test questions and how to answer them
  • Vocabulary and phrases used for the test
  • Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
  • Links for resources to help you study at home

Session 2: 6 to 8pm on March 28 will cover:

  • Canadian government and Justice system
  • Practice test questions
  • More test question practice
  • Open question and answer session

Both sessions will be at the Whistler Public Library.

To register for one or both, or for more details, contact or call 604.698.5960.

We do ask all participants to register at the Welcome Centre:

  • Drop-in registration: Mondays 3 to 6pm, and Fridays 9.30am to 12 at the Whistler Public Library. Please bring your permanent resident card or landing document with you.
  • Registration by appointment, online or at the Citizenship Test Preparation program: contact or call 604.698.5960

Answer: National Flag of Canada Day….

Canapes around the world

Back in November 2018, Whistler Multicultural Network was given an opportunity to showcase multicultural food at the annual Community Foundation of Whistler (CFOW) reception. Our chef Petr from the Czech Republic chose 6 types of canapes from 3 different countries: Japan, Spain and the Czech Republic.

The prep team and serving teams, made of our Whistler Multicultural Network members, worked very hard to make this catering opportunity a huge success. Everyone loved the colorful, tasty and diverse food! One event participant and community member was so impressed that he decided to donate to CFOW just because of the food we offered. Isn’t it amazing?!

Below you will find a recipes from the Spain.

Recipe for the Crostini with sun dried tomatoes jam (Spain)


0,45 kg sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, drained and chopped, oil reserved, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 onion (thinly sliced), 2 cloves of garlic (minced), 3 tablespoons of sugar, 1 cup of red wine vinegar, 2 cups of water, 2 teaspoons of chopped fresh thyme leaves, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper


Place a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the chopped sun-dried tomatoes, 1/3 of tablespoon of the reserved sun-dried tomato oil, olive oil, onion, and garlic. Stir and cook until the onions are soft and beginning to brown at the edges, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add the sugar, vinegar, water, chicken broth, thyme, salt, and pepper. Bring the liquid to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes. Remove the cover and continue simmering until most of the liquid is reduced and the mixture is the consistency of jam, about 5 to 10 more minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside

Part-time job opportunity in Pemberton

We’re sad to say goodbye to Anni. Even though we’ll still see her round Pemberton, we’ll miss her at the Welcome Centre.

We’re looking for a Multicultural Outreach Worker for Pemberton. It’s a permanent, part-time position – 8 hours a week. In this position, you will plan and facilitate social events, group activities, training and workshops. You should enjoy working with people, and be interested particularly in growing and making food. As part of this position, you will connect into immigrant and newcomer communities to identify needs for support and services and work with the Whistler Settlement and Integration Worker to provide those.

The Multicultural Outreach Worker will be employed by Sea to Sky Community Services and work as part of a collaborative team managed by Capilano University. Check the link below for full details.

For more information or to apply for the position contact or call Carole Stretch on 604.698.7226

Want to know what we’re planning for the 2019 Festival?

Want to join the food team? Know someone who’d like to perform? Have an idea for an activity? or would you like to help us plan the festival? Last Monday a group came together to start the process and here’s what they talked about…

Bringing cultures together

This year we want to create more opportunities for people to make connections and really get to know each other’s cultures. So all our performances will be linked to specific cultures/traditions and greater information about the cultural background to the performance will be shared with the audience. We are hoping to run at least one series of workshops before the festival for people from the community to learn either a song or a dance they can share more widely on the day. And we’ll be talking to lots of people at the festival in preparation for a Vital Cafe on June 18 where we will invite community members to explore how to help newcomers and immigrants participate in our community: Whistler.


The meeting discussed whether we should invite in food vendors this year, or leave it with only the WMN providing food as we did last year. We agreed that one or two vendors could be invited if they are looking to grow or start their business and need awareness.

The good news is that the prep kitchen we used last year is available and booked. We will do the food on the Plaza again and set up a place for people to sit and eat like last year. Next steps are to get people together to look at ideas for food items, so we can start planning and costing that early. Barbora will be looking for people with ideas on what we might do this year. If you’d like to get involved in the food, please contact her.


The focus this year will be on cultural and traditional performances. Each performance will be allocated 15 minutes and the schedule will be tightly managed to make sure no one is kept waiting. Rob Olive, our event manager, will be contacting previous performers to invite them to sign up again, but we’d love to see some new people, cultures and performances.

Anyone interested in participating should contact the Welcome Centre team and they will provide information and pass potential performers on to Rob. We’ll be asking performers to provide some information about the cultural background of their performance that can be used to introduce them. This year especially we’d like to make sure that the audience has as many opportunities to participate as possible so they really experience the different cultures we showcase.


Unfortunately, we ran out of time and we’ll be discussing these at our next meeting – so bring along your ideas then!

Volunteer thank you

This year we’re planning to say thank you to our volunteers in a big way… with a barbecue on Sunday 16 June from 1 to 4pm. Watch this space for location, and to see what volunteer opportunities there are.

Join us at our next meeting….

…from 5.30pm to 7pm on Monday February 25 – at the Welcome Centre at the library. Can’t make it but want to keep in touch? Drop us an email and we’ll add you to our circulation list for updates.

Food Safe – level 1

Whistler Welcome Centre is organizing a special Food Safe course – level 1 for immigrants (ESL speakers) about safe food handling and sanitation.

The course is delivered by Caroline Bagnall, certified Food safe instructor, at a discounted rate.

Who is it for:

  • People working in a food services industry
  • People who like to get basic knowledge on safe food
    handling when shopping, cooking/baking

When: Saturday March 23, 2019: 9:30am -5:30pm

Where: Welcome Centre @ Whistler Public Library

Cost: $80pp. 8 participants minimum

Registration and payment information:

  • Email Barbora at
  • Your registration in the course will be confirmed once the payment (either cash or cheque) is received

Includes: Free study group on Friday March 22, 2019: 10am-12pm, Foodsafe book, certification card valid for 5 years

The course is part of the Multicultural Community Kitchen Program and partially funded by RMOW.

Can you help us plan the 2019 Multicultural Festival?

Save the date! Friday June 7 will be our seventh annual Multicultural Festival. As usual it will be from 4 to 8pm at the Whistler Public Library, Plaza and Museum – and we’re starting to plan it now. If you’re interested in getting involved why not come to our first planning meeting of the year.

  • What? 2019 Multicultural Festival planning meeting
  • Where? Welcome Centre at the Whistler Public Library
  • When? Monday January 28 from 5.30 to 7pm
  • Who? Everyone interested in getting involved – performers, activity facilitators, food team helpers, managers…

We’re looking for people to help with recruiting performers, organizing crafts and cultural activities and to be part of the food team. Perhaps you want to perform yourself? Or run a cultural activity? We’d love to hear your suggestions for food to offer at the festival. Or do you have an idea for an activity? We also have volunteer positions to help with admin, marketing and promotion.

Bring your family and friends… Everyone welcome…

For more information contact us at or call 604.698.5960

Want to learn how to be safe in the mountains?

Living in Whistler means you probably like or would like to start skiing or snowboarding in the mountains. They are beautiful, but they can be very dangerous.

This week at our Multicultural Meet Up, we have a qualified mountain guide coming to give a talk on safety in the mountains. This talk is for anyone, complete beginners to experienced skiers or snowboarders. They will talk about skiing treed runs and deep snow, out of bounds and backcountry skiing, basic avalanche awareness and mountain code and rules.

If you like to go up the mountain or are thinking about starting to go up the mountain, you should come to this talk. It will be filled with great information, and the guide will be happy to answer any questions you may have. So please come this Friday 25th January, 10.30am at the Welcome Centre.