Fall Program – Connections for Immigrant Parents

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The Whistler Welcome Centre is happy to announce the third round of our program, Connections for Immigrant Parents (formerly known as Parenting Across Culture), beginning on Tuesday September 18, 2018.

Connections for Immigrant Parents is a 6 week program, every Tuesday mornings at 11am-1pm, from September 18th until October 23rd 2018. We will meet at the Welcome Centre @ Whistler Public Library.

Registration is required. Children are welcome as well. Child-minding is provided upon registration.

Settling into life in a new culture is a huge adjustment and it can take many years before you feel fully adapted. Becoming a parent is certainly a joyful time in your life but it can also bring about new challenges as you continue your adjustment to a new culture.

Connections for Immigrant Parents offers a safe and supportive environment for immigrant moms to meet, connect and share their experiences as multicultural parents. The program aims to help you be a successful multicultural parent in Whistler and to help you build a support network as a newcomer to Canada.

Come and join us to celebrate you, your children and your culture!

Pancakes around the world

This year’s Festival food theme was “Pancakes around the world”. People were watching our chefs preparing the pancakes in front of them. There are so many types of pancakes such as Polish, Chinese, French, Swedish, Thai, Indian etc. Our community got to try 3 kinds of pancakes from 3 countries nowhere else to be bought in Whistler. We chose Czech, Korean and Russian as we have people from these countries living in Whistler too.

Czech “Bramboraky “ or fried potato-garlic- marjoram pancakes are very popular either in Czech Republic or Slovakia (knows as “Zemiakove placky”). They’re served either at lunch time, dinner or during the day as a snack. Potato is one of the basic staples in Czech cuisine, commonly used in many dishes.

Korean Kimchi pancakes or “Kimchi Jeon” are savoury pancakes served with a lot’s of kimchi in it. Because kimchi is made of fermented veggies with its main ingredient cabbage, it’s also very healthy and therefore commonly eaten any time of the day. You can find them anywhere in Asia with slight variations.

Our sweet version of pancakes was Russian “Blinis” and they got sold out almost immediately. Traditionally they’re prepared in a savoury way, filled with cottage cheese, sour cream, quark, butter, caviar (whitefish, salmon or sturgeon caviar) and other garnishes. They can be rolled as French crepes or served as a triangle.

See below Bramboraky recipe and pictures. Our chef Petr from the Czech Republic has been in the cooking industry for a long time and he’s so good that he even introduced this recipe to one of the Whistler’s restaurants he used to work at and they included it on the menu! We’re lucky to have him helping us at the Festival. It took a long time to peel and shred 15 kg of potatoes but it was worth it!

Bramboraky

Ingredients for 10 pancakes:

  • 1kg potatoes
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp of salt, 1 tsp of pepper
  • 1 tsp marjoram
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • canola oil for frying

Method:

  1. Peel and coarsely grate the potatoes, squeezing out as much liquid as you can. Transfer the shredded potatoes to a mixing bowl. Stir in the crushed garlic, salt, and marjoram.
  2. Add the eggs to the potatoes and stir well to combine. Gradually mix in the flour to form a thick but still pourable batter.
  3. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat; the oil should be about 1/4-inch deep. Spoon about 1/4 cup of batter into the hot oil, flattening it slightly. Fry the pancake until golden brown, about 3 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels. Taste the first pancake and adjust the seasoning if necessary; repeat with remaining batter.

Fish en Papillote (French fish recipe)

At our April Multicultural Community Kitchen, Rose, from France, taught us how to prepare  Fish en Papillote (French for ‘in parchment’). It is a method of cooking when the food is put into a folded parchment paper and then baked. This recipe is very healthy, juicy, light and easy to prepare. There are many variations of preparing fish. The presentation of the dish is very special – it looks like your guests are opening a gift on their plates.

Ingredients (for 4 people)

  • 10 bunches of fresh thyme
  • 10 bunches of fresh parsley
  • 5 leaves of fresh basil
  • 5 bunches of fresh tarragon
  • 90 g peeled unsalted pistachios
  • 120 g cream cheese
  • 6 pinches of turmeric
  • 300 g fresh spinach leaves
  • 4 white fish (preferably boneless)
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 lemon
  • 50 g crème fraiche
  • 800 g carrots

Method

  1. Peel and cut carrots into small pieces. Boil some water and cook carrots until it is soft to puree.
  2. Mix the thyme, parsley, basil and tarragon in your blender.  Put aside.
  3. Add pistachios and then mix again with the herbs.
  4. In a bowl mix cream cheese with 2 pinches of turmeric.
  5. Add herbs and pistachios mixture and mix again.
  6. Cut aluminium paper into pieces so you can fit a piece of fish and spinach in it and still be able to roll the paper.
  7. Firstly put some spinach on the bottom and then place a fish on the top. Salt and pepper the fish.
  8. Put the cream cheese mixture on top of the fish.

Want to join us at the Welcome Centre?

A part-time, temporary job opportunity is coming up to work with us at the Whistler Welcome Centre as a Multicultural Outreach Worker.

Barbora, our Outreach Worker, is staying with us but taking the opportunity, while her son is little, to work a little less and spend more time with him.

That means we’re looking for someone who can help with outreach, events and activities for a year from this August/September. The person who joins us will be employed by Sea to Sky Community Services, and will work as part of our outreach team connecting with the different newcomer and immigrant communities in Whistler in order to build a social network, create opportunities for immigrants to participate in the wider community, and assist them to develop the skills and knowledge to do so.

The person we’re looking for will have good communication skills, knowledge of social media, energy, enthusiasm and a passion for connecting with people.

Check out the Whistler Multicultural Outreach Worker job description July 2018 .

If you’re interested in joining us, send your resume and a cover letter introducing yourself to Carole Stretch at cstretch@capilanou.ca by 5pm on Monday July 16, 2018. You can also email if you have questions or want to know more.

 

How did you enjoy the 2018 Multicultural Festival?

This year the Multicultural Festival was different again – and we had to live with the rain! But numbers were up, and there were lots of happy faces… Over the next few days we’ll be updating the photos on our Festival page – and remember to check out the facebook page for more pics and information. In the meantime, come to our June 25 Advisory Board meeting and tell us how you enjoyed it.

Planning the Festival was our major focus at our May Advisory Board meeting (May 28). We were busy recruiting volunteers, finalizing the food, activities and performances… This month we’ll be reviewing it to see how it went, what we want to do again, and what we might want to do differently.

If you’ve ideas for the Festival – either about what happened this year, or suggestions for next year – come along and join us for the last time before the summer break.

In the meantime, here are the notes on our May meeting – WMN AB minutes May 2018 – and if you want to keep up to date with all the things we do at the Welcome Centre, here’s our WMN Report May 2018.

SAVE THE DATE: Our June meeting will be on Monday June 25, at the Welcome Centre from 5.30 to 7pm.

Want to ask a question? Get in touch?

email: info@welcomewhistler.com

phone: 604.698.5960

Have some fun and volunteer…

We’re recruiting volunteers to help with the 2018 Whistler Multicultural Festival. The actual event is 4 to 8pm on Friday June 8, but some volunteers are needed to help with set up and take down before and after. Here are details of volunteer positions we need for help with….

Most shifts are approximately 3 hours, but if you can’t manage an entire shift let us know what hours you can help. Volunteers will receive snacks and a button, as well as join the fun.

Contact Us if you’d like to help or want more information: info@welcomewhistler.com  or tel: 604.698.5960

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 7 from 3 – 7pm and/or cook and serve food for 2 – 3 hours between 3:30 – 8pm at the Festival.

Volunteer managers: 3:30 – 8pm to sign volunteers in and assign tasks during the Festival

Do you want to grow your own herbs and vegetables?

Are you interested in setting up a WMN garden where we can grow herbs and vegetables that we can use in the Community Kitchens, but also that everyone can use and learn how to cook?

This was one of the ideas that came up at our April Advisory Board meeting last Monday (April 30). We may be able to take over the garden at Spring Creek now that Whistler Community Services is moving to Nesters. The beds are already there, we can use part of the building, and there is space for children to play too… In Pemberton, there is a very active PMN garden and they are happy to come tell us what they do, what they grow and help us decide what we grow in our garden. There will be a presentation and video about the Pemberton Garden at the Festival on June 8.

But if you’re interested, we’ll be discussing this more at our May Advisory Board meeting – so why not come along. If we want to grow some things this year, we’ll need to start planting!

In the meantime, here are the notes on our meeting last Monday – WMN AB minutes April 2018 – and if you want to keep up to date with all the things we do at the Welcome Centre, here’s our WMN Report April 2018.

SAVE THE DATE: Our May meeting will be on Monday May 28, at the Welcome Centre from 5.30 to 7pm.

Want to ask a question? Get in touch?

email: info@welcomewhistler.com

phone: 604.698.5960

 

How do YOU see Whistler?

SHOW US YOUR WHISTLER photo challenge is back!

This year, we’re asking you to show us what makes you belong to the community. Where do you feel you most belong? Is it at home, at work, in town, in your neighbourhood, at play?

The 2 categories for photos this year are

  • Community Connections
  • Community Participation

We would like to see some creative and fun pictures. Just think about a moment when you realized what makes you feel at home in Whistler….

Need some photo tips?

If you’d like to know more about taking a really good photo, join us for a free workshop on

  • Saturday May 12 (1-3pm) at the Welcome Centre at the Whistler Public Library

Local photographer Toshi will take us through how to frame and take a perfect picture – either with a digital camera, or your phone…

See Your Whistler photo display

The winners will be announced at the Whistler Multicultural Festival on June 8 and photos displayed at The Whistler Public Library till August 30.

Don’t miss your chance! Time goes quickly. Deadline is Monday May 21, 2018.

Want to know more?

Parenting Across Cultures Program

The Whistler Welcome Centre is happy to announce the second round of our program, Parenting Across Cultures, beginning on Tuesday, May 1st, 2018.

Parenting Across Cultures is a 6-week program, every Tuesday morning at 11am-1pm, from May 1st until June 12th  2018. We will meet at the Welcome Centre @ Whistler Public Library.

Registration is required and children are welcome too. Child-minding provided.

The program will be facilitated by certified counsellor, Lana Lutke, as well as Welcome Centre staff.

Settling into life in a new culture is a huge adjustment and it can take many years before you feel fully adapted. Becoming a parent is certainly a joyful time in your life but it can also bring about new challenges as you continue your adjustment to a new culture. Parenting Across Cultures offers a safe and supportive environment for immigrant moms to meet, connect and share their experiences as multicultural parents. The program aims to help you be a successful multicultural parent in Whistler and to help you build a support network as a newcomer to Canada.

Come and join us to celebrate you, your children and your culture!

Registration form – PAC 2018

We’re busy, busy, busy…!

If you’re not sure what the Whistler Multicultural Network and the Welcome Centre do, then sign up to receive our monthly report for updates on all our programs and services, people and staff. Even better, come along to our Advisory Board meetings at the end of each month. We need your input to make sure we’re providing what people want, and we’re there to hear your ideas and to help develop and deliver them if we can…

In March, we were busy applying for money so we can keep running our Parenting Across Cultures program, the Multicultural Community Kitchens, and this year’s Multicultural Festival. We were also busy training volunteers for the 2018 Community Volunteer Income Tax program, developing our volunteer resource assistant position for Settlement Services, and reaching out to our Peer Educators, and to young families. Meeting people working in other communities is also important so we can learn from what happens in different places, and we were lucky enough to be able to get together with our partner organizations in Squamish and on the Sunshine Coast for a day in March. It’s always interesting to hear how different these communities are from Whistler, but also how they run similar programs to ours. On March 8, Barbora, Carole and Anni spent a (very rainy!) day in Vancouver meeting other organizations and learning about their services and programs. We also learned a lot about volunteer and peer mentoring….

At our Advisory Board meeting on March 26, we talked especially about the 2018 Festival, and how we can offer food there again this year, and about what we might do to fundraise for the WMN, so we can do even more to support all the immigrants and newcomers in Whistler.. Check out the WMN Report March 2018 for all the details on how busy we were in March, and the WMN AB minutes March 2018 for what we talked about at the meeting.

Come along to our next meeting – on Monday April 30 – we’d love to see you there….