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

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

 

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….

Raising money….

At our Whistler Multicultural Network Advisory Board on February 26, we talked about how we could raise money to cover the costs of the Multicultural Festival and any other WMN programs we’d like to run. Do you have any ideas? Are you interested in helping with a multicultural dinner, or organizing a multicultural event to show off your culture to the community? Volunteering with the WMN can help your resume, your English and make you new friends, so we’d love to speak with you…

We’d love to hear your ideas, and find out what you’d be interested in volunteering with, so why not join us at our next meeting on March 26 at 5.30 in the Welcome Centre at the library? Some ideas so far for things we could do to raise money include:

  • a multicultural dinner, maybe in partnership with a local hotel or other organization
  • a special cultural celebration day each year linked to one of the cultures in Whistler
  • running a table at the Farmer’s Market over the summer

You can keep up to date and read about February’s Advisory Board meeting and discussions in the February 2018 Minutes. And of you want to know what we do each month at the Welcome Centre, check out our WMN Report February 2018. You might be surprised!

Our next Advisory Board meeting is Monday March 26 at 5.30 in the Welcome Centre at the library. If you’d like to get involved in the WMN and have some ideas for raising money, why not come and join us. Everyone and all ideas and thoughts are very welcome! Put it in your calendar now!

If you have any questions, contact us at info@welcomewhistler.com

Get involved, join the Advisory Board…

Our Whistler Multicultural Network Advisory Board met on January 26. Plans for 2018 are off to a great start, and now is a great time to think about volunteering with the Whistler Multicultural Network and the Welcome Centre. There are lots of opportunities to get involved:

  • help others with their taxes while you learn about them yourself in the Community Volunteer Income Tax program.
  • volunteer as a cook in the multicultural community kitchen program – share your food and culture with others in the community
  • volunteer and practice your English as a Community Resource Assistant or Community Kitchen Assistant – great ways to practice your work English in a friendly place
  • help us plan and deliver the 2018 Multicultural Festival – as a performer, activity leader, as part of the cooking team, or just in general
  • join us to help out in the community for Pitch In Day
  • or just join the Advisory Board with your ideas for services and programs for newcomers and immigrants in Whistler

Read about our Advisory Board meeting and discussions in the January 2018 Minutes, and about Welcome Centre activities in our WMN Report January 2018.

Our next Advisory Board meeting is Monday February 26 at 5.30 in the Welcome Centre at the library. If you’d like to get involved in the WMN and have some ideas for projects etc., why not come and join us. Everyone and all ideas and thoughts are very welcome! Put it in your calendar now!

If you have any questions, contact us at info@welcomewhistler.com

February Calendar

Join our Advisory Board….

On January 29, the WMN advisory board will have their first meeting of 2018. There’s lots to talk about…. and we want to hear what you have to say…

  • What programs do we need?
  • What workshops are you interested in?
  • What should we be doing at the Festival this year?
  • Would you like to volunteer to help other immigrants?
  • How do we grow the WMN, and let people know about us even more?

These are just some of the things on the agenda, so if you’d like to hear about them and give us your ideas, please come along. And if you just want to find out more about what we’ve been doing and what’s being planned, then we’d love to see you there..

Date: Monday, 29 January, 2018

Time: 5:30pm to 7pm

Place: Welcome Centre at the Whistler Public Library

If you’d like to know more, or have any questions

At the October WMN Advisory Board…..

…. we talked about our busiest month ever !! Settlement services and ESL groups busy, new volunteer tutors recruited, the Welcome Centre and drop-in activities popular, a Japanese Multicultural Community Kitchen, the Peer Educator Program, a multicultural cookbook, and our new Parenting Across Cultures program… In October…

  • the 2017 Immigrant Peer Educator Program started with 8 people. So far, we’ve talked about how the Peer Educator program works, covered listening skills, discussed boundaries and self-care, and looked at culture shock and how important language skills are.
  • a focus group for Parenting Across Cultures was held with 17 parents and about 10 children. We had parents of children from 3 months to 17 years old come along to share what it’s like to be a parent in another culture. Lots of discussion was had, and people generally agreed they’d like to have more get togethers for immigrant parents. The Parenting Across Cultures program starts November and we’ll be developing ideas to keep these sessions going. We’ll be looking for lots of input, ideas and suggestions for that too.
  • ESL groups are busy, and at the end of October, an information session to recruit new volunteer ESL tutors was held. ESL tutors volunteer their time for free, and commit to working with a learner for up to 2 hours a week, for six months. it’s a great way to work on your English if your schedule means getting to a group is difficult. By the end of November, those tutors should be trained and ready to support learners, so if you’re interested in working with a tutor, or know someone who is, let us know.
  • Our Multicultural Community Kitchen in October was Japanese. Rumi taught us how to cook miso soup, okonomiyaki (savory pancakes) and shiratama dango (sweet glutinous rice dumplings). Yum!
  • the 2017 Multicultural Cookbook is almost ready to be printed – 10 recipes from community kitchens and Festival food plus stories from the cooks. The cookbook will be ready to buy at our Christmas party and potluck on December 3rd (watch out for details and your invitation) – what a great Christmas present for friends and family…

You can see full details of what we did in October by clicking WMN Report October 2017  and click here for the October 2017 Minutes.

Our next Advisory Board meeting is on Monday November 27, 5.40 in the Welcome Centre at the library. Why not come along for a preview of the Cookbook, and help start planning for 2018!!

 

What do we talk about at the WMN advisory board?

On Monday, September 25, the WMN advisory board met at the Welcome Centre for the first time since the summer. After an update on programs and services in July and August, we talked about the new programs and projects being planned for the fall and winter.

  • a program that helps develop communication and peer support skills, plus knowledge of resources and services in Whistler,
  • a pilot program supporting new immigrant mums learning to celebrate their own cultures while parenting in Canada, and
  • the development of our own Multicultural Kitchens cookbook.

While July and August were quiet, now that fall is here, programming is getting busy. ESL groups, settlement services and Friday Welcome Centre drop-in are all active – see our calendar for full details of what’s on.

In October, we’ll be starting our fourth Immigrant Peer Educator Program (IPEP) – this is a free 8-week program is a great way to practice your English, learn new communication skills and meet new people. At the same time, you will hear about services and support in Whistler including health, education and jobs, banking and money, your rights in Canada, and how to help other newcomers and immigrants.

Also in October, our first Parenting Across Cultures program for multicultural mums of babies 0-12 months will start. We’re hoping this first program will lead to expanded sessions in the future supporting parents of children across the age ranges. To build our understanding of multicultural parenting in Canada, we’re also inviting parents to a focus group to share with the joys and challenges of being a parent in a different culture.

If you’re interested in joining the IPEP or Parenting Across Cultures program or focus group, contact Andrea Dunne either by phone at 604.698.5960, by email at andrea.dunne@sscs.ca or at the WMN at info@welcomewhistler.com.

Another exciting project is the Whistler’s Multicultural Kitchens cookbook we’re developing from the community kitchens program and the food we cooked for the Whistler Multicultural Festival in 2016 and 2017. This 2017 edition will have 10 recipes and stories from the cooks who shared their food with us. It’ll be ready for the end of November, so an easy Christmas present and a great way to support the WMN!

To see full details of our meeting, check out the September 2017 Minutes. To get updated on what’s on and planned see our WMN Bulletin September 2017.

Our next Advisory Board meeting will be on Monday October 30, from 5.30 to 7pm at the Whistler Welcome Centre – everyone welcome, so if you’d like to get involved with cultural sharing, developing programs to support immigrants and newcomers, or just want to meet new people, why not come along… If you’d like to receive full meeting details, or learn more about the WMN, drop us an email at info@welcomewhistler.com or call 604.698.5960.

September Advisory Board Meeting

The September WMN Advisory Board Meeting will take place on Monday, September 25 from 5.30-7.30pm at the Welcome Centre.

Come and join us to hear about our new programs and help us plan 2018

On Monday, we’ll be:

  • starting to plan the 2018 Whistler Multicultural Festival
  • reviewing the program plan for the new Parents Across Cultures sessions to get your thoughts/suggestions
  • asking you to look at the design and project plan for the Multicultural Cookbook we are starting to develop.

Please come along and join us. We’d love to see you there.