What’s on at the Whistler Welcome Centre?

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Would you like to know what Whistler Welcome Centre has planned for the month of November 2018? Here is our monthly calendar with current programs, events and activities.

 

How can we say thank you to our volunteers?

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We had an interesting Advisory Board meeting last week – our first since the summer… and had a long discussion on how we can best thank all the people who volunteer to help us through the year – at the Multicultural Festival, in the Community Volunteer Income Tax program, as immigrant peer educators, as cooks at the Multicultural Community Kitchens and just generally helping out.

To start the meeting, we talked about all the programs and services that are currently happening, and introduced new staff to the group. You can read the WMN Report October 2018 here.

We then looked at the final balance sheet for the 2018 Multicultural Festival to see how it’s the volunteers who help us that make the Festival possible. If you’re interested in seeing that, click here to check out the Summary balance sheet WMF 2018.

Eight years of managing the Festival finances successfully, have given us a healthy bank balance and the group discussed whether we should be using these funds to support immigrants more, for example, to provide childcare, and to make sure we can maintain Welcome Centre staff hours.

A big suggestion was made that we should use the money to support our volunteers and to develop activities and events to thank them regularly. One idea is to have a big barbecue for all our volunteers after the Festival each year. Do you have ideas on how we can start celebrating our volunteers better? Then let us know… You can send a comment to this post (below) or contact us at info@welcomewhistler.com – or just come by the Welcome Centre and have a chat.

We’ll be putting together some ideas over the next month or so and hope to talk about these at our next Advisory Board meeting at the end of November. Why not come and join us at that?

In the meantime, put the 2018 Welcome Centre Christmas potluck in your calendar…. hope to see you on Sunday December 2 from 5pm…

If you had $1000, how would you spend that to help other immigrants?

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One of the things we’ve been really good at is growing the funds we have at the WMN, and it’s time we had a conversation about how we can support other immigrants and newcomers. Are there gaps in services? Are there needs we don’t know about? Do you have ideas for programs and/or services that you want to suggest?

If you do – come to our WMN Advisory Board meeting next Monday October 29, from 5.30 to 7pm.

Maybe you’d like to start an immigrant community garden to grow our own vegetables? How can we help people get better jobs and build their experience and qualifications? Do we need more English support? Do people need support and information about healthcare, education, jobs and work, finding and keeping a place to live, driving, or perhaps getting ready for Canadian citizenship.

These are some of the questions we’ll be asking our Advisory Board and people who come to our meeting next Monday. They are important questions, so if you can’t come yourself, please pass this invitation to anyone you think might be interested.

To get you prepared, here are the notes on our last meeting back in May and before the 2018 Festival – 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 October 2018

Want to ask a question? Get in touch?

email: info@welcomewhistler.com

phone: 604.698.5960

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