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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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?
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:
Session 2: 6 to 8pm on March 28 will cover:
Both sessions will be at the Whistler Public Library.
To register for one or both, or for more details, contact email@example.com or call 604.698.5960.
We do ask all participants to register at the Welcome Centre:
Answer: National Flag of Canada Day….
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:
When: Saturday March 23, 2019: 9:30am -5:30pm
Where: Welcome Centre @ Whistler Public Library
Cost: $80pp. 8 participants minimum
Registration and payment information:
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.
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.
Come to our Multicultural Meet Up, this Friday 18th January. Our expert nutritionist will be there to teach us about different types of sugar. The bad sugars and the good sugars and how they affect our bodies. As always she is happy to answer any questions
Christmas is just around the corner and if you are still thinking what to cook or bake, we would like to share two traditional Christmas recipes with you. In Slovakia, Kapustnica (Sauerkraut soup) is served as a first course on Christmas Eve. In both countries, Slovak and Czech Republic, Xmas are without Linzer (Linecke) cookies.
Our chefs both Barbora and Barbora 🙂 taught us how to prepare their traditional meals/cookies at our cooking class, which is a part of the Multicultural Community Kitchen Program. https://welcomewhistler.com/programs-services/programs/multicultural-community-kitchen/
Kapustnica‘s main ingredients are sauerkraut, pork, sausages and mushrooms. The soup is prepared slightly differently in each country’s region. Some people add plums, apples or ham. On Christmas Eve, soup is then followed by schnitzel or fish with potato salad and then by cookies.
Ingredients: (serves 4-6ppl)
• 500 g (3.5 cups) sauerkraut
• 500 g (2.25 cups) diced pork
• handful of dried mushrooms
• 1 sausage (Hungarian sausage is a good choice)
• 2 onions
• 2 cloves garlic
• 1 cup sour Cream
• 2 bay leaves
• pinch of nutmeg, caraway, black pepper, paprika, salt
1. Rinse sauerkraut under cold water, drain and put
into a large pot with 2.5litres water
2. Turn 2 cloves of garlic into a paste and add to sauerkraut
3. Add black pepper, caraway seeds, nutmeg, dried mushrooms
(previously soaked in water), bay leaves and sliced onions
4. Cut pork into smaller pieces and add them to the
5. Add paprika and salt, cover the pot and simmer
for approximately 60 minutes. Slice sausage and add to the soup 15 minutes before
finishing. The longer you cook the soup, the better it tastes. I usually let it
cook for 90 minutes to achieve a great taste.
6. Typically, the soup is served with sour cream,but it is up to you, how you like it. It makes the soup more creamy and thicker.
Czech Barbora said about the Linzer cookies: ” These cookies are super popular around the Christmas tree with the family, and everyone has different opinion about how to make them right – different jam, different shapes, everyone thinks their cookies are the best…We make Linzer cookies every Christmas and my mum even makes special jam in summer to be ready for Christmas time.” ( quoted from Whistler’s Multicultural Cookbook 2017). https://welcomewhistler.com/our-cookbook/
Ingredients for Linzer cookies :(makes about 4 dozen small cookies)
2 cups (250 g) all purpose flour
1cup (125 g) icing sugar
1lemon for zest
3 egg yolks
1 stick and 6 tbsp (200 g) butter –cubed & at room temperature
Jam/jelly of your choice
1.Sift the flour and sugar onto a clean surface (use the biggest one you have). Make a well in the middle, add in the egg yolks, lemon zest and butter cubes. Knead the dough until soft, smooth and elastic. It takes around 10-15 minutes.
2.Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours (I leave in the fridge overnight).
3. Cut dough into 4 pieces. Roll out each piece on a lightly floured surface to 1/8-inchthickness. Cut dough with desired cookie cutter shape. Make a large hole in thecenter of half of your cookie shapes. Place 1inchapart on a cookie sheet (I use baking paper instead of greasing the cookiesheets).
4. Bake at 355 °F for 7 to 10 minutes until edges are light golden brown.
5.When cool, spread each solid cookie with strawberry jam, put the cookie with the hole in the middle on top, and sprinkle with sugar.
We are excited to let you know that the Whistler Welcome Centre is starting a new 4-week program; Getting Started. This program is for people who are new to Whistler. It will provide information on how to get set up – for example, where to go to get your driving license, your travel insurance, your Medical coverage, where you can get help to find a job… and give you an opportunity to practice your English in a friendly, no pressure environment. Getting Started will help you
The Getting Started in Whistler program will run for 4 weeks in November – and places are limited, make sure to sign up soon….
Want to register? Have questions? Contact Izumi Inoue or Bekah Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604.698.5960
Here’s a great opportunity to practice English, learn new skills and meet new people… whether you’re new to Whistler or have been here a while.
Our 2018 Immigrant Peer Educator Program this fall will help you…
Immigrant Peer Educators…
Why be a Peer Educator?
Have questions? Want to know more? Contact our settlement worker, Izumi Inoue….
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
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….
If you’d like to know more about taking a really good photo, join us for a free workshop on
Local photographer Toshi will take us through how to frame and take a perfect picture – either with a digital camera, or your phone…
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.
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!