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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 info@welcomewhistler.com 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 info@welcomewhistler.com or call 604.698.5960

Answer: National Flag of Canada Day….

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 barbora.vaneckova@sscs.ca
  • 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.

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.

Learn about Sugars, good and bad!

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

Slovak and Czech Christmas recipes

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

Method:

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
pot

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

Method:

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. 

Are you Getting Started in Whistler?

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

  • practice English language conversation and communication – learn the basics to be successful at work in Canada
  • meet other people new to Whistler, make friends and connections, and get set up for a fun, great winter.
  • learn where to go and how to get help to make the most of your time in Whistler.

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 info@welcomewhistler.com or call 604.698.5960

Want to learn about local services and how to help other immigrants in Whistler?

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…

  • develop your knowledge and skills to support friends and co-workers (your ‘peers’) with information about where to go and how to solve issues.
  • learn about culture shock, depression, discrimination, children and women’s health issues, education, how to solve conflicts with landlords or employers and many other topics.
  • learn about local resources and services, and meet their representatives.
  • improve your listening and communication skills through fun activities and exercises.

Immigrant Peer Educators…

  • are immigrants working or living in the local community.
  • are reliable, responsible and committed to the program.
  • complete 16 hours of training.
  • commit 1-2 hours per week to the program for 4 months after training.
  • have a real desire to provide support, empathy, information and referrals to other immigrants (friends and co-workers).

Why be a Peer Educator?

  • Gain valuable volunteer experience for your resume and career development.
  • Receive free training on team work, listening and questioning skills, health and wellness, education, self-advocacy, local social service and other local resources and programs.
  • Work in a team to increase awareness about social services and immigrant support programs.
  • Be part of a program that is fun, informative and easy to fit into your current lifestyle.
  • Receive a Peer Educator certificate.

Have questions? Want to know more? Contact our settlement worker, Izumi Inoue….

 

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

FOOD SAFE – LEVEL 1

Whistler Welcome Centre is organizing a special Food Safe – Level 1 course  for ESL speakers delivered by Caroline Bagnall, certified FOOD SAFE instructor.

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn new skills valuable in work & home environment and a special lower price (usually around $149)

 

When: Saturday March 17, 2018: 9:30am -5:30pm

Where: Welcome Centre @ Whistler Public Library

Cost: $74 (incl. tax) if 6 participants. Price will drop with more participants enrolled. The price difference will be reimbursed the week after the course.

Includes: Free study group on  Friday March 9, 2018: 9:30am-12pm,  take home materials: Food Safe books, certificate valid for 5 years

For registration please fill the registration form below. Deadline: March 15, 2018

Registration form – Food Safe

Part of the Multicultural Community Kitchen Program. Partially funded by RMOW. Thank you!