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What’s on at the Whistler Welcome Centre?

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.

 

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!

Parenting Across Cultures – Workshop

In December 2017, the first Parenting Across Cultures program ended. We asked the participants for suggestions on how we can develop the program for the future. One participant suggested to offer a workshop to help parents with financial planning and finding out about benefits and credits they are eligible for.

The Whistler Welcome Centre is happy to announce we will be offering this workshop on Wednesday, February 21st, 10.30-11.30 in the Community Room at the Library.

We have invited bookkeeper Mika Matsudate, an experienced speaker on this topic, to facilitate the workshop. Come and join us to find out more about tax tips for parents, to learn how you can maximize your finances to plan for your children’s futures, from a knowledgeable source.

This is a free workshop, babies and small children are welcome (we will set up toys!) and refreshments will be provided.

PAC Workshop

February Calendar

Emergency First Aid (OFA level 1) Course

Whistler Welcome Centre is organizing a special Emergency First Aid Course (OFA level 1) for ESL speakers.

This course you’ll need in the workplace and could be valuable in your household too. You never know when you going to need it.

 

 

When: Thursday, November 8, 2018 9-5pm

Where: Function Junction (203-1420 Alpha Lake Rd)

Cost: $55 (incl. tax). It’s $120 elsewhere.  6 participants minimum to run the course

Includes: Certificate valid for 3 years

For registration please fill the registration form below. Deadline: November 1, 2018

Registration form – First Aid-1

 

Sponsored by RMOW

“Do it together, learn it together”

Would you like to learn new skills and participate in creative activities with your children?

“Do It Together, Learn It Together” Family and Child Education Program is back.
Its a great opportunity for parents, caregivers and children to learn new life skills through hands-on activities and crafts. 

Come and join us every Thursday 10am to 12pm at Welcome Centre at the Whistler Public Library.


Come
 and join us every Thursday 10am to 12pm at Welcome Centre at the Whistler Public Library.