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

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

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….

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!

February Calendar

Whistler Blackcomb Foundation

The Whistler Blackcomb Foundation is a registered non-profit organization formed in 1992. They are dedicated to providing financial support to organizations within the Sea to Sky Corridor in the areas of health, human services, education, recreation, art & culture and the environment with a special emphasis on youth and family programs.  Their mandate is to support larger, everlasting community projects.  To date the WB Foundation has raised over $11 million for Registered Sea to Sky Charities.  A large portion of fundraising is contributed through the Whistler and Blackcomb Mountain Resorts Ltd.  The resort donates 50 VIP Annual ski passes called the Founder’s Pass at a cost of $6000 Canadian per year!

In October 2017 the Whistler and Pemberton Welcome Center applied for funding to support the Community Kitchen and Global Gardeners projects. These projects enable immigrants to learn life skills related to food such as gardening, preserving foods and preparing meals.  These projects are benefical to immigrants because they build confidence and healthy eating.  They also teach the community the importance immigrants bring to the community.

It is with great pleasure to announce that the WB Foundation has accepted our application and will be giving us funds to purchase 2x iPads, 2x keyboards and 2x cases for the programs. We will now be able to document workshops in a variety of ways and in a timely manner.

 

 

 

 

Parenting Across Cultures

The Whistler Welcome Centre is delighted to announce the beginning of our new program, Parenting Across Cultures, beginning on Wednesday November 1st. With thanks to generous funding from the Community Foundation of Whistler, Sea to Sky Community Services and Whistler Multicultural Network, the Welcome Centre is able to offer this program.

Parenting Across Cultures is a 6 week program, every Wednesday morning at 10-12, from November 1st until December 6th 2017. We will meet at the Maury Young Arts Centre (formerly Millenium Place). Registration is required and babies are welcome too. The program will be facilitated by certified counsellor, Lana Lutke, as well as Welcome Centre and Sea to Sky Community Services 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 babies and your culture!

Poster PAC FINAL

 

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.

Nutrition Workshop “LIFE WITHOUT DAIRY”

Join our Nutrition Workshop this Friday, September 29, 2017, 10:00-12:00pm at the Whistler Public Library.

Come learn alternative sources of calcium and tips on how to maintain positive calcium balance in the body for strong bones.
We invited Sarah, experienced nutritionist, certified Plant Based Chef to tell us more about Dairy alternatives.