How can you build your Canadian resume……

…….. and make a difference?

At last month’s WMN Advisory Board, we started talking about how we can recognise our volunteers better. We really do have so many volunteers who help us through the year, with the Festival, as volunteer income tax preparers, as peer educators. in our Pitch In team, and in many other ways – and we want to show our appreciation.

This month we’ve been looking at the ways volunteers can support the Welcome Centre and also build their skills with Canadian experience they can use on their resume. We’d really like your input on this new program to make sure we are offering people the opportunities they want.

We’ll also be asking for input on some other ideas for programs and information sessions, so we hope as many people as possible can make it. It’s your opportunity to help develop the Welcome Centre, so if you can’t come yourself, please pass this invitation to anyone you think might be interested.

If you’d like to find out more, or have some ideas for the volunteer program or other services – come to our WMN Advisory Board meeting November 2018 – we’re meeting next Monday November 26, from 5.30 to 7pm.

To get you prepared, here are the notes on our October meeting – WMN AB minutes October 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 November 2018

Want to ask a question? Get in touch?


phone: 604.698.5960

Want to volunteer as an ESL or literacy tutor??

If you would like to give back by helping other newcomers or community members develop their language skills, and adapt to life in Whistler, then why not volunteer as an ESL or literacy tutor?

Our tutors support language learning one-to-one and in small groups. It’s a great way to meet new people, and to gain experience and skills in teaching and training.

No prior ESL, literacy or tutoring experience is required and we provide free training plus ongoing guidance and support with access to resources and materials.

If you’d like to join a group of tutors who are working to help immigrants learn how to communicate at work and in the community, then come along and learn more…

When? Friday October 12 at 5.30pm

Where? Community Room at the Whistler Public Library

Can’t make it? Want to know more? Contact Carole Stretch at or call her at 604.698.7226

See our 2018 tutor recruitment ad here…

February Calendar

Canada Day Parade

The Pemberton Multicultural Network will be walking in the Canada Day Parade on July 1st.  If you would like to be part of this please meet at the downtown community barn at 9 a.m. dressed in your traditional clothing.  The parade starts at 10 a.m. followed by a cake cutting, children’s arts and crafts, dance party and farmers market at the Community Center from 11-2 p.m.  The Pemberton Public Library will also be announcing the winners of the 2017 Photo Challenge.  Come celebrate Canada’s 150!

WMN Spring Newsletter 2017

Finally real spring is here and the Welcome Centre has so much to offer. Come and share some delicious food during our spring potluck, take a photography class and be part of our photo contest, or help to clean the Earth during Pitch In Day…

Spring Calendar

  • Pitch in Day – On May 6 you can volunteer and help clean up Whistler after winter.
  • Show Us Your Whistler: Photography workshop May 7,Ÿ Submit your photos by May  22
  • Spring Potluck – Celebrate spring on May 7
  • Multicultural Community Kitchen – the real taste of Taiwan – May 16
  • Whistler Multicultural Festival – the festival for locals is here – June 9

This spring, Monday settlement drop-in for any questions or information needs, and Friday drop-ins with skills training, cultural sharing and other activities continue each week. There’ll be more multicultural community kitchens and ESL groups continue. If you are interested in any of our programs or events please contact us by phone (604.698.5960) or email


We had lots of programs over the season including the highly successful Tax Clinics. We also had several info sessions – Tod from Licence to Drive came to talk about how to successfully get your driver’s licence, Priscilla and Andrea visited from Work BC, and Mika from Sakura Bookkeeping gave us some tips on tax deductions and filing our taxes. We celebrated Saint Patrick’s Day and the Sakura festival. On April 10, we launched the Show Us Your Whistler photo challenge and we’re now full on planning for the Whistler Multicultural Festival.

For a full list of upcoming events and activities visit our website at

Show Us Your Whistler photo challenge celebrates Canada’s 150th anniversary

To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday and our great community, the WMN in partnership with the Library, is organizing the ‘Show us Your Whistler’ photo challenge.  We are inviting all community members to take a photo showing how they ‘belong’ to Whistler, in the categories: My home, My culture, My town, My work, My family.

Winners in each category will be announced, and the See Your Whistler  photo display will be launched, at the Whistler Multicultural Festival at the Library on June 9 at 6pm. Visit the See Your Whistler display from June 9 to September 6 at the Whistler Public Library.

FREE! photo workshops

As part of the photo challenge, we are organizing 2 free workshops at the Whistler Public Library on April 21 (10am to 12pm) and/or May 7 (6 to 8pm). Local photographer, Toshi Kawano, will teach the basics; composition, exposure, settings; and focus on photographing people (portrait and candid). Bring your camera, or just your phone, to learn more. To register, or for questions, email


Citizenship Test

Since IRCC brought in changes to the Citizenship application process, they also introduced changes to the Citizenship Test, making it more difficult to pass. If you are preparing for your Citizenship Test, be sure to study the latest materials available on the CIC website

Pitch in Day

Next up – the WMN is participating in Pitch In Day this spring! You can volunteer and help clean the beautiful place we live in. We meet on May 6 at 9 AM in parking lot 4 by the staircase. Everyone will get free gloves, garbage bags and a t-shirt. After cleaning we will enjoy an amazing BBQ at the Fire Hall!!

Community Volunteer Income Tax Program – another year finished!

In total, between 9 volunteers and 4 tax clinics, we helped 83 individuals file their tax return. Thank you to all the volunteers who participated. Despite some technical hiccups, we managed to run each clinic smoothly and worked together as a team to solve problems. The WMN is heppy to work with the Whistler Public Library, Whistler Community Services, and Revenue Canada, to deliver this community service.

Parenting Across Cultures (PAC)

Hoping to have our funding confirmed shortly, Andrea has started spreading the word about PAC, and receiving lots of positive feedback and interest. We have invited Lana Lutke, a local certified counsellor who specialises in culture shock and adjustment, to facilitate the program. Lana is excited to be involved as she already helps clients with these issues in her practice as a counsellor. Carole and Andrea met with Jackie at WCSS, who run a comparable program called Birth, Baby & Beyond (BBB). They are planning to run 5 BBB sessions per year, as they find it difficult to keep up with the demand, and are welcoming PAC as an additional community resource.

Multicultural Community Kitchens – taste all the flavours of the world

Would you like to show everyone how to cook your favourite food? We would love to hear from you!

Contact us for more information about cooking at the Multicultural Community Kitchen at 604.388.5511 or email

The popular Multicultural Community Kitchen program is back. We kick off the new season with Taiwanese food. Chia Chia will teach us how to cook and enjoy a traditional meal. For other kitchens, we will keep you posted with an updated calendar.  Get your taste buds ready for an amazing journey around the world.


We’re happy to report that we’ve received funding for the Festival from Heritage Canada and Welcome BC this year. We’re also hoping to have more local sponsors so that the event can become more sustainable for the WMN to continue delivering.

Recruitment for performers, activity leaders and general volunteers is now open. The food team is busy planning what we’ll be selling this year, and spaces are open for the multicultural marketplace again.

If you’d like to participate in any way or have ideas for activities, performances, food, or other offerings, then contact the Welcome Centre by calling 604-698-5960 or emailing

Pitch in Day- meeting point in front of library!

We invite you to take part and keep our community clean and beautiful. Volunteer and spend some great time outdoor with people from your community. Pitch in!

How it works?  We meet on Saturday May 6th  in front of Whistler Public Library at 8.45 am. Everyone will get free gloves, garbage bags and T-shirt. After cleaning we will enjoy an amazing BBQ!!

Please register! We will announce more details shortly…

Global Gardeners

Do you like to garden or would you like to learn how to garden? Do you like spending time outside? If you answered yes to any of these questions then you would be perfect for the Pemberton Multicultural gardening group, the Global Gardeners.

The Global Gardeners is a group of people who volunteer their time from May to October.  Volunteers are required to sign up for watering shifts, help weed the garden and harvest the vegetables.  Vegetables grown from the garden are distributed evenly to each volunteer and a portion is donated to the Pemberton Food Bank.

If you would like to be part of the Global Gardeners an annual $10 fee per family is required and can be paid at the Sea to Sky Community Services office Monday-Thursday from 9:30-3 p.m.  Deadline is May 15.

Pemberton Public Library

The Pemberton Public Library would like to offer a Family Multicultural Storytime.  This volunteer position would co-facilitate reading stories and singing song with librarian Nic. We are hoping to offer the Family Multicultural Storytime every second Saturday of each month from 10-10:30 a.m.   We would like to rotate this position monthly so different community members can share their culture.

Reading stories and singing songs are all part of literacy.  Literacy can help in the following areas:

  • brain development
  • social skills
  • writing skills
  • enhancing memory
  • vocabulary skills

If you would like to volunteer for this position please contact Anni at


2017 Whistler Multicultural Festival

Mark your calendars!


The date of the 2017 Whistler Multicultural Festival will be Friday June 9, from 4-8PM.

We are happy to partner with the Whistler Public Library and Whistler Museum to bring back this fun event for the seventh year. There will be multicultural food, live performances, and fun activities to look forward to again this year. Bring your family and friends to celebrate our multicultural community and try something new.

If you have any ideas for food, activities, or performances for next year’s Festival we would love to hear from you! Please send any ideas and suggestions to or call 604-698-5960.

Watch this space for updates about the 2017 Whistler Multicultural Festival.

Volunteers Needed for Whistler Multicultural Festival

Have you ever eaten Arepas, made Martenitsa dolls, or seen Kendo? Volunteer at this year’s Whistler Multicultural Festival and you will get to experience all these and more. If you are available on Friday June 10 and are looking for a fun volunteering opportunity we would love to hear from you!

For more information about the 2016 Whistler Multicultural Festival click here.

Below is a list of volunteer roles that are needed for the Festival. We are especially looking for volunteers to help set up the Festival from 12-4PM.

Festival Ambassadors: One hour between 4:00 and 8:00 pm to interact with the public near the Festival location to invite them in. Handout promotional pieces. If you have national dress to wear, that’s even better

Set up/tear down: 12:00 – 4:00 pm and/or 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Erect/tear down tents, tables, barricades, set up the recycling area etc

Customer relations: 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm and/or 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm to greet customers, give event information, sell baked goods.

General helpers: 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm and/or 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm to help with any little task that needs an extra hand. Also to help keep the site clean and tidy.

Artistic: 2:00 – 5:00 pm and/or 5:00 – 8:00 pm to help with set up and operation of entertainment both on and off the stage. You might also be asked to help with the children’s activities.

Food Servers: 2:00-5:00 pm and/or 5:00-8:00 pm to help prepare and serve food during the Festival.

Most shifts are approximately 3 hours, but if you can’t manage an entire shift let us know what hours you can help. Volunteers will receive a t-shirt, a lanyard, refreshments, as well as a fun time. For full details click here.

For more information and to sign up, contact with details of which volunteer position and shift time you are interested in.