Patryk and Ela from Poland were our chefs at the October Multicultural community kitchen. We’ve learned it takes many times to make a dough for pierogi to be perfect. Although Ela has made the dough at least 50 times before, she is still not a pro 🙂 Patryk used to watch his grandma doing it, but was never allowed to touch it. Pierogi are filled dumplings with a savoury of sweet filling, cooked in a boiling water.
Precook peeled potatoes in salted water a while before starting the pierogi so that they have time to cool off to room temperature.
Sieve flour into a bowl, add a pinch of salt. Combine 500ml of boiled water with 80g of butter. Gradually combine flour and water whilst mixing everything. Add eggs and combine. Knead the dough for about 10mins and set aside.
Mix the ricotta with potatoes and mash everything together. Dice onion and cook until translucent, add half to the filling. Season with salt and pepper. Divide the dough into 10 portions. Roll each portion out to about 2-3mm thickness. Cut into 5x5cm pieces (or cut out circles with a large glass). Then add the filling on top of the cut-outs, fold in half and glue together.
In a large pot boil salted water with a splash of oil or butter, when the water boils place around 15 pierogi and cook until all the pieces start floating to the top. After they float let them cook for another 2 mins and take them out into a large bowl. Place the next batch in the pot. Repeat until all pierogi are cooked . Add remaining onion to the bowl of pierogi, mix and serve.
We had an interesting Advisory Board meeting last week – our first since the summer… and had a long discussion on how we can best thank all the people who volunteer to help us through the year – at the Multicultural Festival, in the Community Volunteer Income Tax program, as immigrant peer educators, as cooks at the Multicultural Community Kitchens and just generally helping out.
To start the meeting, we talked about all the programs and services that are currently happening, and introduced new staff to the group. You can read the WMN Report October 2018 here.
We then looked at the final balance sheet for the 2018 Multicultural Festival to see how it’s the volunteers who help us that make the Festival possible. If you’re interested in seeing that, click here to check out the Summary balance sheet WMF 2018.
Eight years of managing the Festival finances successfully, have given us a healthy bank balance and the group discussed whether we should be using these funds to support immigrants more, for example, to provide childcare, and to make sure we can maintain Welcome Centre staff hours.
A big suggestion was made that we should use the money to support our volunteers and to develop activities and events to thank them regularly. One idea is to have a big barbecue for all our volunteers after the Festival each year. Do you have ideas on how we can start celebrating our volunteers better? Then let us know… You can send a comment to this post (below) or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org – or just come by the Welcome Centre and have a chat.
We’ll be putting together some ideas over the next month or so and hope to talk about these at our next Advisory Board meeting at the end of November. Why not come and join us at that?
In the meantime, put the 2018 Welcome Centre Christmas potluck in your calendar…. hope to see you on Sunday December 2 from 5pm…
One of the things we’ve been really good at is growing the funds we have at the WMN, and it’s time we had a conversation about how we can support other immigrants and newcomers. Are there gaps in services? Are there needs we don’t know about? Do you have ideas for programs and/or services that you want to suggest?
If you do – come to our WMN Advisory Board meeting next Monday October 29, from 5.30 to 7pm.
Maybe you’d like to start an immigrant community garden to grow our own vegetables? How can we help people get better jobs and build their experience and qualifications? Do we need more English support? Do people need support and information about healthcare, education, jobs and work, finding and keeping a place to live, driving, or perhaps getting ready for Canadian citizenship.
These are some of the questions we’ll be asking our Advisory Board and people who come to our meeting next Monday. They are important questions, so if you can’t come yourself, please pass this invitation to anyone you think might be interested.
To get you prepared, here are the notes on our last meeting back in May and before the 2018 Festival – 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 October 2018
Want to ask a question? Get in touch?
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 email@example.com or call 604.698.5960
Kale you either love or hate! Would you like to know how to eat the whole bunch of kale so all your family will enjoy it and it will be gone before you know it?
Izumi, originally from Japan, has taught us how to prepare soy and sesame kale chips at our Healthy snacks workshop. Yum! It’s a very easy and healthy substitute for regular chips. She prepares it for her daughters quite often and if there are any leftovers, Izumi leaves the chips and stores for later on as an ingredient to be added to rice, soups and other meals.
Recipe for 4 people:
The Whistler Welcome Centre is happy to announce the third round of our program, Connections for Immigrant Parents (formerly known as Parenting Across Culture), beginning on Tuesday September 18, 2018.
Connections for Immigrant Parents is a 6 week program, every Tuesday mornings at 11am-1pm, from September 18th until October 23rd 2018. We will meet at the Welcome Centre @ Whistler Public Library.
Registration is required. Children are welcome as well. Child-minding is provided upon registration.
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.
Connections for Immigrant Parents 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!
A part-time, temporary job opportunity is coming up to work with us at the Whistler Welcome Centre as a Multicultural Outreach Worker.
Barbora, our Outreach Worker, is staying with us but taking the opportunity, while her son is little, to work a little less and spend more time with him.
That means we’re looking for someone who can help with outreach, events and activities for a year from this August/September. The person who joins us will be employed by Sea to Sky Community Services, and will work as part of our outreach team connecting with the different newcomer and immigrant communities in Whistler in order to build a social network, create opportunities for immigrants to participate in the wider community, and assist them to develop the skills and knowledge to do so.
The person we’re looking for will have good communication skills, knowledge of social media, energy, enthusiasm and a passion for connecting with people.
If you’re interested in joining us, send your resume and a cover letter introducing yourself to Carole Stretch at firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on Monday July 16, 2018. You can also email if you have questions or want to know more.
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.
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?
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.