WMN Outreach Survey



Please take 5 minutes to fill out the survey below. Bri is looking for more information on the needs and wants of the community. New to the position she is looking for new ideas on programs to run and support to offer to the immigrants here is Whistler.

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Settlement Services now funded by CIC

An agreement has now been signed with CIC (Citizenship and Immigration Canada) for the delivery of settlement services in the Sea to Sky Sunshine Coast region. Although this means changes for Whistler, overall this agreement means that immigrants will continue to be supported in important areas at least for the next two years……

Welcoming_Communities_Whistler1364932538Two years ago, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced that it would be taking over responsibility from the province for all settlement services funding in BC as of April 1, 2014. The high level of the Welcoming Communities funding from the province was, in part, a reaction to that – the original plan was to have 5 years of Welcoming Communities funding.

What the change means is that all the ESLSAP (English as a Second Language Settlement Assistance Program), Welcoming Communities, and Settlement funding will now be under the auspices of CIC.

In order to be able to apply for replacement funding, it was decided last year that a regional application covering Pemberton, Whistler, Squamish and the Sunshine Coast (Sea to Sky Sunshine Coast Welcome Net (SSSC Welcome Net)) would have a greater chance of funding, and, in the summer of 2013, Capilano University submitted an application for continued ESLSAP (Community Connections), Welcoming Communities and settlement programming funding in the region. In December 2013, we heard that this application had been accepted for negotiation and we have been working on this with the federal government since then.

November is Financial Literacy Month

To celebrate Financial Literacy Month, Whistler Welcoming Communities is offering a FREE Financial Literacy Series.

Settlement Worker for Whistler and Pemberton, Andrea Dunne, will be running a total of 4 information sessions during November and December. The topics are all about what you need to know about money and finances in Canada. They are especially for Newcomers to Canada, Andrea’s goal is to help you understand everything you need to know about banks, finances and tax in Canada. Each session will be interactive and delivered in a safe, professional and friendly environment.

Each session will take place at Whistler Library from 5.30pm until 8pm. (more…)

Drop-in and Multicultural Welcome Centre planned

Welcoming Communities Whistler is planning to extend the collaboration between the Whistler Public Library, the ESL Settlement Assistance Program and the Whistler Multicultural Network by working together to develop a Multicultural Welcome Centre.

The Centre will be based at the Library and will provide a central and welcoming place for newcomers to Canada and Whistler to meet others, share their own and Canadian culture, access information and support, and to start participating more widely in the community. (more…)

What's a kanreki?

Kanreki, return to the calendar, is the celebration of a person’s 60th birthday which is a great celebration in Japan. According to the lunar calendar, it takes 60 years for a person to finish a cycle on this earth. In a 60-year cycle the honoree has gone five times around the twelve animal years of the Chinese zodiac. It marks a person’s rebirth and return to second childhood. The cycle of life returns to the beginning. (more…)

Fall Speaker Series

Fall Speaker Series

Information Sessions for Whistler Residents

Join the Resort Municipality of Whistler and the Whistler Multicultural Network for their Fall Speaker Series and learn how to make your move to Whistler easier.

The series begins on October 26th at Myrtle Philip Community School from 10-12.  Hear all about Childcare, Healthcare, Youth Club Facilities and Taxes from speakers from different organisations. Childcare will be provided and attendance is FREE. (more…)

Welcoming Communities news from around BC

wmn wc combined (2)In Williams Lake they are just gearing up now for their biggest event, the Cariboo Welcome Fair, which will be happening on September 28. They have nearly 30 local organizations and businesses hosting information booths in the Thompson Rivers University gym, talking to people about what services they offer and how they can help especially newcomers to the community. (more…)

Celebrating the autumn moon festival

MooncakeThe Chinese Moon Festival is on the 15th of the 8th lunar month – the day of the harvest moon. It’s also known as the Mid-autumn Festival. The day is also known as the Moon Festival, as at that time of the year the moon is at its roundest. On this day, family members get together to enjoy the bright full moon, eat moon cakes at night, think about their homes and about family members who live far away. (more…)

Why make 1,000 origami cranes on International Peace Day?

sadako statueAn old Japanese legend said that anyone who folds a thousand paper cranes so pleases the gods that the folder is granted a wish.  One well known story is Sadako and her 1,000 paper cranes.

Sadako Sasaki (January 7, 1943 – October 25, 1955) was a Japanese girl who lived near Hiroshima, Japan. She was only two years old when the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945.  (more…)

Origami crane tree on International Peace Day kicks off winter intercultural workshops

P1040628On September 21 over 100 people helped the WMN create their first origami peace crane tree at the Whistler Library. Over 700 origami cranes were made on the actual day with a further 1000 or so donated by a couple who got married on the same day. (more…)