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?
We’re recruiting volunteers to help with the 2018 Whistler Multicultural Festival. The actual event is 4 to 8pm on Friday June 8, but some volunteers are needed to help with set up and take down before and after. Here are details of volunteer positions we need for help with….
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 snacks and a button, as well as join the fun.
Contact Us if you’d like to help or want more information: email@example.com or tel: 604.698.5960
Festival Ambassadors: One hour between 4 and 8pm 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/take down: 10 – 4 pm and/or 8 – 9:30 pm. Set up/take down tents, tables, recycling area, displays, activities. Decorate the location.
Customer relations: 3:30 – 6 pm and/or 6 – 8 pm to greet visitors, give event information, manage a world map activity.
General helpers: 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm and/or 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm to help with any task that needs an extra hand. Also, to help keep the site clean and tidy, and garbage in the right place.
Activities helpers: 3:30 – 6 pm and/or 5:30 – 8 pm to help run multicultural crafts and activities. No skills or knowledge needed.
Food team: Help prep food on June 7 from 3 – 7pm and/or cook and serve food for 2 – 3 hours between 3:30 – 8pm at the Festival.
Volunteer managers: 3:30 – 8pm to sign volunteers in and assign tasks during the Festival
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.
At our Whistler Multicultural Network Advisory Board on February 26, we talked about how we could raise money to cover the costs of the Multicultural Festival and any other WMN programs we’d like to run. Do you have any ideas? Are you interested in helping with a multicultural dinner, or organizing a multicultural event to show off your culture to the community? Volunteering with the WMN can help your resume, your English and make you new friends, so we’d love to speak with you…
We’d love to hear your ideas, and find out what you’d be interested in volunteering with, so why not join us at our next meeting on March 26 at 5.30 in the Welcome Centre at the library? Some ideas so far for things we could do to raise money include:
You can keep up to date and read about February’s Advisory Board meeting and discussions in the February 2018 Minutes. And of you want to know what we do each month at the Welcome Centre, check out our WMN Report February 2018. You might be surprised!
Our next Advisory Board meeting is Monday March 26 at 5.30 in the Welcome Centre at the library. If you’d like to get involved in the WMN and have some ideas for raising money, why not come and join us. Everyone and all ideas and thoughts are very welcome! Put it in your calendar now!
If you have any questions, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The WMN Advisory Board and guests met on June 26 to review and celebrate the 2017 Festival. They also heard what else the Welcome Centre is doing, and the plans for the summer and fall.
Click here for the June 2017 Minutes reporting what we talked about, and for the Balance sheet WMF 2017 showing all expenses and income, and also how much we received from sponsors and volunteers. General agreement was that this year’s Festival was very vibrant and fun. It was great to have our own food again plus so many great activities and performances. Everyone liked the new layout and we’ll plan with that in mind for next year.
The Advisory Board continues to look at formalizing the organization into a non-profit society and that will be in the agenda again at our next meeting on September 25.
If you’d like to know more about the WMN Advisory Board, come and join us on September 25 or email email@example.com
from the Whistler Multicultural Network to all those who made the 2017 Whistler Multicultural Festival another great success… We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did…
Thanks to Our Volunteers: Addyta Alonzo Ramirez, Adriana Molina, Ayako Yamaguchi, Barbora Piatkova, Belle Menesis, Benjie Accanogan, Carla Eguez Paz, Celia Law Utley, Chantelle Shore, Dignoi Leona Suarez, Emma Becerra Salinas, Eva Wei, Evelyn Hernandez, Faye Seco, Heinz Wango, Ikuyo Takaya, Irma Gomez Ferrer, Ivan Pedro, Jennifer Stimpson, Jill Nowack-Dawson, Jinda Poosa-Ard, Karoline Madsen, Krystin Matters, Lisa Briscoe, Lorenz Paragoso, Lorenzo Paragoso, Martin Stretch, Marvin Corona, Miyuki Yamaguchi, Nobuaki Nakagawa, Paulo Aguilera, Priscilla Belanger, Ramon Espada, Randa Hiswani, Santiago Farell, Stephane Belanger, Suzie Soman, Teresa Vazquez, Therese Quilantang, Weslie Walchuk, Yoshie Nakagawa, Yuko Thibeault, Yuriko Nonaka (Koni)
Thanks to Our Performers: Aeron Pita, Angela Jeren Tangonan, Ann Beatriz Pescador, Charlize Littlelight, Christina Joy Paredes, Gerald Gabriel, Gian Kaylee Tangonan, Iris Joy Paguia, Israel de Real, James Paguia, Jenn & Benjamin Embate, Jenna Mae & The Groove Section, Kinderchoir – Jeanette Bruce & Alison Hunter, Lily Duke & Latin Dancers, Nellie Bingas & Igorot Dancers, Reign Rivera, Vernika Lyka Limsipson, Whistler Tai Chi Wushu, Xet’oclaw Community School
Thanks to Our Vendors & Exhibitors: Ajita Chaubal, Community Foundation of Whistler, Forged Axe Throwing, ISSofBC, Kia-anne Garthwaite, Lexsan Sancha, Aurae Tea, Pemberton Multicultural Network, Squamish Aikido, The Rocking Wok, Whistler Community Services, Work BC
Thanks to Our Sponsors and Funders: Aava Hotel, AWARE, Canadian Heritage, David’s Tea, Mexican Corner, Nesters, Pique Newsmagazine, Province of BC, RMOW, Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, Vancouver Coastal Health, Watermark Inc, Whistler Conference Centre, Whistler FM, Whistler Museum and staff, Whistler Public Library and staff
Our Special Thanks to: Rob Olive and Jesse for their 3rd year managing, Nikki Best for MCing again, and Our amazing food team: Aila Sears, Chia Chia Chen, Daniel Vidal Araneda, Haruna Sears, Jessica Pena Garcia, Kona Higashi, Kyoko Sears, Miyuki Kurumada, Miyuki Maema, Oscar Araiza, Satsuki Shoji, Take Tanaka
And Very Special Thanks to Our All Stars of 2017: Chizuko Higashi, Elisa Corona Medina, Izumi Inoue, Keiko Ogawa, Michael Andre, Romina Wells, Sachi Miyachi, Yuko Murose, Yumiko Fukagawa
Share the best baking goods with Whistler residence and let them taste flavors from your homeland. Donate pastries for Whistler Multicultural Festival. How to do it?
If you want to support us, please bring your homemade baked goods for us to sell at the Festival! All food must be low risk, which means just baked goods (no meat or dairy fillings, and no jellies or pickles), and wrapped either in plastic foil or ideally in zip lock bags. We also ask you to provide the name of what you’ve baked, and any interesting details about it (where it’s from, when people eat it etc).
Read more in the flyer, if you have any questions contact Barbora – call 6049672422 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn about different cultures and customs at the Whistler Multicultural Festival – see displays and demonstrations, try out some crafts, have some food… and find the answers to these and other questions… Join us on June 9 at the Whistler Public Library and Florence Petersen Park – from 4 to 8pm…
|What is in the centre of the Mexican flag, and what is the meaning?||
What is celebrated in Russia on March 8 every year?
|Why would somebody give me a Pizho and a Penda in Bulgaria on the first day of March? And what would I do with them?||What’s the Blarney Stone, and why would you kiss it?|
|What day of the year do Chinese people watch the moon? And why?
When you make a cup of tea in England, which should you put in first – the tea or the milk?
|Who can tell us what this machine is called and what it does?||
If you’re getting ‘screeched’ – what’s happening? And what do you have to do?
|Snowy, Captain Haddock, Professor Calculus, Thompson and Thompson are all characters from which Belgian comic books? And who wrote them?|
|In which country to they eat spinach and cabbage on Green Thursday and hit girls with willow branches decorated with ribbons on Red Monday?
|If you visit Thailand in April, why should you be ready to get wet?
|Why is zongzi the traditional food at the Dragon Boat Festival, and what is it?|
|Who throws and who catches a grushy? And when?||What is a balikbayan box? And what should you put in one?|
In which country do students attend high school for around 16 hours a day?
|Where did the piñata originate?|
|In which country would eyebrows raised mean ‘yes’ and pouting lips in the direction of something mean ‘over there’?|
|In which country do people eat pancakes at a funeral? And why?||What is St Jean Baptiste Day? Where and how is it celebrated?|
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…
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
|DID YOU KNOW?
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 http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/citizenship/cit-test.asp
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
Contact us for more information about cooking at the Multicultural Community Kitchen at 604.388.5511 or email email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Whistler Multicultural Network
Advisory Board Meeting – Minutes
April 24, 2017 at Whistler Welcome Centre
Meeting called to order at 5.30pm
Andrea Dunne, Carla Eguez Paz, Carole Stretch, Chizuko Higashi, Karolina Cadova, Karoline Madsen, Maria Romero, Priscilla Belanger,
Regrets: Belle Menesis, Masumi Yamazaki, Barbora Vanickova, Ghazal Tohidi
Attendees were encouraged to read report prior to meeting. News: Parenting Across Cultures received funding approval from the CFOW and Multicultural Community Kitchens received funding approval from RMOW.
Whistler Multicultural Festival
Marie is going connect with Joy about returning as dancers.
Andrea is working on maybe a salsa dancer and Carmen the Zumba teacher. Karolina will connect a Greek Musician with Andrea.
** Any performance inquiries pass on to Andrea**
Suggestion: kids to learn their cultural dances
Pinatas, Dreamcatchers, Calligraphy, Photo Booth? Do it differently – have 1 or 2 costumes, show how to wear it and then take a photo.
Henna Tattoos – Andrea to connect with Ajita about her friend to do them as a fundraiser (by donation).
**Any activities inquiries pass on to Barbora or Andrea or Carole**
Commercial Kitchen almost secured at the CABN (Aava Hotel)
Nesters has pledged $500 of food, PC maybe the same.
**Any food inquiries pass on to Barbora**
** Any market inquiries pass on to Andrea**
Ajita’s stall – Indian Chutneys and spreads.
Funding has been approved by Heritage Canada and BC Gaming
Logistics & Promotion
Florence Petersen Park has now been booked
Plaza to hold market, karaoke and axe throwing.
Confirmed everything Rob Olive will be able to provide as Event Manager.
Pitch – in Day
Priscilla has had 8 inquiries, 4 confirmations of volunteers.
Andrea to re-post the flyer on the group on Tuesday and then the page later this week.
Location – Day lots along with the Village Host group, meet at the Library, meeting 9am.
Please see sheet. Please talk to people in your network about these items
Funding comes from IRCC, SMART Fund, BCSIS. Funding has been cut this year and will continue to be cut over the next 2 years making it challenging to cover Welcome Centre staffing costs (3 part-time staff members). WMN has been asked for some money to be made available to the Welcome Centre to help cover staffing costs if needed, in order to maintain staffing levels and/or operational costs.
AB discussed how much $ and what to allocate it to. AB to think about this proposal over the next month.
WMN process to non-profit incorporation:
WMN currently a community group. Challenges with this include funding applications have to be made with a partner.
Choices we have – stay as we are, become a society. Carole to circulate the presentation about how to become a society, next meeting will discuss the possibilities.
Announcements & New Business
Chizuko had a great idea to develop a Multicultural Summer Camp in Whistler – lots of possibilities, can even apply for funding to run it and perhaps then create some revenue for the WMN – to be discussed.
Adjournment Meeting adjourned at 7pm.
Next Board Meeting: Monday May 29, 5.30pm
Location: Whistler Welcome Centre
Prepared by Andrea Dunne