Parenting Across Cultures Program

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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…!

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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….

Would you like to help other immigrants?

Whistler Welcome Centre is looking for a part-time (22 hours/week) Settlement & Integration Worker.

As a Settlement Worker at the Whistler Welcome Centre, you will help newcomers to Canada find the programs and services they need. You meet with clients, assess their needs and give them support and information. You help clients and their families make plans for employment, education, housing, health care and more.

Here is the Settlement & Integration Worker job posting March 2018.

  • To apply, submit resume with cover letter and three work/volunteer related references to Program Manager: Carole Stretch at cstretch@capilanou.ca
  • Application deadline: March 23 at 5.30pm

“LUGAW” (Filipino Chicken Porridge)

At our December Multicultural Community Kitchen, Marie from the Philippines taught us how to prepare Lugaw – Chicken Porridge with Turmeric. Lugaw is a Filipino rice porridge, that works as an excellent base for any kind of meat or seasonings. This Filipino dish is traditionally thought of as a soft food for sick people. But Lugaw is enjoyed for breakfast, as a snack, when you’re sick, and even as a meal in itself. Meat is added to the rice for nutritional value, and ginger and turmeric are favorite ingredients also for their health benefits.


There are 3 steps in cooking Lugaw

Cooking the rice

INGREDIENTS (for 6 people)

  • 2 cups of sticky rice

INSTRUCTIONS

Cook rice in a steamer. If you don’t have a steamer, put 2 cups of rice and 3 cups of water in a pan. Bring to the boil, cover and cook for 20 minutes. Set aside.

At the same time, boil 4 eggs (for the garnish).

Cooking the chicken

INGREDIENTS (for 6 people)

  • 4 chicken breasts (boned) (or leave on the bone for more flavour)
  • 3 garlic cloves (chopped)
  • 1 piece ginger (how much), peeled and sliced lengthwise
  • 2 cups of chicken bouillon
  • 4 cups of water
  • 3 tsp turmeric
  • 5 tsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion chopped

INSTRUCTIONS

Heat 5 tsp of olive oil in a casserole. Sauté the onion, garlic, and ginger. Add chicken cut into pieces. Let the juice come out, then turn the chicken over. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Fry until golden brown. Add 4 cups of water, 2 cups of chicken bouillon and the steamed rice to the casserole. Add 3 tsp of turmeric. Mix all the ingredients. Cover for ten minutes or until thoroughly cooked. Simmer.

Serving and Garnishing

Serve chicken and rice in a bowl. Sprinkle some chopped scallions on top, add slices of boiled egg and squeeze some lemon over it.

Eat while hot. Enjoy!

Raising money….

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:

  • a multicultural dinner, maybe in partnership with a local hotel or other organization
  • a special cultural celebration day each year linked to one of the cultures in Whistler
  • running a table at the Farmer’s Market over the summer

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 info@welcomewhistler.com

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!

Get involved, join the Advisory Board…

Our Whistler Multicultural Network Advisory Board met on January 26. Plans for 2018 are off to a great start, and now is a great time to think about volunteering with the Whistler Multicultural Network and the Welcome Centre. There are lots of opportunities to get involved:

  • help others with their taxes while you learn about them yourself in the Community Volunteer Income Tax program.
  • volunteer as a cook in the multicultural community kitchen program – share your food and culture with others in the community
  • volunteer and practice your English as a Community Resource Assistant or Community Kitchen Assistant – great ways to practice your work English in a friendly place
  • help us plan and deliver the 2018 Multicultural Festival – as a performer, activity leader, as part of the cooking team, or just in general
  • join us to help out in the community for Pitch In Day
  • or just join the Advisory Board with your ideas for services and programs for newcomers and immigrants in Whistler

Read about our Advisory Board meeting and discussions in the January 2018 Minutes, and about Welcome Centre activities in our WMN Report January 2018.

Our next Advisory Board meeting is Monday February 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 projects etc., 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 info@welcomewhistler.com

OKONOMIYAKI (Savory Japanese pancakes)

We invited Rumi from Japan to teach us how to prepare Okonomiyaki at one of our Multicultural Community Kitchens. This dish is sometimes called Japanese pizza or Japanese pancakes. You can prepare your filling and toppings however you like it. This is also why it is translated from Japanese as “Grill as you like it”. Okonomi stands for “as you like” and yaki for “grill”.

Ingredients for 2 people: (2 different kinds – pork and seafood)

 

1 cup flour

15g cornstarch
1g salt
1g sugar
5g fish stock powder
¾ cup water
75g sliced lean pork

75g seafood (shrimp, octopus, squid)
¼ cabbage
10g green onion
2 eggs

Okonomi sauce

Japanese mayo

dried bonito flakes

 

Pork Okonomiyaki

  1. Chop the cabbage and onions (small)
  2. Put flour, water, cornstarch, salt, sugar, fish stock powder and eggs into a mixing bowl and mix well
  3. Add cabbage and onions
  4. Mix softly
  5. Medium heat frying pan – add vegetable oil –put in one layer of pork and add one scoop of mixture to cover the pork
  6. After 2- 3 minutes at medium heat turn over, then cover pan and cook for 4-5 minutes
  7. Top with dried bonito flakes, Okonomi sauce and Japanese mayo

Seafood Okonomiyaki

  1. Chop the cabbage
  2. Put into the mixing bowl
  3. Put in the water
  4. Put in the cabbage, green onions, egg.
  5.  Bake for 3 minutes at medium heat.
  6. Turn over, Lib and steam for 3 minutes
  7. Top with dried bonito flakes, Okonomi sauce and Japanese mayo

Parenting Across Cultures – Workshop

In December 2017, the first Parenting Across Cultures program ended. We asked the participants for suggestions on how we can develop the program for the future. One participant suggested to offer a workshop to help parents with financial planning and finding out about benefits and credits they are eligible for.

The Whistler Welcome Centre is happy to announce we will be offering this workshop on Wednesday, February 21st, 10.30-11.30 in the Community Room at the Library.

We have invited bookkeeper Mika Matsudate, an experienced speaker on this topic, to facilitate the workshop. Come and join us to find out more about tax tips for parents, to learn how you can maximize your finances to plan for your children’s futures, from a knowledgeable source.

This is a free workshop, babies and small children are welcome (we will set up toys!) and refreshments will be provided.

PAC Workshop

February Calendar