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Aug
04

Welcoming Communities Coalition Survey

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The Welcoming Communities Coalition of the Immigrant Welcome Centre is conducting a Needs Assessment research. We are hoping to collect data from newcomers, other residents and service organizations. This information will help us identify gaps and overlaps in service delivery in order to ensure that our local programs and services are addressing cr...
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Jul
21

Thriving Together 5: Daito Mitsumiya

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I am from Tokyo; Japan and I am here for an exchange program. I arrived at Campbell River in January 2020, so I have been here for about 6 months. I hope to stay till December 2020. I love it here. Tokyo is a very big and busy city so it is like an opposite of Campbell River. I love nature here; the trees, water…I love the nature activiti...
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Jul
07

Thriving Together 4: Tony Kwan

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My name is Tony Kwon and I immigrated to Canada from South Korea last June. I spend most of my time with my family and as a professional chef enjoy making them food. I really like when they are pleased with what I have made them. Before COVID-19, I was on parental leave and was not doing any special community programs. I had a few opportunities to ...
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Jun
29

MISA Board's "DifferentTogether" Pledge

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  #DifferentTogether Pledge Diversity is at the core of who we are as Canadians. Join us in opposing racism in all its forms. We are asking our community partners and followers to take this pledge and share this post
Jun
23

Thriving Together 3: Racial Discrimination Due to COVID- 19

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Before I immigrated to Canada from South Korea, I spent less time with my family because I was working long hours. Since moving here, I have been having a happy time with my family and spending most of my time studying English. I hope to improve my English so I can do some volunteering-related to education. COVID-19 has changed a lot of things. The...
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Jun
02

Thriving Together 2: REPATRIATION EXPERIENCE DUE TO COVID-19

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My name is Salve Libunao. I came to Canada in July 2008 as a Temporary Foreign Worker for Tim Hortons. I became a permanent resident in April 2014. My husband, Rollie Libunao and 2 sons (Rovic Clark and March Angelo) arrived in May 2014 as permanent residents as well. We all became Canadian citizens in July 2019. It had been almost 5 years since we...
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May
19

Thriving Together Series

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Due to the pandemic, the Coalition brainstormed ideas around making our community welcoming while staying at home and safe. Some of the concerns have been with mental health, isolation, etc. In creating a welcoming community while respecting social distancing rules, we will be launching a Thriving Together Series on this blog and our soci...
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Mar
25

Important Information

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COVID-19 Information Are you looking for updates or information about COVID-19, answers to questions you may have regarding recreational facilities, services, students & seniors, children & families, employment etc. Click on the links below: Campbell River:  https://srd.ca/covid-19-information/   Comox Valley:  https://www.co...
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Mar
19

The Immigrant Welcome Centre is still here to serve you!

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To our clients and community partners The Immigrant Welcome Centre is still here to serve you! During this time, as we all do our part to limit the spread of the COVID19 virus, we are working to serve clients by phone and internet only. Our offices are not taking in-person appointments or visits. If you need help with settlement or immigration ques...
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Mar
18

Cancellation of Events Due to COVID- 19 Safety Concerns

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Please note that the Welcoming Communities Coalition outreach events such as the Conversation Cafes have been cancelled until further notice due to the safety concerns of COVID-19. We need to do everything we can to reduce the spread of this virus by adhering to the recommendations by public health officials ...
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Feb
28

Welcoming Communities Coalition Winter 2020 Newsletter

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Working together for diverse, inclusive and welcoming communities Greetings! T he Welcoming Communities Coalition brings together local stakeholders to enhance current services and to build welcoming and inclusive communities on North Vancouver Island. The Coalition is operated by the Immigrant Welcome Centre in Campbell River and Courtenay and is ...
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Feb
26

March 2020 Welcoming Communities Conversation Café Cancelled until Further Notice

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 To celebrate the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, please join us!
Jan
07

Welcoming Communities Conversation Cafe

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​Save the date and plan to attend the January 2020 Conversation Cafe!
Dec
16

Welcoming Communities Coalition Newsletter

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Working together for diverse, inclusive and welcoming communities Happy Holidays! Our Fall season has been a very busy one for the Coalition. We have been making new connections while reconnecting with our coalition members through meetings, community events, and community forums. We have also been building and expanding our local immigrant partner...
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Nov
12

Local Immigrant Partnership Collaboratory 2019

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"Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships." – Michael Jordan Please join us on Wednesday, November 20 th from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Oyster Bay Resort, 4357 S Island Hwy, in Campbell River and Thursday, November 21st from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Comox Community Centre, 1855 Noel Ave, Comox Valley   for refre...
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Oct
09

IWC Annual General Meeting 2019

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​Hope to see you there everyone!
Sep
09

Save the Date!

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Make sure you save the date! Our 2019 Annual General Meeting will take place on October 24 . Stay tuned for more information regarding this annual event.
Aug
26

September is Back to LINC Classes

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LINC Classes will start up again on Tuesday, September 3  Campbell River/Courtenay The Immigrant Welcome Centre is continuing to offer English Classes through the Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program. Improve your day-to-day practical English, or work towards your certificate to apply for Citizenship in this fun, interac...
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Jun
19

SUMMER 2019 Coalition Newsletter

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Welcoming Communities Coalition Working together for diverse, inclusive and welcoming communities Greetings! Welcome to Summer!  Our winter/spring season has been a very busy one for the Coalition, connecting with our members through community forums and working groups, building and expanding our local immigrant partnerships, an...
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Mar
01

Launch of the Welcoming Communities Idea Bank!

The role of a creative leader is not to have all the ideas; it's to create a culture where everyone can have ideas and feel that they're valued.   Ken Robinson In January of this year the Immigrant Welcome Centre launched our Welcoming Communities Idea Bank . The IWC Idea Bank is designed to be an instigator, collector and keeper of creat...
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