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The Welcoming Communities Coalition (WCC) invites you to our annual community forums in Campbell River and the Comox Valley!


Every year, we host a forum in each community and invite residents and other stakeholders to an interactive discussion on solution-focused ways to respond to an issue impacting newcomers in our communities. This year, we have two local guest speakers at each forum, and participants will have an opportunity to discuss lived experiences and key learnings in breakout sessions on this year's theme of immigration and employment.


The focus of our forums is The Power of Immigrant Employment on Vancouver Island. Workplaces are where we spend much of our time, and any changes organizations make to support diversity and inclusion will contribute to the overall wellness of their staff and help with recruitment and retention of people from all backgrounds.


COMOX VALLEY COMMUNITY FORUM:

When: November 24, 1- 3 p.m.

Who: Participants will hear from Brooke Thoburn, a labour market specialist with the WorkBC's Creative Access Employment Society (CEAS) about the labour market outlook and the role immigration will play in future labour shortages. Jenn LeVesconte, the manager at Winners in Courtenay, will talk about her company's diversity and inclusion practices that contribute to worker recruitment and retention and her experiences on their regional Diversity & Inclusion Committee.

Participants will be encouraged to share their experiences and questions during a breakout session and group discussion.

Where: Online (Zoom) - Register here (free)


CAMPBELL RIVER COMMUNITY FORUM:

When: November 25, 2-4 p.m.

Who: Participants will hear from Chris Callanan, the regional manager of Employer Services with the North Island Employment Foundations Society about the labour market outlook and the role immigration will play in future labour shortages. Amy Heath, the human resources manager at Home Depot in Campbell River & Courtenay, will talk about her company's diversity and inclusion practices that contribute to worker recruitment and retention, including their Orange Mosaic resource group.

Participants will be encouraged to share their experiences and questions during a breakout session and group discussion.

Where: Online (Zoom) - Register here (free)


Bonus! For the first time, we will also be showing the trailer for #TheresMoreToMe, a series of videos in partnership with CV Arts featuring local residents who immigrated to the Comox Valley and have generously shared their immigration stories and how they maintain a connection with their culture on the Island. We hope their stories help other newcomers settling on the Island feel they are not alone and bring awareness to the cultural diversity of the Valley. 

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