Immigrant Welcome Centre

Free Professional Services for Immigrants & Newcomers

Where are you investing your great ideas for 2019?

One good conversation can shift the direction of change forever!  Linda Lambert 

The Immigrant Welcome Centre would like to introduce you to our Welcoming Communities Idea Bank, a new initiative designed to spark Campbell River and Comox Valley citizens in generating fresh ideas for building and maintaining welcoming and inclusive communities.  In many  regards, it is part-suggestion box, part-ideas network and part-community think-tank, giving local citizens and newcomers a chance to have their creativity recognized, rewarded and even put into practice.

The Welcoming Communities Idea Bank does this by hosting monthly Conversation Cafes at local restaurants and coffee and tea shops.  The Conversation Cafes are based on a wide-range of local issues and topics that support making north Vancouver Island a welcoming place to live.  Ideas generated from the Cafes each month are collected and posted on the IWC Blog, and made available to key decision-makers in the community.

Please don't miss out on our upcoming Winter Conversation Cafe series.  We've saved a seat for you!  Come connect with friends, neighbours and community newcomers over coffee, tea, sweet and savory treats, and inspired conversations!

January Cafe

HOME SWEET HOME?...Do you feel welcome or at home in your neighbourhood and community?

  • Wednesday Jan 30th - 5:00 pm, Island Grind Coffee & Tea, Campbell River 
  • Thursday Jan 31st - 6:00 pm, Rawthentic Eatery, Courtenay

February Cafe​

LINES IN THE SAND..Do boundaries & borders protect us or divide us?

  • ​Wednesday Feb 27th - 5:00 pm, Island Grind Coffee & Tea, Campbell River
  • Thursday Feb 28th - 6:00 pm, Tin Town, Courtenay

March Cafe

LEARNING JOURNEYS...Where do you come from? Where are you heading? How has your identity been shaped by travel?

  • ​Wednesday March 27th - 5:00 pm, Island Grind Coffee & Tea, Campbell River
  • Thursday March 28th - 6:00 pm, Tin Town Cafe, Courtenay

Be sure to check out this Blog site each month to review our 'idea deposits' - new ideas and creative suggestions generated at our Conversation Cafes.

For more information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Launch of the Welcoming Communities Idea Bank!
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