Immigrant Welcome Centre

Free Professional Services for Immigrants & Newcomers

Aug
02

What Our Clients Are Saying

'My saving grace was I found the Immigrant Welcome Centre online' Our clients are the reason we do what we do. We want newcomers to the North Island to feel welcome, safe, and respected - as well as confident knowing we can help them settle in the community. Our settlement team provides an array of services, including help with immigration forms or...
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Jul
27

Video: Our Presentation to the City of Courtenay

Immigrant Welcome Centre (IWC) executive director Jim Brennan and Welcoming Communities Coalition (WCC) coordinator Dr. Toyin Kareem presented to the City of Courtenay at its July 26 council meeting. Brennan provided councilors with an overview of the IWC and encouraged continuing collaboration between our organization and the city. Dr. Kareem...
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Jul
26

Community Kudos: Wachiay Friendship Centre receives funding for affordable housing project

The Welcoming Communities Coalition partners with organizations and people in the community who are committed to growing diversity and equal opportunities in Campbell River and the Comox Valley. This is the second Community Kudos post on our blog where we recognize a member's recent accomplishment or amazing thing they are doing in the community to...
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Jul
13

Worth Rereading: Thriving Together Series

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On July 1, B.C. moved to Step 3 of its Restart Plan.  It is now easier to believe that our pandemic worries will one day be over. It's also important that we don't forget about our collective and individual experiences. Many residents spent much of the past 16 months isolated, apart from their loved ones, and had mental health issues ampl...
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Jul
06

What can you do to help newcomers feel genuinely welcome?

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The Welcoming Communities Coalition conducted a survey last year to look at how we can enhance newcomer well-being in our communities. One of the questions we asked is how often newcomers experience feelings of isolation. We learned that many respondents have feelings of isolation all the time (35%) or often (17%). Since July 11 is Cheer Up The Lon...
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Jul
06

LINC Students Contribute to Hope Rocks

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Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) students enjoyed a field trip to the Campbell River Art Gallery in June, shortly before their classes wrapped up for summer break. LINC 1-2 and 5-7 students explored artist Karen Tam's exhibition Autumn Tigers , which delves into the history of Chinese immigrants in Canada through immersive instal...
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Jul
05

What's Happening?

Have you had a chance to read the July issue of our eNews yet? If not, check it out below!     Download PDF File Here
Jun
30

Podcast: Engaging Newcomers in Physical Activity

Sports and physical activity can be a great way to engage newcomers in a community if a program is a place where people feel safe, can make friends, and have fun. Prior to the pandemic, which placed restrictions on group sports, the Immigrant Welcome Centre offered its International Co-Ed Soccer program in Campbell River as a way to help newcomers ...
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Jun
29

Community Kudos: John Howard Society receives award & launches project fundraiser

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The Welcoming Communities Coalition partners with organizations and people in the community who are committed to growing diversity and equal opportunities in Campbell River and the Comox Valley. This is the first of many Community Kudos posts here on our blog to recognize a member's recent accomplishment or amazing thing they are doing in the commu...
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Jun
23

Here’s how you can support the Immigrant Welcome Centre

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From April 2020 to March 2021 we provided free settlement services, programs, and language classes to more than 700 clients from 78 countries of origin! We want our communities to be places where newcomers feel welcome, safe, and respected. There are a number of ways you can support us as we work toward this goal, as well as help us spread the word...
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Jun
17

WCC talks to Grade 12 students about welcoming newcomers

The IWC's Welcoming Communities Coalition hopes to raise awareness among young people about how to combat racism and welcome newcomers in their schools and communities. WCC coordinator Dr Toyin Kareem gave a presentation to Grade 12 students at Mark R. Isfeld Secondary in the Comox Valley on June 10. Dr Kareem spoke to the students about what ...
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Jun
15

Event: Three Canadian writers & refugees share their stories

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June 20 is World Refugee Day, an international day designated by the United Nations to commemorate the strength and resilience of refugees around the world and to prompt discussion around refugee human rights and access to health care and education. We'd like to take this opportunity to re-share our powerful 2016 video series, " Uncommon Courage ,"...
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Jun
11

Event: Sunday Screenings Presented by the Campbell River Art Gallery

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Jun
10

Resource: Anti-Asian Racism Webinar on June 15

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What does anti-Asian racism look like? The answer may not come readily to you, but it's a question one mother-daughter team will address in an upcoming webinar on June 15. Thanh Tazumi and her daughter Charis will host an online interactive conversation centering Asian voices and focusing on experiences that people of Asian descent have faced in Ca...
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May
20

Rock Painting Project

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For our first project of the year, to celebrate the diversity and multiculturalism in our community, the Welcoming Communities Coalition is Collaborating with the Campbell River Art Gallery on a Rock Painting project in support of their Autumn Tigers exhibition which explores the history of Chinese immigration and culture on Vancouver Island. Rock ...
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May
10

A Message from the Immigrant Welcome Centre's Board Chair, Doug Preston

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"When all is said and done, inclusiveness is about people being respected for their diversity. This means being able to celebrate their differences, being able to contribute their unique talents and potential to their community, and being able to participate in the community's prosperity through access to education, employment, social services, hea...
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Apr
29

Different Together Pledge

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Please help us in spreading the word that racism and hatred have no place in our community by taking the "Different Together Pledge". By taking the pledge and sharing it on social media we can raise awareness while encouraging others to participate. Below are the steps you need to participate. 1. Take a picture of yourself holding or pointing to th...
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Apr
12

Our Campbell River Office Has Moved!

Mar
31

IWC Campbell River Moves To A New Office

We are very excited to announce that we will be in a new office very soon!    Download PDF File Here
Mar
22

Welcoming Communities Coalition Collaboratory Event Recap: Beyond Inclusion: Focusing on Equity/Equality and Leveling the Playing Field for Everyone to Thrive

On February 24 th , 2021 we held our first ever virtual Collaboratory event, bringing our North Island communities together around the theme Beyond Inclusion: Focusing on Equity/Equality and Leveling the Playing Field for Everyone to Thrive. Our speaker, Dr. Moussa Magassa, UVic human rights educator, specialist in anti-racism education, equity, di...
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