LINC students participate in a Welcome Exchange workshop

LINC Courtenay - Welcome Exchange Workshop - Students Wearing their Paddle Pendant

On December 9, a group of LINC students participated in a Welcome Exchange workshop offered through the Construction Foundation of BC.

The Welcome Exchange program helps newcomers to create employment connections in their community, by offering events that help them to better understand the Indigenous Cultures.
All the events are created to celebrate inclusion and diversity.

Our LINC students attended the Paddle Pendant Workshop held by Kaska/Tlingit artist Dean Huron, who joined our Comox Valley locations through Zoom, and guided them through the process of making small paddle pendants, highly symbolic regalia used in dance ceremonies.
The students were eager to learn and connect with their instructor, and the workshop turned out to be a meaningful learning experience.

A big thank you to Dean Huron and all who contributed to making this a meaningful learning experience.
We’d also like to thank and acknowledge The Construction Foundation of BC and the Welcome Exchange community for supporting newcomers in building their new life in Canada.
The workshop was funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

You can find more about the Welcome Exchange events here:


Immigrant Welcome Centre
Immigrant Welcome Centre

We provide free specialized services for immigrants, refugees and newcomers in Campbell River, the Comox Valley, and northern Vancouver Island.

Immigrant Welcome Centre

Free Professional Services for Immigrants & Newcomers in Courtenay, Comox, Campbell River and northern Vancouver Island.