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2015 Multifaith Calendars 

January sale $10 each. Available at ICA.

 

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Upcoming Workshops, Classes and Training

The Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA) offers a variety of educational workshops and training seminars covering a range of topics related to multiculturalism, diversity awareness, immigration, and human rights in the workplace and community.

Mentorship Program Information Session

Interested in having a career mentor who can help you learn more about your chosen career field and offer you individualised support? Join us for a free information session on the Career Mentorship Program!

Advanced registration is required.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

For more information, please contact:
Mirko Kovacev, Employment Facilitator
(250) 388-4728 ext. 122 or mkovacev@icavictoria.org

Women Living Well in Community

A free six-session program to help women find information and resources to strengthen their community connections and enhance their well-being.

Topics to be covered: Rights and the role of women in Canada, eating right, hectic days and how to take of ourselves, how to save energy in our daily lives, things not easy to talk about, and things we can prevent.

Open to eligible ICA clients. Must register to participate.

Tuesdays, January 27 - March 3, 2015
Room 200, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

For more information, please contact:
Bo Min Kang, Settlement Worker
(250) 388-4728 ext. 135 or bkang@icavictoria.org

Baby Talk

For parents and their babies one year and under.

Topics include: feeding your baby, dental care, car seat safety, immunization, and parenting.

Five classses with a focus on development, health, and safety. Ask questions, get support and make friends. Open to eligible ICA clients. Registration is required.

January 23 - February 20, 2015
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

For more information, please contact:
Lien Tran, Settlement Worker
(250) 388-4728 ext. 110 or ltran@icavictoria.org

Leading Your Own Cultural Adjustment - Navigating Your Way

Is this a new cultural environment for you? What are your expectattions? How can you achieve those expectations?

Join us for a conversation about cultural adjustment and how you are adapting to the changes to your life here in canada.

Basic English required. Open to eligible ICA clients. Must register to participate.

Wednesdays, Jan. 21 & 28, 4:30 PM -6:00 PM
Wednesdays, Feb. 4 - March 4, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

For more information, please contact:
Ruth Miranda, Settlement Worker
(250) 388-4728 ext. 109 or rmiranda@icavictoria.org

Newcomers and Self-Employment

A Free 6 Session Program to help you explore self-employment with the guidance of experienced local business owners.

Learn about:

  1. How to start a small business
  2. Creating business plans
  3. Financing a business
  4. Market research
  5. Networking with experienced business owners

Mondays & Wednesdays
February 16 - March 4, 2015
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

For more information, please contact
Mirko Kovacev, Employment Facilitator
(250) 388-4728 ext. 122 or mkovacev@icavictoria.org

Weekly Settlement Orientation Sessions

Important information to help you settle in Victoria.

Week 1
Wednesday January 7 - Adjusting to Canadian culture

Week 2
Wednesday January 14 - The basics of living in Victoria

Week 3
Wednesday January 21 - Family and social systems

Week 4
Wednesday January 28 - The legal and justice system, government structures, rights and responsibilities

Week 5
Wednesday February 4 - Health, wellbeing and the health system 

Week 6
Wednesday February 11 - Employment standards, minimum wage, basics of the employer-employee relationship

Every Wednesday 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

All workshops in Settlement Room - 930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra). Registration is required.

For further information and to register, please contact
Balbir Thiara, Settlement Worker
(250)-388-4728 ext. 111 or bthiara@icavictoria.org  

Employment Workshops (Job Search for Newcomers)

Week 1
Tuesday January 13 - Tailoring Resumes Effectively (1:30pm - 4:30pm)
Thursday January 15 -  Cover Letters (9:00am - 12:00pm)

Week 2
Tuesday January 20 - MIcrosoft Word Basics (3:00pm - 6:00pm)
Thursday january 22 - communicating with Confidence (9:00am - 12:00pm)

Week 3
Tuesday January 27 - Job Search from an Employer's Perspective (1:30pm - 4:30pm)
Thursday January 29 - Taking The Fear Out of Interviews (9:00am - 12:00pm)

Tuesdays & Thursdays, January13 - January 29, 2015

All workshops in Sitka Room - 930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra) and Registration is required

For further information and to register, please contact
Mirko Kovacev, Employment Facilitator
(250) 388-4728 ext. 122 or mkovacev@icavictoria.org  

Women Helping Women

Are you in an unhealthy relationship?
Are you looking for support? 
Are you looking for somebody to talk with?

Join our Peer Support Group

Learn about healthy families and healthy relationships, and how to better understand your situation.

Talk with other women about how to prepare for your own safety and the safety of your children. 
Learn about resources in Victoria that can help you.

Open to eligible ICA clients
ONGOING
(Every 1st & 3rd Friday) 1:30pm – 3pm

For further information, please contact:
Balbir Thiara, Settlement Worker
250-388-4728 ext. 111 or bthiara@icavictoria.org

Email 101 Workshops

Wednesdays, 9:30am - 10:30am / ongoing
Do you have an email account to help you with your job search? If not, sign up for Email 101 to set up an email account and learn basic computer skills. Workshops are ongoing as needed in the Employment Resource Centre.

For more information, contact Ash Moosavi, Administrative Assistant at 250-388-4728 ext 140 or amoosavi@icavictoria.org.

Welcome Playgroup

Fridays  9:00am – 11:00am / ongoing
Come to play, learn, meet new people and make friends !
This free drop-in playgroup offers a welcoming environment that will help immigrant families (5 years or less in Canada) with children (0-5 years of age) to make friends and laugh together. Registration is required.                            

Where: At the Family Centre at James Bay Community Project
547 Michigan St. Victoria
Hosted by the James Bay Community Project  •  www.jbcp.bc.ca
In collaboration with the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria www.icavictoria.org

For further information, please contact: Bo Min Kang, Settlement Worker 250-388-4728 ext. 135 or bkang@icavictoria.org

Citizenship Classes

Classes ongoing-Two Fridays per month.

ICA Citizenship classes are designed to help applicants prepare for the Citizenship Test. The sessions cover such topics as the Rights and Responsibilities of Canadians, Canadian history and geography, government, politics, economy, and society. Classes are free, pre-registration is required to ensure that there is space.

Please contact ICA Reception to register at 250-388-4728 ext. 0.

Culturally Welcoming Diversity Workshops

Thanks to funding from WelcomeBC, ICA will be offering a series of diversity workshops and online learning modules at no cost to local agencies and businesses.

Victoria’s increasing diversity brings new challenges to local businesses and organizations. Differing values, beliefs and communication styles, for example, influence the way people interact, solve problems, and achieve goals. These interactive one-day workshops will provide diversity training using the successful Creating Culturally Welcoming Communities and Business curriculum. Following each one-day workshop, a two-week online learning module will encourage participants to create an action plan to support diversity in their workplace.

A limited number of workshop spaces are available, so please register early. Preference will be given to members of the Community Partnership Network (CPN). To become a CPN member, please visit www.communitypartnershipnetwork.ca and click on the “Become a CPN Member” button.

For more information, please contact Steven Lorenzo Baileys at sbaileys@icavictoria.org.