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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.

Seniors Living Well in Community

Learn English while you stay active and informed! Join us for health and wellness activities, and learn useful information about living in Victoria.

Come for 6 FREE fun-filled multicultural sessions, and make new friends!

Advance registration is required. Basic English is required. Open to eligible ICA clients.

Thursdays, Oct 16 - Nov 27, 2014 (No group on Nov 6)
10 am - 12 pm
930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

For further information and to register, please contact:
Fanny He, Settlement Worker
250-388-4728 ext. 132 or

Soft Skills for Social Interaction

Have you ever asked yourself whether it is appropriate to do or say something in Canada? Have you ever been unsure how to interact with friends, neighbors or others in public or in private? If so, this workshop is for YOU!

Through interactive learning and role playing, we will explore our social world.

Minimum CLB Level 3 English required. Register to participate

Tuesdays, October 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2014
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm, Classroom 2
930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

For further information and to register, please contact:
Roya Badi’i, Immigrant Settlement Services Coordinator
250-388-4728 ext. 112 or

Holding Onto Your Kids: Parenting Across Cultures

Free 8-Week Seminar Series for Parents
Based on parenting courses by Dr. Allison Miller & Dr. Allison Rees
Presented by the Multicultural Outreach Counselling Program

A practical and culturally-sensitive course for newcomer parents from diverse cultures who have concerns about parenting and responding to the behaviours and emotions of their teens.

● Raising children in two (or more) cultures
● Understanding temperament / personality
● Understanding what to expect at different ages
● Different parenting styles
● A loving approach to setting limits & consequences
● Communication skills for a healthy relationship

9:30 – 11:15 AM
Tuesdays / Oct 7 – Dec 2, 2014
Room 119 - 930 Balmoral Road

For further information, please contact:
Ruth Miranda, Settlement Worker
250-388-4728 ext. 109 or

Eat Smart Live Healthy - Cooking for Newcomers

Learn about healthy and affordable food choices and explore Canadian cuisine!

Make Thanksgiving dinner
Learn from a dietitian and enjoy a salad fiesta
Create your own favourite pasta
Celebrate Halloween

Registration is required

Wednesdays, Oct 8 - Oct 29, 2014
9:30am - 11:30am

930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

For further information and to register, please contact:
Bo Min Kang, Settlement Worker
250-388-4728 ext. 135  or

Identifying Your Transferable Skills

Ever wondered about how to identify your transferable skills and how to let them stand out on your resume?

Find out by participating in this workshop!
Advance registration is required.
Friday August 29
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Classroom 1
930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

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

Employment in the Financial Professions

Are you a newcomer exploring a career in the financial field?

Join us for 6 free sessions to learn valuable information about:

• The banking, investment, accounting and insurance fields
• Job Search Strategies and Networking
• Education programs and short term courses

Participate in Speed Networking with financial professionals

Participants should have at least level 5 English
Previous education and/or experience in the financial field
Open to Eligible ICA clients

Late October, date to be announced soon

For further information, please contact:
Mirko Kovacev, Employment Facilitator
250-388-4728 ext. 122 or

Canadian Citizenship Preparation

Are you looking for information about becoming a Canadian citizen?

Learn about:
• the process towards citizenship.
• the application procedure.
• what is expected of you when you are applying for citizenship.

Open to eligible ICA clients

You must register to participate

September 23 & 30
Tuesdays, 3:30 - 5:30pm

For further information, please contact:
Fanny He, Settlement Worker
250-388-4728 ext. 132 or

Employment Workshops for August

Week 1
Tuesday August 5 - Tailoring Resumes Effectively (1:30pm to 4:30pm)
Thursday August 7 - Cover Letters (9:00am to 12:00pm)

Week 2
Tuesday August 12 - Communicating with Confidence (1:30pm to 4:30pm)
Thursday August 14  - Soft Skills: An Overview (9:00am to 12:00pm)

Week 3
Tuesday August 19 - Computer Workshop - Excel (3:00 to 6:00pm)
Thursday August 2 - Taking the Fear Out of Interviews (9:00am to 12:00pm)

All workshops in the Sitka Room at ICA. Advance registration is required.

To register, please contact a case manager: (250) 388-4728
Elie Kozma: ext. 139 
Laura Guarin:  ext. 141

Ready to Rent

A free 6-week program about rental housing in Victoria
for immigrant newcomers.

• Tenant rights and responsibilities
• Individual housing needs and wants
• Housing budgets
• Credit, banking and finance
• Completing a rental application
• Communication skills
• Tenancy agreements

Participants who complete the program will receive a Ready to Rent BC Certificate recognized by housing providers.
Presented by the Ready to Rent BC Association.

Open to eligible ICA clients
Fridays, Oct. 31  - Dec. 5
9:30am – 11:30am 
Room 119

For further information, please contact:
Preet Johal, Settlement Worker
250-388-4728 ext. 125 or

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
(Every 1st & 3rd Friday) 1:30pm – 3pm

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

Pre- & Post-Natal Drop-In

Dates to be confirmed

For Immigrant Women

  • Prenatal Education: How a woman’s body changes during pregnancy; fetal development, nutrition, lifestyle, labour and birth, breastfeeding and baby care.
  • Postpartum Support: Information about immunization and community resources.

For further information, please contact:
Lien Tran, Settlement Worker
250-388-4728 ext.110 or

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

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  •
In collaboration with the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria

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

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 and click on the “Become a CPN Member” button.

For more information, please contact Steven Lorenzo Baileys at