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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.

Baby Talk Class

For parents and their babies one year and under

Topics include: feeding your baby, dental care, car seat safety, immunization, and parenting. Five classes with a focus on development, health, and safety.
Ask Questions. Get Support. Make Friends.

Open to eligible ICA clients. Registration is required. Interpreters available.

Every Friday, April 24 - May 22, 2015
10:00 am - 11:30 am, Sitka Room
930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

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

Federal Internship Program for Newcomers - Free Information Session

Have you been in Canada for less than 10 years?
Are you a permanent resident or a naturalized Canadian?
Would you like to learn about the Federal Internship for Newcomers Program (FIN) and how you could participate?

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
3:30pm - 5:30pm
Classroom 2 - 930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

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

Men Living Well in Community

Let's have fun while Learning!

A place to build frienships and to laugh
A place to learn about your community
A place to find support
A place to belong
A place to exchange ideas

Open to eligible ICA clients with English Level 3 or higher. Must register to participate.

Wednesdays, April 29 - June 3, 2015
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm, Classroom 4
930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

For more information, please contact:
William Goldiet, Settlement Worker
(250) 388-4728 ext 1o8 or wgoldiet@icavictoria.org

Pre-natal Classes for Immigrant Women

Four FREE classes, once a week, to learn about:

How a woman's body changes during pregnancy
Fetal development
Nutrition, diet, and lifestyle
Looking ahead to labour and birth
Breastfeeding and baby care
Hospital tour

Open to eligible ICA clients - Registration is required

Fridays, March 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2015
10:00am - 11:30am

Sitka Room, 930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

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

Weekly Settlement Orientation Sessions

Important information to help you settle in Victoria.

Week 1
Wednesday February 18 - Adjusting to Canadian culture

Week 2
Wednesday February 25 - The basics of living in Victoria

Week 3
Wednesday March 4 - Family and Social systems

Week 4
Wednesday March 11 - The legal and justice system, government structures, rights and responsibilities

Week 5
Wednesday March 18 - Health, wellbeing and the health system 

Week 6
Wednesday March 25 - 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
Preet Johal, Settlement Worker
(250) 388-4728 ext. 125 or pjohal@icavictoria.org  

Settlement Orientation Sessions in Chinese

The above orientation session are also available in Chinese.

Every Wednesday, 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Settlement Room, 930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

For more information, please contact a settlement worker:
Lien Tran (250) 388-4728 ext. 110 or ltran@icavictoria.org
Fanny He (250) 388-4728 ext. 132 or fannyhe@icavictoria.org

Employment Workshops (Job Search for Newcomers)

Week 1
Thursday March 5 -  Cover Letters (9:00am - 12:00pm)

Week 2
Tuesday March 10 - Canadian Workplace Culture (1:30pm - 4:30pm)
Thursday March 12 - Tailoring Resume Effectively (9:00am - 12:00pm)

Week 3
Tuesday March 17 - Microsoft Word Basics (3:00pm - 6:00pm)
Thursday March 19 - Marketing for Job Success (9:00am - 12:00pm)

Week 4
Tuesday March 24 - Successful Interviews (1:30pm - 4:30pm)
Thursday March 26 - Interview Practice (9:00am - 12:00pm)

Tuesdays & Thursdays, March5 - March 26, 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

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.