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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.

Weekly Orientation Sessions

Important information to help you settle in Canada, including:

• Adjusting to Canadian culture
• The basics of living in Victoria
• Family and social systems
• The legal and justice system, government structures, rights and responsibilities
• Health, wellbeing and the health system Employment standards, minimum wage, basics of the employer-employee relationship

Every Wednesday
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

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

For further information and to register, please contact
Reception (250)-388-4728 ext. 0 or info@icavictoria.org  

Employment Workshops (Job Search for Newcomers)

Week 1
Tuesday November 4 - Canadian Workplace Culture (1:30pm - 4:30pm)
Thursday November 6 -  Communicating with Confidence (9:00 am - 12:00pm)

Week 2
Tuesday November 11 - Remembrance Day (NO WORKSHOP)
Thursday November 13 - Taking the Fear out of Interviews (9:00am - 12:00pm)

Week 3
Tuesday November 18 - Tailoring Resumes Effectively (1:30pm - 4:30pm)
Thursday November 20 - Explore Your Career Options (9:00am - 12:00pm)

Tuesdays & Thursdays, November 4 - November 20, 2014

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  

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

October 30 - December 4, 2014
Thursdays, 3:30PM - 5:30PM

930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

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

Pre-Natal Classes for Immigrant Women

Five FREE classes, once a week

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 required
Interpreters available (please ask Lien)

Nov. 14, 21, 28 and Dec. 4, 12, 2014
10:00am - 11:30am

930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

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

Youth Employment Training

Have you set your goal Y.E.T?

This free 10-week program supports newcomer youth ages 15 to 25 with career development, education planning and interpersonal skills.

Topics include:Career & education exploration, Goal setting, Cover Letters & Resumes Using Social Media to your advantage, Financing & Budgeting, Canadian Workplace Culture, Communicating with Confidence, Networking & Interview skills, “Ask the Expert”.

Registration is required.

Mondays, Oct. 6 - Dec. 17, 2014
3:45pm - 5:45pm

930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

For further information and to register, please contact:
Claire Kelly, Settlement Youth Worker
250-388-4728 ext. 123 or ckelly@icavictoria.org

Youth Homework Club - Peer Tutoring

For immigrant and refugee youth for support with:

• English language learning (conversational and written)
• Homework assignments
• Tests and exams

Please contact us to register or to volunteer.

Wednesdays, Oct. 1 - Dec.17, 2014
4:00pm - 5:30pm

930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

For further information, please contact:
Claire Kelly, Settlement Youth Worker
250-388-4728 ext. 123 or ckelly@icavictoria.org

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 fannyhe@icavictoria.org

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 rmiranda@icavictoria.org

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

October 30 - December 4
Thursdays 3:30-5:30 pm

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

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 PJohal@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.