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Check out exciting ICA and cultural community events. Click here for our events calendar.

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.

CONNECT Parenting Group

April 22 – June 24, 2014 / 9:30am – 11:00am

Free 10-Week Program for Parents of Teenagers

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

This program was developed by researchers at Simon Fraser University, the Maples Adolescent Treatment Centre, and the BC government.

You will learn about:

  • Building a stronger parent-teen relationship
  • Adolescent development
  • Responding to your teen’s difficult behaviour
  • Parenting principles to guide your choices

A screening interview is necessary.

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

Employment Workshops

Week 1
April 15 - Tailoring Resumes Effectively (1:30pm to 4:30pm)
April 17 - Cover Letters (9:30am to 12:30pm)

Week 2
April 22 - Workplace Culture in Canada (1:30pm to 4:30pm)
April 24 - Soft Skills: An Overview (9:30pm to 12:30pm)

Week 3
April 29 - The Power of Networking (1:30pm to 4:30pm)
May 1 - Exploring Your Career Options (9:30am to 12:30pm)

Advance registration is required.

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

 

Federal Internship for Newcomers Program (FIN)
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?

Join us for a free information session on this once in a life time opportunity.

WEDNESDAY APRIL 30, 2014
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Sitka Room, ICA

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

Public Speaking

Wednesdays May 7 – 28, 2014
3:15pm – 5:15pm
Classroom 1 at ICA

Build your speaking confidence!

Learn about and practice:

  • Planning and organizing a speech
  • Preparing an introduction, body and conclusion
  • Appropriate body language
  • Impromptu speeches

Level 6 English or higher required
Must be prepared to do homework
Registration is required

No daycare available
Open to CIC eligible clients

To register o for further information, please contact:
Amanda Gaunt, Training Coordinator
250-388-4728 ext. 105 or agaunt@icavictoria.org

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 ltran@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.