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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.

Foodsafe Training

Many workplaces require foodsafe training: hotels, restaurants, child & senior care, volunteering.

For ICA clients with CLB 4 English (in LINC 5) and higher. Registration required through ICA.

Special ICA rate of $40/person (regular price $80). The $40 fee is non-refundable after Monday , March 7. Bring your own lunch and snacks. No daycare provided.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016
8:45am - 4:00pm
Classroom 2, 930 Balmoral Raod (at Quadra)

To register or for information, please contact:
Preet Johal, Settlement Worker
(250) 388-4728 ext 125 or pjohal@icavictoria.org

Legal Information Session - Family Reunification

Presented by: Heather Purves and Luka Vukelic, Members of Pro Bono Students Canada, UVIc Law.

With: Roaxanne Helme, QC, of Green & Helme Lawyers.

Free to all ICA clients - English Level 4 required. No registration required.

February 16, 2016, 9:30am - 11:30am
Room 200, 930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

For more information, please contact:
Sabine Lehr, Immigrant Services Manager
250-388-4728 ext 146 or slehr@icavictoria.org

Legal Information Session - Migratory Workers

Presented by: David Machat and Niki Bains, Members of Pro Bono Students Canada, UVIc Law.

With: Roaxanne Helme, QC, of Green & Helme Lawyers.

Free to all ICA clients - English Level 4 required. No registration required.

February 18, 2016, 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Classroom 2, 930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

For more information, please contact:
Sabine Lehr, Immigrant Services Manager
250-388-4728 ext 146 or slehr@icavictoria.org

Pre-Natal Class 

For expectant mothers (fathers and partners are welcome)

Topics include: changes to a woman's body during pregnancy; fetal development; nutrition, diet and lifestyle; labour and birth; breastfeeding and baby care; hospital tour.

Ask Questions. Get Support. Make Friends.

OPne to eligible ICA clients. Registration required.

Fridays, February 19 - March 18, 2016
10:00am - 11:30am, 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

Community, Culture & Conversation - Build your confidence in social situations

Are you sometimes unsure about what is appropriate to do or say in Canada - with friends, neighbours or others in public or private? If so, this workshop is for you!

Through a variety of exercises we will explore our social world.

LINC 5 English or higher required - must be prepared to do homework.

Registration is required. No daycare available.

Feb 1 - March 7, 2016
3:15pm - 5:15pm
Classroom 2, 930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

For more information, please contact:
Amanda Gaunt, Training Coordinator
(2500 388-4728 ext 105 or agaunt@icavictoria.org

Holding On To Your Kids

Parenting Across Cultures: A free 7-week seminar series for parents.

A practical and culturally sensitive course for newcomer parents from diverse cultures who have concerns about parenting and responding to the behaviour and emotions of their teens (12-18 years of age). 

Topics covered: Having healthy communicaton; knowing what to expect at different ages; understanding different parenting/discipline styles.

Open to eligible ICA clients. Registration is required.

January 29 - March 11, 2016
9:30am - 11:30am
930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

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

Youth Homework Club

Peer Tutoring for immigrant and refugee youth ages 8-18 years old for support with English language learning (conversational and written), homework assignments, preparation for tests and exams.

Registration required.

Wednesdays, January 13 - June 8, 2016
4:00pm - 5:30pm
930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

For more information, please contact:
Alexandra Dawley, Youth Services Facilitator
(250) 388-4728 ext 107 or adawley@icavictoria.org

The Meet Up

Join ICA's weekly youth social night!

The Meet Up is a free weekly program fro newcomer teens ages 13-19. Games and activities focus on art, sports & community. Have fun and make new friends.

Registration is required.

Fridays, January 22 - March 25, 2016
4:00pm - 7:00pm
930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

For more information, please contact:
Alexandra Dawley, Youth Services Facilitator
(250) 388-4728 ext 107

Soft Skills & Essential Skills for Workplace Success

Topics covered include: Team work, communications skills, critical thinking, presentation skills, continuous learning, conflict management and resolution.

Open to eligible ICA clients. Registration is required.

Mondays & Wednesdays, Jan 25 - Feb 17, 2016
10:30am - 12:30pm
930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

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

Cooking For Newcomers

Sharpen your cooking skills and come and cook new foods in a social atmosphere. We will cook one main dish but two recipes - one with meat and the other with tofu! We will also make a simple dessert - a Canadian classic.

Participants need LINC 4 English or higher and registration is required.

Thursday, February 18, 2016
11:30am - 1:30pm

Kitchen, 930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

For more information, please contact:
Amanda Gaunt, Training Coordinator
(250) 388-4728 ext 105 or agaunt@icavictoria.org

Preparing A Healthy Breakfast

Even with a busy schedule you need to eat a healthy breakfast!

Learn the cooking skills you need to prepare a healthy grab-and-go breakfast that will stave off hunger until lunchtime.

Open to eligible ICA clients. Registration is required.

Monday, February 29, 2016
10:30am - 12:30pm

Kitchen, 930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

For more information, please contact:
William Goldiet, Settlement Worker
(250) 388-4728 ext 108 or wgoldiet@icavictoria.org

Women Living Well in Community

A free six-session program for women.

* Make new friends
* Learn about women's rights and roles in Canada
* Participate in health and wellness activities
* Learm about resources available for women in Victoria

Open to eligible ICA clients. Registration is required. LINC Level 4 English and up.

Wednesdays, January 27 - March 2, 2016
1:00pm - 3:00pm (Room 119)

930 Balmoral Road (At Quadra)

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

Employment Workshops (Job Search for Newcomers)

Week 1
Tuesday February 9  - Tailoring Your Resume Effectively (1:30am - 4:30pm)
Thursday February 11 - Writing a Compelling Cover Letter (9:00am - 12:00pm)

Week 2
Tuesday February 16 - Successful Interviews (1:30pm - 4:30pm)
Thursday February 18 - Business Communication/Elevator Speech (9:00am - 12:00pm)

Week 3
Tuesday February 23 - Identifying Your Transferable Skills (1:30pm to 4:30pm)
Thursday February 25 - Interview Practice (9:00am - 12:00pm)

Tuesdays & Thursdays, February 9 - February 25, 2016

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  

Canadian Citizenship Application Preparation

Are you looking for information about becoming a Canadian citizen?

In this 2-session class, you will learn about the process towards citizenship, the citizenship application procedure, and what is expected of you when you are applying for citizenship.

Open to eligible ICA clients. Registration is required.

Tuesdays, March 1 & 8, 2016
Classroom 4, 3:30pm - 5:30pm

930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

For more information, please contact:
Fanny He, Settlement Worker
(250) 388-4728 ext 132 or fannyhe@icavictoria.org

Entrepreneur in Residence

Do you require assistance with opening your own business?

ICA's Entrepreneur Coaching Services provide newcomers with ongoing one-on-one and group support with an expert entrepreneur coach. Clients are coached in the steps required to plan, start, and operate their business.

Open to eligible ICA clients.

If you're intereste in this service, please contact the Employment Services Manager, Debbie Hamblin.

For more information, please contact:
Debbie Hamblin, Employment Services Manager
250.388.4728 ext 134 or dhamblin@icavictoria.org

Employment in the Financial Professions

Are you a newcomer exploring a career in the financial field? If so, join us for 6 free sessions to learn valuable information about:

  • The Acccounting, Banking, Insurance and Investment fields
  • Job Search Strategies, Education Programs and Short-term Courses
  • And participate in Speed Networking and Group Mentoring with financial professionals

Previous education/experience in the financial field or a related field is required. Participants should have at least level 5 English. Registration is required.

Mondays & Wednesdays
October 19 - November 4, 2015
3:30pm - 5:30pm
Classroom 4 - 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 Feb 17 - Adjusting to Canadian culture

Week 2
Wednesday Feb 24 - The basics of living in Victoria

Week 3
Wednesday March 2 - Family and social systems

Week 4
Wednesday March 9 - The legal and justice system, government structures, rights and responsibilities

Week 5
Wednesday March 16 - Health, wellbeing and the health system 

Week 6
Wednesday March 23 - Employment standards, minimum wage, basics of the employer-employee relationship

Every Wednesday 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm, February 17 - March 23, 2016

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

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

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.