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Are you under 30 years looking for a dynamic summer job? 

ICA is hiring a summer student. Deadline May 12. 

 

 

Download the Settlement Workers in School brochure. 

 

 

Learn English from home for free!

Learn more about LINC Home Study

 

Need money to start up your career?

Check out ICA's Micro-Loan program!

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We offer settlement services in Sidney and West Shore 

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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.

Focus on Fitness

Do you want to stay healthy and fit? Join us for this FREE 3 week program to build your fitness level and feel strong.

Enjoy 3 activities at 3 recreation facilities: weight room orientation, tennis and pickleball.

Open to eligible ICA clients. You must register to participate.

Mondays, May 25, June 1 & June 8, 2015
Hosted by ICA and in collaboration with Saanich Parks and Recreation.

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

The Vibe: Living Vibrant Healthy Lives

A free progran for Immigrant and Refugee youth ages 13 - 18. An exciting opportunity to:

  • Learn about nutrition and how to cook healthy food
  • Discover new ways to exercise and be active
  • Reduce stress, feel better, and take good care of yourself
  • Make friends, go on field trips and learn about your community

Registration is required.

Cooking: Mondays May, 4,11, 25 and June 1, 2015
Healthy Weekend: Satuday & Sunday, June 6 & 7
Mondays 4:00pm - 7:00pm; Saturday & Sunday 11:00 am - 4:00pm

930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

For more information, please contact:
Claire Kelly, Settlement Youth Worker
(250) 388-4728 wxt. 123 or ckelly@icavictoria.org

Employment in the Health Professions

Are you a newcomer exploring a career in healthcare?

Join us for 4 free informative sessions! You will learn valuable information about:

  • Entry level career opportunities in healthcare
  • Education programs and short term courses
  • Networking opportunities with employers
  • Credential evaluation and recognition
  • Job search strategies

Registration is required. English Level 5 or Higher.

Tuesdays & Thursdays, May 19 - May 28, 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

Everyone Welcome: Living Well in Community

Make Friends and Learn about Resources in your Community.

Join us for six free sessions where you can share and learn acivities and resources to keep you healthy.

Open to eligible ICA clients. Must register to participate.

Tuesdays, May 5 - June 9, 2015
9:30am - 11:30am (Room 200)
930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

For more information, please contact:
Gita John-lyam, SWIS Worker
(250) 388-4728 ext.131 or gjohn-iyam@icavictoria.org

Parenting Program

Are you a parent of a tween ages 7 - 12?
Come to "My Tween and Me", a free parenting program to learn how to build lasting connections with your child. It includes 6 weeks of information and information sharing in a safe and supportive place.

An intermediate Level of English is needed. Open to eligible ICA clients.

Thursdays, May 7 - June 11, 2015
9:30am - 11:30am, 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

The Meet Up

ICA has a new teen youth social night!
A free program for newcomer teens ages 13 - 19. Games and activities that focus on arts, sports and health. Come and have fun and make friends!

Registration is required.

Fridays, April 10 - June 26, 2015
4:00pm - 6:00pm,
 Classroom 3
930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

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

Pathway to Contentment
Women Living Well in Community:
Examining Self-Concept as Barriers through Art

Facilitated by: Shahin Jones, MA

Pre-registration at ICA's Front Desk and English Level 4 required

Tuesdays, April 28 - June 16, 2015
Room 119, 3:15pm - 5:45pm

930 Balmoral (at Quadra)

For more information, please contact:
Balbir Thiara, Settlement Worker
(250) 388-4728 Ext 111 or bthiara@icavictoria.org

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

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

Five 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

Ask Questions. Get Support. Make Friends.

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

Fridays, May 29 - June 26, 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 April 1- Adjusting to Canadian culture

Week 2
Wednesday April 8 - The basics of living in Victoria

Week 3
Wednesday April 15 - Family and Social systems

Week 4
Wednesday April 22 - The legal and justice system, government structures, rights and responsibilities

Week 5
Wednesday April 29 - Health, wellbeing and the health system 

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

Every Wednesday 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm, April 1 - May 6, 2015

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

Week 2
Tuesday May 12 -  Canadian Work Culture (1:30pm - 4:30pm)
Thursday May 14 - Successful Interviews (9:00am - 12:00pm)

Week 3
Tuesday May 19 - Microsoft Word Basic (3:00pm - 6:00pm)
Thursday May 21 - Communicating with Confidence (9:00am - 12:00pm)

Tuesdays & Thursdays, May 5 - May 21, 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.