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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.

Settlement Workshops

Settlement Orientations in Chinese

Week 1:  Wednesday, April 12 , 2017 – Adjusting to Canadian Culture
Week 2: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 – The basics of living in Victoria
Week 3: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 – Family and social systems
Week 4: Wednesday, Ma 3, 2017 – The legal & justice system, government structures, rights & responsibilities
Week 5: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 – Health, well-being and the health system
Week 6: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 – Employment standards, minimum wage, basics of the employer-employee relationship

Wednesdays, 9:30am – 11:30am
Sitka Room, 930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

Registration is required. Daycare not available.

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

 

Recycling, Garbage & Compost Workshop

Come learn how to properly sort your garbage, recycling, and compost – and have fun doing it!  Sign up soon to get a pick up schedule made for your neighbourhood!

4pm – 7pm
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Classroom 1, 201-1806 Vancouver Street

Registration required.

For more information, please contact:
Keri Tomlinson & Kristin Crossman
Youth Services Practicum Students
250-388-4728 ext. 123 (Lissette)
ktomlinson@icavictoria.org
kcrossman@icavictoria.org

Orientation Sessions

Settlement Orientation Sessions in English

Every Wednesday from February 8 – March 15, 12:30pm – 2:30pm
Sitka Room, 930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

For more information, please contact:
ICA Reception (250) 388-4728 ext. 0

Communication Skills for Social Interactions

Learn clear and effective communication skills for social interactions.

9:30am – 11:30am
Monday – Thursday, March 20 – 23, 2017
Classroom 1, 930 Balmoral Road

Open to eligible ICA clients with LINC Level 3 and higher. Daycare available for 3 – 5 year olds.

For more information, please contact:
Aly Essa
250-388-4728 ext. 158
aessa@icavictoria.org

Growing Roots Garden Program

Learn how to grow food, plant, maintain and harvest locally grown produce. Participants and their preschool-aged children will work together in the ICA garden plot once a week, enjoy nutritious snacks, and grow food for their families.

12:00pm -1:30pm
Thursday’s, April 27 – September 28, 2017
1806 Vancouver St. & ICA Garden Plot (Fernwood Community Garden, North Park St. and Chambers St.)

Open to eligible resettled refugee women and their preschool-aged children. Registration required.

For more information, please contact:
Kate Longpre, Community Integration Coordinator
250-388-4728 ext. 167
klongpre@icavictoria.org

Food Preservation Workshop

Learning to preserve your favourite foods can be cost effective, fun, and easy!

Session One: 9:30am – 11:30 am
Monday & Tuesday, March 27 & 28, 2017

Session Two: 9:30am – 11:30am
Wednesday & Thursday, March 29 & 30, 2017

Kitchen, 930 Balmoral Road

Registration required. LINC level 3 and higher. Daycare available for 3 – 5 year olds.

For more information, please contact:
Aly Essa, Training Facilitator
250-388-4728 ext. 158
aessa@icavictoria.org

Let’s Pack Lunch!

A session for parents with children in school on nutrition, school expectations, and having fun cooking with friends!

12:45pm – 2:45pm
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Kitchen, 930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

For eligible ICA clients. registration required.

For more information, please contact:
Gita John-lyam, Settlement Worker in Schools
250-388-4728 ext. 113/ 250-893-3821 (c)
gjohn-iyam@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.

Canadian Citizenship Application Preparation

Are you looking for information about becoming a Canadian citizen?

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

3:30pm – 5:30pm
Tuesday, March 7 & 14, 2017
Classroom 4, 930 Balmoral Road (At Quadra)
Open to eligible ICA clients. Registration required.

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

Rent Smart

Learn about your rights and responsibilities as a tenant.
Monday, March 20 – Friday, March 31, 2017
9 am – 11:30 am

For more information, please contact:
Preet Johal, Settlement Worker
250-388-4728 ext. 125
pjohal@icavictoria.org

Pre-Natal Classes

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

Fridays, 10 am – 11:30 am
February 24 – March 24, 2017
Sitka Room, 930 Balmoral (at Quadra)

Open to eligible ICA clients. Registration required.

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

Baby Talk

Topics covered will include: feeding your baby; car seat safety; baby health; dental care; immunizations; parenting your baby.

10am – 11:30am
Fridays, April 21 – May 19, 2017
Sitka Room, 930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)
Open to to eligible ICA clients. registration is required.

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

Employment Workshops

Incorporate Your Business

What does Incorporate mean? Learn the benefits of incorporating a business, its set-up, preparation, and maintenance.

3:30pm – 5:30pm
Monday, April 10, 2017
Classroom 2, 930 Balmoral Road

Registration required. Open to clients LINC level 5 and higher.

For more information, please contact:
Nina Poljak, Employment Facilitator
250-388-4728 ext. 157
npoljak@icavictoria.org

Creating A Business Plan

This is a new, free workshop on writing a business plan. Gain knowledge and insight to creating a strong business plan.

3:30pm – 5:30pm
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Classroom 4, 930 Balmoral Road

Registration required. Open to clients LINC level 5 and higher.

For more information, please contact:
Nina Poljak, Employment Facilitator
250-388-4728 ext. 157
npoljak@icavictoria.org

Federal Internship For Newcomers Program

This free information session will provide potential FIN Program candidates with the information they need to know about the program and the application procedures, including the pre-screening process. Some of the eligibility requirements for FIN are:

  • Having been in Canada for less than 10 years
  • Being a Permanent Resident or Naturalized Canadian

3:30pm – 5:30pm
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Classroom 2, 930 Balmoral Road.

Registration Required.

For  more information, please contact:
Mirko Kovacev, Employment Case Manager/Facilitator
250-388-4728 ext. 1522
mkovacev@icavictoria.org

Newcomers & Self-Employment Program

A free 6 session program to help you explore self-employment with the guidance of experienced local business owners. Learn about how to start a small business; creating business plans; financing a business; market research; and networking with experienced business owners.

3:30pm – 5:30pm
Mondays & Wednesdays, March 6 – 22, 2017
Classroom 2, 930 Balmoral Road

LINC Level 6 and higher required. Registration required.

For information, please contact:
Nina Poljak, Employment Facilitator
250-388-4728 ext. 157
npoljak@icavictoria.org

Credentialing & Regulated Professions

Are you interested in pursuing a career in a regulated profession in British Columbia? This information session will provide information about the credential evaluation and recognition process; regulatory bodies and their purpose; specific information for regulated occupations to get you started.

6pm – 8pm
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Sitka Room, 930 Balmoral Road

Registration required.

For more information, please contact:
Mirko Kovacev, Employment Case Manager/Facilitator
250-388-4728 ext. 122
mkovacev@icavictoria.org

Job Search for Newcomers

Week 1
Tuesday April 4 – Tailoring your resume effectively (1:30pm – 4:30pm)
Thursday April 6 – Writing a compelling cover letter (9:00am to 12:00pm)

Week 2
Tuesday April 11 – Elevator speech for job search (1:30pm – 4:30pm)
Thursday April 13 – Career exploration (9:00am – 12:00pm)

Week 3
Tuesday April 18 – Canadian workplace culture (1:30pm to 4:30pm)
Thursday April 20 – Successful interviews (9:00am – 12:00pm)

Tuesdays & Thursdays
All workshops in Sitka Room on Tuesdays and Room 200 on Thursdays – 930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra) and Registration is required.

For further information and to register, please contact:
Ash Moosavi, Employment Case Manager
(250) 388-4728 ext. 140 or amoosavi@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.

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

Youth Workshops

Bike Skills Workshop

A workshop designed to teach bike road safety.

The day will be divided in two parts: theory in the morning and a ride on the Galloping Goose in the afternoon. Ages 13 and up. Youth must know how to ride a bike, be able to ride with one hand to make hand signals. Participants should bring their own bike, helmet, lock, and lunch or tell us in advance if they do not own one so we can rent.

9:30am – 4:30pm
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Uptown Community Room, 3340 Saanich Road

For more information, please contact:
Albert Akoury, Youth Services Facilitator
250-388-4728 ext. 120
aakoury@icavictoria.org

MUSICA

Growth Through Music For Every Child

A music group for children aged 6-9. Children will be guided by experienced facilitators through music-based activities that support growth and self-expression. Your child will experience rhythms, rhymes, songs, and chants from different cultures and from Canada!

4pm -5pm
Tuesdays, February 14 – March 28, 2017
(Parent Orientation on February 7, 2017 at 4pm)
IN THE DAYCARE at 930 Balmoral Road

Please note registration does not guarantee selection for the program.

For more information, please contact:
Lennard Fruehling, Youth and Family Support Services Coordinator
250.388.4728 ext. 169
lfruehling@icavictoria.org

CORE: Coping & Resiliency

CORE is a brand new program for youth ages 16 – 24. Take charge of your health, live your strengths, and make a difference! Heal. Grow. Change. Build.

This program will be focused on building tools for self-care and mental well-being.

Wednesdays, 4pm – 7pm, January 25 – March 29, 2017 (with 2 day overnight retreat)
1806 Vancouver Street & Community Settings

Registration and screening process required. Attendance necessary.

For more information, please contact:
Lissette Tougas, Settlement Youth Worker
250.388.4728 ext. 123
ltougas@icavictoria.org

Youth Community Placement

Make a difference! Have your voice heard! Strengthen your connection to the Greater Victoria Community!

A FREE 8 week program for newcomer youth ages 15 – 25 that builds bridges between you and your new community! Come get involved, make new friends, and gain experience in community engagement.

4pm – 6pm, Tuesdays, February 7 – March 14, 2017
2pm – 5pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, March 21, 23, 28, 2017
Classroom 3, 930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

Registration is required.

For more information, please contact:
Lissette Tougas, Settlement Youth Worker
250.388.4728 ext. 123
ltougas@icavictoria.org

Seniors Workshops

Seniors Walking Group

For clients ages 55+ who enjoy walking. Join our walking group and explore different parts of Victoria on foot. Learn some English and make new friends. We will learn how to use Nordic walking poles, which will be provided for the walks.

10am – 12pm, Tuesday February 21 & Thursdays, February 23 – March 16, 2017

For eligible ICA clients who are 55 years old and up.

For more information, please contact:
Amanda Gaunt, Training Coordinator
250.388.4728 ext. 105
agaunt@icavictoria.org

Culturally Welcoming Diversity Workshops

Greater Victoria’s increasing diversity brings evolving challenges for local businesses and organizations. Differing values, beliefs and communication styles, for example, influence the way people interact, solve problems, and achieve goals. ICA offers a range of interactive cultural competency workshops using the successful Creating Culturally Welcoming Communities and Business curriculum. For more information about the workshops, visit the ICA Diversity Training webpage at: http://www.icavictoria.org/community/diversity-training/

Please note that priority is given to Community Partnership Network (CPN) members for bookings of diversity workshops. If your organization or business would like to become a CPN member, click on the link below:

Become a CPN Member

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.

Settlement Workshops

Orientation Sessions

Settlement Orientation Sessions in English

Every Wednesday from February 8 – March 15, 12:30pm – 2:30pm
Sitka Room, 930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

For more information, please contact:
ICA Reception (250) 388-4728 ext. 0

Cooking A Quick and Healthy Meal

Learn the cooking skills you need to prepare an easy and healthy meal.

12:30pm -2:30pm
Monday, March 6, 2017
Kitchen, 930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

Open to eligible ICA clients. LINC Level 4 and higher required. Registration required.

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

Cooking For Newcomers

Learn how to cook a seasonally inspired soup with fresh spring vegetables!

10am – 12pm
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Kitchen, 930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

Open to eligible ICA clients. LINC Level 4 and higher required.
No day care available. Registration required.

For more information, please contact:
Preet Johal, Settlement Worker
250-388-4728 ext. 125
pjohal@icavictoria.org

Foodsafe Training

Are you looking for work? Many workplaces require FOODSAFE training, such as hotels, restaurants, child & senior care centres, and volunteering jobs.

$50 a person (no refunds after Tuesday, Feb 28). Open to ICA clients in LINC Level 5 and higher. No daycare available. Please bring your own lunch and snacks.

8:45am – 4pm
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Classroom 2, 930 Balmoral Road

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

Let’s Pack Lunch!

A session for parents with children in school on nutrition, school expectations, and having fun cooking with friends!

12:45pm – 2:45pm
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Kitchen, 930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

For eligible ICA clients. registration required.

For more information, please contact:
Gita John-lyam, Settlement Worker in Schools
250-388-4728 ext. 113/ 250-893-3821 (c)
gjohn-iyam@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.

Canadian Citizenship Application Preparation

Are you looking for information about becoming a Canadian citizen?

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

3:30pm – 5:30pm
Tuesday, March 7 & 14, 2017
Classroom 4, 930 Balmoral Road (At Quadra)
Open to eligible ICA clients. Registration required.

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

Rent Smart

Learn about your rights and responsibilities as a tenant.
Monday, March 20-Friday, March 31, 2017
9 am – 11:30 am

For more information, please contact:
Preet Johal, Settlement Worker
250-388-4728 ext. 125
pjohal@icavictoria.org

Pre-Natal Classes

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

Fridays, 10 am – 11:30 am
February 24 – March 24, 2017
Sitka Room, 930 Balmoral (at Quadra)

Open to eligible ICA clients. Registration required.

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

Baby Talk

Topics covered will include: feeding your baby; car seat safety; dental car; immunizations; parenting your baby.

10am – 11:30am
Fridays, January 13 – February 10, 2017
Sitka Room, 930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)
Open to to eligible ICA clients. registration is required.

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

Employment Workshops

Creating A Business Plan

This is a new, free workshop on writing a business plan. Gain knowledge and insight to creating a strong business plan.

3:30pm – 5:30pm
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Classroom 4, 930 Balmoral Road

Registration required. Open to clients LINC level 5 and higher.

For more information, please contact:
Nina Poljak, Employment Facilitator
250-388-4728 ext. 157
npoljak@icavictoria.org

Federal Internship For Newcomers Program

This free information session will provide potential FIN Program candidates with the information they need to know about the program and the application procedures, including the pre-screening process. Some of the eligibility requirements for FIN are:

  • Having been in Canada for less than 10 years
  • Being a Permanent Resident or Naturalized Canadian

3:30pm – 5:30pm
Wednesdays, March 16, 2017
Classroom 2, 930 Balmoral Road.

Registration Required.

For  more information, please contact:
Mirko Kovace, Employment Case Manager/Facilitator
250-388-4728 ext. 1522
mkovacev@icavictoria.org

Job Search for Newcomers

Week 1
Tuesday February 7 – Tailoring your resume effectively (1:30pm – 4:30pm)
Thursday February 9 – Writing a compelling cover letter (9:00am to 12:00pm)

Week 2
Tuesday February 14 – Online applications (1:30pm – 4:30pm)
Thursday February 16 – Career exploration (9:00am – 12:00pm)

Week 3
Tuesday February 21 – Social media and networking (1:30pm to 4:30pm)
Thursday February 23 – Successful interviews (9:00am – 12:00pm)

Tuesdays & Thursdays
All workshops in Sitka Room – 930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra) and Registration is required

For further information and to register, please contact:
Ash Moosavi, Employment Case Manager
(250) 388-4728 ext. 140 or amoosavi@icavictoria.org

Newcomers & Self-Employment Program

A free 6 session program to help you explore self-employment with the guidance of experienced local business owners. Learn about how to start a small business; creating business plans; financing a business; market research; and networking with experienced business owners.

3:30pm – 5:30pm
Mondays & Wednesdays, March 6 – 22, 2017
Classroom 2, 930 Balmoral Road

LINC Level 6 and higher required. Registration required.

For information, please contact:
Nina Poljak, Employment Facilitator
250-388-4728 ext. 157
npoljak@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.

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

Youth Workshops

MUSICA

Growth Through Music For Every Child

A music group for children aged 6-9. Children will be guided by experienced facilitators through music-based activities that support growth and self-expression. Your child will experience rhythms, rhymes, songs, and chants from different cultures and from Canada!

4pm -5pm
Tuesdays, February 14 – March 28, 2017
(Parent Orientation on February 7, 2017 at 4pm)
IN THE DAYCARE at 930 Balmoral Road

Please note registration does not guarantee selection for the program.

For more information, please contact:
Lennard Fruehling, Youth and Family Support Services Coordinator
250.388.4728 ext. 169
lfruehling@icavictoria.org

CORE: Coping & Resiliency

CORE is a brand new program for youth ages 16 – 24. Take charge of your health, live your strengths, and make a difference! Heal. Grow. Change. Build.

This program will be focused on building tools for self-care and mental well-being.

Wednesdays, 4pm – 7pm, January 25 – March 29, 2017 (with 2 day overnight retreat)
1806 Vancouver Street & Community Settings

Registration and screening process required. Attendance necessary.

For more information, please contact:
Lissette Tougas, Settlement Youth Worker
250.388.4728 ext. 123
ltougas@icavictoria.org

Youth Community Placement

Make a difference! Have your voice heard! Strengthen your connection to the Greater Victoria Community!

A FREE 8 week program for newcomer youth ages 15 – 25 that builds bridges between you and your new community! Come get involved, make new friends, and gain experience in community engagement.

4pm – 6pm, Tuesdays, February 7 – March 14, 2017
2pm – 5pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, March 21, 23, 28, 2017
Classroom 3, 930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

Registration is required.

For more information, please contact:
Lissette Tougas, Settlement Youth Worker
250.388.4728 ext. 123
ltougas@icavictoria.org

Seniors Workshops

Seniors Walking Group

For clients ages 55+ who enjoy walking. Join our walking group and explore different parts of Victoria on foot. Learn some English and make new friends. We will learn how to use Nordic walking poles, which will be provided for the walks.

10am – 12pm, Tuesday February 21 & Thursdays, February 23 – March 16, 2017

For eligible ICA clients who are 55 years old and up.

For more information, please contact:
Amanda Gaunt, Training Coordinator
250.388.4728 ext. 105
agaunt@icavictoria.org

Culturally Welcoming Diversity Workshops

Greater Victoria’s increasing diversity brings evolving challenges for local businesses and organizations. Differing values, beliefs and communication styles, for example, influence the way people interact, solve problems, and achieve goals. ICA offers a range of interactive cultural competency workshops using the successful Creating Culturally Welcoming Communities and Business curriculum. For more information about the workshops, visit the ICA Diversity Training webpage at: http://www.icavictoria.org/community/diversity-training/

Please note that priority is given to Community Partnership Network (CPN) members for bookings of diversity workshops. If your organization or business would like to become a CPN member, click on the link below:

Become a CPN Member

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.

Settlement Workshops

Orientation Sessions

Settlement Orientation Sessions in English

Every Wednesday from February 8 – March 15, 12:30pm – 2:30pm
Sitka Room, 930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

For more information, please contact:
ICA Reception (250) 388-4728 ext. 0

Cooking A Quick and Healthy Meal

Learn the cooking skills you need to prepare an easy and healthy meal.

12:30pm -2:30pm
Monday, March 6, 2017
Kitchen, 930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

Open to eligible ICA clients. LINC Level 4 and higher required. Registration required.

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

Cooking For Newcomers

Learn how to cook a seasonally inspired soup with fresh spring vegetables!

10am – 12pm
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Kitchen, 930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

Open to eligible ICA clients. LINC Level 4 and higher required.
No day care available. Registration required.

For more information, please contact:
Preet Johal, Settlement Worker
250-388-4728 ext. 125
pjohal@icavictoria.org

Foodsafe Training

Are you looking for work? Many workplaces require FOODSAFE training, such as hotels, restaurants, child & senior care centres, and volunteering jobs.

$50 a person (no refunds after Tuesday, Feb 28). Open to ICA clients in LINC Level 5 and higher. No daycare available. Please bring your own lunch and snacks.

8:45am – 4pm
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Classroom 2, 930 Balmoral Road

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

Let’s Pack Lunch!

A session for parents with children in school on nutrition, school expectations, and having fun cooking with friends!

12:45pm – 2:45pm
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Kitchen, 930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

For eligible ICA clients. registration required.

For more information, please contact:
Gita John-lyam, Settlement Worker in Schools
250-388-4728 ext. 113/ 250-893-3821 (c)
gjohn-iyam@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.

Canadian Citizenship Application Preparation

Are you looking for information about becoming a Canadian citizen?

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

3:30pm – 5:30pm
Tuesday, March 7 & 14, 2017
Classroom 4, 930 Balmoral Road (At Quadra)
Open to eligible ICA clients. Registration required.

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

Rent Smart

Learn about your rights and responsibilities as a tenant.
Monday, March 20-Friday, March 31, 2017
9 am – 11:30 am

For more information, please contact:
Preet Johal, Settlement Worker
250-388-4728 ext. 125
pjohal@icavictoria.org

Pre-Natal Classes

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

Fridays, 10 am – 11:30 am
February 24 – March 24, 2017
Sitka Room, 930 Balmoral (at Quadra)

Open to eligible ICA clients. Registration required.

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

Baby Talk

Topics covered will include: feeding your baby; car seat safety; dental car; immunizations; parenting your baby.

10am – 11:30am
Fridays, January 13 – February 10, 2017
Sitka Room, 930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)
Open to to eligible ICA clients. registration is required.

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

Employment Workshops

Creating A Business Plan

This is a new, free workshop on writing a business plan. Gain knowledge and insight to creating a strong business plan.

3:30pm – 5:30pm
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Classroom 4, 930 Balmoral Road

Registration required. Open to clients LINC level 5 and higher.

For more information, please contact:
Nina Poljak, Employment Facilitator
250-388-4728 ext. 157
npoljak@icavictoria.org

Federal Internship For Newcomers Program

This free information session will provide potential FIN Program candidates with the information they need to know about the program and the application procedures, including the pre-screening process. Some of the eligibility requirements for FIN are:

  • Having been in Canada for less than 10 years
  • Being a Permanent Resident or Naturalized Canadian

3:30pm – 5:30pm
Wednesdays, March 16, 2017
Classroom 2, 930 Balmoral Road.

Registration Required.

For  more information, please contact:
Mirko Kovace, Employment Case Manager/Facilitator
250-388-4728 ext. 1522
mkovacev@icavictoria.org

Job Search for Newcomers

Week 1
Tuesday February 7 – Tailoring your resume effectively (1:30pm – 4:30pm)
Thursday February 9 – Writing a compelling cover letter (9:00am to 12:00pm)

Week 2
Tuesday February 14 – Online applications (1:30pm – 4:30pm)
Thursday February 16 – Career exploration (9:00am – 12:00pm)

Week 3
Tuesday February 21 – Social media and networking (1:30pm to 4:30pm)
Thursday February 23 – Successful interviews (9:00am – 12:00pm)

Tuesdays & Thursdays
All workshops in Sitka Room – 930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra) and Registration is required

For further information and to register, please contact:
Ash Moosavi, Employment Case Manager
(250) 388-4728 ext. 140 or amoosavi@icavictoria.org

Newcomers & Self-Employment Program

A free 6 session program to help you explore self-employment with the guidance of experienced local business owners. Learn about how to start a small business; creating business plans; financing a business; market research; and networking with experienced business owners.

3:30pm – 5:30pm
Mondays & Wednesdays, March 6 – 22, 2017
Classroom 2, 930 Balmoral Road

LINC Level 6 and higher required. Registration required.

For information, please contact:
Nina Poljak, Employment Facilitator
250-388-4728 ext. 157
npoljak@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.

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

Youth Workshops

MUSICA

Growth Through Music For Every Child

A music group for children aged 6-9. Children will be guided by experienced facilitators through music-based activities that support growth and self-expression. Your child will experience rhythms, rhymes, songs, and chants from different cultures and from Canada!

4pm -5pm
Tuesdays, February 14 – March 28, 2017
(Parent Orientation on February 7, 2017 at 4pm)
IN THE DAYCARE at 930 Balmoral Road

Please note registration does not guarantee selection for the program.

For more information, please contact:
Lennard Fruehling, Youth and Family Support Services Coordinator
250.388.4728 ext. 169
lfruehling@icavictoria.org

CORE: Coping & Resiliency

CORE is a brand new program for youth ages 16 – 24. Take charge of your health, live your strengths, and make a difference! Heal. Grow. Change. Build.

This program will be focused on building tools for self-care and mental well-being.

Wednesdays, 4pm – 7pm, January 25 – March 29, 2017 (with 2 day overnight retreat)
1806 Vancouver Street & Community Settings

Registration and screening process required. Attendance necessary.

For more information, please contact:
Lissette Tougas, Settlement Youth Worker
250.388.4728 ext. 123
ltougas@icavictoria.org

Youth Community Placement

Make a difference! Have your voice heard! Strengthen your connection to the Greater Victoria Community!

A FREE 8 week program for newcomer youth ages 15 – 25 that builds bridges between you and your new community! Come get involved, make new friends, and gain experience in community engagement.

4pm – 6pm, Tuesdays, February 7 – March 14, 2017
2pm – 5pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, March 21, 23, 28, 2017
Classroom 3, 930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

Registration is required.

For more information, please contact:
Lissette Tougas, Settlement Youth Worker
250.388.4728 ext. 123
ltougas@icavictoria.org

Seniors Workshops

Seniors Walking Group

For clients ages 55+ who enjoy walking. Join our walking group and explore different parts of Victoria on foot. Learn some English and make new friends. We will learn how to use Nordic walking poles, which will be provided for the walks.

10am – 12pm, Tuesday February 21 & Thursdays, February 23 – March 16, 2017

For eligible ICA clients who are 55 years old and up.

For more information, please contact:
Amanda Gaunt, Training Coordinator
250.388.4728 ext. 105
agaunt@icavictoria.org

Culturally Welcoming Diversity Workshops

Greater Victoria’s increasing diversity brings evolving challenges for local businesses and organizations. Differing values, beliefs and communication styles, for example, influence the way people interact, solve problems, and achieve goals. ICA offers a range of interactive cultural competency workshops using the successful Creating Culturally Welcoming Communities and Business curriculum. For more information about the workshops, visit the ICA Diversity Training webpage at: http://www.icavictoria.org/community/diversity-training/

Please note that priority is given to Community Partnership Network (CPN) members for bookings of diversity workshops. If your organization or business would like to become a CPN member, click on the link below:

Become a CPN Member

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.

Settlement Workshops

Orientation Sessions

Settlement Orientation Sessions in English

Every Wednesday from February 8 – March 15, 12:30pm – 2:30pm
Sitka Room, 930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

For more information, please contact:
ICA Reception (250) 388-4728 ext. 0

Cooking A Quick and Healthy Meal

Learn the cooking skills you need to prepare an easy and healthy meal.

12:30pm -2:30pm
Monday, March 6, 2017
Kitchen, 930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

Open to eligible ICA clients. LINC Level 4 and higher required. Registration required.

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

Cooking For Newcomers

Learn how to cook a seasonally inspired soup with fresh spring vegetables!

10am – 12pm
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Kitchen, 930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

Open to eligible ICA clients. LINC Level 4 and higher required.
No day care available. Registration required.

For more information, please contact:
Preet Johal, Settlement Worker
250-388-4728 ext. 125
pjohal@icavictoria.org

Foodsafe Training

Are you looking for work? Many workplaces require FOODSAFE training, such as hotels, restaurants, child & senior care centres, and volunteering jobs.

$50 a person (no refunds after Tuesday, Feb 28). Open to ICA clients in LINC Level 5 and higher. No daycare available. Please bring your own lunch and snacks.

8:45am – 4pm
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Classroom 2, 930 Balmoral Road

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

Let’s Pack Lunch!

A session for parents with children in school on nutrition, school expectations, and having fun cooking with friends!

12:45pm – 2:45pm
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Kitchen, 930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

For eligible ICA clients. registration required.

For more information, please contact:
Gita John-lyam, Settlement Worker in Schools
250-388-4728 ext. 113/ 250-893-3821 (c)
gjohn-iyam@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.

Canadian Citizenship Application Preparation

Are you looking for information about becoming a Canadian citizen?

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

3:30pm – 5:30pm
Tuesday, March 7 & 14, 2017
Classroom 4, 930 Balmoral Road (At Quadra)
Open to eligible ICA clients. Registration required.

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

Rent Smart

Learn about your rights and responsibilities as a tenant.
Monday, March 20-Friday, March 31, 2017
9 am – 11:30 am

For more information, please contact:
Preet Johal, Settlement Worker
250-388-4728 ext. 125
pjohal@icavictoria.org

Pre-Natal Classes

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

Fridays, 10 am – 11:30 am
February 24 – March 24, 2017
Sitka Room, 930 Balmoral (at Quadra)

Open to eligible ICA clients. Registration required.

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

Baby Talk

Topics covered will include: feeding your baby; car seat safety; dental car; immunizations; parenting your baby.

10am – 11:30am
Fridays, January 13 – February 10, 2017
Sitka Room, 930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)
Open to to eligible ICA clients. registration is required.

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

Employment Workshops

Creating A Business Plan

This is a new, free workshop on writing a business plan. Gain knowledge and insight to creating a strong business plan.

3:30pm – 5:30pm
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Classroom 4, 930 Balmoral Road

Registration required. Open to clients LINC level 5 and higher.

For more information, please contact:
Nina Poljak, Employment Facilitator
250-388-4728 ext. 157
npoljak@icavictoria.org

Federal Internship For Newcomers Program

This free information session will provide potential FIN Program candidates with the information they need to know about the program and the application procedures, including the pre-screening process. Some of the eligibility requirements for FIN are:

  • Having been in Canada for less than 10 years
  • Being a Permanent Resident or Naturalized Canadian

3:30pm – 5:30pm
Wednesdays, March 16, 2017
Classroom 2, 930 Balmoral Road.

Registration Required.

For  more information, please contact:
Mirko Kovace, Employment Case Manager/Facilitator
250-388-4728 ext. 1522
mkovacev@icavictoria.org

Job Search for Newcomers

Week 1
Tuesday February 7 – Tailoring your resume effectively (1:30pm – 4:30pm)
Thursday February 9 – Writing a compelling cover letter (9:00am to 12:00pm)

Week 2
Tuesday February 14 – Online applications (1:30pm – 4:30pm)
Thursday February 16 – Career exploration (9:00am – 12:00pm)

Week 3
Tuesday February 21 – Social media and networking (1:30pm to 4:30pm)
Thursday February 23 – Successful interviews (9:00am – 12:00pm)

Tuesdays & Thursdays
All workshops in Sitka Room – 930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra) and Registration is required

For further information and to register, please contact:
Ash Moosavi, Employment Case Manager
(250) 388-4728 ext. 140 or amoosavi@icavictoria.org

Newcomers & Self-Employment Program

A free 6 session program to help you explore self-employment with the guidance of experienced local business owners. Learn about how to start a small business; creating business plans; financing a business; market research; and networking with experienced business owners.

3:30pm – 5:30pm
Mondays & Wednesdays, March 6 – 22, 2017
Classroom 2, 930 Balmoral Road

LINC Level 6 and higher required. Registration required.

For information, please contact:
Nina Poljak, Employment Facilitator
250-388-4728 ext. 157
npoljak@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.

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

Youth Workshops

MUSICA

Growth Through Music For Every Child

A music group for children aged 6-9. Children will be guided by experienced facilitators through music-based activities that support growth and self-expression. Your child will experience rhythms, rhymes, songs, and chants from different cultures and from Canada!

4pm -5pm
Tuesdays, February 14 – March 28, 2017
(Parent Orientation on February 7, 2017 at 4pm)
IN THE DAYCARE at 930 Balmoral Road

Please note registration does not guarantee selection for the program.

For more information, please contact:
Lennard Fruehling, Youth and Family Support Services Coordinator
250.388.4728 ext. 169
lfruehling@icavictoria.org

CORE: Coping & Resiliency

CORE is a brand new program for youth ages 16 – 24. Take charge of your health, live your strengths, and make a difference! Heal. Grow. Change. Build.

This program will be focused on building tools for self-care and mental well-being.

Wednesdays, 4pm – 7pm, January 25 – March 29, 2017 (with 2 day overnight retreat)
1806 Vancouver Street & Community Settings

Registration and screening process required. Attendance necessary.

For more information, please contact:
Lissette Tougas, Settlement Youth Worker
250.388.4728 ext. 123
ltougas@icavictoria.org

Youth Community Placement

Make a difference! Have your voice heard! Strengthen your connection to the Greater Victoria Community!

A FREE 8 week program for newcomer youth ages 15 – 25 that builds bridges between you and your new community! Come get involved, make new friends, and gain experience in community engagement.

4pm – 6pm, Tuesdays, February 7 – March 14, 2017
2pm – 5pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, March 21, 23, 28, 2017
Classroom 3, 930 Balmoral Road (at Quadra)

Registration is required.

For more information, please contact:
Lissette Tougas, Settlement Youth Worker
250.388.4728 ext. 123
ltougas@icavictoria.org

Seniors Workshops

Seniors Walking Group

For clients ages 55+ who enjoy walking. Join our walking group and explore different parts of Victoria on foot. Learn some English and make new friends. We will learn how to use Nordic walking poles, which will be provided for the walks.

10am – 12pm, Tuesday February 21 & Thursdays, February 23 – March 16, 2017

For eligible ICA clients who are 55 years old and up.

For more information, please contact:
Amanda Gaunt, Training Coordinator
250.388.4728 ext. 105
agaunt@icavictoria.org

Culturally Welcoming Diversity Workshops

Greater Victoria’s increasing diversity brings evolving challenges for local businesses and organizations. Differing values, beliefs and communication styles, for example, influence the way people interact, solve problems, and achieve goals. ICA offers a range of interactive cultural competency workshops using the successful Creating Culturally Welcoming Communities and Business curriculum. For more information about the workshops, visit the ICA Diversity Training webpage at: http://www.icavictoria.org/community/diversity-training/

Please note that priority is given to Community Partnership Network (CPN) members for bookings of diversity workshops. If your organization or business would like to become a CPN member, click on the link below:

Become a CPN Member