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Workshops 

NSMS offers a number of workshops and programs to help newcomers learn about, and participate in, Canadian life.

These include workshops and programs for settlement, community connections, North Vancouver school information, youth, employment, English language and diversity in community.

Workshops and programs are held at our offices at 123 East 15th Street North Vancouver, and at various locations in the community. It is important to confirm location of the workshops.

For a copy of the current Program Summary, click here

Dates

Wednesdays (6 sessions)

January 16 – February 20

Time

9:30am – 11:30am

Location

North Vancouver City Library

120 West 14th Street, North Vancouver

Language

English

Description:

In this weekly conversation circle, come and practice your English in a casual environment with an instructor and a volunteer from our community.

For more information and to register:

Minori Ide, minorii@nsms.ca or 604-973-0457

Sochell Roman, sochellr@nsms.ca or 604-973-0453

Flyer:

Conversation Club – Jan-Feb 2019

Date

Tuesday, January 29

Time

6:00pm – 7:30pm

Location

North Shore Multicultural Society

Language

English

Description:

Join this workshop to learn more about volunteering in Canada! You will learn why people volunteer, how you can get involved, and what volunteer opportunities are available on the North Shore.

For more information and to register:

Front Desk, office@nsms.ca or 604-988-2931

Flyer:

Get Involved Jan 29 2019

Date

Thursday, February 7

Time

12:30pm – 2:30pm

Location

North Shore Multicultural Society

Language

English

Description:

Join us to learn about and celebrate Chinese New Year! Learn about the Lunar New Year and the age-old tradition to sweep away bad luck and welcome good fortune, make connections and meet new people.

For more information and to register:

Minori Ide, minorii@nsms.ca or 604-973-0457

Sochell Roman, sochellr@nsms.ca or 604-973-0453

Flyer:

Club Cafe – Lunar New Year

Date

Every other Friday

Next Sessions: January 25, February 8

Time

1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Location

North Shore Multicultural Society

Language

Farsi

Description:

North Shore Multicultural Society is pleased to invite you to our Newcomer Information Session. This no-cost orientation session will help you and your family understand and connect to the services available on the North Shore, as well as in Canada.

For more information and to register:

Front Desk office@nsms.ca or 604.988.2931

Flyer:

Newcomer Info Sessions_Farsi_Generic 2018

Date

Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays

January 4 – February 28

Time

1:00 – 3:00 pm

Location

North Shore Multicultural Society

Language

English

Description:

The focus of this special program is to provide English speaking and listening skills to immigrant seniors aged 65+. You will also learn about topics of interest to seniors, such as social participation, inclusion, and contribution.

For more information and to register:

Front Desk, office@nsms.ca or 604-988-2931

Flyer:

Seniors Learning_Eng Winter 1 2019

Seniors Learning_Mand Fall 1 2019

Seniors Learning_Farsi Winter 1 2019

Seniors Learning_Korean Winter 1 2019

Dates 

Fridays (9 sessions*)

December 14 – February 15

*No session December 28

Time

9:30am – 11:30am

Location

John Braithwaite Community Centre

Language

English

Description:

This group provides a safe space for women to learn English, make friends, and get information about services in the community. In this group, you will learn and practice English communication skills, learn about services in the community, participate in group activities and much more!

For more information and to register:

Silvia Savage, wesl@nsms.ca

Flyer:

WESS_Eng Dec 2018

WESS_Farsi Dec 2018

WESS_Korean Dec 2018

WESS_Mand Dec 2018

Dates 

Mondays and Wednesdays (10 sessions)

January 7 – February 6

Time

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Location

West Vancouver Memorial Library

1950 Marine Drive, West Vancouver

Language

English

Description:

In this program, you will learn about communication in the workplace, office culture, teamwork and more.

For more information and to register:

Front Desk, office@nsms.ca or 604-988-2931

Flyer: Intro to Canadian Workplace Jan-Feb 2019

 

Dates 

Mondays and Thursdays (10 sessions)

January 14 – February 14

Time

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Location

North Vancouver City Library

120 West 14th Street, North Vancouver

Language

English

Description:

In this program, you will learn how to communicate confidently in and around the workplace.

For more information and to register:

Front Desk, office@nsms.ca or 604-988-2931

Flyer: Workplace Culture Language Training Jan-Feb 2019

 

Dates 

Thursdays

January 24, February 28, March 28, April 25, May 23, June 13

Time

9:30am – 11:30am

Location

North Vancouver City Library

120 West 14th Street, North Vancouver

Language

Mandarin

Description:

In this monthly support group, parents will learn about and discuss important topics relating to parenting teenage children. Topics include communicating with pre-teens and teens, social media safety, dating and bullying, and more.

For more information and to register:

Ting Ting Reuveny, tingr@nsms.ca or 604-988-2931

Flyer: 

Parenting Teens Support Group English 2019

Parenting Teens Support Group Mandarin 2019

Date 

Saturday, January 26

Time

11:00am – 12:30pm

Location

North Shore Multicultural Society

Language

English

Description:

In this workshop, you will learn about the requirements for Permanent Residency, the CRS point system, and how to apply for Permanent Residency.

For more information and to register:

Front Desk, office@nsms.ca or 604-988-2931

Flyer: Pathways to PR Foreign Workers

Dates 

Tuesdays (6 sessions)

January 29 – March 5

Time

4:00pm – 6:30pm

Location

North Shore Multicultural Society

Language

Farsi and Mandarin

Description:

Join this unique program for parents and children! Parents will learn about topics such as healthy child development, family relationships and communication, legal issues regarding parenting and peer relationships.

Children will meet other immigrant children and participate in fun activities!

For more information and to register:

Front Desk, office@nsms.ca or 604-988-2931

Flyer:

Middle Years_English Winter 2019

Middle Years_Farsi Winter 2019

Middle Years_Mandarin Winter 2019

Date 

Saturday, February 2

Time

10:00am – 12:30pm

Location

North Vancouver City Library

120 West 14th Street, North Vancouver

Language

English

Description:

Join us to learn about worker’s rights and safety in BC. In this workshop, you will learn about how the BC Employment Standards Act and BC’s health and safety laws protect you in the workplace.

For more information and to register:

Front Desk, office@nsms.ca or 604-988-2931

Flyer: Rights in the Workplace Feb 2019

Date 

Saturday, February 9

Time

11:00am – 12:30pm

Location

North Shore Multicultural Society

Language

English

Description:

In this workshop, you will learn about federal and provincial programs that offer Permanent Resident status, gain resources to improve your immigration profile and more!

For more information and to register:

Front Desk, office@nsms.ca or 604-988-2931

Flyer: Pathways to PR International Students

Dates 

Session 1: Saturday, February 23

Session 2: Friday, March 1

Time

Session 1: 10:30am – 12:30pm

Session 2: 12:30pm – 2:30pm

Location

North Shore Multicultural Society

Language

Korean

Description:

In these workshops, immigrant women over 18 will learn important information about the health care system, provincial and community health resources, and more.

For more information and to register:

Jin Park, jinp@nsms.ca or 604-988-2931 or 604-973-0455

Flyer: 

Women’s Health 2019–English

Women’s Health 2019–Korean

Date 

Thursday, February 28

Time

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Location

North Shore Multicultural Society

Language

English

Description:

In this workshop, the Tenant Resource and Advisory Centre will provide information about rental agreements, tenant and landlord responsibilities, and dispute resolution. Learn how to avoid issues with your landlord!

For more information and to register:

Front Desk, office@nsms.ca or 604-988-2931

Flyer: Tenant Rights and Responsibilities Feb 2019

Dates 

Thursday, January 24 (Farsi)

Tuesday, January 29 (Mandarin)

Time

1:00pm – 2:30pm

Location

Hollyburn Elementary School

1329 Duchess Ave, West Vancouver

Language

Farsi and Mandarin

Description:

In this workshop, parents will learn about report cards and the school grading system in North Vancouver. If you have questions about your child’s report card, please bring it to the workshop.

For more information and to register:

For Farsi: Niloufar Farahani, niloufarf@nsms.ca or 778-829-2932

For Mandarin: Bonnie Wong, bonniew@nsms.ca or 778-322-2932

Flyer: 

Report Cards_WV_Farsi_Jan 2019

Report Cards_WV_Mand_Jan 2019

Dates

5 sessions 

Monday, February 4

Tuesday, February 12

Wednesday, February 20

Tuesday, February 26

Wednesday, March 6

Time

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Location

 

Sessions 1, 2, 3, 5: North Vancouver School District Office (2121 Lonsdale Ave)

Session 4: Foundry North Shore (211 West 1st St)

Language

Farsi

Description:

In this 5-session program, Farsi-speaking parents will learn how to understand and better support your child as they go through adolescence.

For more information and to register:

Khatereh Masoudi, khaterehm@nsms.ca or 778-319-2931

Maryam Nani, maryamn@nsms.ca or 778-322-2931

Niloufar Farahani, niloufarf@nsms.ca or 778-319-2931

Flyer: 

Parenting Teens English Feb 2019

Parenting Teens Farsi Feb 2019

Start Date

Ongoing intake

Time

Morning, afternoon and evening classes

Location

North Shore Multicultural Society

Language

English

For more information, please contact the Language Centre:

language@nsms.ca

Start Date

October

Location

North Shore Multicultural Society

Language

Intermediate and Advanced

Description:

This class is for newcomer professionals with an intermediate English level who want to learn about Canadian workplace culture and develop the soft skills necessary for success in the workplace.

For more information, contact:

esl@nsms.ca

Brochure:

EFP Brochure Fall 2018

Start Date

November

Location

North Shore Multicultural Society

Language

Intermediate and Advanced

Description:

This program has been developed by CELPIP experts to help test takers reach their target scores on their CELPIP Test. Two modules – listening and speaking – are available.

For more information, contact:

esl@nsms.ca

Brochure:

CELPIP Prep Brochure_Fall 2018

Start Date

January, April and September

Location

North Shore Multicultural Society

Language

Upper Beginner

Description:

This will help students with everyday English they need to Live in Vancouver – in shops, doctors’ offices, schools and daily activities.

For more information, contact:

esl@nsms.ca

Flyer:

Winter 2019 ESL Brochure

2019 winter brochure – Chinese

2019 Winter brochure – Korean

2019 Winter brochure-Farsi

Start Date

January, April and September

Location

North Shore Multicultural Society

Language

Advanced Beginner

Description:

This class will help students develop the speaking and listening skills they need to make connections and get around more easily in their communities.

For more information, contact:

esl@nsms.ca

Flyer:

Winter 2019 ESL Brochure

2019 winter brochure – Chinese

2019 Winter brochure – Korean

2019 Winter brochure-Farsi

Start Date

January, April and September

Location

North Shore Multicultural Society

Language

Lower Intermediate

Description:

This class will give students more confidence in talking about topics that are useful to newcomers. It will help them to Take Part more fully in the community and enjoy everything that Vancouver has to offer.

For more information, contact:

esl@nsms.ca

Flyer:

Winter 2019 ESL Brochure

2019 winter brochure – Chinese

2019 Winter brochure – Korean

2019 Winter brochure-Farsi

Start Date

January, April and September

Location

North Shore Multicultural Society

Language

Intermediate

Description:

Practice your conversation skills as you learn English by reading and discussing newspaper articles.

For more information, contact:

esl@nsms.ca

Flyer:

Winter 2019 ESL Brochure

2019 winter brochure – Chinese

2019 Winter brochure – Korean

2019 Winter brochure-Farsi

Start Date

January, April, and September

Location

North Shore Multicultural Society

Language

Advanced

Description

Correct and perfect your English through role plays, dialogues, and discussions.

*This class will not be offered in Spring 2018. It will be available in Fall 2018*

For more information, please contact:

esl@nsms.ca

Flyer:

Winter 2019 ESL Brochure

2019 winter brochure – Chinese

2019 Winter brochure – Korean

2019 Winter brochure-Farsi

Start Date

January, April, and September

Location

North Shore Multicultural Society

Language

Advanced

Description

This class will help students improve their written communication by focusing on grammatical structures and vocabulary.

For more information, please contact:

esl@nsms.ca

Flyer:

Winter 2019 ESL Brochure

2019 winter brochure – Chinese

2019 Winter brochure – Korean

2019 Winter brochure-Farsi

Start Date

January, April, and September

Location

North Shore Multicultural Society

Language

Advanced

Description

Practice and prepare for your Canadian Citizenship Test with practice tests and interviews.

For more information, please contact:

esl@nsms.ca

Flyer:

Winter 2019 ESL Brochure

2019 winter brochure – Chinese

2019 Winter brochure – Korean

2019 Winter brochure-Farsi

Start Date

Monday – Friday

Time

9:00 am – 4:30pm

Location

North Shore Multicultural Society

Language

English

Description:

We provide immigrant-specific employment services, including current BC labour market information and useful job search tools and tips.

For more information and to register:

Employment Resources Advisor

Hoda Masoumizadeh, hodam@nsms.ca

Start Date

Ongoing

Location

North Shore Multicultural Society

Language

English

Description:

Gain knowledge, valuable connections and the confidence to begin your professional career in Canada.

Benefit from:

  • 1:1 Mentorship
  • Info-sessions with regulators, employers & recruiters
  • Networking events

For more information and to register:

Monika Ladosz, monikal@nsms.ca or 604-988-2931 ext. 241

Amir Hariri, amirh@nsms.ca or 604-988-2931 ext. 371

Flyer:

Career Paths 2018 

Dates

Contact us for upcoming start dates and orientation sessions!

Location

North Shore Multicultural Society

Language

English

Description:

You must attend an orientation session before beginning the program.

Are you a newcomer to Canada with a business idea? Have you wondered how you could start a business in Canada? Then this program might be exactly what you need to launch your business.

We have partnered with the YMCA of Greater Vancouverto offer the opportunity to become an entrepreneur and small business owner to immigrants and all newcomers in the Greater Vancouver area.

The Self Employment For Newcomers Program empowers immigrants and refugees with:

  • The Steps to Start a Small Business
  • Instruction on Developing Your Business Plan
  • Confidence and Advising to Launch Your Own Business
  • Knowledge about Business Practices in Canada

If you have a business idea and have been wondering how to start your business in Canada, this program will guide you step by step.

Details are available here or contact us!

For more information and to register:

selfemployment@gv.ymca.ca or 604-988-2931

Flyer:

Self Employment Program

Dates

Ongoing. Contact us to get started!

Location

YWCA WorkBC Employment Services Centre

106 – 980 West 1st Street, North Vancouver

Language

English

Description:

The Retail Connections 2-week, full-time program provides immigrant youth with important skills, training, and certificates to find a job in retail.

The program offers:

  • Industry-recognized certificates (EmergencyFirst Aid and Food Safe Level 1) completely FREE!
  • Retail-specific training
  • Job search skills and education coaching
  • Employment connections

Following the program, participants receive 8 weeks of one-to-one job search support and coaching.

For more information and to register:

Annie Zhou, anniez@nsms.ca or 778-927-2931

Flyer:

Retail Connections 

Dates

Monday, January 28

Thursday, January 31

Time

2:00pm – 4:00pm

Location

North Shore Multicultural Society

Language

Farsi

Description:

LinkedIn is a business-oriented social networking service that you can use to manage your professional identity, apply for jobs, and network with employers and coworkers. In this two-session tutorial, you will learn why you should be on LinkedIn, how to create an effective profile, how to find jobs, and more!

For more information and to register:

Front Desk, office@nsms.ca or 604-988-2931

Flyer:

LinkedIn_English_Jan_2019

LinkedIn_Farsi_Jan_2019

Date

Wednesday, January 30

Time

4:00pm – 6:00pm

Location

North Shore Multicultural Society

Language

Farsi

Description:

If you were a software/computer engineer, programmer, or web developer, join this mentoring session to meet a Canadian professional in your field, learn about the work options available to you, and how you can return to work in your field in Canada.

For more information and to register:

Front Desk, office@nsms.ca or 604-988-2931

Flyer:

Mentoring Computer Engineer (Farsi) Jan 2019

Mentoring Computer_Engineers (English) Jan 2019

Date

Wednesday, February 13

Time

4:00pm – 6:00pm

Location

North Shore Multicultural Society

Language

English

Description:

If you worked in Project Management in your home country, join this mentoring session to meet a Canadian professional in your field, learn about the work options available to you, and how you can return to work in your field in Canada.

For more information and to register:

Homa Soltani, homas@nsms.ca or 604-988-2931

Flyer:

Mentoring_Project Mgmt_farsi Feb 2019

Mentoring_Project Mgmt_Eng Feb 2019

Date

Saturdays

February 9, 16, 23

Time

10:00am – 3:30pm

Location

North Shore Multicultural Society

Language

English

Description:

In this art-based program for immigrant youth, girls will have fun doing art projects, make new friends, build self-confidence and learn strategies to cope with stress.

For more information and to register:

Matty Taghipour, mattyt@nsms.ca or 604-988-2931

Flyer: Girls Group Feb 2019

Dates

Ongoing. Contact us to get started!

Location

YWCA WorkBC Employment Services Centre

106 – 980 West 1st Street, North Vancouver

Language

English

Description:

The Retail Connections 2-week, full-time program provides immigrant youth with important skills, training, and certificates to find a job in retail.

The program offers:

  • Industry-recognized certificates (EmergencyFirst Aid and Food Safe Level 1) completely FREE!
  • Retail-specific training
  • Job search skills and education coaching
  • Employment connections

Following the program, participants receive 8 weeks of one-to-one job search support and coaching.

For more information and to register:

Annie Zhou, anniez@nsms.ca or 778-927-2931

Flyer:

Retail Connections 

Start Date

Ongoing

Time

Varies

Location

Elementary and Secondary Schools & Community Organizations in the Greater Vancouver Area.

Language

English

Description:

Neonology is an award-winning workshop that focuses on demonstrating the power we have to stop discrimination and racism in community.

Diversity workshops are tailored for groups of students (grade 6/7 and grade 9/10), youth workers and adults.

For more information and to register:

Neonology Program Coordinator, neonology@nsms.ca

For more information, please visit www.neonology.ca.