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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.

Date

Wednesdays (6 sessions)

November 1 – December 6

Time

9:30 – 11:30 am

Location

Delbrook Community Recreation Centre

Spruce Room

Language

English

Description:

Are you new to Canada and want to improve your English? In this weekly conversation circle, come and practice your English in a casual environment with an instructor and volunteers from our community.

Only open to adult, Permanent Residents of Canada.

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 Circle Fall 2017r

Date

Thursday, October 19

Time

1:00 – 3:00 pm

Location

North Shore Multicultural Society

Language

English

Description:

Join us for a casual coffee/tea gathering to meet newcomers and long-term residents of the North Shore. Learn more about Canadian work culture, work ethic and creating your own “elevator pitch” to introduce yourself effectively.

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 – Work Culture – Oct 19

Date

Thursday, November 2

Time

1:00 – 3:00 pm

Location

North Shore Multicultural Society

Language

English

Description:

Join us for a casual coffee/tea gathering to meet newcomers and long-term residents of the North Shore. Learn more about what you need to qualify for a mortgage and understand what credit means in personal finance.

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 – Finance – Nov 2

Date

Thursday, November 2

Time

7:30 – 9:30 pm

Location

Presentation House Theatre

333 Chesterfield Avenue

North Vancouver

Language

English

Description:

Meet new friends and experience together an award winning theatre production from Vancouver. The New Conformity uses contemporary circus performance to tell a story with a humour.

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:

Live Performance at PHT – Nov 22

Date

Tuesdays

Time

9:30 – 11:30 am

Location

Silver Harbour Seniors’ Fitness Room

Language

English with support in Farsi & Mandarin

Description:

This weekly program brings together immigrant seniors to support their social participation, inclusion, and contribution to their communities.

For more information and to register:

Front Desk office@nsms.ca or 604.988.2931

Flyer:

Senior Sparks 2017_English

Senior Sparks 2017_Farsi

Senior Sparks 2017_Mand

Date

Fridays

Time

1:00 pm – 3:30 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 2017

Date

Thursday, November 7

Time

12:30 – 2:30 pm

Location

West Vancouver Memorial Library

Language

Mandarin

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:

Ting Ting Reuveny, tingr@nsms.ca or 604.973.0468

Flyer:

Newcomer Info Sessions at WestVan (Eng_Mand) Nov-Dec 2017

Date

Thursday, October 19

Time

4:00 – 6:00 pm

Location

North Shore Multicultural Society

Language

Farsi

Description:

This program is for Farsi speaking residents on the North Shore with children under 18 years of age. Topics include:

  • CCTG and GST/HST
  • Child Care Subsidy
  • Rental Assistance
  • Question & Answer time

For more Description:nd to register:

Front Desk, office@nsms.ca or 604.988.2931

Flyer:

Family Benefits Workshop_EngFarsi Oct 19 2017

Date

Tuesday, October 17

Time

4:00 – 6:00 pm

Location

North Shore Multicultural Society

Language

Farsi

Description:

This program is for Farsi speaking residents on the North Shore. Topics included:

  • MSP
  • Fair Pharmacare
  • Regular premium assistance
  • BC Healthy Kids programs

For more information and to register:

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

Flyer:

MSP flyer_EngFarsi Oct 17 2017r

 

Date

Wednesdays (8 sessions)

September 20 – November 8

Time

6:00 – 8:00 pm

Location

North Shore Multicultural Society

Language

Farsi

Description:

The Changeways Program is a series of workshops offering an opportunity for men to address and improve their personal and cultural adjustment in a new community.

For more information and to register:

Shady Ashtari, shadya@nsms.ca or 604.988.2931

Flyer:

Changeways 2017_English

Changeways 2017_Farsi

Date

Fridays (7 sessions)

September 22 – November 3

Time

9:30 – 11:30 am

Location

North Shore Multicultural Society

Language

Farsi

Description:

In partnership with NSMS, Family Services of the North Shore will provide 7 group sessions to support mothers of young children aged 0-3 years.

For more information and to register:

Nazila Safari, nazilas@nsms.ca or 604.988.2931

Flyer:

Postpartum 2017_Farsi

Postpartum 2017_English

 

Date

Monday, October 16

Time

4:00 – 6:00 pm

Location

John Braithwaite Community Centre

Language

English, with support in Farsi

Description:

This workshop will teach parents about how to check their child’s development and the importance of early intervention.

For more information and to register:

Front Desk, office@nsms.ca or 604.988.2931

Flyer:

ASQ Workshop-Child Development Sept 2017

ASQ Workshop-Child Development_Farsi Sept 2017

 

Date

Tuesdays (8 sessions)

September 26 – November 14

Time

5:00 – 7:30 pm

Location

Boundary Elementary School

Language

Farsi, Mandarin

Description:

Parents/family/caregivers will learn how to prepare their children for school while working with them in a fun, supportive ways. Open to Farsi and Mandarin-speaking permanent residents with children ages 3-5 years, who live in North Vancouver.

For more information and to register:

Farsi:Sara Tabatabaee, sarat@nsms.ca or 604.988.2931

Mandarin: Ting Ting Reuveny, tingr@nsms.ca or 604.988.2931

Flyer:

iPALS Fall 2017 (English)r

iPALS Fall 2017 (Farsi_English)r

iPALS Fall 2017 (Mandarin)r

 

Date

Fridays (5 sessions)

September 29 – October 27

Time

3:00 – 5:00 pm

Location

North Shore Multicultural Society

Language

Farsi

Description:

This 5 session program is for Farsi speaking seniors (aged 55+) that are permanent residents (PR). Sessions will include fall prevention, wills, legal resources, anger management, yoga class and healthy diets.

For more information and to register:

Front Desk, office@nsms.ca or 604.988.2931

Flyer:

Seniors Bridging_Fall 2017

 

Date

Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays

October 2 – December 22

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+. Must be a permanent resident, for those with LINC levels 1-3. English language assessment test provided, if needed.

For more information and to register:

Front Desk, office@nsms.ca or 604.988.2931

Flyer:

Seniors Learning_Eng Fall 2017

Seniors Learning_Farsi Fall 2017

Seniors Learning_Mand Fall 2017

Seniors Learning_Korean Fall 2017

Date

Tuesday, October 17

Time

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Location

North Shore Multicultural Society

Language

English, with support in Korean

Description:

This workshop will provide information about senior pension programs in Canada including Old Age Security (OAS), Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS), Allowance and the Canada Pension Plan (CPP). The workshop will also cover personal retirement planning, pension estimates, relevant taxation and employment issues.

For more information and to register:

Jin Park, jinp@nsms.ca or 604.973.0455, 604.988.2931

Flyer:

Senior Pension_Eng Oct 2017

Senior Pension_Korean Oct 2017

Date

Wednesday, October 18

Time

4:00 – 6:00 pm

Location

North Shore Multicultural Society

Language

Farsi

Description:

In this workshop, participants will learn about:

  • Eligibility requirements for Canadian Citizenship
  • Things to consider when applying for Canadian Citizenship
  • How to fill out the forms and what documents are needed to prepare your application
  • The rights and responsibilities of a Canadian Citizen
  • Expected changes to the Canadian Citizenship Act due to amendments by Bill C-6

For more information and to register:

Front Desk, office@nsms.ca or 604.988.2931

Flyer:

Citizenship Application_Farsi Oct 2017

Date

Thursday, October 19

Time

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Location

North Shore Multicultural Society

Language

Korean

Description:

In this workshop, participants will learn about:

  • Eligibility requirements for Canadian Citizenship
  • Things to consider when applying for Canadian Citizenship
  • How to fill out the forms and what documents are needed to prepare your application
  • The rights and responsibilities of a Canadian Citizen
  • Expected changes to the Canadian Citizenship Act due to amendments by Bill C-6

For more information and to register:

Jin Park, jinp@nsms.ca or 604.973.0455,.604.988.2931

Flyer:

Citizenship Application_Korean Oct 2017

Citizenship Application_EngKorean Oct 2017

Date

Saturday, October 21

Time

2:00 – 4:00 pm

Location

North Shore Multicultural Society

Language

English, with support in Tagalog

Description:

In this workshop, participants will learn about:

  • Employment standards in BC
  • Updates to the Caregiver Program and Temporary Foreign Worker Program
  • Common immigration problems

Register by Wednesday, October 18.

For more information and to register:

Eric Valencia, ericv@nsms.ca or  604.988.2931

Flyer:

Employment Standards_Oct 2017

 

Date

Tuesdays (6 sessions)

October 24 – November 28

Time

12:15 – 2:15 pm

Location

North Shore Multicultural Society

Language

Mandarin or English, with support in Mandarin

Description:

Learn how to access the BC health care system and share this information with your family.

For more information and to register:

Ting Ting Reuveny, tingr@nsms.ca or 604.973.0468

Rosanna Ng, rosannan@nsms.ca or 604.973.0464

Flyer:

Womens Health_Mand Fall 2017

Womens Health_Eng Fall 2017

 

Date

Thursday, October 26

Time

3:00 – 5:00 pm

Location

North Shore Multicultural Society

Language

Farsi

Description:

This workshop will be presented by the RCMP and will provide information about safety & security to Farsi speaking residents of the North Shore.

For more information and to register:

Front Office, office@nsms.ca or 604.988.2931

Flyer:

RCMP Policing_Oct 2017

Date

Saturday, October 28

Time

2:00 – 4:00 pm

Location

North Shore Multicultural Society

Language

Tagalog

Description:

In this workshop, participants will learn about:

  • Eligibility requirements for Canadian Citizenship
  • Things to consider when applying for Canadian Citizenship
  • How to fill out the forms and what documents are needed to prepare your application
  • The rights and responsibilities of a Canadian Citizen
  • Expected changes to the Canadian Citizenship Act due to amendments by Bill C-6

For more information and to register:

Eric Valencia, ericv@nsms.ca or 604.988.2931

Flyer:

Citizenship Application_Tagalog Oct 2017

Date

Fridays (6 sessions)

November 3 – December 8

Time

1:00 – 3:00 pm

Location

North Shore Multicultural Society

Language

Farsi

Description:

Learn how to access the BC health care system and share this information with your family.

For more information and to register:

Nazila Safari, nazilas@nsms.ca or 604.988.2931

Flyer:

Women’s Health_Farsi Nov 2017

Women’s Health_EngFar Nov 2017

 

Date

Tuesday, October 24

Time

1:00 – 2:30 pm

Location

Hollyburn School Library

1329 Duchess Avenue

West Vancouver

Language

English, with support in Farsi

Description:

This two-topic workshop will provide understanding about mixed grade classes and the importance of sex education.

For more information and to register:

Niloufar Farahani, niloufarf@nsms.ca or 778.829.2932

 

Date

Tuesday, November 21

Time

12:30 – 4:00 pm

Location

North Vancouver School District office

5th Floor

2121 Lonsdale Avenue

North Vancouver

Language

English, with support in Farsi

Description:

For newcomer parents of grade 10-12 students in North and West Vancouver schools. University/colleges will present about their schools; after, parents/students can meet representatives in a mini school fair.

For more information and to register:

Khatereh Masoudi, khaterehm@nsms.ca or 778.319.2931

Maryam Nani, maryamn@nsms.ca or 778.322.2931

Rosanna Ng, rosannan@nsms.ca or 604.973.0464

Niloufar Farahani, niloufarf@nsms.ca or 778.829.2932

Felicia Zhu, feliciaz@nsms.ca or 778.322.2932

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

January, April and September

Location

North Shore Multicultural Society

Language

Beginner

Description:

You will learn about this city and how to speak English in shops, your child’s school, doctors’ offices, supermarkets…

For more information, contact:

esl@nsms.ca

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

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

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

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

Start Date

January, April and September

Location

North Shore Multicultural Society

Language

Advanced

Description:

Discuss current events using higher level newspapers and media.

For more information, contact:

esl@nsms.ca

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

Marjan Farajian, marjanf@nsms.ca

Start Date

December

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:

Lori Akiyama, loria@nsms.ca or 604.988.2931 ext. 241

 

Start Date

Ongoing

Time

10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Location

To be announced

Language

English

Description:

The Get Connected program supports immigrant young adults (ages 18-29) in their process of settlement and integration into Canadian society, specifically supporting their career and educational prospects.

 

Get Connected provides one-to-one education and employment support, group workshops, targeted conversation practice, settlement support, group outings, and connections to community resources and volunteer opportunities.

For more information and to register:

Srishti Arya, srishtia@nsms.ca or 778.927.2931

Flyer:

Get Connected 2017

Start Date

November 14 – 27

Location

YWCA WorkBC

Employment Services Centre

980 West 1st Street, #106

Language

English

Description:

The Retail Connections EXPRESS Employment Program is a 2-week full time skills training program that serves immigrants and refugee youth and young adults (ages 18-30) and provides them with job search skills, employment connections and retail specific training.

For more information and to register:

Katrina Geronimo, retailconnections@nsms.ca

or 604.988.3766 ext 250

Flyer:

Retail Connections Flyer 2017 – Express

Dates

To be announced

Location

YWCA WorkBC

Employment Services Centre

980 West 1st Street, #106

Language

English

Description:

The Retail Connections Employment Program is a 4-week full time skills training program that serves immigrants and refugee youth and young adults (ages 18-30) and provides them with job search skills, employment connections and retail specific training.

For more information and to register:

Katrina Geronimo, retailconnections@nsms.ca or 604.988.3766 ext 250

 

Date

Friday, October 27

Time

3:30 – 5:30 pm

Location

 

North Shore Multicultural Society

Language

Farsi

Description:

In this workshop participants will learn about:

  • Minimum wage, meal breaks, overtime
  • Holidays, sick leave, leaving or losing a job
  • What you should do if you have a complaint at work
  • Notice for termination of your job

For more information and to register:

Homa Soltani, homas@nsms.ca or 604.988.2931

Flyer:

Employment Standard Act_Farsi Oct 2017

Date

Friday, November 3

Time

3:30 – 5:30 pm

Location

North Shore Multicultural Society

Language

Farsi

Description:

This session will provide important information about what EI Benefits are, the types available, who is eligible, when you can apply for EI Benefits and much more.

For more information and to register:

Homa Soltani, homas@nsms.ca or 604.988.2931

Flyer:

Employment Insurance_Eng Nov 2017

Start Date

Ongoing

Time

10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Location

To be announced

Language

English

Description:

The Get Connected program supports immigrant young adults, ages 18-29, in their process of settlement and integration into Canadian society, specifically supporting their career and educational prospects.

Get Connected provides one-to-one education and employment support, group workshops, targeted conversation practice, settlement support, group outings, and connections to community resources and volunteer opportunities.

For more information and to register:

Srishti Arya, srishtia@nsms.ca or 778.927.2931

Flyer:

Get Connected 2017

Start Date

November 14 – 27

Location

YWCA WorkBC

Employment Services Centre

980 West 1st Street, #106

Language

English

Description:

The Retail Connections EXPRESS Employment Program is a 2-week full time skills training program that serves immigrants and refugee youth and young adults (ages 18-30) and provides them with job search skills, employment connections and retail specific training.

For more information and to register:

Katrina Geronimo, retailconnections@nsms.ca

or 604.988.3766 ext 250

Flyer:

Retail Connections Flyer 2017 – Express

Dates

To be announced

Location

YWCA WorkBC

Employment Services Centre

980 West 1st Street, #106

Language

English

Description:

The Retail Connections Employment Program is a 4-week full time skills training program that serves immigrants and refugee youth and young adults (ages 18-30) and provides them with job search skills, employment connections and retail specific training.

For more information and to register:

Katrina Geronimo, retailconnections@nsms.ca

or 604.988.3766 ext 250

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.

Date/Time

Summer 2017 session has concluded and will next be offered in Summer 2018.

Location

North Shore Multicultural Society

Language

English

Description:

The Neonology Leadership camp teaches youth about anti-racism, anti-oppression, power and privilege. It trains youth to become leaders in their community and role models for positive social change, creating more welcoming and inclusive communities for everyone. The youth will volunteer in community initiatives and put their leadership skills in action.

Application period has closed.

For more information and to register:

Daniela Cohen, danielac@nsms.ca or 604-988-2931

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