1. Sharing Thanksgiving

    October 5, 2016 by Didi Korcheva

    Founded in 2013 ShareThanksgiving is an organization run by volunteers seeking to match Canadian families with immigrants to get together for Thanksgiving dinner and, perhaps, forge new friendships.

    The importance of human connections in our nation of immigrants is summed up in the organization’s philosophy: “once you break bread together, and start talking about your kids and their schools, hockey, what it’s like to see snow for the first time, what made a family pack their bags and step onto a plane to Canada, answering their questions: why turkeys, why cranberry sauce, what’s your family’s Canada story…”

    Interested host families can sign up here and newcomers can learn more about Thanksgiving and join here.

  2. Occupation-Specific Language Training (OSLT)

    September 6, 2016 by Didi Korcheva

    Seneca College is offering courses in occupation-specific language training (OSLT) from September 17, 2016 to January 28, 2017 to internationally-trained professionals in Vancouver. The goal is to teach dialogue and communication skills useful in finding a job as well as advancing in the workplace. Classes will take place twice a week, on Saturdays from 9 am to 3pm and on Mondays from 6 pm to 10 pm. The courses are grouped by several fields: accounting and finance; entrepreneurship, sales, and marketing; health care; human services (children and youth); and technology.

    The courses are free to those who qualify and are funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. To find out more and see if you qualify, visit Seneca’s website.

  3. Burnaby program for senior immigrants

    August 22, 2016 by Didi Korcheva

    A new program aiming to reduce isolation for Vancouver immigrants 50 or older will run every Friday from September 30 to November 4. This is an initiative of the B.C. Centre for Elder Advocacy and Support and Burnaby Community Services and it will take place at the Brentwood Community Resource Centre, located at 2055 Rosser Ave. Burnaby, BC V5C 5Y1.

    Read more here and to register contact Lin Chen at 604-688-1927 ext. 225.

  4. Internships for Syrian Refugees

    August 19, 2016 by Didi Korcheva

    We all know how important it is for immigrants to be able to gain Canadian experience so they have a better chance of finding a job. One company in Vancouver has decided they would like to offer Syrian refugees this opportunity. Globalme, a language and technology company, is offering 3 paid internships to refugees from Syria. Read more on the CBC website and listen to the interview with Globalme’s marketing manager Erik de Vries.

  5. ISS of BC Welcome Centre

    June 6, 2016 by Didi Korcheva

    A unique centre for refugees and immigrants has opened its doors. Named “first of its kind in the world” this facility will offer housing, healthcare, trauma support, youth and child services as well as ESL, and employment assistance and other support services. New immigrants and refuges will have access to programs in one place to help them transition into their new lives. Visit the website here and read more on the CBCNews website.

  6. Grandparents and grandchildren living together

    May 30, 2016 by Didi Korcheva

    South Asian grandparents are more likely to live with their grandchildren than any other ethnic group in Canada, new research …
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  7. Rich kids in Vancouver

    April 18, 2016 by Didi Korcheva

    Recently the New York Times published an article titled “Chinese Scions’ Song: My Daddy’s Rich and My Lamborghini’s Good Looking” about the children of the rich and powerful in China living in Vancouver. Their purchasing power and the effect on Vancouver’s real estate had been featured in the New Yorker earlier in February. Read the New York Times piece here and the New Yorker article following this link.