Subject: ISSofBC eNews October 2017- Skilled immigrants connect to cleantech employers

ISSofBC eNews October, 2017
Skilled immigrants connect to growing cleantech companies in Metro Vancouver  
Top executives of BC’s Cleantech Industry engaged with close to 200 newcomer technical professionals at Vancouver Public Library to share information on cleantech opportunities.

They were participating in Connect to the Future: Careers in BC Cleantech, a conference aimed at bringing together growing cleantech companies with technical talent. The event, October 12, was a collaboration between ISSofBC and the Vancouver Public Library’s Skilled Immigrant Info Centre supported by funding from Vancity.

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Changes to Citizenship Act announced during IRCC Minister visit

New requirements to obtaining Canadian Citizenship allows for more flexibility to younger and older eligible immigrants Minister Ahmed Hussen announced at ISSofBC Welcome Centre.
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ISSofBC Welcome Centre receives 2017 AMSSA diversity award

ISSofBC Welcome Centre was selected to receive this year’s Riasat Ali Khan Diversity Award for providing innovative programming that supports diversity and promotes integration.
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ISSofBC joins Walk for Reconciliation with desire for unity and healing 

ISSofBC marched with tens of thousands in Vancouver in a historic walk with a desire to move closer to a greater awareness, solidarity, and reconciliation among indigenous peoples and all Canadians.
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Youth hub celebrates new programming and initiatives for fall and beyond  

Over 80 newcomer youth, community partners, ISSofBC staff and volunteers celebrated the Welcome Centre Youth Hub's Relaunch showcasing Youth Hub activities, events and partnerships.

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Volunteers dedicate close to 2,000 hours to helping newcomers in Maple Ridge

Maple Ridge Volunteer & Community Connections celebrated its volunteers who contributed 1,900 hours to various ISSofBC positions and events November 2016 to September 2017.

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First Start2Sew graduates guaranteed employment at premier clothing company

ISSofBC celebrated the first graduation ceremony of the Start2Sew training and employment program which included employment offers for graduates at Arc’teryx.

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Richmond staff and volunteers showcase ISSofBC's diversity at multicultural event 

ISSofBC celebrated multiculturalism and connected with community at the Richmond World Festival along with artists performing on nine stages, cultural performances, food and more.

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Coquitlam event welcomes newcomers by opening city hall doors to public

From recycling to public transportation, the Welcome to Coquitlam event provided a hands-on opportunity for ISSofBC LINC students and clients to learn the ins and outs of city programs and services.
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ISSofBC hosts hands-on activities at multicultural event in Whistler

ISSofBC Squamish staff, students and volunteers demonstrated Aikido, participated in salsa dance workshops and ran origami sessions to interested public during Whistler Multicultural Festival.

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Activities and Events

Recruiting now for Skills & Supports for Job Success - This free job readiness training program offers five weeks of full-time classes to help participants prepare for the workforce followed by several weeks of work experience or supported job search. Short term certificate training may be available. Program starts November 14 in Vancouver and November 16 in Coquitlam
ISSofBC Refugee Readiness Hub - This online hub offers users current news, events, resources, success stories, videos and more relating to the refugee resettlement efforts across British Columbia. 

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