Helpful Resources for Building Inclusive Communities
This section contains resources for newcomers in the Tri-Cities, but it also provides useful information for service-providers and community stakeholders – people who interact with immigrants in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody on a daily basis. Find out everything from community programs and services to multicultural policies, project outcomes and in-depth research in TCLIP’s comprehensive resource guide. Click on the resource topic below for more information.
Mentorship is a great opportunity to expand your network, while also intentionally supporting someone’s social capital. Your involvement in these mentorship programs can greatly impact someone’s career, business or professional goals. Please don’t hesitate to contact organizations to get involved.
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Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Mentoring Program
The Mentorship Program is designed to match a relatively junior fundraiser with someone in the industry who has more experience in an area or areas they would like to learn more about. For the mentee or apprentice, it provides an informal career pathway that addresses the pragmatic side of fundraising, rather than the more formal educational side that the CFRE course of study entails.
Cost: Free for members
Association for Corporate Growth (ACG)
Matches B.C.’s rising stars in the deal-making community with accomplished and respected leaders in a range of fields, including investment banking, legal advisory, commercial banking, private equity and corporate development. (postponed until further notice)
Cost: Free for members
BC Principals & Vice-Principals Association
The B.C. Principals’ and Vice-Principals’ Association (BCPVPA) is a voluntary professional association representing school leaders employed as Principals and Vice-Principals in BC’s public education system. The BCPVPA provides its members with the professional services and supports they need to provide exemplary leadership in public education.
Cost: Free for members
British Columbia Library Association
The BCLA Mentorship Program exists to connect and empower Association members by fostering positive relationships in the library community. The program encourages sharing, and aims to promote leadership and commitment to the profession.
Cost: Paid membership
BC Council for International Education
The goal of the BCCIE International Education Mentorship Program is to enhance the BC tradition of the exchange of best practices between generations and cultures of international education professionals. The BCCIE International Education Mentorship Program is unique in that it offers mentoring across the international education sector (including K-12, Post-Secondary and Language) as opposed to within an organization or between professor and student.
Cost: Free for members
Career Mentoring for S.U.C.C.E.S.S
If you are a new immigrant, the Career Mentoring for SUCCESS Program will bridge you to career success by providing you with the information you need in your field of expertise. Your mentor will not find you a job, but they will provide you with information, support, and guidance to jumpstart your professional career in Canada.
Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business
Philip Ducharme, Director
Phone: 416.961.8663 Ext. 230
CCAB delivers programs that facilitate the growth of Aboriginal business, build relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal business, and ensure life-long learning for Aboriginal entrepreneurs, and other Canadian business leaders. It runs the TFAB program (Tools & Financing for Aboriginal Business).
Cost: Free for members
Chartered Professionals in Human Resources (CPHR) of British Columbia & Yukon
Whether you are a newcomer to the field of HR, a mid-level practitioner, or a senior level HR professional, the mentorship program can support you to expand, refine and build new skills. To accomplish that goal, CPHR BC & Yukon encourages interested members to complete the on-demand mentoring 101 preparation course before applying to the program to better prepare both proteges and mentors for what the program entails. Applications open August.
Cost: $30 non-refundable processing fee
Douglas College Self-Employment Services
A training program in three phases that includes business planning, classroom training, professional mentoring and group support.
Engineers & Geoscientists British Columbia
The Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia mentoring program allows experienced licensed professionals to transfer their skills and knowledge to aspiring and current professional members.
Cost: Free for members
Phone: 604 598 2923
Futurpreneur Canada supports young entrepreneurs ages 18-39 with up to $60,000 in financing, an expert business mentor for up to two years, and resources to help you plan, manage and grow your business.
Cost: Free for members
Forum For Women Entrepreneurs (FEW) Mentor Program
The Mentor Program encourages women entrepreneurs to push their businesses to the next level and supports their growth by pairing them with experienced business leaders for 1:1 mentorship (one hour per month) for 12 months.
Cost: $280 for new pairings
GLOBE Mentorship Program
GLOBE Advisors manage the GLOBE Mentorship Program for pre-commercial entrepreneurs operating primarily in the environmental, clean technology and renewable energy sectors.
Cost: $3600 for companies
Since 2011, over 100 women have participated in Lighthouse’s mentor program. That is to say, linking dynamic, insightful people together in a safe environment to share their own unique business wisdom and life lessons with each other.
Intercultural Association of Greater Victoria
Mentoring Services connect internationally trained professionals with qualified local mentors to help guide newcomers along their career development path. It allows for a safe environment for immigrant professionals to explore the local labour market, the “unspoken rules” of the Canadian workforce, and much more. It is a relationship based on mutual learning and sharing of knowledge. Mentoring Services is government-funded and free for all participants.
Immigrant Employment Council of BC runs the MentorConnect program, which brings together skilled immigrants and established professionals in occupation-specific mentoring relationships.
MentorAbility is a national initiative which promotes the employment of people with disabilities in communities large and small throughout all Canadian provinces and territories.
Society of Punjabi Engineers & Technologists (SPEATBC)
The SPEATBC mentoring program allows experienced professionals to transfer their skills and knowledge to aspiring professional members.
Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) Mentorship Program
The VIFF Mentorship Program is designed to open doors and eliminate barriers for up-and-coming filmmakers to experience an International film festival first-hand and to build relationships with peers and mentors from Vancouver and beyond. Open to emerging filmmakers age 19-30.
Free for members
Workplace Connections Mentoring Program
MOSAIC runs the Workplace Connections Mentoring Program, which introduces newcomers to local professionals in a variety of fields including: Accounting, Architecture, Human Resources, Engineering, IT, Marketing, Business, Banking and Logistics.
Women in biz network
Women in Biz Members can speak live to a variety of mentors who will help with the challenges you have indicated on your membership application form and on our Members Only Facebook forum. The calls take place once a month for 1 hour via our live webinar. These calls are also recorded and cataloged in the “Members Only Tools Area” as well for listening for future reference.
Cost: Free for members
Women’s Enterprise Centre
Women’s Enterprise Centre is a non-profit organization devoted to helping BC women start, lead and grow their own businesses. Fueling the success of BC women entrepreneurs since 1995, our full range of services includes business loans up to $150K, plus access to additional financing through a partnership with BDC, business skills training, personalized business advice, mentoring, practical resources and a supportive community.
Cost: $150 per person
YWCA Elevate Skills
Phone: 778 222 2352
YWCA Elevate Skills is a FREE employment program that assists immigrant women in navigating the Canadian labour market and securing meaningful careers.
Young Women in Business
Based on mentee applications, we seek out women in the Vancouver business community who align with your career aspirations and will help to inspire and guide you in achieving your goals.Mentorship pairings begin in November, and the program kicks off the following January and runs through to May.
Getting to Know the Tri-Cities: Community Guides, Services and Profiles
- Community Resources Map: This interactive map was developed by Tri-Cities Early Childhood Development and Tri-Cities Middle Childhood Matters. The map offers information about community services and organizations that are available to meet the needs of multicultural families living in the region. It breaks down services into three categories: communities, schools and main. It contains useful information for parents about special needs, health and nutrition, media and technology and child sexuality.
- Economic Overview for Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody: These reports provide information about demographics, market indicators and taxes for Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody. The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce website also includes information about education, business planning and licensing, etc.
- City of Coquitlam Employment Area Profiles: This section of the city’s website profiles Coquitlam’s major employment areas: Citywide, City Centre, Barnet Corridor, Austin Heights, North Road, Maillardville, Southwest Industrial Area and Cape Horn. It also groups employment data into six sectors: film, home-based, manufacturing, retail wholesale, technology and tourism.
- Access to Recreation in Coquitlam: This section of the city’s website provides useful information on how to get involved in recreation activities in Coquitlam. It also includes a list of programs geared towards helping newcomers get involved in the community. These include the “Get Connected, Get Active,” “One-to-One Support,” “Grade 5 Get Active! and Grade 6 Stay Active! Program,” and “Low and No-Cost Programs.” Find out more about each of the programs by clicking on the hyperlinks.
- Resident’s Guide to Municipal Services: Residents can find out information about immigrant and settlement services, recreation services, the municipal government, employment opportunities, bylaw enforcement, economic development, garbage and recycling, libraries, arts and cultural organizations, emergency preparedness, water and sewage services, public safety, building guidelines, taxes and utilities, business licences, winter snow clearing, dog licences and cat ID registration in English, Korean, Chinese and Farsi in this guide.
- Port Moody 2014 Citizen Survey: Ipsos Reid conducted random telephone interviews with Port Moody residents 18 years of age and older. The survey focused on issues that need the attention of local leaders, quality of life in the city, satisfaction with council, administration and city services, preferred funding options, information needs and communication preferences, access to and usefulness of city communication methods, usefulness of the city’s website, investment and tourism and the importance of civic environmental leadership. This report presents the survey’s key findings.
- Parks and Recreation in Port Moody: This section of Port Moody’s website provides information about all parks in the city, recreation programs for all ages, wildlife and the natural environment.
Becoming Culturally Inclusive: City Policies, Plans and Projects
- Coquitlam Multiculturalism Policy: The city’s multiculturalism policy states that Coquitlam recognizes cultural diversity as a source of enrichment. The city also supports equality and promotes understanding and inclusion. It does not condone discrimination or hate based on race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour or religion. The policy seeks to make Coquitlam a place where all residents feel that they can participate in planning and development.
- City of Coquitlam Social Planning – Multiculturalism: This section of the city’s website focuses on Coquitlam’s Multiculturalism Strategic Plan, which was developed to help make the city a more welcoming and inclusive place for all residents. The web page also includes information about the city’s Multiculturalism Advisory Committee as well as multicultural reports and resources, current projects and past projects.
- Multiculturalism Advisory Committee of City of Coquitlam: This committee seeks to create awareness about the city’s multicultural population, initiates discussion about multicultural issues, looks into barriers related to citizen involvement, helps develop multicultural policies, identifies opportunities for public education about multiculturalism, and gives input on program development and implementation. The committee is made up of two council members and up to 12 citizen appointees.
- The Welcome Project – Migration: This project explores the immigrant experience through art. It seeks to assess the degree to which Coquitlam is a welcoming city for all. You can find out more about the project through this e-book-style publication.
- The City of Coquitlam’s Multiculturalism Strategic Plan: Coquitlam is an extremely diverse city, with 40 per cent of the current population born outside of Canada and speaking at least 37 different first languages. This plan was shaped by the experiences, opinions and statements of immigrants, established residents and staff and seeks to make Coquitlam a welcoming and inclusive community. To develop this multicultural strategy, the project was broken into three categories: taking stock, development of community vision and strategy and action plan development. For the first phase, the city’s current and past strategies were examined. The second phase involved gathering information from community stakeholders and the third phase involved actually creating the strategy.
- Phase 1 – “Taking Stock” Final Report: This report summarizes the first phase of Coquitlam’s Multiculturalism Strategic Plan. It outlines the findings about the city’s past and present multiculturalism strategies.
- Phase 2 – Development of Community Vision Final Report: This report summarizes the second phase of Coquitlam’s Multiculturalism Strategic Plan. The project began in 2007, when the city received a grant from Heritage Canada to develop a multiculturalism plan. This report outlines the research and community consultation process that was done during phase two, or the “developing a community vision,” portion of the project.
Multicultural Problem-Solving: Supporting Community Initiatives with Research
- Skills Proficiency of Immigrants in Canada: Findings from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies: This report is published under the aegis of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) and Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), and is prepared under the leadership of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Its aim is to assess key cognitive and workplace skills needed for successful participation in 21st-century society and the global economy. For a summary of the report, click here.
- Bridging Immigrants and Refugees with ECD Services: Partnership Research in the Development of an Effective Service Model: This study examines Early Childhood Development (ECD) practices in the region and was funded by the United Way of the Lower Mainland in order to develop culturally competent ECD services in the Tri-Cities. Researchers held focus groups with parents and with people who work in the field of early childhood education in the Tri-Cities. Parents told researchers that accessibility, inadequate English skills, discrimination by case workers, isolation from mainstream society and difficulty integrating are all barriers to enrolling children in ECD programs. The report makes recommendations for how to improve early childhood services. For a summary of the report, click here.
- United Way Senior Vulnerability Report – Nov 2011 Community profile #2: Coquitlam/Port Coquitlam/Port Moody: This United Way report profiles vulnerabilities faced by seniors, 65 and older, in Richmond and Delta. The document provides an overview of demographics, economic security and housing conditions of seniors in Richmond and Delta and compares the findings to statistics for the region as a whole.
- Research on Immigration and Integration in the Metropolis: This research, conducted by the Vancouver Centre of Excellence, uses Census data to better understand immigrant settlement patterns in Greater Vancouver throughout the 20th century. The report identifies three major changes to immigrant settlement in the last 25 years: the number of immigrants settling in Vancouver has increased, the origin of immigrants is dominated by Asian countries and immigrants are settling in different residential patterns. These changes are presented to make the argument that the delivery of social services, the local education system and general urban life need to change too.
- Building Caring Communities: The Contributions of Immigrant Volunteers: This report looks at the experiences of immigrants who volunteer in mainstream agencies in Canada. It identifies the factors that motivate people to volunteer in Canada. The research also considers how immigrants become volunteers, what immigrants consider to be successful volunteer placements, the challenges that need to be overcome, and how to create a norm where placements are successful.
Settlement & Related Resources
- NewToBC partners with libraries and immigrant service providers to develop, deliver, and promote services and resources that support immigrant settlement and integration in communities across the province. Regularly updated resources available on the NewToBC website that provide newcomers and other interested parties with essential settlement information.