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KCR Employment Opportunity – Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) Coordinator

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Length of Service: 28-35 hours per week
Anticipated Start date: September 28th, 2015

Position Summary:
The LIP Coordinator provides indirect services that bring about a new form of collaboration at the community-level related to newcomer settlement and integration.

The Coordinator’s aim is to:
  • Foster a systematic approach to engage SPOs and other institutions to integrate newcomers;
  • Support community-based knowledge sharing and local strategic planning; and,
  • Improve coordination of effective services that facilitate immigrant settlement and integration.

Prime Functions:
  • Maintain strong working relations with agency programs and partner agencies
  • Consult, guide and supervise the implementing partner organizations in developing all project deliverables to ensure that the project meets and exceeds the set targets;
  • Coordinate research to be used to create local settlement strategy and action plans;
  • Develop the cash flow, prepare monthly expense claims, financial and narrative reports;
  • Create meeting minutes and distribute to LIP members;
  • Take the lead role in the majority of LIP communication and administrative tasks;
  • Conduct evaluation utilizing the measures outlined and collect stories attesting to the project impact;
  • Facilitate monthly meetings to catalyze development of innovative and collaborative solutions for newcomer attraction and integration; act as the liaison between Working Groups and the Steering Committee to enhance synergies and collaboration among the respective action plans;
  • Research the best practices and suggest project ideas to enhance the newcomers’ cultural and community integration that will feed into LIP strategic planning;
  • Recruit and train volunteers to assist with the project, provide development for volunteers;
  • Focus on extensive outreach to train municipal ambassadors in delivering project tools and becoming a focal point for settlement initiatives;
  • Research streams for further funding and develop project proposals based on strategic needs;
  • Participate in local or regional networks, boards, or councils to raise awareness of newcomers’ needs in the community and inform decisions and priorities.

Qualifications:
  • Post-Secondary Education in a related field and/or equivalent experience
  • Proven track record of working with multiple stakeholders to catalyze collaboration
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills
  • Keen understanding of diversity issues, experience of working in multicultural settings
  • Ability to work with volunteers
  • Proven skills in developing and implementing media campaigns on sensitive public issues
  • Effective interpersonal, cross-cultural, written and verbal communication and public speaking skills
  • Bilingual – English/French is an asset, knowledge of other languages is strongly preferred
  • Knowledge of community resources and agencies, including professional and specialized services for at-risk or marginalized populations, and how to use those resources for the benefit of the participants
  • Demonstrate computer proficiency
  • Familiarity with issues facing newcomers and vulnerable populations and barriers facing immigrants in regards to integration in education, social, cultural, and economic aspects of Canadian life

Reporting Structure: Reports to Immigrant Services Manager

To apply: Email resume and cover letter to Katelin Mitchell, Immigrant Services Manager at ac.rcknull@niletak.

Application Deadline: All applications must be submitted by Monday, September 7th, 2015 at 4:00 pm.

KCR Employment Opportunity – Employment & Settlement Worker

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Length of Service: 28-35 hours per week
Anticipated Start date: October 1st, 2015

Position Summary:
The primary responsibilities are to assess participants’ needs or eligibility for specific services, implement information and orientation workshops, assess participant’s relevant skill strengths and development needs, develop action plans, conduct follow-up assessments, resolve conflict situations, liaise with other social services agencies involved with participants and maintain program statistics for purposes of evaluation.

Prime Functions:
Facilitating and delivering effective Settlement services
  • Demonstrate knowledge of eligibility requirements; Accurately and sensitively communicate eligibility criteria to participants
  • Conduct participant assessments focusing on settlement services and refer participants to appropriate resources when needed
  • Develop and update individual orientation and settlement plans with participants
  • Address the participant’s immediate and long term concerns, research and provide appropriate, accurate information
  • Provide guidance to meet immediate needs such as housing, education, employment and cultural transition issues and long term needs such as choosing a pathway to permanency
  • Advocate on behalf of the participant, connecting them with relevant government departments and community organizations
  • Outline detailed action plan to meet participant’s changing and ongoing needs
  • Obtain participant’s written consent for the release of information to agencies on an as needed basis
  • Develop, update and deliver workshops eg. Legal Rights & Responsibilities, Volunteering, Health & Wellbeing

Demonstrating knowledge of immigrant and newcomer Employment services
  • Demonstrate knowledge of career theories and work search strategies as they apply to immigrants and newcomers; effectively and knowledgably teach work search strategies to participants both one to one and in group settings
  • Understand the job placement and career development challenges of immigrants and newcomers
  • Assist participants to understand better their workplace rights and responsibilities
  • Provide participants with up to date local labour market information
  • Liaise with local employers to promote immigrant workers and learn about job openings

Participating as a proactive member of the Immigrant Services team
  • Maintain regular contact and consultation with community agencies to ensure participants’ access to required services and resources
  • Actively market the Settlement Program; Deliver community presentations as requested by the Immigrant Services Manager
  • Ensure effective two way communication between Immigrant Services team and KCR; Assist in identifying gaps and issues in the delivery of Settlement services
  • Participate actively in professional development and training opportunities
  • Participate in team meetings; Assist in short and long term planning

Monitoring, documenting and maintaining accurate participant settlement data
  • Generate and submit monthly activity reports to the Immigrant Services Manager
  • Input and maintain accurate participant information and progress on database and in participant files
  • Ensure participants sign KCR disclaimers
  • Ensure that all participant information files are maintained in a confidential manner and disposed of in a secure fashion
  • Collect evaluation data
  • Provide front desk reception relief as required

Qualifications:
  • Degree required in relevant field
  • Knowledge of community resources and agencies, including professional and specialized services for at-risk or marginalized populations, and how to use those resources for the benefit of participants
  • Excellent interpersonal, cross-cultural, written and verbal communication skills
  • Language or cultural proficiency, knowledge and experience in cross-cultural communication and service methods appropriate to clients with low Literacy and low English skills
  • Demonstrate computer proficiency
  • Familiarity with issues facing newcomers and vulnerable populations and barriers facing immigrants in regards to integration in education, social, cultural and economic aspects of Canadian life
  • Expertise to work with participants suffering from social, emotional and mental health issues
  • Ability to set boundaries and self-care (e.g. knowing the boundaries – financial, personal, medical, legal, conflict of interest, confidentiality, etc.)

Reporting Structure: Reports to Immigrant Services Manager

To apply: Email resume and cover letter to Katelin Mitchell, Immigrant Services Manager at ac.rcknull@niletak.

Application Deadline: All applications must be submitted by Monday, September 7th, 2015 at 4:00 pm.

Pro Bono Going Public 2015 – Free Legal Advice-a-thon



Date: Tuesday, September 15th, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: City Park Entrance along Abbott Street, Kelowna

This September, lawyers will once again provide free legal advice in the streets of Surrey, Vancouver, Kelowna and Victoria – in order to raise awareness and funds for BC’s pro bono programs. The free legal advice-a-thon will facilitate access to justice for low- and modest-income people, including the homeless, by engaging lawyers in advising pre-scheduled and drop-in clients on all legal issues.

If you are a lawyer, you can help us by volunteering at one of our four open-air clinics. We encourage volunteer lawyers to donate one or more hours of their time, and to raise an amount equal to or above their billable rate. Information can be found here.

Pre-scheduled and drop-in appointments are available. Schedule an appointment at 1.877.762.6664. Drop-in appointments will be based on a first-come, first-served basis. Please arrive early as afternoon appointments may be limited.

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Temporary Foreign Worker Discussion Group

Date: Sunday, August 23rd, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Kelowna Community Resources, #120 – 1735 Dolphin Avenue, Kelowna

Description: Are you a temporary foreign worker? Do you do agricultural work, or take care of children or elderly people? Are you employed in hotel, restaurant, cafe, construction, or other temporary work? You have much to say about recruitment agencies and what to do to prevent abusive practices and you are invited to participate. The West Coast Domestic Workers Association has organized groups of dialogue between temporary workers in Kelowna, Victoria and Vancouver. Each group will be composed of a maximum of 20 workers. The main objective is to mobilize workers and their support networks on the subject of abuse.

Participant’s confidentiality is guaranteed and food will be provided during the group discussion.

For more information in English or Spanish, please call 778-791-3419.
For more information in English or Tagalog, please call 604-669-6452.

Help Someone Learn About Voting in Canada – Volunteer for the Vote Pop Up!

Date: September 12th, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: 1 of the 3 Okanagan Regional Libraries in Kelowna (Rutland, Mission or Downtown location)

There will be a Federal Election in Canada in October, and the Okanagan Regional Library and KCR want to help people be ready to vote and so they are setting up a Vote Pop Up station on September 12th. The Vote Pop Up station will be set up at several libraries in Kelowna and will give the public the chance to practice voting in Canada for the first time.

Before we can run the Vote Pop Up station, we need to find volunteers who will help run the polling station and be Poll Officers. These volunteer positions require that you are comfortable communicating information, sharing resources, and some positions require using a computer.

Training will be provided in advance of the event, sometime in early September.

If you are interested in helping us run this exciting citizen engagement project, or would like more information, please contact Doreen Rosvold at ac.rcknull@neerod or Kirsty-Lee Nicholson at ac.cb.lronull@noslohcink.

Community Survey on Senior’s Care Needs Your Input

United Way CSO is participating in a committee through the Central Okanagan Division of Family Practice and Interior Health Authority, working on a pilot project to provide new methods of healthcare for senior patients over the age of 70 with moderate to high complex conditions and who show signs of frailty.

If you have information and ideas that you can share on this topic – the United Way asks that please take the time to fill out the survey at the link below.

Take the Survey

Volunteers Needed for Kelowna Apple Triathlon!

Date: August 21, 22 and 23 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
Location: Downtown Kelowna

The Kelowna Apple Triathlon was created in 1988 and how now grown to be one of the largest athletic events in the Okanagan. Volunteers are still needed to help with security in downtown Kelowna during the following times:
  • Friday August 21, 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Saturday, August 22, 6:45 am – 8:00 pm (this is split into 2 or 3 different shifts)
  • Sunday, August 23, 6:45 am – 6:00 pm (also split into shifts)

Volunteers will receive a free shirt, be entered to win prizes and can put this volunteer experience on their resume! If you are available during any of these times and would like to help support this event by volunteering, please contact Ronald Kuin at ac.niuknull@dlanor or 250.718.0218.

Okanagan Pride Unleashed – Event Schedule

Bulletin-OkanaganPrideAugust 8: Pride Unleashed Launch Party
Hosted by the Rotary Centre for the Arts this evening of entertainment, dancing and socializing will start at 8 pm following a Queer Art Exhibit opening at the Alternator Gallery. Entry by donation at the door.

August 9: Pride Spirit Unleashed
The 4th annual Pride Spiritual event will take place from 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm at the Unitarian Hall. This is a non-denominational, non-religious event to celebrate spirit and Pride, and provide a little food for your soul. The event will be emceed by Rev. Barb Samuel of the Centre for Spiritual Living. This event is actually a musical feast! No cover – donations gratefully accepted.

August 11: Trans Pride March & #Stand4Trans in the Okanagan
A Trans Pride event hosted by Okanagan Pride Society featuring a performance by Rae Spoon, a noted trans artist. This will be a free event to raise awareness and visibility of our trans community. Join in the Trans Pride March in support of the trans community. Marshal at the Sails at Bernard and Abbott at 6:15 pm for a march start at 6:30 pm along the lakeshore path to Water St & Cawston Ave, then proceed to the Laurel Packinghouse. The event will be held at the Laurel Packinghouse starting at 7:00 pm. Admission is free and refreshments will be served during a time to socialize at the end of the performance. Donations gratefully accepted.

August 13: Green Tees Golf Tournament & Dinner
The popular and fun golf tournament is back again this year at Orchard Greens. Come for golf and dinner, or just dinner. Great prizes and hilarity included! Be at the course by 5:00 pm for a 5:30 pm shotgun start. A western style buffet will be served at 8:30 pm. Tickets $35 for golf & dinner, $20 for dinner at Eventbrite or through Jacque Morrow.

August 14: Kings & Queens of the Okanagan 4th Annual Drag Competition
This is one of the most popular events of Pride Week so you will want to get your tickets as soon as they are released! Come out and get to see who will shante and who will sashay! Doors will open at 9:00 pm. Tickets $15 in advance at Eventbrite for online tickets, or purchase advance tickets at Funktional 447 Bernard Ave and Calowna Costumes 538 Bernard Ave. $25 at the door.

August 15: Pride Rally & March
Bring your voices, your rainbow colours and advocacy signs to Stuart Park for marshalling by 10:45 am at the latest. The march will start at 11:00 am with Grand Marshal, Mayor Colin Basran, and will follow the lakeshore path to the Jubilee Bowl in City Park.

August 15: Opening Ceremonies & Festival at the Beach
Start with the Pride Rally & March at 11 am followed by Opening Ceremonies at Festival at the Beach in City Park at 11:30 am which includes the crowd favorite Pooches on Parade, performances by Patrick Masse, headliners Bec & Sebastian and Sista B and the Boyz. There will be a kids play area, Etcetera Youth Group booth with face painting, balloon art and crafts for the kids, vendor fair with lots of variety including food vendors, and the ever popular beer garden. This event goes until 4:00 pm. This event is for all ages and is free to attend.

August 15: Out on the Lake
A fabulous boat cruise featuring exotic dancers and all the heat you can imagine. The cruise will depart from Kerry Park at 1:00 pm and return at 4:00 pm in time to rest up for the Pride Unleashed Dance Party. Tickets $35 at Eventbrite.

August 15: Pride Unleashed Dance Party
Rip up the dance floor with two of North America’s top DJ talent – Kasha Kennedy and Showboy. This wrap up dance party will start at 9:00 pm and features go-go dancers and a candy bar! Tickets $15 in advance at Eventbrite for online tickets, or purchase advance tickets at Funktional 447 Bernard Ave and Calowna Costumes 538 Bernard Ave. $25 at the door.

For more information on all these events, check out the Okanagan Pride website.

Central Okanagan Local Immigration Partnership Newsletter

The Central Okanagan LIP is driven by a Council of community stakeholders whose aims are to support newcomer settlement and integration through local community engagement and collaboration. Central Okanagan LIP Council members include municipal governments, cultural groups, immigrants, the school district, post-secondary education, employers, foundations, local media, umbrella organizations, and non-profit organizations from the four Central Okanagan communities: Kelowna, West Kelowna, Lake Country, and Peachland. LIP Council members serve as independent experts to represent the views of their organizations and stakeholder groups.

The mandate of the Central Okanagan LIP Council is to further the development of the Central Okanagan as an inclusive, welcoming, and vibrant community where immigrants can realize their full potential, racism is eliminated, and cultural diversity is valued and celebrated. The LIP Council shares a common commitment to the values of diversity, equality, social justice, social inclusion, and social cohesion.

Want to keep in the loop about events, programs, and happenings in our community in regards to the integration of newcomers?

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