Workshops & Training

Below is a list of upcoming workshops KCR is offering in Immigrant Services. These workshops are all offered for free (unless otherwise noted).

Legal 101: A Free Information Series for Immigrants

Location: KCR Community Resources, 620 Leon Avenue, Kelowna
Cost: Free - Free Child Minding also available
Register: ac.rcknull@eehtorod or 250.860.4911

KCR - Community Resources is pleased to present Legal 101: A Free Information Series for Immigrants in partnership with the Law Foundation of BC. The series, dealing with issues of Canadian Law and Immigration, offers valuable information for both immigrants and family members sponsoring others to come to Canada.


Understanding your Rights & Obligations Under Canadian Criminal Laws with Gavin Jones (Jones Law Office) & Sandra Hakanson (Ocana Law Group)

Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 6:30 - 8:30 pm (Doors open at 6:00 pm)

This session will be very important to Permanent Residents who need to understand their rights and obligations in Canadian Law and what could happen to their immigration status and citizenship application in case they are charged with, or convicted of a criminal offense. The session will cover different levels of criminal charges, including both provincial and federal laws.

This session is offered with an Arabic interpreter


Small Claims with Justin Dalton (Pushor Mitchell) & Sandra Hakanson (Ocana Law Group)

Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018, 6:30 - 8:30 pm (Doors open at 6:00 pm)

This session will help you understand your rights and what is required to file a small claims action. Lawyer Justin Dalton will provide a case scenario and walk participants through the process from start to finish. Immigration Lawyer Sandra Hakanson will address any immigration issues that could arise from this process.


Settlement March Workshops

Life Skills for Newcomers: What does a City Councillor do?

Date: Thursday, March 8, 2018, 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Location: LINC (Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society), 442 Leon Avenue, Kelowna

Description: As a newcomer, do you know how the Canadian government system works at the municipal level? Do you know what a city councilor can do for you and how you can get involved? Please come and meet Mrs. Maxine Dehart, a city councilor since 2011.

Register: Contact Immigrant Services at 250.763.8008 or ac.rcknull@secivrestnargimmi.


International Women's Day: Flower Arranging

Date: Thursday, March 8, 2018, 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Location: KCR Community Resources, #200 - 620 Leon Avenue, Kelowna

Description: Come celebrate this year's International Women's Day by learning from Louise Lou on how to arrange flowers to bring to your home and have a new look in the springtime.

Register: Contact Immigrant Services at 250.763.8008 or ac.rcknull@secivrestnargimmi. Child minding is available upon request.


Family Program: Lift the Lip

Date: Thursday, March 8, 2018, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Location: KCR Community Resources, #200 - 620 Leon Avenue, Kelowna

Description: Healthy habits lead to good dental health. Come and join Shawna Gibb from Interior Health to learn how to keep your children's teeth healthy and she will talk about the following topics:
  • How can tooth decay be prevented
  • Where to look for tooth decay
  • When should I take my child to the dentist
  • BC Healthy Kids Program, eligibility requirements and how to apply for it
You will have the choice to get a free fluoride application for children (newborn to 47 months) to protect their teeth from cavities.

Register: Contact Immigrant Services at 250.763.8008 or ac.rcknull@secivrestnargimmi. Child minding is available upon request.


Pre-Employment: Create Resumes & Cover Letters

Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Location: KCR Community Resources, #200 - 620 Leon Avenue, Kelowna

Description: TBA

Register: Contact Immigrant Services at 250.763.8008 or ac.rcknull@secivrestnargimmi. Child minding is available upon request.


Pre-Employment: Finding a Job in the Canadian Job Market

Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018, 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Location: KCR Community Resources, #200 - 620 Leon Avenue, Kelowna

Description: TBA

Register: Contact Immigrant Services at 250.763.8008 or ac.rcknull@secivrestnargimmi. Child minding is available upon request.


Pre-Employment: Gaining Canadian Experience & Networks

Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Location: KCR Community Resources, #200 - 620 Leon Avenue, Kelowna

Description: TBA

Register: Contact Immigrant Services at 250.763.8008 or ac.rcknull@secivrestnargimmi. Child minding is available upon request.


Tenancy Rights

Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Location: KCR Community Resources, #200 - 620 Leon Avenue, Kelowna

Description: Are you renting your home? Learn about the following topics and more:
  • Entering & ending a tenancy
  • Security deposits
  • Rent increases & nonpayment of rent
  • Repairs & maintenance
  • Landlord's access
  • Assignment & sublet
  • Discrimination & offences

Register: Contact Immigrant Services at 250.763.8008 or ac.rcknull@secivrestnargimmi. Child minding is available upon request.


Pre-Employment: Keeping the Job & Understanding Canadian Workplace Culture

Date: Thursday, March 29, 2018, 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Location: KCR Community Resources, #200 - 620 Leon Avenue, Kelowna

Description: TBA

Register: Contact Immigrant Services at 250.763.8008 or ac.rcknull@secivrestnargimmi. Child minding is available upon request.


Ongoing Programs at Immigrant Services

Employment Mentorship Program

Would you like to meet people working in your desired field of work? Join our Employment Mentorship Program!

KCR's Employment Mentorship Program aims to assist you in learning more about Canadian workplace culture, improve your job search skills and meet people already working in your field of interest.

We currently have mentors in computer programming, banking, and social work. If you are interested in any of these areas and would like to be matched to one of these mentors, please contact Vicki at 250.763.8008 ext 139.

If none of those areas of work interest you and you would like a mentor for a different type of work, please contact Marriana at the above number. We will find a mentor for you.

Settlement Mentorship Program

  • Do you want to practice your English?
  • Do you want to meet more people in Kelowna?
  • Do you want to become more involved in Canadian culture and lifestyle?
The Settlement Mentorship Program can match you with a mentor, who has been living in Canada for a longer amount of time. You and your mentor will meet once a week for a 6 month period and your mentor can help you practice your English, meet people and become more involved in Canadian culture by doing different activities that you are both interested in.

If you or your family are interested in being matched with a mentor or mentor family, please contact Marriana at 250.763.8008 ext 135.

Immigrant Services - Workshop Blog Posts

  • How Can We Make Kelowna a More Culturally Inclusive Community? Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Location: Coast Capri Hotel, 1171 Harvey Ave, Kelowna Cost: $10 per person Register Now Cultural diversity enriches a community in many ways. New business and learning opportunities emerge, organizations broaden the scope of their activities and services, and community members’ perspectives become more global. However, cultural inclusivity is not easy to achieve. Often, individuals’ experiences in the community, labour market, housing, and educational spaces, as well as their access to healthcare, vary depending on their cultural backgrounds. What steps do we need to take to make Kelowna more inclusive for a growing multicultural community? Moderator Sarah ...
  • Event: Human, Not Race, Relations Date: Wednesdays, March 21 & 28, 2018, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Location: Okanagan Regional Library – Kelowna Branch, 1380 Ellis St, Kelowna Cost: Free More Information: Dorothee, 250.860.4911, ac.rcknull@eehtorodCOLIP is partnering with community partners UBCO Equity & Inclusion Office and the Respect Network to present a series of Dialogues on Human, Not Race, Relations. Join us at the Downtown Library for thought-provoking discussions on the reality of race issues in our community. Wednesday, March 21, is focussed on Being an Ally, while March 28 focusses on Moving Forward, Active Steps. Be a part of addressing racism and hate, gain insight and tools and ...
  • Legal 101: A Free Information Series for Immigrants Location: KCR Community Resources, 620 Leon Avenue, Kelowna Cost: Free – Free Child Minding also available Register: ac.rcknull@eehtorod or 250.860.4911 KCR – Community Resources is pleased to present Legal 101: A Free Information Series for Immigrants in partnership with the Law Foundation of BC. The series, dealing with issues of Canadian Law and Immigration, offers valuable information for both immigrants and family members sponsoring others to come to Canada.Understanding your Rights & Obligations Under Canadian Criminal Laws with Gavin Jones (Jones Law Office) & Sandra Hakanson (Ocana Law Group) Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30 pm (Doors open at 6:00 pm) This session ...
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