Settlement, Integration and Language Team (SILT) Support Worker

The Cowichan Intercultural Society is a Canadian registered charitable organization that has been operating in the Cowichan Valley Region for over 35 years. We are the leading community resource for a variety of settlement services to immigrants, and for education and awareness in developing welcoming and inclusive communities.
Successful settlement and integration into our community is vital for newcomers to reach their full potential in Canada. Our Settlement Team work closely with newcomer individuals and families to ensure they feel welcome, access necessary services, and eventually integrate into the community.
The SILT Support Worker supports the delivery of settlement and integration services to newcomer clients. The incumbent will support the blending of Settlement Services, Community Connections and Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC), as well as provide planning and implementation support for the Home Away From Home, Seniors group and Settlement Gatherings.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • a sensitivity for intercultural and inclusive communities
  • a demonstrated track record of successful program assistance and project management
  • post-secondary education in counselling, social work, psychology or related discipline
  • excellence in verbal, written and interpersonal communications
  • fluency in English
  • fluency in a language other than English
  • a valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle
  • ability to work flexible hours
  • experience with non-profit organizations and structure
  • ability to work closely with a team and independently
  • familiarity with MS Office and general computer literacy
  • comfort interacting with databases
  • ability to exercise discretion for client confidentiality
  • ability to share vision and mission and engage others in support of CIS

This is a 15 hour per week position. Salary range is $19-21/hr. Holiday pay accumulates at 4%.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 9am, February 13th, 2018
Interested candidates should provide resume and cover letter attention to Lynn Weaver, Executive Director, in PDF format to:


Job Description – SILT Support Worker

Assist in meeting contract criteria & supporting SILT Team – Estimated time 50%

  • Work with the Settlement Coordinators, Community Connections Coordinators and the Finance Coordinator and LINC Coordinator to meet or exceed targets and budgets, overseeing deliverables for the team
  • Assist in developing communications materials and tools to effectively support the Settlement and Integration program, and the Community Connections program
  • Assist in the integration and cross promotions of Settlement, Language, Integration (Community Connections) and other CIS programs
  • Complete reports in a timely manner, (iCARE and OCMS data entry), including case notes where appropriate
  • Conduct reception/support duties as needed
  • Convene SILT meetings, including preparing agendas and taking minutes
  • Be responsible for circulating the minutes in a timely manner, including highlighting action items for team members
  • Assist in the overall evaluation and monitoring of the program success
  • Coordinate volunteers supporting SILT activities in collaboration with Volunteer CoordinatorDirect Client Service – 40%
  • Provide direct settlement support and guidance to clients, particularly for income assistance support
  • Continue to help develop and expand supports for clients
  • Plan and enhance group sessions as needed; including seniors’ group
  • Assist clients with necessary forms
  • Conduct basic needs assessments and Registration (in-take)
  • Assist clients with transportation needs, including tracking and distributing bus passesOther Responsibilities – 10%
  • File & information management
  • Participate in staff meetings and activities and attend the Annual General Meeting
  • Cover case load of other Settlement staff as needed (ex. holiday coverage)
  • Represent Settlement team as a “Frontline worker” at community tables

Winter Celebration – December 8th, 2017

Brain Fitness with Home Away From Home

You are invited to this month’s Home Away From Home – a support group that offers a safe, caring and supportive atmosphere to newcomers of different cultures. It provides necessary services to meet immigrant and newcomer’s needs, whether they are social, economic, linguistic or community-linking. This month, October 25 at 1:30pm in our classroom, the topic will be Brain Fitness with Chris Rafuse, Rehabilitation Therapist. Chris will demonstrate some activities that stimulate the left, right and whole brain in challenging, fun and enriching ways.

For more information on Home Away From Home, visit the program’s webpage which includes information about upcoming sessions.


Monthly Donor Program

Thank you for your interest in the Cowichan Intercultural Society’s Monthly Donor Program in support of our Capital Campaign for a new Intercultural Welcome Centre in the Cowichan Valley.  For as little as $10/month, you can become a major donor to our campaign and be permanently recognized on our donor legacy wall at the new Intercultural Welcome Centre (an official announcement coming soon!).  In addition, an incredibly generous local donor has come forward to match all donations up to $20,000 total – so your monthly donation will go twice as far!  Please contact Brian for more information on the program and to sign-up today!

Organize a Fundraiser for CIS!

Thank you for your interest in the Cowichan Intercultural Society and in our Third Party Fundraising Toolkit and program.  Our organization strives to build welcoming and inclusive communities across the Cowichan Valley, and we rely on a diversified fundraising plan which you can be an integral part of.   Below is some information about this new fundraising opportunity, and further information including the complete toolkit can be found on our new Third Party Fundraising webpage.

One of the many ways to support CIS is by planning and/or sponsoring an event to raise funds for CIS. This kind of activity is called a “Third Party” Fundraiser. In raising money for CIS, or designating that money to a more focused fund within CIS, you or your group can help support the many great non-profit initiatives & activities which CIS undertakes annually.

Types of Third Party Fundraisers:

  1. A group or individual can host an event or sponsor an activity and make the Cowichan Intercultural Society the beneficiary. (Example: An organization hosts a golf outing and sends CIS a cheque for the net profits.)
  2. The Cowichan Intercultural Society can “piggy back” on an existing event, adding a third-party fundraising element, and receive the income produced from that element. (Example: A company has an annual fundraising week and asks their employees to bring donations for CIS, or a municipality has an annual marathon and the sponsor offers registrants the opportunity to get pledges for CIS.)
  3. Invite the Cowichan Intercultural Society to cooperatively produce an event and share in the profits. (Example: A local business invites CIS to participate in an art auction or grand opening. CIS sends out press releases and provides volunteers to work at the event. In return CIS receives a percentage of the proceeds from the event.)

This purpose of this toolkit is to give you an introduction to our organization, the guidelines of our Third Party Fundraising program, ideas for planning your own third party fundraiser, tools to help you plan & execute your event, and this toolkit contains the Third Party Event Contract which must be signed and submitted before your fundraiser.

To access this toolkit in PDF format, downloadable and printable, please click here.  For more information or to speak about fundraising opportunities, please contact Brian.  Thank you for your interest and support!

Updated Staff Page with Contact Information

Did you know that the Cowichan Intercultural Society has over 20 staff members?  Check out our staff page to learn more about our staff members, their titles & roles, and how to contact them directly.

Happy Thanksgiving – Office Closed October 9th

The Cowichan Intercultural Society would like to wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving weekend.  Thanksgiving celebrates the harvest and other blessings of the past year. We hope you are able to celebrate the day with good friends & family, tasty food, and much joy and laughter.

Our office will be closed on Monday, October 9th, so our staff can enjoy the holiday with their loved ones, and we look forward to re-opening tomorrow, October 10 at 9am.

“Thanksgiving has been officially celebrated as an annual holiday in Canada since November 6, 1879, when parliament passed a law designating a national day of thanksgiving. While the actual Thanksgiving holiday is on a Monday, Canadians may gather for their Thanksgiving feast on any day during the long weekend. Foods traditionally served at Thanksgiving include roasted turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, sweet corn, various autumn vegetables (mainly various kinds of squashes but also Brussels sprouts), and pumpkin pie. Baked ham and apple pie are also fairly common, and various regional dishes and desserts may also be served, including salmon, wild game, butter tarts, and Nanaimo bars.” (wikipedia)

Help Us Win $100k For a New Home

Voting begins next week for this year’s Aviva Community Fund grant opportunity – help us win $100,000 towards a new Cowichan Valley Intercultural Welcome House! All you have to do is click below, register & vote to help us win. If you want to go the extra mile, please share our campaign with your friends and family. Register today so you are ready to vote next week!

For more information on our project, please visit our project page or feel free to contact Brian with any additional questions.

Thanks for your support!


Culturally Welcoming Volunteers 2.0


Volunteer Cowichan proudly presents Culturally Welcoming Volunteers 2.0 Training Workshop for volunteer coordinators, managers, executive directors, community members and anyone who engages volunteers in their programs. Culturally Welcoming Volunteers 2.0 is a continuing professional and community development opportunity to build more diverse and culturally welcoming volunteer programs in the Cowichan Region. Last year, Culturally Welcoming Volunteers focused on four goals:

• Feel more comfortable, curious and relaxed about diversity.
• Build awareness about and skills for being culturally welcoming
• Collaboratively create a set of guidelines for recruiting, retaining and recognizing volunteers from diverse cultures (especially volunteers who are newcomers to Canada)
• For all of us to stay connected with Cowichan Intercultural Society for resources and other supports regarding intercultural fluency and being culturally welcoming of newcomers and other volunteers.

With funding again from the Province of BC – Gaming Branch for Multiculturalism – Volunteer Cowichan, Cowichan Intercultural Society and Inclusive Leadership Co-operative will host a one day training session. Building on the six guidelines developed in 2016 for recruiting, retaining and recognizing volunteers from diverse backgrounds, Culturally Welcoming Volunteers 2.0 aims to:

• Practice the art of being welcoming and inclusive.
• Explore your own conscious and unconscious biases.
• Mindfully open your heart and mind to being culturally welcoming.
• Develop Intercultural Competency
• Cultivate Culturally Appreciative Inquiry
• Continuing Education

Whether you are a past participant or new to a Culturally Welcoming Volunteer Program, please join us on Tuesday, 7th November, 2017, at Providence Farm for a deeper understanding of the changing landscape of volunteerism in Cowichan and how to be a leader in respect for diversity and building a more culturally welcoming volunteer program.

Culturally Welcoming Volunteers 2.0
Providence Farm Chapel
1843 Tzouhalem Rd, Duncan
Tuesday, 7th November, 2017
9:00 am to 3:00 pm (Welcoming 8:30 am)
Reserve your seat at or call 250.748.2133
$20 per participant (includes lunch) or $30 for two

2018 Global Art Project

The Global Art Project returns this year, and CIS is proud to be a local supporter of this worldwide project. “The Thirteenth Biennial Global Art Project for Peace invites participants around the world – adults and children, individuals and groups – to join in a multicultural celebration of global peace and goodwill through art. Anyone can participate.

In March/April 2018, participants around the world will create, exhibit and exchange art expressing their ideas of a peaceful global community resulting in thousands of messages of peace and goodwill simultaneously encircling the Earth during the week of April 23-30.

For more information, stay tuned to our website and facebook, or contact Francoise to show your support.


2018 Global Art Project for Peace:

-13th Biennial International Art Exchange for Peace-

Tucson, Arizona, USA, September 12, 2017. The Thirteenth Biennial Global Art Project for Peace invites participants around the world – adults and children, individuals and groups – to join in a multicultural celebration of global peace and goodwill through art. Anyone can participate.

In March/April 2018, participants around the world will create, exhibit and exchange art expressing their ideas of a peaceful global community resulting in thousands of messages of peace and goodwill simultaneously encircling the Earth during the week of April 23-30.

Since its beginning in 1993, the Global Art Project for Peace has linked 145,000 participants in 93 countries on seven continents. Nominated for a UNESCO Prize for Tolerance and Non-violence, the Project connects people of diverse cultural backgrounds, providing exposure to new ideas and a feeling of connection to the Whole. 200 Regional Coordinators are currently helping to organize Global Art Project activities in their area of the world.  Participating groups include art councils, artist cooperatives, performance groups, churches, corporations, environmental and community groups, hospitals, libraries, women’s clubs, youth and senior programs, YMCAs and YWCAs.  Hundreds of school classes around the world are participating and involving thousands of students from kindergarten through graduate programs.

“The purpose of the Global Art Project is to joyously create a culture of peace through art. The Project gives participants in local communities an opportunity to join together to create a cooperative global community. It’s an opportunity for people to join their energy together to seed the future with visions of peace,” Project Founder/Director, Katherine Josten.