Community Celebration for Families in Centennial Park – June 15th

You are invited to join the Multicultural Leadership Group (MLG) as we host, along with some of our community partners, our year end event on June 15th, a Community Celebration for Families at Centennial park! Activities include:
• Cob oven pizza
• Homemade community entertainment including the Tzinquaw Dancers and MLG performances
• A story-telling station (hosted by the Inclusive Leadership Cooperative)
• A theater games station (MLG)
• An art station – co-creating a world worth living in (MLG)
• An inclusive games station – spin the wheel – (Safe Youth Cowichan)
• A seed mosaic activity, making parent cards (Cowichan Green Community)
• Bikeworx Bike Shop – doing what they do best!

Free Immigration Lawyer Presentation – June 21st, 7pm

Youth Volunteers Wanted for our Intercultural Summer Camp

Volunteer call-out! Once again, we will be organizing an Intercultural Summer Camp this summer and we are looking for youth volunteers to support the four-week program. Camp will take place July 4-27 in the Duncan area and we are looking for volunteers to assist on a part-time or regular basis. Check out our volunteer registration forms below or contact Jennifer for more information – jennifer@cis-iwc.org.

Job Oppportunity: Summer Student Assistant Web & Mobile App Developer

Cowichan Intercultural Society provides services and support to newcomers to Canada settling in the Cowichan Valley, and activities to create a more welcoming and inclusive community.

The Assistant website & mobile app developer will assist in the refreshing of the Cowichan Intercultural Society website and mobile app. The student will assist in the development of a few key areas of the app including implementing a feature allowing clients to book appointments, exploring the role of the app in fund raising campaigns, and syncing the CIS calendar with the app.

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Identify key areas of webpage in need of updates (new technology/applications to incorporate into webpage, ensuring entire the webpage is mobile friendly, updating donation page/platform)
  • Create and brainstorm ideas for site layout and appearance
  • Building, improving, and managing multiple web properties using WordPress
  • Troubleshoot issues, implement fixes
  • Design, develop, and test mobile based applications on Android and/or Apple iOS platform
  • Identify areas where products/applications/systems can be improved
  • Develop HTML based e-newsletters for online marketing
  • Develop training / troubleshooting / reference materials that support product offering
  • Work closely with other departments to ensure any new / existing web applications meet the organisation requirements
  • Assess the website for bugs and errors
  • Other duties as assigned

The ideal candidate will have  

  • Experience with or knowledge of implementation of social API’s like Facebook, Twitter, etc
  • Excellent problem-solving and analytical thinking/innovation, communication, interpersonal, and facilitation skills.
  • Ability to collaborate in a team environment, while being able to work autonomously with minimal supervision
  • Ability to effectively, demonstrate patience and understanding of user’s expectations of immediate problem resolution
  • Current enrollment in a recognized University or College in Computer Science or related studies
  • Superior computer skills (MS Excel, PowerPoint, Word, research abilities, etc.)

This position is funded by Service Canada for a 9 weeks part-time position, working 32 hours weekly. The opportunity is for young people aged 18 to 30 who are full-time students intending to return to their studies and must be enrolled in post-secondary education for the next school year to meet the eligibility.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 4 pm Wednesday May 31, 2017. Interested candidates please provide resume and cover letter in PDF format to: Caro Martino, Director of Operations, at career@cis-iwc.org.

Job Opportunity: Summer Student Promotional Film Assistant

Cowichan Intercultural Society provides services and support to newcomers to Canada settling in the Cowichan Valley, and activities to create a more welcoming and inclusive community.
The Promotional Film Assistant will script, film, edit, & produce a short 3-7 minute film highlighting the services & programs of the Cowichan Intercultural Society (CIS).  CIS has the necessary technology, including the camera, computers & editing software.

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Read, research and assess ideas and finished script, create and brainstorm ideas for site layout and appearance
  • Oversee the post-production process, including editing, special effects, music selection, and a performance’s overall tone
  • Coordinate the activities of the production process
  • Monitor post-production processes in order to ensure accurate completion of all details
  • Plan meetings with staff to discuss production progress and to ensure production objectives are attained
  • Other duties as assigned

The ideal candidate will have

  • Creativity and vision, planning and organisational skills
  • Excellent problem-solving and analytical thinking/innovation, communication, interpersonal, and facilitation skills
  • Ability to collaborate in a team environment, while being able to work autonomously with minimal supervision
  • Current enrollment in a recognized University or College in film studies or related studies
  • The opportunity is for young people aged who are full-time students intending to return to their studies and must be enrolled in post-secondary education for the next school year to meet the eligibility

This position is funded by Service Canada for a 9 weeks part-time position, working 32 hours weekly. The opportunity is for young people aged 18 to 30 who are full-time students intending to return to their studies and must be enrolled in post-secondary education for the next school year to meet the eligibility.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 4 pm Wednesday May 31st, 2017. Interested candidates please provide resume and cover letter in PDF format to: Carolina Martino, Director of Operations, at career@cis-iwc.org

Summer Student Job Opportunity

We are delighted to offer a summer job position to an eligible student!

The Summer Camp Facilitator will assist in planning and lead the implementation of the CIS Summer Camp Program, with a focus on the integration of refugee and immigrant children and youth.  The Facilitator will develop, implement and evaluate summer camp activities.

This position is funded by Service Canada for a 9 weeks part-time position, working 32 hours weekly. The opportunity is for young people aged 18 to 30 who are full-time students intending to return to their studies and must be enrolled in post-secondary education for the next school year to meet the eligibility. APPLICATION DEADLINE: 4 pm Wednesday May 23 rd. 2017.

Click here for a full job description: Summer Camp Facilitator Profile

Interested candidates please provide resume and cover letter in PDF format to: Caro Martino, Director of Operations at career@cis-iwc.org

 

Our Condelences…

The Cowichan Intercultural Society would like to offer their deepest condolences to former Board member and long term supporter Hazura Sangha and his family. Surinder Sangha will be dearly missed.

 

Class Cancellations and Office Hours

Due to the VIU campus closures, inclement weather and road conditions, we have had to cancel several of this week’s regular English Language Classes, including today’s classes. The office remains open today, February 9.

Office closed due to Inclement Weather

Due to the amount of snow that has fallen and still poses safe travel issues, the Cowichan Intercultural Society has closed its office today. All English language classes are cancelled. We look forward to being of assistance to you tomorrow when we open at 9:00 am. Contact relationships@cis-iwc.org should you have any immediate concerns.

Cowichan Intercultural Society Holds Vigil for Quebec City Shooting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 30, 2017 (Duncan, BC) The Cowichan Intercultural Society welcomes all Cowichan residents to ‘Stand in Solidarity’ in response to this past weekend’s shooting attack on a mosque in Quebec City. The vigil takes place at 12 noon on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at Duncan City Square on Craig Street, where attendees will observe a moment of silence. Those unable to join the public vigil are invited to hold their moment of silence wherever they may be.

‘Our hearts go out to the families and community of Sainte Foy (Quebec City) during this sad time,’ Marcel Aubin, Cowichan Intercultural Society President states. Over the past 35 years, the Cowichan Intercultural Society has welcomed and settled over 15,000 New Canadians to the Cowichan Region, including refugees from Vietnam, Somalia, Iran and Syria. ‘Cowichan Valley residents have demonstrated time and again how neighbourly and open hearted our community is. Over the past year, Cowichan has welcomed and settled nearly 80 Syrian refugees and shown compassion and support in the families’ healthy integration as newcomers,’ applauds Aubin.

The Cowichan Intercultural Society will pay respects to the victims and their families while calling to action a commitment to stand in solidarity for diversity and inclusion. City of Duncan Mayor Phil Kent expressed, ‘ in response to acts of hatred and violence, Canadians rise above with strength and love. This vigil signifies our community’s commitment to stand in solidarity for those targeted by discrimination and intolerance.’

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Media Release in .pdf

Contact:

Jennifer Yee Fairweather
Intercultural Partnership Network Coordinator
Cowichan Intercultural Society
205 – 394 Duncan St
Duncan BC V9L 3W4

P: 250.748.3112 ext 209
F: 250.748.1335
E: partnerships@cis-iwc.org
W: www.cis-iwc.org

About the Cowichan Intercultural Society

The Cowichan Intercultural Society (CIS) is spearheading the movement to welcome and support refugees to the community.   CIS is the leading immigrant and refugee aid organization in the region. We facilitate mutual respect, trust, support and education in the culturally diverse Cowichan Valley. Our vision is of an inclusive and welcoming community, where every person feels valued and has a sense of belonging. Learn more at cis-iwc.org.