STEP Presentation (April 16, 2019)

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French Language Classes for Children @ Cowichan Intercultural Society Classroom
Jul 1 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Golden Connections Group – for Immigrant Elders @ Cowichan Intercultural Society
Jul 4 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

“Golden Connections”  for Immigrant Elders

On the first Tuesday of every month, from 1-3 pm, Elders are invited to join the Golden Connections group for an afternoon of engaging speakers, important information, beneficial recreation, and meaningful connections. If transportation is a barrier to attending, please contact one of the Settlement Team and we will arrange for a ride.

Contact Anne for more information: or call 250-748-3112



Beginner Spanish Classes for Adults @ Cowichan Intercultural Society Classroom
Jul 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The Grande Parade – Downtown Duncan Days
Jul 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join the Cowichan Intercultural Society on the July 15th Downtown Duncan Days!  We are excited to be preparing a float for the Grande Parade – let us know if you’d like to help with the float or if you’d like to march with us.  In addition, there will be tons of great family activities and another full day of music for the 39 Days of July.

2017 DDD Poster

Intercultural Day at the 39 Days of July @ Charles Hoey Park
Jul 16 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Join the Cowichan Intercultural Society as we sponsor Intercultural Day at the 39 Days of July! From 11am – 3pm, CIS will host a variety of intercultural performances (dancing & music), and the live music continues after our programming is finished with even more great multicultural groups.  Confirmed performers include Zumba, Salsa Rueda, Syrian drumming, the Cowichan Valley International Folk Dancers, Norweigan Folk Dancers, and Fiesta Latina!

Monthly Board Meeting
Jul 25 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Monthly Board of Directors meeting.

Aug 8 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Connect Cowichan: Beverly Alexander Celebration @ School Board Office on York
Aug 16 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Monthly Board Meeting
Aug 22 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Monthly Board of Directors meeting.

We Speak Translate @ Cowichan Intercultural Society
Aug 23 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
We Speak Translate @ Cowichan Intercultural Society | Duncan | British Columbia | Canada

Class 1:  11:00am-12:00pm

Class 2:       12:00pm-1:00pm


The We Speak Translate project is a first of its kind collaboration between Google Translate and the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA) utilizing the Google Translate app for refugee resettlement and newcomer inclusion in communities.

Upon completion of the 40-minute training, participants receive a We Speak Translate decal, a visible symbol of inclusion and commitment to promoting diversity and communication across language barriers. Familiarity with the Google Translate app establishes a common platform for communication while newcomers develop their English language skills.

Google is humbled and excited to be supporting this project with the goal of helping new Canadians make the often challenging transition to life in Canada through language and engagement – Roque Silva, Interaction Designer, Google Translate

Training Goals & Benefits:

  1. Encourage welcoming communities that value diversity, inclusion and integration.
  2. Become familiar with the Google Translate app (free, downloadable app for smartphones and tablets).
  3. Establish a common platform for communication with newcomers while English language skills develop.

Workshop Format:

  1. Introduction and overview of project/objective
  2. Google Translate training presentation
  3. Explore the capacity of the Google Translate app
  4. Learn how to effectively use the Google Translate app
  5. Interact with the app
  6. Distribution of We Speak Translate decals

We Speak Translate Training Facilitator:

Kate Longpre is the Community Integration Coordinator at ICA. Kate works strategically across sectors to ensure that resettled refugees entering the Greater Victoria area are successfully integrated into welcoming communities. Kate approached Google Translate in September 2016 with the idea for the We Speak Translate project. In April 2017 the project launched in Victoria, BC, the first location worldwide to initiate the project.

Project website:

Project Instagram: wespeaktranslateica

Project Media:


What should I bring into the event?

Please bring your smartphone or tablet.

How can I contact the training facilitator with any questions?

Please feel free to contact Kate Longpre, ICA Community Integration Coordinator, or 250-388-4728 ext. 167.