Immigrant Welcome Centre celebrates second anniversary in Comox Valley

October 2013 marked the second anniversary of the Immigrant Welcome Centre’s services in the Comox Valley.

October 2013 marked the second anniversary of the Immigrant Welcome Centre’s services in the Comox Valley.

As part of their celebrations, and in conjunction with National Multiculturalism Week, the Centre will host an open house Nov. 21 from noon to 2.

Flavours of the World will be a potluck event and community members are encouraged to bring an ethnic dish. In addition to the international food, there will be multicultural activities and games, as well as live music.

In its first two years, the Immigrant Welcome Centre helped integrate hundreds of immigrants in the Comox Valley. Among the client services, the Centre has provided Life Skills Workshops, programs and community events, and has expanded its services to include youth programming.

A recently launched campaign, in partnership with the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce, Community Justice Centre, North Island College, and School District 71, is MythBusters – Learning More about Newcomers, which aims to debunk common myths regarding new immigrants.

“Creating unity in the community is what we strive for,” said Rachel Blaney, executive director. “We are excited to continue to connect and strengthen our relationships with community members, as well as support the integration of new immigrants in the Comox Valley.”

For more information about the open house event and the Immigrant Welcome Centre, visit www.ImmigrantWelcome.ca, or call 250-338-6359.

Proud winner of the 2013 Chamber of Commerce Not-for-Profit of the Year Award, the Immigrant Welcome Centre specializes in immigration and professional services for individuals new to Canada. Over 800 clients from 60 countries have been served in the past year. Services are offered in the Comox Valley, Campbell River and the North Island.

— Immigrant Welcome Centre

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