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Welcome to Newcomers Matter! our Immigrant Welcome Centre Blog site – an online journal and information sharing space designed to highlight newcomer success stories and local partnerships that foster diverse, inclusive and welcoming communities.


Collaboration has no hierarchy.The Sun collaborates with soil to bring flowers on the earth. – Amit Ray


In the spirit of collaboration and planting new ideas for community enrichment, the Immigrant Welcome Centre recently hosted in November our first Local Immigrant Partnership Collaboratoryan annual gathering of Welcoming Community Coalition members intent on exploring creative solutions for supporting newcomers to our north Vancouver Island region.

Approximately 40 Coalition members in total attended the two interactive events – November 21st at Oyster Bay Resort, Campbell River and November 22nd at Crown Isle Resort, Courtenay.

One of the special features of this year's Collaboratory was guest facilitator Dr. Brian Woodward from Calgary Alberta. Dr. Woodward led the Collaboratory participants in a 90 minute session exploring what a Welcoming Community would look like in the year 2030. Many thoughtful and visionary ideas surfaced during the afternoon session...

By 2030 our community will have...

  • Support for multiple cultural spaces for increased community interaction and learning
  • Adequate, affordable housing for newcomers
  • An enhanced business environment that supports and cultivates newcomer jobs and employment equity
  • An established network of local immigrant communities who support newcomers through mentorship

Over the next few months, members of the Welcoming Communities Coalition in both Campbell River and the Comox Valley will be working with a number of the above themes to develop local actions to address both challenges and opportunities for successful newcomer integration.

If you are a member of a local organization that would like to contribute to our efforts in fostering Welcoming Communities for newcomers please consider being a member of the Coalition.  Please contact me (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or join us at one of our regular meetings.  New members are always welcome!  Our December Coalition meetings will take place next week in both Campbell River and Courtenay.

 Comox Valley

Thursday December 13th – 3:00 – 4:30 pm, Immigrant Welcome Centre 407A 5th Street, Courtenay

 Campbell River

Friday December 14th – 3:00 – 4:30 pm, Immigrant Welcome Centre 740 Robron Road, Campbell River

Immigrant Welcome Centre Christmas Party

Also, please don't miss our very special 

Annual Immigrant Welcome Centre Christmas Party – Friday, December 14th 

Doors open at 5:00 pm

Potluck dinner at 6:00 pm (Bring a dish to share)

Entertainment & Activities at 7:30 pm

Robron Centre Gym – 740 Robron Rd, Campbell River

Please invite your family, friends and neighbours! 

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