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The Value of Volunteering

Volunteering Vancouver

The value of volunteering, and how to get involved in your community.


In meeting newcomers to Canada, this is the advice they give me over and over again – “volunteer”.

Newcomers who engage with their communities through volunteering seem to settle and integrate faster than those who don’t volunteer.  Continue reading

Christmas Events in Vancouver

Christmas events in Vancouver

Christmas Events in Vancouver (and the Lower Mainland)


If you’re new to Canada, you will find that the majority of Canadians celebrate Christmas, an annual holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. Christmas Day is December 25th. While considered a Christian holiday, many Canadians have lost the direct affiliation with religion. Instead they focus on the customs of the holiday: giving gifts to family, friends, and loved ones, decorating houses with outdoor lights, cutting down and decorating Christmas trees with lights and ornaments, hanging mistletoes in doorways, and visiting Santa Claus. Continue reading

How to find work in BC

work in BC

How to find work in BC


Finding a new job can be daunting, but there are steps you can take to keep you on the path to doing what you love.

First, as a newcomer to Canada, you need to ensure you understand what the requirements are for your career. The Vancouver Public Library’s Skilled Immigrant InfoCentre helps newcomers find the information about careers in Canada, explore alternatives, or start your own business. It’s a free resource for those who live in Metro Vancouver, and it’s easily accessible in-person or online.

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