Welcome To NewToBC

NewToBC is all about making connections. It is a library settlement initiative that connects newcomer immigrants and refugees with essential settlement information, public libraries, other service provider organizations, and, ultimately, BC communities. NewToBC plays a unique role in the settlement sector by offering services that are responsive to the evolving needs of newcomers, that complement and raise awareness about resources and services offered by public libraries and other service provider organizations, and that support BC communities as they welcome growing newcomer populations.

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4 Ways to Connect with Your Community

June 24, 2022

Making connections in your new community is easier than you think. There are many services, programs and events geared to help newcomers ease into their new life while they connect with new people. Many groups have formed online to create communities based on common interests, such as hiking, fishing, or…

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Relevant library and settlement news is updated here each week.
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June 16, 2022

Information Sessions of Library Champions Project

We are looking for new Library Champions! Click here to register. read more

June 23, 2022

United Way supports youth projects across the Okanagan with funding

By Golden Star The United Way of B.C. is donating to support three different youth projects in Okanagan Falls. Two outdoor and one indoor project… read more

June 23, 2022

Sanctuary Schools policy adopted by Central Okanagan trustees

By Kelowna Capital News | Central Okanagan Public Schools is ready to identify itself as a Sanctuary Schools zone to support students living with a… read more

June 23, 2022

From Afghanistan to Fraser Lake: The mechanics of a refugee

In 2001, Mahdi Taheri was an 11-year-old Afghan refugee living in Iran. If you asked him then, he probably wouldn’t have predicted that he would… read more

June 23, 2022

Young people make up growing number of newcomers to Vancouver Island: report

By CTV News | Vancouver Island has long been described as a desirable place to live, and now a local non-profit group has broken down… read more

June 21, 2022

Canadian Multiculturalism Day returns to Maple Ridge!

By Maple Ridge News | Get ready for a fun-filled day celebrating the unique blend of cultures at home in our community! After two years… read more

June 20, 2022

Minister’s statement on World Refugee Day

By BC Gov News | Nathan Cullen, Minister of Municipal Affairs, has issued the following statement to mark World Refugee Day on Monday, June 20,… read more

Public libraries and community agencies offer numerous free events.
This event listing is updated each week. Visit often to see what’s going on!

Jun 25 2022

Book Discussion Group: Brother

Where: Virtual
Date: June 25, 2022
When: 3:30pm
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Jun 27 2022
Jun 28 2022

Rutland English Corner

Where: Rutland Library Community Room
Date: June 28, 2022
When: 6:30pm
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Jun 29 2022

Welcome Tour at the West Vancouver Community Centre

Where: West Vancouver Community Centre
Date: June 29, 2022
When: 10:00 am – 11:30 am
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Jun 29 2022

Morning Coffee Club

Where: Murrayville Library
Date: June 29, 2022
When: 9:00 AM – 11:45 AM
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Jun 29 2022

Adult book club: “Indians on Vacation”

Where: Virtual
Date: June 29, 2022
When: 7:00PM to 8:30PM
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Jun 30 2022

SFU WUSC – World Refugee Day Event

Where: SFU SUB (Student Union Building) 5000 ballroom
Date: June 30, 2022
When: 5-7 pm
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Jul 5 2022

Okanagan Legends with Indigenous Storyteller Helen Gallagher

Where: Salmon Arm Library, Meeting Room
Date: July 5, 2022
When: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
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