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Do you speak translate? ICA and Google Translate successfully launch We Speak Translate pilot project
Submitted by Kate Longpre, Community Integration Coordinator

Photo by Quinton Gordon

On April 12, more than 200 Community Partnership Network (CPN) members and community stakeholders attended a special event hosted by Google Translate and the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA). Google and ICA recently partnered to launch the We Speak Translate pilot project to promote the Google Translate App to help organizations improve refugee resettlement and immigrant inclusion. More photos can be viewed on Flickr

ICA staff members Liz Bean (left) and Bo Min Kang (right) after completing their 
"I Speak Translate" training
Congratulations to ICA CEO Jean McRae, 2017 recipient of the Longevity of Leadership Award 
ICA CEO, Jean McRae (right), and ICA Development Manager, Meghan Mergaert (left).
ICA's CEO Jean McRae is the 2017 recipient of the Longevity of Leadership Award, graciously awarded at the Victoria Foundation's donor tea in April This award was founded in 2016 by Andrew Beckerman to recognize leaders in our community who, through their long service, give stability to key social service providers and inspire Andrew and others like him to volunteer their time. 
Jean has been working in the immigrant and refugee services sector since 1982, including three years working with refugees in Central America. Thank you to Jean for her dedication to the work that she does and congratulations for the Longevity of Leadership Award.
Resettled Refugees Employment Statistics: An Infograph
Take a look at ICA's newest infograph highlighting employment statistics among resettlement refugees in the Greater Victoria region by clicking  here!

Additional information and resources about refugee arrivals can be found on ICA's website.
Community dialogue brings together stakeholders: 
ICA LIP update
Submitted by Steven Lorenzo Baileys, Community Development Coordinator

On Tuesday April 18, community stakeholders attended a day long workshop to share ideas around newcomer settlement and integration in our region. The event was hosted by the Greater Victoria Local Immigration Partnership (GVLIP). The goal of the GVLIP is to develop a broad community-based partnership that will support a regional immigration strategy to help address and improve immigrant settlement outcomes. 

Read more here.

Public events at Forgotten Corridors: Global Displacement & the Politics of Engagement, the 10th annual CARFMS conference

Never before in modern history have so many people been forced to leave their homes and journey abroad for temporary or permanent settlement. According to the UNHCR Mid-Term June 2015 report, "by the end of 2015, 65.3 million individuals were forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, conflict, generalized violence or human rights violations."
On May 15 - 18, 2017 the Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives at the University of Victoria will host the tenth annual Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies conference in beautiful Victoria, BC. Join researchers, policy makers and activists from diverse disciplines and regions to discuss the parameters of global displacement, especially the experiences of those taking routes less traveled.
To register to attend visit  the CARFMS website
Follow this link  to see a list of the 3 keynote presentations and a special film screening. All presentations are free and open to the public.
Upcoming May 2017 Storytelling Forums: I've not always been Canadian
Are you a newcomer to Canada? A recently arrived refugee or immigrant, or one who arrived in the distant past?
As part of Canada's 150 year celebrations, we'd like to invite you to share your story of arrival and settlement in Canada at one of the four Storytelling Forums above. The reality of fully embracing a Canadian identity can be daunting and ICA wants to create a healthy space for newcomers and established immigrants to articulate what it means to "belong" and to be "Canadian" - what it feels like to be seen/not seen as "other" because of how one looks, talks or prays. 
Read the full description here or visit the  
In This Issue
Do you speak translate? ICA and Google Translate successfully launch We Speak Translate pilot project
Congratulations to ICA CEO Jean McRae, 2017 recipient of the Longevity of Leadership Award
Resettled Refugees Employment Statistics: An Infograph
Community dialogue brings together stakeholders: ICA LIP update
Public Events at Forgotten Corridors: Global Displacement & the Politics of Engagement, The 10th annual CARFMS conference
Belonging Storytelling Forums: I've not always been Canadian
What's Happening?
Community Events

Have you seen Margriet Ruurs latest book? Written to the artwork of Syrian artist Nizar Ali Badr. 
Purchase yours at 
ICA reception for $20. 



2017 Inter-Faith Calendar 
Available for purchase at ICA reception. 


What's Happening?  
Citizenship Classes 
Help applicants prepare for citizenship tests. 
Two Fridays per month.    

Pre-Natal Classes
Information about changes to a woman's body during pregnancy; fetal development; and nutrition, diet, and lifestyle.
10 am - 11 am
Fridays, June 2 - 30, 2017

Settlement Orientations in English
Learn important information about Victoria.
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Wednesdays, April 12 - May 17, 2017

Settlement Orientations in Chinese
Important information to help you settle in Victoria.
9:30 am - 11:30 am 
Wednesdays, April 12 - May 17, 2017

Growing Roots Garden Project
Learn how to grow food, plant, maintain and harvest locally grown produce.
12 pm - 1:30 pm 
Thursdays, April 27 - September 28, 2017   

Cooking for Newcomers
Learn to make easy and nutritious meals.
9:30 am - 11:30 am
Friday, May 26, 2017

Seniors Group
Connect with other seniors, practice your English , and make new friends.
10 am - 12 pm
Thursdays, April 27 - June 1, 2017

Job Search for Newcomers
Employment workshops.
9 am - 12 pm (Thursdays)
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm (Tuesdays)
May 2 - 18, 2017

ACE! Summer Camp
Become an active community explorer in this 1 week day camp.
Ages 10 - 12
9 am - 3 pm
Monday - Friday, July 10 - 14, 2017
Ages 7 - 9
9 am - 3 pm
Monday - Friday, July 17 - 21

VIBE! Healthy Living
A 5 week program for newcomer youth ages 13 - 18.
4 pm - 7 pm
Tuesdays, May 2 - 30, 2017

The Meet Up
A free weekly program for newcomer teens ages 13 - 19.
4 pm - 7 pm
Fridays, February - June 2017

ICA Employment Services
If you are looking for employment or need to upgrade, ICA's Employment Services Centre can help!  

C ommunity Events

Uminari Taiko 15th Anniversary Concern 
An evening of Japanese drumming by Uminari Taiko with special guest performers.
6:45 pm
May 5, 2017
Spectrum School
957 Burnside Road West
$15 Adults
Intrepid Theatre's 20th UNO Fest
An 11 day theatre and performance festival.
Saturday, April 1, 2017
Various times
Various locations
Pay what you can admission

Victoria Highland Games & Celtic Festival
Enjoy Victoria's 154th Annual Highland Games and Celtic Festival.
8 am start
May 20 - 22, 2017 
Topaz Park
$15 Adults

Island Farms Victoria Day Parade
Home to Victoria's largest parade of the year. 
9 am
May 22, 2017
Douglas Street

Community Yoga at Imagine Studio Cafe
Hatha yoga on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.
5:45 pm - 6:45 pm
May 2, 3, & 9, 2017
Imagine Studio Cafe 

Chinatown Walking Tour
Discover the history, architecture, and food of Canada's oldest Chinatown.
10:30 am 
May 6 & May 13, 2017
$15 Adults

Sisterships: Book Launch by Elaine Gallagher
The Maritime Museum of BC will be hosting the launch of Sisterships by Canadian author Elaine Gallagher. 
5 pm - 6 pm
May 4, 2017
Maritime Museum of BC
Free Admission

Cinco de Mayo Dinner at Merridale
A special Mexican themed dinner to help launch the lime-infused Jalisco Cidre.
5 pm - 8 pm
May 5, 2017
Merridale Bistro

African Drumming Workshops
A workshop series designed to help you develop playing on different percussion instruments.
10 am - 11:30 am
May 6, 13, & 20, 2017
UVic MacLaurin Building (School of Music)
$29 per workshop

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