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Spring Newsletter

IN THIS ISSUE

  1. Celebrating the Brockville & District Multicultural Festival
  2. Member Profile: Fulford Academy
  3. Local Spotlight: The Village of Westport
  4. Immigration Partnership Updates
  5. Education & Employment: Training and Seminars 
  6. Community: Upcoming Events 

CELEBRATING 

Brockville & District Multicultural Festival

With the Multicultural Festival coming up, the St Lawrence-Rideau Immigration Partnership encourages Leeds Grenville residents to learn more about their neighbours, other cultures, or even their own. Take the time to experience the festival and everything it has to offer!

DID YOU KNOW?

5 Facts about the Multicultural Festival

1. It's held the first weekend in May

In 2018, that means the festival is being held May 4th at 5pm to May 5th at 10pm at the Brockville Memorial Centre. Check out their website or Facebook page for a more detailed list of events as well as more information.
 
2. Over 14 countries are represented

These countries include places like Jamaica, Ireland, Philippines, Ukraine, China, Greece, and Nicaragua.These countries will showcase their culture through food, performance, information booths, and so much more!
3. It's been around for 36 years

It was started in 1981 by a coalition of the Caribbean and other European countries who wanted to share their culture with the rest of the area. Today, they have roughly 100 volunteers, with the number surging during the two day festival.
4. Visitors number in the thousands

With over 3000 visitors during last year's festival, it attracts residents and visitors alike. People are sometimes surprised by the diversity of the area, and the many cultures of their neighbours. But everyone is always welcoming and excited to experience the variety.
5. The organizers themselves are excited for the festival every year

They think the most exciting parts of the festival are the deliciously prepared international foods, colourful folks dances and entertainers. With music from the Carribbean and Africa, dancers from the Highlands and Venezuela, food from India and Chile, there is something for everyone!

COUNCIL MEMBER FEATURE

Fulford Academy

Established in 2002, Fulford Academy offers grades 7 to 12 for students from all parts of Canada and all over the world, totalling 16 different countries. Fulford Academy is a fun, supportive environment with a family-like atmosphere. Trips, Canadian experiences, as well as  top-class academics are offered to our students.

We strive to provide our students with the necessary linguistic and academic skills to gain success in the Global learning environment. We actively teach adaptation to Canadian cultural values and social norms and cultivate enquiring minds to develop critical thinking ability. Our students will build their sensitivity to local and Global issues through the application of scientific, technological, and cultural knowledge to real world problems.

In our inclusive and nurturing community, we are dedicated to the individual success of each student. Fulford Academy’s students will be academically successful, leaders in their future education and careers, and in the broader community. Our students will be committed to promoting respect for the rights of others; they will be considerate and appreciative of human differences, and of the constructive expression of ideas.

We are currently working on expanding, preparing to add a new resource centre, student lounge, gymnasium, science lab, and courtyard to our existing facilities to better suit the needs of our students. We are also moving forward with K-6 programming, for both international and local students. For more information, please visit us here

LOCAL SPOTLIGHT

The Village of Westport 

DID YOU KNOW?
  • Westport is Ontario's smallest municipality by land area
  • The first settlers to the area arrived around 1810 
  • Due to the large number of cheese factories in the area, the train line between Westport and Brockville used to be known as the Cheese Run.
  • The last train to follow those tracks was in 1952

WHAT'S NEW

Immigration Partnership Updates

We Are Neighbours Campaign & Book

'We Are Neighbours' Campaign Booklet. All of the stories that have been shared and exhibited can be found inside. Please contact us if you want a copy 
The 'We Are Neighbours Campaign' has wrapped up for the year with a booklet that highlights all of the wonderful stories that were shared. We hope this has helped you get to know your neighbours, see the diversity that already exists here, and how it weaves together into the rich tapestry of our region. Stay tuned for an updated version of this campaign starting this year, and we hope you'll get involved!

If you or your organization are interested in learning more, or in getting involved, please contact Melissa at melissaf@eecentre.com. 
 
Take me to the 'We Are Neighbours' website!

Immigration Portal Discussion

In an effort to help with the update and expansion of the existing Leeds & Grenville Immigration Portal, we recently hosted a community feedback event on the current website. This gave council members, immigrants, municipalities, service providers, employers, educators, refugee sponsorship groups and more a chance to have their voices heard.
 
We had a great turn out and got a lot of great feedback on how to improve the new portal. For those unable to attend but who would still like to share their ideas, please don't hesitate to contact us! You can reach us at lauren@eecentre.com

A Hello from Lauren

Hello, my name is Lauren Smith and I'll be the new Project Coordinator, succeeding Vivianne. I've been in place since early March and am already enjoying the work and the people here! I am a born and raised Brockvillian who has had a bit of wanderlust over the years, leading me to travel extensively and even to live abroad on two continents.

I hope to build upon the great work that has been done with the Partnership and to follow the great example set by Vivianne. I am excited to get to meet more of you as my time here continues. So far, everyone has been incredibly welcoming and kind!

Lauren

EDUCATION & EMPLOYMENT  

Training & Seminars

Get Ready, Get Set, Get Hired!

Sat, May 12, 2018, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
KEYS, 182 Sydenham Street

If you are a high school student looking for your first job, sign up for this workshop! We will be going over resume development, job search skills, and interview preparation. This will be an interactive, "up on your feet," workshop, so be ready with your resume! If you don't have a resume, please visit the Resource Centre at Keys and we'll be happy to help you create a basic resume before the workshop. Also, come dressed to impress (business casual) as we will be bringing in employers for you to meet! They will help you understand from their perspectives and experiences what they want to see in first-time job seekers. This workshop is free and lunch will be provided for you during the day. 


For more info, click here
 
Interview Tips to Help you Get a Job
May 23, 2018 from 1:15pm to 4:00pm
Overcome the fear of the Job Interview.  Understand the types of interviews, how to handle key questions & make a good impression.   Learn how to be confident and comfortable with the interview process.  Become aware of the steps involved in ‘marketing yourself’ to a potential employer, from the first contact through the interview and into the job.
Register at www.eecentre.com
 

Food Handler Certification

Monday May 28th, 8:30am - 4:00pm - 458 Laurier Boulevard Brockville, ON
While currently not mandatory in all areas of Ontario, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care encourages all high and moderate risk food premises to have a least one certified food handler present at all times during hours of operation. The Health Unit works with local food businesses to help meet their training needs by providing the following options for learning.

$35 for the course. For more information click here
 

Starter Company Plus

May 30th,  2018  10am – 11am, Brockville Museum

Are you interested in your own business? This may be for you if...

  • You are 18 and over and not a full-time student or working in another job full time
  • You are an Ontario resident with a great idea for a business
  • You are proposing a new company, buying or expanding an existing company in a full – time capacity or growing your business (in your first 5 years)
  • You are able to contribute at least 25% (in kind or cash) of the grant amount
Want to know more? Go to our Program page to learn more and to sign up for the information session please click here

COMMUNITY 

Updates & Events

Pints and Pages 

May 3rd, 7:00 to 9:00pm
Buds on the Bay

Join us for a pint on the first Thursday of every month and talk about whatever you’ve been reading—books, magazines, blogs, newspapers, webpages, obituaries... No registration. No book of the month. 

For more info, click here
 

Before the Summer (a fine arts show)

May 4, 2018 6:00 p.m. - May 6th, 2018 4:00pm, Gananoque Fire Hall Theatre, 185 South Street, Gananoque
Before the Summer, a fine arts show with fifteen selected artists showing paintings and sculptures in the artistic setting of the Gananoque Fire Hall Theatre.

For more details, check out the website!

Fort Town Night Run

May 5, 2018 at 6:00pm to 11:30pm

Come and join us for an exciting night of running or walking to “unlock historical sites,” with over 40 sites to see! The run begins inside Fort Wellington. All participants will receive an LED Headlight, a T-Shirt, and a finisher medal. 5 & 10km courses are available, as is a 1km Kids Fun Run around the Fort. Virtual Race option available. Music, food, and festivities to follow! Come and cheer on the participants and you might have a chance to win the Neon Spirit Award!

For more details, check out our Eventbrite!

5th Annual Eastern Ontario Active Transportation Summit

Thu, May 10, 2018, 8:30 AM – Fri, May 11, 2018, 12:00 PM 
Learn about developing and implementing Active Transportation plans from noted professionals and experienced practitioners.

For more information and tickets, click here

Thousand Islands National Park Opens!

Saturday, May 19th
Experience the natural beauty of the area as Thousand Islands National Park opens for the season!
>> Find more info here

The 2018 Rotary Family Duck Race

Sunday, May 27 from 11 am to 2 pm, Rotary Park, Kemptville
Annual Rotary Duck Race and Rotary B-B-Que, come out for great family fun and food!

Click here for more info!

 


 

IMMIGRATION PARTNERSHIP COUNCIL

Member Organizations

These are the organizations that provide leadership to the St. Lawrence-Rideau Immigration Partnership.

Brockville & Area YMCA
Brockville & District Multicultural Council
Chinese & Canadian Heritage Cultural Association
City of Brockville Economic Development
CSE Consulting
Employment + Education Centre
Francophone Immigration Support Network of East Ontario
Fulford Academy
KEYS Job Centre
Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit
Leeds Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre
Parks Canada
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Foods & Rural Affairs
Refugees for Brockville Commitee
St. Lawrence College
1000 Island Workforce Development Board
Town of Prescott
TR Leger Immigrant Services/TR Leger Services aux Immigrants
United Counties of Leeds Grenville
Upper Canada Leger Centre
Volunteer Centre of St. Lawrence-Rideau
Contact Us Today To Get Involved!
Copyright © St. Lawrence-Rideau Immigration Partnership, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
105 Strowger Blvd., Brockville, ON K6V 5V2
P.O. Box 191
Call us: 613-498-2111 
Email us: diversity.matters@eecentre.com 

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Summer Newsletter

IN THIS ISSUE

  1. Celebrating Local Farmer's Markets
  2. Immigration Partnership Member Profile: The Upper Canada Leger Centre for Education and Training
  3. Local Spotlight: The Town of Athens
  4. Immigration Partnership Updates
  5. Education & Employment: Training and Seminars 
  6. Community: Upcoming Events 

CELEBRATING 

Our Local Farmers' Markets!

Our recent We Are Neighbours participants, Javiera and Ken, can be found at the Brockville Farmers' Market

Check Them Out!

Leeds and Grenville Farmers' Markets

1. Brockville's Farmers' Market

Open from May until December on Thursdays and Saturdays, the Brockville Farmers' Market has been around since 1832. Today it features locally made products with worldwide inspiration.
2. Gananoque Farmers' Market

Running from June until October on Thursdays, Gananoque's market features local vendors and musicians.
3. Kemptville Farmers' Market 

Open Sundays from May until October, Kemptville's features various cuisines and products from the area's residents.
4. Prescott Farmers' Market

The Prescott Farmers' Market is open on the T days (Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday) from April to December and features crafts and food from locals.
5. Merrickville Farmers' Market

Hosted June to Thanksgiving, the Merrickville Farmers' Market features local produce and goods from the various farmers, artisans, and businesses in the area.
6. Lansdowne Farmers' Market

Open Fridays from June until October, the Lansdowne Farmers' Market may be known for their pies, but they have so much more to offer.
7. Mallorytown Country Market

Hosted on Sundays from July until September, the Mallorytown Country Market can be found in the beautiful Mallory Coach House Heritage Gardens.

COUNCIL MEMBER FEATURE

The Upper Canada Leger Centre for Education and Training


The Upper Canada Leger Centre for Education and Training (UCLCET) serves the Eastern Ontario Counties of Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry, Prescott, Russell, Lanark, Leeds and Grenville through various projects. These projects focus on education health, diversity and well-being. Founded in 1999, it was given charity status in 2002.

Their current program involve international education, student nutrition, and language assessment and training. Some past projects have included Computers for Kids and the Community, ReadE 4 Summer, and eMerging Database.

For this coming year in Leeds and Grenville, they will be welcoming 161 international students from over twenty different countries including Brazil, China, Nigeria, Spain, Mexico, Japan, Belgium, Chile, Vietnam and Kazakhstan.

For more information, check out their website.

LOCAL SPOTLIGHT

The Township of Athens

DID YOU KNOW?
  • It was first settled in 1792 by United Empire Loyalist brothers.
  • Athens was originally called Farmersville.
  • It was renamed Athens in honour of the Greek capital, and because Farmersville was considered an educational centre in 1888, boasting not only a grammar school, but a high school and a teaching training school.
  • (Photo Credit: P199, Wikimedia)

WHAT'S NEW

Immigration Partnership Updates

We Are Neighbours Campaign 2018

'We Are Neighbours' campaign post. All of the stories that have been shared can be found on our website. Please contact us if you want to get involved. 
The 'We Are Neighbours Campaign' has begun for 2018! We're still looking for more stories about living, studying, or working in Leeds and Grenville. We're open to any kind of story about life in this area. We're looking to put together an anthology of stories that really showcase the ways of life and diversity of this area.

This year's stories can be found on our Facebook page as well as our website. Check out our pages on Wednesdays for the latest stories. Stories will continue to be shared until winter.

If you or your organization are interested in learning more, or in getting involved, please contact Lauren at lauren@eecentre.com, or 613-498-2111, or through social media. 
 
Take me to the 'We Are Neighbours' website!

Leeds Grenville Immigrant Entrepreneur Award

Nominations for the 4th Annual Leeds Grenville Immigrant Entrepreneur Award are now open! Nominations are due by July 31st.
 
Who can be nominated? An individual with an active business and lives in Leeds and Grenville region, and who was born outside of Canada.

To nominate, we only need the name of the individual and their business. You can send those through social media, lauren@eecentre.com, 613-498-2111, or in person at local libraries. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact us. There is no nomination cap. Check out our poster for more details!

A Message from Lauren

We've got a lot of projects on the go for the summer, and would love to see as many people involved as possible. As you can see from the above, we're really focused on our We Are Neighbours campaign and the Leeds Grenville Immigrant Entrepreneur Award.

We've already had some great responses, but would love to hear from even more people. As well, we always appreciate feedback about any of our projects, materials (posters, websites, this newsletter, etc.), so let us know if you have any! Thanks,

Lauren

EDUCATION & EMPLOYMENT  

Training & Seminars

Second Career Information Session

August 16, 2018, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Employment and Education Centre, 105 Strowger Blvd., Brockville

Attend this information session to find out if you qualify for funding assistance for retraining.


For more info, click here
 

Starter Company Plus

August 29, 2018 10:00 am – 11:00 am, Brockville Museum
Are you interested in your own business? This may be for you if...
  • You are 18 and over and not a full-time student or working in another job full time
  • You are an Ontario resident with a great idea for a business
  • You are proposing a new company, buying or expanding an existing company in a full – time capacity or growing your business (in your first 5 years)
  • You are able to contribute at least 25% (in kind or cash) of the grant amount
Want to know more? Go to our Program page to learn more and to sign up for the information session please click here
Facebook Advertising – Beyond the Boost Button (Advanced)
Septmber 18, 2018 from 10:00 am—12:00 pm Small Business Advisory Centre, 91 Cornelia St. W, Smith Falls
Learn how to leverage the most powerful tools in Facebook and manage ad campaigns more efficiently. This workshop explores Facebook Business Manager to make data driven decisions and refine your business’ advertising.

More information here.
 

Food Handler Certification

September 24th, 8:30am to 4:00pm - 458 Laurier Boulevard Brockville, ON
While currently not mandatory in all areas of Ontario, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care encourages all high and moderate risk food premises to have a least one certified food handler present at all times during hours of operation. The Health Unit works with local food businesses to help meet their training needs by providing the following options for learning.

$35 for the course. For more information click here

 

COMMUNITY 

Updates & Events

St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival is Open!

Various Dates
206 King Street West, Prescott


The SLSF enters its 16th year! Come and see top professional outdoor productions of Shakespeare this summer in a beautiful amphitheatre next to the mighty St. Lawrence River. Wonderful surroundings, timeless words, all in the historic waterfront town of Prescott, Ontario.
>> Find more info here

Gently Used Clothing Bazaar Clearance Sale Gan & District Humane Society

August 4, 2018   9:00am to 1:00pm
Bicycle Parkette, King St. E next to the Beer Store
Gananoque, ON


We're bringing our Bazaar to Gan on Saturday Aug. 4 from 9 am to 1 pm for a clearance sale! We're making space for all our new donations so it's a treasure hunt for men's and women's clothing for all seasons, at low prices. Our clothing's in excellent condition with many higher-end labels, and fashionable. Rain date Aug. 11. Cash only. All proceeds go directly to animal care at our no-kill shelter. Contact: arleneamassey@gmil.com, 613-923-1953.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Leeds and Grenville Host Brockville Ribfest

August 9th to 12th, 2018
Hardy Park, Brockville
Our ribbers provide mouth-watering ribs, chicken, and other delights throughout Ribfest. Brockville Ribfest is proud to provide a variety of non-food vendors in Vendor Village.  

For more details, check out the website!

Motors and Music: Classic Cars and Classic Rock Festival

August 17, 2018 1:00 pm to late
Happy Green Acres Campground, Mallorytown


We’re bringing you the only Classic Rock and Classic Cars festival in our area. Show off your classic cars and get down to some good ol' classic rock.

We have live local rock music all weekend long, with classic cars parked around the campground for your viewing, horseshoe tournaments, a Woodlands BBQ chicken dinner, local vendors and much more.

For more details, check out our website!

Country in the Park

August 25, 2018 from 11:00am to 9:00pm,
Athens Centennial Park (near Centre 76 arena) 35 Henry St., Athens


CPHC's 2nd annual all day country music event at the Park in Athens. Seven different performances by, Brea Lawrenson, Craig Curtis, Ron & Joy Edgeley, Jordy Jackson, Angie Halladay, Julie Serre de St Jean & the Danny Sylvestre band. There will be a BBQ (hamburgers, hot-dogs) and bar throughout the entire event. This year's event is even bigger, so get your cowboy hats and boots, get your sunscreen, get your friends and get your tickets.

For more info, click here
 

Merrickville Artists Guild Studio Tour & Sale

Saturday, September 22, 2018 9:00 AM to Sunday, September 23, 2018 9:00 PM
Merrickville Artists’ Guild, or MAG as we like to call ourselves, is a group of local artists, formed in 1984 to help promote our work.

Click here for more info!

 


 

IMMIGRATION PARTNERSHIP COUNCIL

Member Organizations

These are the organizations that provide leadership to the St. Lawrence-Rideau Immigration Partnership.

Brockville & Area YMCA
Brockville & District Multicultural Council
Chinese & Canadian Heritage Cultural Association
City of Brockville Economic Development
CSE Consulting
Employment + Education Centre
Francophone Immigration Support Network of East Ontario
Fulford Academy
Immetis - Services d'Immigration au Canada
KEYS Job Centre
Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit
Leeds Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Foods & Rural Affairs
Refugees for Brockville Commitee
St. Lawrence College
1000 Island Workforce Development Board
Town of Prescott
TR Leger Immigrant Services/TR Leger Services aux Immigrants
United Counties of Leeds Grenville
Upper Canada Leger Centre
Volunteer Centre of St. Lawrence-Rideau
Contact Us Today To Get Involved!
Copyright © St. Lawrence-Rideau Immigration Partnership, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
105 Strowger Blvd., Brockville, ON K6V 5V2
P.O. Box 191
Call us: 613-498-2111 
Email us: diversity.matters@eecentre.com 

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Fall Newsletter

IN THIS ISSUE

  1. Celebrating Diversity Day 2018 and Launch of the New Leeds and Grenville Immigration Portal
  2. Immigration Partnership Member Profile: 1000 Islands Region Workforce Development Board
  3. Local Spotlight: The Village of Lyndhurst
  4. Immigration Partnership Updates
  5. Education & Employment: Training and Seminars 
  6. Community: Upcoming Events 

CELEBRATING 

Diversity Day 2018 and Launch of the New Leeds and Grenville Immigration Portal

Join us at this free event on November 28th from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm, at Maplehurst Manor (1258 County Rd 2) in Maitland!
Photo from Diversity Day 2017!
From left, Emily Wimpenny (Brockville and Area YMCA), Kashif Riaz (Brockville Muslim Society), Melissa Francis (St. Lawrence-Rideau Immigration Partnership)

Check It Out!

Diversity Day Events

The Immigration Partnership listened carefully to your feedback from Diversity Day 2017 and have designed this year's event to help further your exploration of various immigration topics. We will also be joining the City of Brockville to launch the new Leeds and Grenville Immigration Portal!
1. Keynote Speaker: Marc-André Ranger

Marc-André Ranger from Immetis - Services d'Immigration au Canada will deliver a keynote presentation on various pathways to Canada.
2. Do You Qualify?

Fill in the Express Entry form and find out if you'd qualify as a skilled worker to Canada.
3. Launch of the New Immigration Portal

Using community feedback, the City of Brockville and the St. Lawrence-Rideau Immigration Partnership have developed a new portal- see it for the first time here!
4. Immigration Challenges

Work through scenarios in groups to figure out how to solve some of the challenges new immigrants face.
5. Networking Lunch

Meet some of the other attendees as you enjoy a nice lunch.
Register for Free Here!

Click Here to register now! The event is free, but seating is limited. 

COUNCIL MEMBER FEATURE

1000 Islands Region Workforce Development Board


 
The 1000 Islands Region Workforce Development Board is one of 21 boards that comprise “Workforce Ontario”. We are a non-profit, community based organization and our board of directors is comprised of volunteers from business, labour, education and community groups. Our mission is to provide leadership in labour market planning across Ontario through a collaborative forum. We have been in operation since December 1996 and our area of responsibility includes Frontenac County, Leeds Grenville and Loyalist Township. Our core funding base comes from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities under Employment Ontario. 

Our role is to engage our community and our community partners in a region wide labour market research and planning process that leads to cooperation among our partners to find local solutions to local issues. To achieve this objective we review and research, share labor market data to our stakeholders and conduct a series of community based consultations. Each year we provide a Local Labour Market Planning report to our community with respect to the board’s analysis and the community’s feedback.   

This report has identified that one of our key challenges within Leeds Grenville is the concern that we have the “labour supply to meet the employment demands of employers“.  This issue is a complicated question as our region has a low population growth, decreasing birth rates, out-migration of youth. There is no question that our region needs to attract more immigrants to our region to work and live. The St. Lawrence - Rideau Immigration Partnership group is a critical stakeholder in this exercise and they have been a very active catalyst to this exercise. 

Communications and outreach is a critical element to the 1000 Islands Region Workforce Development Board work and we have invested significantly in our web site and use of social media. Quite simply – we want to ensure the public is aware of what labour market information and data is available within our web site to make informed decisions.  

Our site contains all of our reports and links to labour market information, our community partners, various local and regionally bases job boards, community profiles, immigration services and even a link to how one becomes a trade’s person in the province. Employers may access our Human Resource Hub link to assist them in their human resource planning.   

The use and demand of our site has continued to grow over the past year. Our most recent report for the month of August, 2018 indicates our site experienced one million hits / over 27,000 unique visitors and over 37,000 visits. Our top PDF download is our most recent Local Labour Market Report!  
In closing we would like to encourage everyone to check out the 1000 Islands Region Workforce Development Boards website.

LOCAL SPOTLIGHT

The Village of Lyndhurst

DID YOU KNOW?
  • It was originally named Furnace Falls
  • The settlement was named that because it's where the Lansdowne Iron Works were built
  • The Iron Works were designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1932
  • The village is also home to the annual Lyndhurst Turkey Fair, happening this year on September 15th

WHAT'S NEW

Immigration Partnership Updates

4th Annual Leeds Grenville Immigrant Entrepreneur Award

Nominations are in for the 4th Annual Leeds Grenville Immigrant Entrepreneur Award!
A big thank you to everyone who nominated for this year's Leeds Grenville Immigrant Entrepreneur Award! Our finalists are:

Magdalena Duris from Piccolo Cafe Plus
Don Sveto from Dragon Garden Restaurant
Alison and Paul Goodyer from Cosies
Sam Rawas from Richard’s Coffeehouse
Anu and Guru Khosa from The Tandoori Mint
Frank and Judy  Li from Dewar's Inn
Kutebah Al Youssef from Horizon's Painting

A big congrats to all our nominees! The winner of the award will be announced this fall at the Leeds Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre's Bridge to Better Business Conference! You can register for it here! If you are interested in learning more, or in getting involved, please contact Lauren at lauren@eecentre.com, or 613-498-2111, or through social media. 
 

EDUCATION & EMPLOYMENT  

Training & Seminars

Applying Online
October 15, 2018 from 10:00 am—12:00 pm South Grenville Employment Resource Centre, 191 King St East, Prescott 
 
This workshop covers 2 types of online applications: 1) applying via email and 2) applying using
online applications through a company’s website, with a heavier focus on applying via
email. Email applications covers a) creating an email address and sending an email, b) naming
a file and keeping files organized, and c) converting files and file formats. 

More information here.
 

Computer Basics & Introduction to Microsoft Word

October 17, 2018 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, North Grenville Employment Resource Centre, 125 Prescott St, Kemptville 
Participants will learn about the very basics of a computer, from how to turn on a computer
to the difference between hardware and software. Through computer exercises you will learn
how to create, open, and save documents. Time permitting, formatting text, checking spelling
and grammar, line and paragraph spacing, and checking indents and tabs will be covered. 


Want to know more? Click here

Second Career Information Session

October 19, 2018, 10:00am
Employment and Education Centre, 105 Strowger Blvd., Brockville

Attend this information session to find out if you qualify for funding assistance for retraining.


For more info, click here
 

First aid with CPR and AED Training

Day/Time 1: October 22, 2018 from 8:00am to 4:30pm
Day/Time 2: November 3, 2018 from 8:00am to 4:30pm
St. John Ambulance, 23 Abbott Street, Brockville, ON

First Aid with CPR and AED Training being held in Brockville from 8am to 4:30pm. Various levels of training provided.

$95 for the course. For more information click here

 

COMMUNITY 

Updates & Events

Fundraising Breakfast at YMCA of Brockville and Area

October 20, 2018 from 7:30am to 12:00pm
YMCA of Brockville and Area, 345 Park Street, Brockville, ON


Join us on Saturday, October 20th at 7:30 am for a delicious breakfast sponsored by Burnbrae Farms Limited.

Cost $5, Takeout Available. Stay and bid on silent auction items until 12 pm or cheer on the teams for the Car Pull and Fire Truck Pull activities begin at 9:00 am!

All proceeds to the YMCA of Brockville and Area Strong Kids 2018 Annual Giving Campaign

More information contact Anna at 613.342.7961 x 30 
or anna.hudson@brockville.ymca.ca

Brockville Home Hardware Rotary Clubs of Brockville 2018 Mystical Mansion

October 26, 2018 from 5:30pm to 11:30pm
1000 Islands Village, 1120 County Road 2 East, Brockville, ON


BROCKVILLE, ON - The 1000 Islands Village Ballroom and the glassed-in Crystal Atrium will be turned into a Halloween themed setting on Friday, October 26, welcoming costumed or non costumed guests. 
All will be welcomed by spooky characters, and the evening's Master of Ceremonies Scott Fraser. People are encouraged to arrive at 5:30 p.m., as the 2018 Mystical Mansion Gala gets underway. 
Upon entering the Crystal Atrium, step in front of the enchanting photo set, as photographer Andrew Kizell captures the beginning of a wonderful evening. At the end of the evening you will walk away with a memorable memento. 

A pay-as-you-go bar will be set up for your pleasure, along with late night snacks. 
The ticket prices are $75 each or $600 for a table of eight, available after Wednesday, September 26th, at Brockville Home Hardware, 1000 Islands Toyota, Beattie Jeep Dodge Ram and Alan Brown Clothiers or any Brockville Rotary member. 
For any questions, please contact Rotarian Doris Hallett at 613-342-3679.

BAVARIAFEST 2018

October 27, 2018 from 3:00pm to October 28, 2018 at 1:00am
Brockville Memorial Civic Centre, 100 Magedoma Blvd


Nonstop music, great food, fun and games! Bring the whole family and experience some authentic Bavarian cuisine at an affordable price, along with a sampling of local Craft beer, and spend the evening waltzing, doing the Polka, and socializing in the true Bavarian tradition

For more info, click here
 

Lansdowne Craft Fair

October 27, 2018 from 9:00am to 3:30pm
Lansdowne Community Centre, 1 Jessie St, Lansdowne, ON

 
Lansdowne Craft Fair – Sponsored by the Leeds & Thousand Islands Historical Society 
Sat Oct 27 – 9:00am to 3:30pm – Admission $1.00. All proceeds go to the LTI Historical Society. 
Lansdowne Community Centre. 40+ vendors. Lunch items for sale by Lansdowne Women’s Institute. 

For more details, email Glennda Olivier at glenndaolivier@yahoo.com

St Lawrence Academy Fab-boo-lous Family FUN-raiser

October 27, 2018 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Roebuck Community Centre, 7024 Cty Rd 18 RR#2, Spencerville Ontario
Come and join us for an afternoon of spook-tacular fun for the whole family. We will be serving up some hot and tasty chilli along side some out-of-this world Apple Crisp which will be available to take home. There will be a halloween dance party for kids with fun and games to entertain. Bring Your Own Pumpkin to decorate too! All funds raised will go directly towards new playground equipment for our community.

For more details, check out the website!

Heritage Skills Workshop: Preserving for the Winter

October 31, 2018 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Brockville Museum, 5 Henry St. Brockville, ON
Join the Brockville Museum for this year’s Heritage Skills Workshops! These workshops are hands-on learning experiences that allow participants to explore largely forgotten skills and techniques in an informal setting, with museum educator Peggy Hause.
$15 per person for single programs. The cost includes all supplies. With each workshop, participants will be able to take home the results of their class. Advance registration is required either by purchasing your spot in person at the museum or by calling us with a credit card number. Please contact Peggy at phause@brockville.com or call (613) 342 4397 x 6225.

Click here for more info!

 


 

IMMIGRATION PARTNERSHIP COUNCIL

Member Organizations

These are the organizations that provide leadership to the St. Lawrence-Rideau Immigration Partnership.

Brockville & Area YMCA
Brockville & District Multicultural Council
Chinese & Canadian Heritage Cultural Association
City of Brockville Economic Development
CSE Consulting
Employment + Education Centre
Francophone Immigration Support Network of East Ontario
Fulford Academy
Immetis - Services d'Immigration au Canada
KEYS Job Centre
Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit
Leeds Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Foods & Rural Affairs
Refugees for Brockville Commitee
St. Lawrence College
1000 Island Workforce Development Board
Town of Prescott
TR Leger Immigrant Services/TR Leger Services aux Immigrants
United Counties of Leeds Grenville
Upper Canada Leger Centre
Volunteer Centre of St. Lawrence-Rideau
Contact Us Today To Get Involved!
Copyright © St. Lawrence-Rideau Immigration Partnership, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
105 Strowger Blvd., Brockville, ON K6V 5V2
P.O. Box 191
Call us: 613-498-2111 
Email us: diversity.matters@eecentre.com 

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Winter Newsletter

IN THIS ISSUE

  1. Immigration Partnership Updates
  2. Immigration Partnership Member Profile: Volunteer Centre of St. Lawrence-Rideau
  3. Local Spotlight: The Village of Maitland
  4. Celebrating Mardi Gras
  5. Partner Updates
  6. Education & Employment: Training and Seminars 
  7. Community: Upcoming Events 

WHAT'S NEW

Immigration Partnership Updates

4th Annual Leeds Grenville Immigrant Entrepreneur Award

Congratulations to Magdalena Duris from Piccolo Cafe Plus, this year's Leeds Grenville Immigrant Entrepreneur Award Winner!
On October 25th, the Leeds Grenville Immigrant Entrepreneur Award was presented to this year's winner. The presentation took place at the Brockville Country Club as past of the Leeds Grenville Small Businuess Enterprise Centre's Bridges to Better Business event. Seven businesses were nominated this year, from across Leeds and Grenville. The winner was Magdalena Duris from Piccolo Cafe Plus in Prescott. Magdalena was unfortunately away visiting her home country of Slovakia during the award presentation, but her daughter (Petra) who accepted the award on her behalf, was able to use Facetime to include her mother in the ceremony. Magdalena is the first female award winner and the first winner from Prescott.

The other finalists were:

Don Sveto from Dragon Garden Restaurant (Prescott) (613) 925-4981
Alison and Paul Goodyer from Cosies (Brockville) (613) 865-9179
Sam Rawas from Richard’s Coffeehouse (Brockville) (613) 345-7771
Anu and Guru Khosa from The Tandoori Mint (Brockville) (613) 865-7518
Frank and Judy  Li from Dewar's Inn (Prescott) (613) 925-3228
Kutebah Al Youssef from Horizon's Painting (Kemptville) (613) 276-4583
 

Leeds and Grenville Diversity Day 2018 and Immigration Portal Launch

We had a great turnout for Diversity Day this year!
The Immigration Partnership and the City of Brockville hosted the Annual Diversity Day event on November 28th at the beautiful Maplehurst Manor in Maitland. Despite the snowy conditions, over fifty people from across Leeds and Grenville, and as far away as Kingston participated. Representatives from service providers, refugee sponsorship groups, municipalities, and government organizations participated. Individuals from a  number of different countries attended as well, adding to the richness of discussions.

Attendees heard from Marc-Andre Ranger from Immetis Immigration Law, which highlighted the different pathways that people access to immigrate to Canada. Immigration Partnership staff led an Express entry exercise that demonstrated how the Express Entry program works and the requirements that applicants need to meet to be successful. Lastly, real-life immigrant settlement challenges were discussed in groups with potential solution identified and presented.



As well, this year's Diversity Day included the launch of the new Leeds and Grenville Immigration Portal. For the past year, the City of Brockville, the Immigration Partnership, MDB Insight (A private consultant), and local partners have been working to refresh the original portal that was launched in 2010. The Portal is an online resource that supports potential and existing immigrants, service providers, and communities. Check it out here. The revamped website is easier to use, has more information, and is being made available in multiple languages. 

It was a great day, and a huge thank you to everyone who was able to attend! We're already looking forward to next year's event!
 

COUNCIL MEMBER FEATURE

Volunteer Centre of St. Lawrence-Rideau

The Volunteer Centre of St. Lawrence – Rideau is a registered non-profit charity that promotes volunteerism by connecting people with opportunities to serve in the St. Lawrence – Rideau region. The Volunteer Centre provides leadership to, and builds the capacity of, volunteer programs in our community, and we celebrate volunteers. Our mandate is to promote volunteerism; build capacity for effective local volunteering; provide leadership on issues relating to volunteerism; and connect people with opportunities to serve. 

Throughout its 37-year history, the Volunteer Centre has played a vital role in building community capacity by providing leadership opportunities, training, and placement for volunteers in non-profit organizations, and creating a sense of belonging and inclusion in the community for volunteers. The Volunteer Centre has served non-profit organizations through the promotion of volunteerism, the recruitment and referral of volunteers, education and networking support to agencies and individuals. The organization focuses on impacting Strong Communities through Community Engagement by supporting more than 30 local non-profits through their programs.

The mission of the Volunteer Centre is simple, they want to foster excellence and leadership in volunteerism through programs, services and support. This has led them to be involved in everything from festivals to after-school programs, parades to dance performances, and barbecues to craft fairs. All while holding the same vision, of having Leeds and Grenville be a vibrant, caring community where volunteers enrich lives and people feel connected.

In 2017 alone, they provided service to nearly 4000 people in nine municipalities throughout Leeds and Grenville. They over 700 high school students complete over 4000 community hours, and completed 2800 tax returns for low income earners. All this, and screening and referring nearly 250 volunteers, was done for the Leeds and Grenville community in just one year.


You can learn more about the Centre and get involved on their website

LOCAL SPOTLIGHT

The Village of Maitland

DID YOU KNOW?
  • It was originally settled by the French in the 1750s and named Point au Baril.
  • After the French were forced out and the area was settled by the English, the settlement was renamed Maitland after Sir Peregrine Maitland, the Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada at the time.
  • Maitland had the first school in Augusta Township, which was called Johnstown Grammar School.

CELEBRATING 

Mardi Gras

Also known as Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras is the events and celebrations that lead up to Ash Wednesday, which is the start of the Lent season. For 2019, Mardi Gras will be on March 5th. The date is different each year, just like Easter.
During Mardi Gras, many people dress up, join parades, or indulge in the rich and fatty foods that are often given up for Lent.

Check It Out!

Famous Mardi Gras Celebrations Around the World

Mardi Gras is often seen as a time to indulge before the strictness of Lent, and that has caused celebrations around the world to evolve into colourful, fun-filled spectacles that celebrate life and laughter.
1. New Orleans, USA

One of the most famous Mardi Gras celebration is in New Orleans, Louisiana. Celebrations include parades, masque balls, and a lot of food and drink!
2. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Brazilian Carnival features parades, dancing (especially samba), and a samba competition. It is also the largest carnival in the world!
3. Barranquilla's Carnival, Colombia

The Barranquilla's Carnival features multiple parades, music, and the "death" of Joselito, who is mourned and buried multiple times during the day as a way of marking the end of the celebrations, but who will revive for next year's carnival.
4. Rheinischer Karneval, Germany

The Karneval in Germany, especially the most famous one in Cologne, features, parades, balls, comedy performances, and stage shows.
5. Carnival, Southern Netherlands

One of the big things in the Dutch Carnival, is role reversals and role playing, where people dress up and act as a character. Often times these costumes aren't politically or socially correct, and often have a message. The Canival also does parades, cabaret, music, and performances.

PARTNER UPDATES

TR Leger Immigrant Services

New Address
TR Leger Adult ESL, STEP, and Immigrant Services are all located in the Plaza at 163 Ormond Street. ESL classes run Tuesday through Thursday with one group in the morning and a different group in the afternoon. STEP (Skills Training, Employment Preparation) classes are Mon through Thursday 8:30 – 1:30. The office is open 9:00-3:30 Tues and Thurs and 9- 12:00 on Wednesday, if they are not working in another community.
They also do language assessments on a needs basis at other times. People are asked to call ahead to make appointments if they are interested in any of our programs. The number for STEP and ESL is 613-345-3175. Immigrant services may be reached via cell phone 613-803-0653. The office phone is 613-345-6781, but it does not have voice mail yet.

Refugees for Brockville

New Families Arrived
Refugees for Brockville is honoured to have assisted in the welcome of four new Canadian families this November. Three local sponsorship groups that have sponsored before, Agape, United Welcome, and Open Arms Brockville all chose to open their hearts again to three new families from all over the world and one new sponsorship group was formed. Blessed Brockville, as the new group has called itself, has already received the attention of local and national media outlets, as well as the UNHCR. The group is made up of new Canadians who themselves came to Brockville in the last three years who wanted to help others as they had been helped themselves. This group sponsored a Syrian family of eight who is settling into the community with the help of Blessed Brockville, the local Imam Ahmad Khadra (also part of Blessed Brockville), and Brockville’s Muslim community. CBC News was one hand at the Ottawa airport when Blessed Brockville members greeted the new family with tea, handshakes, Canada flag pins and very warm and welcoming smiles – the link to this beautiful meeting can be found here.  

EDUCATION & EMPLOYMENT  

Training & Seminars

Applying Online
October 15, 2018 from 10:00 am—12:00 pm South Grenville Employment Resource Centre, 191 King St East, Prescott 
 
This workshop covers 2 types of online applications: 1) applying via email and 2) applying using
online applications through a company’s website, with a heavier focus on applying via
email. Email applications covers a) creating an email address and sending an email, b) naming
a file and keeping files organized, and c) converting files and file formats. 

More information here.
 

Computer Basics & Introduction to Microsoft Word

October 17, 2018 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, North Grenville Employment Resource Centre, 125 Prescott St, Kemptville 
Participants will learn about the very basics of a computer, from how to turn on a computer
to the difference between hardware and software. Through computer exercises you will learn
how to create, open, and save documents. Time permitting, formatting text, checking spelling
and grammar, line and paragraph spacing, and checking indents and tabs will be covered. 


Want to know more? Click here

Second Career Information Session

October 19, 2018, 10:00am
Employment and Education Centre, 105 Strowger Blvd., Brockville

Attend this information session to find out if you qualify for funding assistance for retraining.


For more info, click here
 

First aid with CPR and AED Training

Day/Time 1: October 22, 2018 from 8:00am to 4:30pm
Day/Time 2: November 3, 2018 from 8:00am to 4:30pm
St. John Ambulance, 23 Abbott Street, Brockville, ON

First Aid with CPR and AED Training being held in Brockville from 8am to 4:30pm. Various levels of training provided.

$95 for the course. For more information click here

 

COMMUNITY 

Updates & Events

Fundraising Breakfast at YMCA of Brockville and Area

October 20, 2018 from 7:30am to 12:00pm
YMCA of Brockville and Area, 345 Park Street, Brockville, ON


Join us on Saturday, October 20th at 7:30 am for a delicious breakfast sponsored by Burnbrae Farms Limited.

Cost $5, Takeout Available. Stay and bid on silent auction items until 12 pm or cheer on the teams for the Car Pull and Fire Truck Pull activities begin at 9:00 am!

All proceeds to the YMCA of Brockville and Area Strong Kids 2018 Annual Giving Campaign

More information contact Anna at 613.342.7961 x 30 
or anna.hudson@brockville.ymca.ca

Brockville Home Hardware Rotary Clubs of Brockville 2018 Mystical Mansion

October 26, 2018 from 5:30pm to 11:30pm
1000 Islands Village, 1120 County Road 2 East, Brockville, ON


BROCKVILLE, ON - The 1000 Islands Village Ballroom and the glassed-in Crystal Atrium will be turned into a Halloween themed setting on Friday, October 26, welcoming costumed or non costumed guests. 
All will be welcomed by spooky characters, and the evening's Master of Ceremonies Scott Fraser. People are encouraged to arrive at 5:30 p.m., as the 2018 Mystical Mansion Gala gets underway. 
Upon entering the Crystal Atrium, step in front of the enchanting photo set, as photographer Andrew Kizell captures the beginning of a wonderful evening. At the end of the evening you will walk away with a memorable memento. 

A pay-as-you-go bar will be set up for your pleasure, along with late night snacks. 
The ticket prices are $75 each or $600 for a table of eight, available after Wednesday, September 26th, at Brockville Home Hardware, 1000 Islands Toyota, Beattie Jeep Dodge Ram and Alan Brown Clothiers or any Brockville Rotary member. 
For any questions, please contact Rotarian Doris Hallett at 613-342-3679.

BAVARIAFEST 2018

October 27, 2018 from 3:00pm to October 28, 2018 at 1:00am
Brockville Memorial Civic Centre, 100 Magedoma Blvd


Nonstop music, great food, fun and games! Bring the whole family and experience some authentic Bavarian cuisine at an affordable price, along with a sampling of local Craft beer, and spend the evening waltzing, doing the Polka, and socializing in the true Bavarian tradition

For more info, click here
 

Lansdowne Craft Fair

October 27, 2018 from 9:00am to 3:30pm
Lansdowne Community Centre, 1 Jessie St, Lansdowne, ON

 
Lansdowne Craft Fair – Sponsored by the Leeds & Thousand Islands Historical Society 
Sat Oct 27 – 9:00am to 3:30pm – Admission $1.00. All proceeds go to the LTI Historical Society. 
Lansdowne Community Centre. 40+ vendors. Lunch items for sale by Lansdowne Women’s Institute. 

For more details, email Glennda Olivier at glenndaolivier@yahoo.com

St Lawrence Academy Fab-boo-lous Family FUN-raiser

October 27, 2018 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Roebuck Community Centre, 7024 Cty Rd 18 RR#2, Spencerville Ontario
Come and join us for an afternoon of spook-tacular fun for the whole family. We will be serving up some hot and tasty chilli along side some out-of-this world Apple Crisp which will be available to take home. There will be a halloween dance party for kids with fun and games to entertain. Bring Your Own Pumpkin to decorate too! All funds raised will go directly towards new playground equipment for our community.

For more details, check out the website!

Heritage Skills Workshop: Preserving for the Winter

October 31, 2018 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Brockville Museum, 5 Henry St. Brockville, ON
Join the Brockville Museum for this year’s Heritage Skills Workshops! These workshops are hands-on learning experiences that allow participants to explore largely forgotten skills and techniques in an informal setting, with museum educator Peggy Hause.
$15 per person for single programs. The cost includes all supplies. With each workshop, participants will be able to take home the results of their class. Advance registration is required either by purchasing your spot in person at the museum or by calling us with a credit card number. Please contact Peggy at phause@brockville.com or call (613) 342 4397 x 6225.

Click here for more info!

 


 

IMMIGRATION PARTNERSHIP COUNCIL

Member Organizations

These are the organizations that provide leadership to the St. Lawrence-Rideau Immigration Partnership.

Brockville & Area YMCA
Brockville & District Multicultural Council
Chinese & Canadian Heritage Cultural Association
City of Brockville Economic Development
CSE Consulting
Employment + Education Centre
Francophone Immigration Support Network of East Ontario
Fulford Academy
Immetis - Services d'Immigration au Canada
KEYS Job Centre
Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit
Leeds Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Foods & Rural Affairs
Refugees for Brockville Commitee
St. Lawrence College
1000 Island Workforce Development Board
Town of Prescott
TR Leger Immigrant Services/TR Leger Services aux Immigrants
United Counties of Leeds Grenville
Upper Canada Leger Centre
Volunteer Centre of St. Lawrence-Rideau
Contact Us Today To Get Involved!
Copyright © St. Lawrence-Rideau Immigration Partnership, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
105 Strowger Blvd., Brockville, ON K6V 5V2
P.O. Box 191
Call us: 613-498-2111 
Email us: diversity.matters@eecentre.com 

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