Do You Want to Apply for Canadian Citizenship?
Dec
6
6:00 PM18:00

Do You Want to Apply for Canadian Citizenship?

Changes to Canadian Citizenship requirements have taken effect recently in 2017 and KWMC Staff have the most up-to-date Citizenship Application details Join us for this Information Session on the complete Citizenship Application process - and how any changes may affect you.

For more information, please call Juan Castillo at (519) 745-2531 or (226) 747-7524.

Bus: • #5 Erb West / Lancaster Eastbridge • #7 C, D, E • iXpress (route 200) Bus tickets are available

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Oct
24
10:00 AM10:00

Best Practices for Working Effectively with Professional Interpreters

Learn about the skills and standards of practice expected of Community Interpreters...and what is expected of you to work effectively with them.

Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services, in partnership with Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre, is offering a FREE workshop to build the skills of service providers who work with interpreters when providing service and care to clientswith limitedEnglish and to explore the risks of compromised communication when language barriers are not adequately addressed.

Access Alliance and Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre value and advocate for the use of trained and tested professional interpreters in healthcare, legal, and social service encounters. 

Accessing and working effectively with trained and qualified professional interpreters is key to ensuring that all individuals in Ontario receive equitable access to public services regardless of the language they speak.

The workshop will explore the following topics:

  • Health Equity through Language Support
  • Consequences of unaddressed language barriers
  • Preferred language screening
  • When do we need an interpreter?
  • Who is qualified to interpret?
  • Modalities of interpretation: over-the-phone/remote vs in-person
  • Hot tips for working with interpreters

Space is limited.  Please click here to register.  (Password is KWMC)

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Oct
5
6:00 PM18:00

How To Prepare A Will

Shannon Down from Waterloo Region Community Legal Services will share information about when a will is needed, how to write a will, and how to ensure a will is legal. 
Light refreshments will be served and bus tickets are available. 
Please call Fariba Kazemi at 519-505-2516 or the KW Multicultural Centre at 519-745-2531 for more information.

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Sep
28
1:00 PM13:00

Introduction to Interpreter Ethics

Have you been helping out in your community as a bilingual language support volunteer?


Learn about the skills and standards of practice expected of Community Interpreters

Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services, in partnership with Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre, is offering a FREE workshop to introduce participants to the standards of practice and code of ethics for Community Interpreters.
Access Alliance and Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre value and advocate for the use of trained and tested professional interpreters in healthcare, legal, and social service encounters. However we recognize that some organizations may have limited capacity to access professional interpretation services.

Currently, across Ontario, untrained bilingual individuals are generously volunteering their time and bilingual language skills to support communication between individuals with limited English proficiency and English-speaking service providers in various non-profit community organisations. We recognize the enormous value of the contribution volunteers make in enhancing people’s lives.

This workshop is intended to support volunteers and their affiliated community organizations to responsibly and appropriately contribute to an ultimate goal of ensuring that all individuals in Ontario receive equitable access to public services regard-less of the language they speak.

Distinguishing between volunteer bilingual language support and qualified professional interpreting benefits us all.

Interpreting is a learned skill and a professional industry with a code of ethics, standards and boundaries. Not knowing about these boundaries and required skills may put organizations and bilingual volunteers at risk and can compromise outcomes for individuals with limited English proficiency. This workshop will outline the guidelines for effective and responsible interpretation, and the options for interpreter training and skills development.

The learning objectives are:

  • Identify risks of incorrect, biased, incomplete, summarized, or otherwise edited interpretation;
  • Communicate the limitations of your language skills when asked to provide ad-hoc volunteer communication support;
  • Understand the distinction between cultural interpretation and language interpretation;
  • Effectively manage challenging situations that arise when providing language support.

Workshop details
Thursday, September 28th
1:00 pm—4:00 pm
Kitchener Public Library
85 Queen Street North, Kitchener, N2H 2H1
Room C in the basement
(Refreshments will be provided)
Space is limited. Please click here to register.  (The password is KWMC)

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Graphic Novel Launch: Telling Our Stories: Immigrant Women’s Resilience
Aug
17
5:00 PM17:00

Graphic Novel Launch: Telling Our Stories: Immigrant Women’s Resilience

The Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre, in collaboration with OCASI and MOFIF, is excited to extend an invitation to the launch of the new multilingual editions of "Telling Our Stories: Immigrant Women’s Resilience" on August 17 (5 pm - 8 pm) at the Kitchener Public Library - Main Location, Theatre (85 Queen St N, Kitchener, ON N2H 2H1). We invite all to join us for the launch which will feature speakers, performances, and readings of the graphic novel. The event is free and open to all and dinner will be provided.

“Telling Our Stories” is part of the Ontario’s Action Plan to stop Sexual Violence and Harassment public education campaign. The campaign features the graphic novel designed to help raise awareness about sexual violence and harassment in the refugee and immigrant communities. The graphic novel will now be available in Punjabi, Urdu, Tamil, Spanish, Chinese, Dari, Armenian, Arabic and Somali. The stories featured in the graphic novel were written by immigrant and refugee women in workshops across the province. The novels are free of charge and will be distributed in newcomer communities and will be available at the Kitchener launch.

For more information about the campaign and novel, visit OCASI's website

Please RSVP by August 16

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Let's Talk: Preparing for Post-Secondary Education for Newcomer Youth
May
13
3:00 PM15:00

Let's Talk: Preparing for Post-Secondary Education for Newcomer Youth

Hear from inspiring speakers, get community support and explore your experiences through art, drama, and just talking about it!

Bus tickets and snacks will be provided.

Email anika@kwmc-on.com for more information.

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Kitchener Summer Camps Information Session
May
6
2:30 PM14:30

Kitchener Summer Camps Information Session

Join us to learn about the many

Summer Camps

for kids of all ages to enjoy in Kitchener this summer!

Find out how to Register and the Financial Support available to you for Summer Camps and other Recreational Activities.

Buses #1, #201 Bus tickets available.

For more information, call Yumna Zaghlol at 519 505 4499 or yumna@kwmc-on.com

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Summer Camps Info Session
Apr
29
2:00 PM14:00

Summer Camps Info Session

Join us to learn about the many

Summer Camps

for kids of all ages to enjoy in Waterloo this summer!

Find out how to Register and the Financial Support available to you for Summer Camps and other Recreational Activities.

Presented by City of Waterloo Staff.

All King Street buses #5, #35 All Route 7 buses including i Express Bus tickets available.

For more information, call us at 519 745 2531 or Yumna Zaghlol at 519 505 4499 or Waterloo Public Library 519 886 1310 x124

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Manufacturing Workshop
Sep
26
2:00 PM14:00

Manufacturing Workshop

  • Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come learn about the excellent careers in Manufacturing.

Brad Labadie from the Workforce Planning Board will be in attendance to allow participants to learn about the opportunities and careers available in the manufacturing sector in Waterloo and Wellington Regions.

Email Brittney or Paulina at jsw@kwmc-on.com to register.

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How to Win Scholarship Awards
Sep
23
3:00 PM15:00

How to Win Scholarship Awards

  • Waterloo Public Library - McCormick Branch (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Scholarship Funds are available for you!

Learn proven strategies and tips from a National Scholarship award recipient
currently at University of Waterloo, and a previous two-time Scholarship award winner!

Scholarship Foundation staff will be available to provide valuable information and answer your questions.

For more information, call us at 519 745 2531 or call Yoke Kennedy at 519-505-2542 or the Waterloo Public Library at 519 886 1310 ext.124

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Sustainable Transportation Information Session
Aug
31
6:00 PM18:00

Sustainable Transportation Information Session

  • Kitchener Public Library - Meeting Room C (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us and Enter a Draw to Win a Free Community Access Bikeshare Membership and Bike Accessories Courtesy of Black Arrow Cycles!

Come learn about various low or no cost transportation options in Kitchener-Waterloo at the Central Branch of Kitchener Public Library.

Representatives from The Working Centre, Family Outreach Program and Recycle Cycle will be on site to answer your question + attendees will be entered into a draw.

We'll also have bus tickets and light refreshments on hand, not to mention Arabic interpretation for newcomers to our community.

Come out and learn some wonderful ways to get around our city that are great for your health, wallet and the environment !

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Canadian Pension Plan & Old Age Security Information Session
Jul
28
6:30 PM18:30

Canadian Pension Plan & Old Age Security Information Session

Join us to learn more about Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and Old Age Security (OAS) pension.

This is a Library Settlement Partnership program. Light refreshments will be served and bus tickets are available.

Registration required. Call Wasan at 519-745-2531 ext. 132 or email
wasan@kwmc-on.com.

Bus Routes:

#23 Idlewood (Ottawa and Oldfield Stop)

#204 iExpress The Boardwalk - Lackner/Ottawa (Ottawa and Lackner Stop)

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Banking Fair
Jul
13
6:30 PM18:30

Banking Fair

Learn about the services banks and credit unions are offering to new immmigrants. Staff from local banks and credit unions will be available to answer your questions and share information.

This is a Library Settlement Partnership program. Light refreshments will be served and bus tickets are available.

Registration required. Call Wasan at 519-745-2531 ext. 132 or email
wasan@kwmc-on.com.

Bus Routes:

#8 via Weber (Queen and Ahrens Stop)

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Group of Five Refugee Sponsorship Information Session
Jun
16
6:30 PM18:30

Group of Five Refugee Sponsorship Information Session

  • Kitchener Public Library - Meeting Room C (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Are you interested in learning more about Group of Five sponsorship?

This information session presented by a Trainer from the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program will review the responsibilites and requirements of sponsors and provide guidance on the application process.

Light refreshments will be served. Bus tickets are available to attend the program.

Registration is required. Please contact Kristin Fox at (519) 745-2531 or email to register.

Bus Route: #8 University-Fairview Park

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