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Manitoba Student Aid – Information Session for Immigrants

June 5, 2014

The University of Winnipeg Global Welcome Centre and the Red River College Diversity and Immigrant Student Support Department are pleased to offer an information session on Manitoba Student Aid. This session is for Manitoba immigrants (Permanent Residents, Refugee-claimants, and Canadian Citizens) who are planning to attend Post-Secondary Academic programs during the 2014-2015 Academic Year.
When: 4:00-5:30 pm, June 23, 2014
Where: Great West Life Lecture Theatre, Roblin Centre, Red River College (A104-160 Princess Street, Winnipeg)
You must register to attend. To register or get more information, click here.

Submitted by the Diversity & Immigrant Student Support department

Narcisse Snake Dens

May 23, 2014

Are you looking for something fun, exciting, free and somewhat creepy to do this spring? One of Manitoba’s most famous attractions, the Narcisse Snake Dens, is the place to be! Every year, tens of thousands of red-sided garter snakes come out of their winter homes to meet ‘that special someone’. Actually, the snakes come to the surface to perform a fascinating mating ritual before going off to nearby marshes for the summer. The snakes only stay at the Narcisse Dens for a few weeks at this time of year, so don’t miss your chance to see them.
When: Now! The dens are open every day. The best time to see a lot of snakes is on a warm, sunny day.
Where: Narcisse Snake Dens are located about 130 km north of Winnipeg. It takes about 1.5 hours to get there by car. Here is a map.
Cost: Free!
Watch this short video about the snakes at Narcisse.
For more information, visit the Manitoba Conservation website or the NatureNorth website.

Submitted by the Diversity & Immigrant Student Support department

Volunteer Opportunities!

May 23, 2014

Cuba Va! Pavilion at Folklorama 2014 needs volunteers! Pavilion sponsor, Hope for a Better World, is seeking volunteers for August 10 – 16, to be cashiers, servers, cooks and to help with the children’s show. If interested, please contact (204) 963-5045 or email
Rainbow Stage (1993) Inc. is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help during live theatre shows. Several opportunities are available in the following areas: Ushers, Ticket Takers, 50/50 Draw Ticket Sellers, Program Vendors and Souvenir Stand Sellers. Volunteers will receive 2 complimentary tickets per production upon completion of a minimum of 3 volunteer shifts per production. For more information, please contact:
The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority is organizing the Go4health Expo, a health promotion fair at the Red River Ex, June 13 – 22, 2014 at 3977 Portage Ave. Volunteers are needed to engage the public at the “Transplant MB/Sign Up for” booth and at the “Physical Activity Promotion” booth.  For more information, please contact Suzie at 204-787-7247 or

Volunteer Manitoba

If you are looking for other great opportunities to volunteer in the community, the Volunteer Manitoba Website is a great place to start. Check out the listings to see if there is an opportunity to match your skills and interests.

Submitted by the Diversity & Immigrant Student Support department

Free Presentation: Workplace Integration for Newcomers

May 23, 2014

On May 29, 2014 from 6:15 – 8:45 pm, a professional development session on ‘Workplace Integration for Newcomers’ will be available to internationally educated professionals (IEPs), CLB 5+, in Winnipeg.
This session will be facilitated by Paul Holmes, an international expert in the field of newcomer workplace integration. Paul Holmes is a very well-known international expert in the field of workplace integration. If you are an internationally educated professional, this is a great opportunity to attend this free session.
Date: Thursday, May 29, 2014
Location: Red River College, Exchange District Campus (160 Princess Street)
Room: Great West Life Lecture Hall (A104, 1st floor)
Time: 6:15 – 8:45 pm (5:45 – 6:15 pm: sign in, coffee & snacks, and networking)
Registration required: RSVP to by Monday, May 26, 2014
*Note that this event is NOT hosted by Red River College or Diversity and Immigrant Student Support (although it is located at RRC’s EDC campus) – please direct all inquiries to

Submitted by the Diversity & Immigrant Student Support department

Staff Easter Egg Hunt

April 17, 2014

The Winner
The staff of LTC had an Easter Egg hunt this week! Everyone received a little poem from the Easter Bunny, which was the clue they needed to find a hidden egg. Inside the egg, there were instructions on how to claim the big prize.
Laura Castillo, instructor of the English for Business Purposes program, used her clever riddle-solving skills to find the hiding spot – the egg was in the Library, behind the TESL Canada journals from 2005.
Congratulations, Laura!

Learn to Camp in Canada

April 15, 2014

Do you think you might want to experience the pleasure of camping overnight but you just need a helping hand?
This summer, register for Parks Canada’s “Learn To Camp” events, co-presented with Mountain Equipment Co-op! These events are hosted across Canada and offer you the opportunity to learn how to plan and enjoy safe and successful camping trips.
Events feature workshops on camping related skills like how to set up a tent or cook in the outdoors. Participants have the opportunity to enjoy fun interpretive programs and other Parks Canada activities.
Where: Riding Mountain National Park (transportation will be provided)
When: June 14-15 or July 26-27
****Registrations will begin on April 18th 2014.****
For more information, call 1-888-773-8888 or visit this site.

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program for Visa Students

April 4, 2014

Do you need help with your Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) application to Immigrate to Manitoba?
The MPNP holds information sessions on applying online to the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program for Skilled Workers (including International Students), and can answer any general questions you may have.
Where: 213 Notre Dame Ave. (MPNP office, 7th Floor)
When: Information sessions are held on Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.
****To attend you must first register by phoning 204-945-2806.****

Free Workshops: Understanding the Canadian Legal System

April 4, 2014

Navigating the Legal System: A Free Legal Workshop for Women

This workshop will provide information on how the Canadian legal system works, what to expect when involved in it, and tips for dealing with lawyers.
Childcare (upon request), healthy snacks and bus tickets are available. This is a women-only event.
Where: 1150A Waverly Street
When: Monday, April 14th from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
****Call 204-477-1123 to register.****
Click here for more information.

Law in the Library: Immigration Law

Are you looking for information on the legal aspects of immigration? If you want to know more about issues like immigration options, citizenship and sponsoring family members, you should attend this free workshop.
Where: Millennium Library (251 Donald Street), in the Buchwald Room
When: Monday, April 28th at 7:00 p.m.
****Call 204-986-6779 to register.****

Buying a Home: A Free Legal Workshop for Community Women

This workshop will walk you through the steps involved in purchasing a home including writing an offer to purchase, entering into a mortgage and calculating the amount of money you will require, including legal fees and closing costs.
This is a women-only event. Childcare (upon request), healthy snacks and bus tickets are available.
Where: 1150A Waverly Street
When: Tuesday, April 29th, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
****Call the Fort Garry Women’s Resource Centre at 204-477-1123 to register.****

Wear Pink on April 9

April 4, 2014

April 9 is a day where communities across the country, and across the world, can unite in celebrating diversity and raising awareness to stop homophobic, transphobic and all forms of bullying.
The International Day of Pink was started in Nova Scotia when two high school students saw a gay student, wearing a pink shirt, being bullied. The two students intervened, but wanted to do more to prevent homophobic and transphobic bullying. They decided to purchase pink shirts, and a few days later got everyone at school to arrive wearing pink, standing in solidarity. The result was that an entire school stopped homophobic and transphobic bullying. The message was clear: anyone can bully, anyone can be victimized by bullying, but together we can stop it.
Each year on the second Wednesday of April, millions of people wear pink to remember that positive actions make a difference. And that the change starts with each one of us.


Post written by Diversity & Immigrant Student Support staff