2016 Events Schedule

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Friday, June 17th @ Okanagan College

6:00 – 7:30 pm
Registration & Reception

7:30 – 9:00 pm
Welcome, Blessing, Keynote & Cultural Performance.


Saturday, June 18th @ Okanagan College

8:00 – 8:30 am
Registration

8:30 – 9:00 am
Welcome & Introductions

9:15 – 10:15 am
Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session 1
Localizing the Great Canadian National Project: Welcoming Refugees to the South Okanagan

Dr. Sabine Lehr

From November 2015 – February 2016, the Canadian Government embarked on the unprecedented project of resettling 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada within less than four months. This operation, often referred to as the “Great Canadian National Project” partly relied on the efforts of thousands of Canadians who came together in their communities to sponsor refugees. Whether they had a privately-sponsored or Government-assisted pathway to Canada, these newcomers are now living with us in our communities. Drawing on her experience with an organization that has been a Sponsorship Agreement Holder since August 2015, and that became a Resettlement Assistance Program provider in February 2016, Sabine will provide an overview of the Canadian resettlement effort and will address/pose the question: “What’s next?” How can we best work together to be a welcoming community for and with these newcomers?

Breakout Session 2
Employer Tools: How to Find, Hire, and Retain Newcomer Talent

Hanif Ladha - Immigrant Employment Council of BC

In British Columbia, we’ve got a world of talent right here on our doorstep. Companies and organizations that are able to attract, hire, and retain skilled immigrant labour have a competitive advantage in today’s global marketplace. In the session, you’ll find industry-tested tools and resources that will give you an edge in recruiting new immigrant talent to your workforce.

Breakout Session 3
Migration Matters: Who moved here when

Randy Manuel

Canada is known to the world as a nation built by immigrants with a preference for maintaining a cultural mosaic, unlike the melting pot of our big neighbour to the south.  So what does that mosaic look like here in the Okanagan valley?  Who were our first nations?  What were the later ethnic influxes that shaped our community into what it looks like today? What drew these peoples to our valley?  Where did they come from? What skills did they bring and what were their hopes for the future?  Who were the pioneers who gave their names to our streets and landmarks?

Randy Manuel from the Okanagan Historical Society has had a lifelong passionate interest in the early development of our community.  He has given many presentations, written many articles and will share some of that story with us in a fascinating exploration of Okanagan history and migration patterns.

Breakout Session 4
Building Healthy Communities Through Sport: The link between sports/recreation and inclusion

Shaunna Taylor

Sport should be a unifying and welcoming environment.  The sport community in the Okanagan is part of a vibrant, province-wide Alliance with a goal of embracing access to quality sport and physical activity, increasing physical literacy and welcoming diversity in our communities. Representatives from PacificSport Okanagan will present a session on ways to maximize a welcoming sport environment in your community along with local resources provided by the City of Penticton. This session will introduce the following concepts to participants:

  • Physical literacy in schools, community programs and homes
  • #Level the Field: province-wide initiatives to reduce barriers to diversity through local sport and physical activity partnerships
  • Question and Answer Period

10:15 – 10:45 am
Coffee Break

10:45 – 11:45 am
Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session 1
Canadian Immigration Law: New rules, new opportunities

Sandra Hakanson

For the past 10 years, we have seen over 400 new regulations regarding Canadian immigration.  These changes have affected all aspects of immigration including temporary resident visas, family sponsorship, economic immigration, and citizenship.    

People that may have qualified for a Canadian visa last year or even last month, may not qualify for the same visa today; though there may be new alternatives available for them, alternatives that were never available previously.

As well, there has been increased enforcement against Permanent Residents who fail to satisfy their residency requirements, which can lead to complications with:

  • Permanent Resident card renewals;
  • Residency appeals; and
  • Citizenship applications.

During this session, we will review some of these changes and how they impact immigration and citizenship and what the new immigration opportunities look like in 2016. 

Breakout Session 2
Continuing the Dream: What to know about starting a business in Canada

Nicole Clark

Small business drives the Canadian economy. If you have a skill, a talent, or a dream of owning your own business, this workshop will start you on the right path to achieving that goal by addressing the steps you need to take to accomplish it. From preparing a business plan to the government requirements for licensing and regulation, this workshop is your first step to achieving your successful introduction to the Canadian small business environment. In the coming decade, new Canadian entrepreneurs will play an important role in the small business community.

Breakout Session 3
Characteristics of a Welcoming Community: A Panel Presentation 

Lindsey Fraser

Lindsey Fraser will be one of three panel presenters for this session.  Lindsey will speak on the state of housing in Penticton for the community as a whole, including new immigrants.  He will also discuss political participation opportunities for new immigrants, including an overview of the “planning process” and how one can be involved.

Kim Lyster

The responsibility to promote a welcoming community offers opportunities for a variety of strategies and contributions.  Kim Lyster joins the panel and will discuss the commitments that the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen has made through their Vital Signs report, Smart and Caring Communities initiative, the YES project and new activities set to launch this year.

Debbie Cox

Debbie Cox will speak on Collective Impact and it’s success bringing communities together to tackle complex social challenges. She will share insights from the South Okanagan/Similkameen Local Immigration Partnership project, which has brought more than 50 community leaders together to reduce the time it takes new immigrants to fully integrate into the workforce and social life of the region.

 

Breakout Session 4
Enrolling Foreign Students: A Community Solution

Russel Boris & Wendy Hyer

In 2013 Okanagan College expanded their senior team by adding a Director of International Education, Russel Boris.  In this session learn how Okanagan College is planning their diversification efforts and specifically where they are attracting students.  Russel will review the marketing advantages of a foreign student program, and explore how the community plays a role in the success of diversified education in our region.

Prior to 2012, School District NO. 67 had a small International Student Program, consisting of a few students from a partner school in Osaka Japan and a hand full of international students enrolled in the Okanagan Hockey Academy.  In 2012, the Board of Education directed district staff to expand the International Student Program. As such, Wendy’s work began, exploring markets to recruit more students to the Penticton area.   

Wendy will review the benefits of a foreign student program and discuss how the community plays a role in the success of welcoming international students to our schools and community.

11: 45 – 12:45 pm
Lunch - Served on site


1:00 – 2:00 pm

KEYNOTE – Nick Noorani

Author of three books, a motivational speaker, consultant and media personality, Nick has become a powerful voice for the successful integration of immigrants in Canada and bridging cultural gaps in the workplace and beyond.


2:15 – 3:15 pm
Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session 1
Localizing the Great Canadian National Project: Welcoming Refugees to the South Okanagan

Dr. Sabine Lehr

From November 2015 – February 2016, the Canadian Government embarked on the unprecedented project of resettling 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada within less than four months. This operation, often referred to as the “Great Canadian National Project” partly relied on the efforts of thousands of Canadians who came together in their communities to sponsor refugees. Whether they had a privately-sponsored or Government-assisted pathway to Canada, these newcomers are now living with us in our communities. Drawing on her experience with an organization that has been a Sponsorship Agreement Holder since August 2015, and that became a Resettlement Assistance Program provider in February 2016, Sabine will provide an overview of the Canadian resettlement effort and will address/pose the question: “What’s next?” How can we best work together to be a welcoming community for and with these newcomers?

Breakout Session 2
Employer Tools: How to Find, Hire, and Retain Newcomer Talent

Hanif Ladha - Immigrant Employment Council of BC

In British Columbia, we’ve got a world of talent right here on our doorstep. Companies and organizations that are able to attract, hire, and retain skilled immigrant labour have a competitive advantage in today’s global marketplace. In the session, you’ll find industry-tested tools and resources that will give you an edge in recruiting new immigrant talent to your workforce.

Breakout Session 3
Migration Matters: Local History, Who moved here when

Randy Manuel

Canada is known to the world as a nation built by immigrants with a preference for maintaining a cultural mosaic, unlike the melting pot of our big neighbour to the south.  So what does that mosaic look like here in the Okanagan valley?  Who were our first nations?  What were the later ethnic influxes that shaped our community into what it looks like today? What drew these peoples to our valley?  Where did they come from? What skills did they bring and what were their hopes for the future?  Who were the pioneers who gave their names to our streets and landmarks?

Randy Manuel from the Okanagan Historical Society has had a lifelong passionate interest in the early development of our community.  He has given many presentations, written many articles and will share some of that story with us in a fascinating exploration of Okanagan history and migration patterns.

Breakout Session 4
Building Healthy Communities Through Sport: The link between sports/recreation and inclusion

Shaunna Taylor

Sport should be a unifying and welcoming environment.  The sport community in the Okanagan is part of a vibrant, province-wide Alliance with a goal of embracing access to quality sport and physical activity, increasing physical literacy and welcoming diversity in our communities. Representatives from PacificSport Okanagan will present a session on ways to maximize a welcoming sport environment in your community along with local resources provided by the City of Penticton.

This session will introduce the following concepts to participants:

  • Physical literacy in schools, community programs and homes;
  • #Level the Field: province-wide initiatives to reduce barriers to diversity through local sport and physical activity partnerships;
  • Question and Answer Period

3:15 – 3:45 pm
Sponsored Break

3:45 – 4:45 pm

Breakout Session 1
Canadian Immigration Law: New rules, new opportunities

Sandra Hakanson

For the past 10 years, we have seen over 400 new regulations regarding Canadian immigration.  These changes have affected all aspects of immigration including temporary resident visas, family sponsorship, economic immigration, and citizenship.    

People that may have qualified for a Canadian visa last year or even last month, may not qualify for the same visa today; though there may be new alternatives available for them, alternatives that were never available previously.

As well, there has been increased enforcement against Permanent Residents who fail to satisfy their residency requirements, which can lead to complications with:

  • Permanent Resident card renewals;
  • Residency appeals; and
  • Citizenship applications.

Breakout Session 2
Entrepreneurship in BC: Are you ready to take the plunge?

Nicole Clark

How important is small business in BC?  What is the profile of small business; who is starting businesses, where are they starting them, which sectors are growing and which are contracting?  These are just a few of the questions that will be asked and answered in this breakout session.  Learn more about what makes an entrepreneur and complete a personal assessment to find out if you are ready to take the plunge!

Breakout Session 3
Characteristics of a Welcoming Community:  A Panel Presentation

Lindsey Fraser

Lindsey Fraser will be one of three panel presenters for this session.  Lindsey will speak on the state of housing in Penticton for the community as a whole, including new immigrants.  He will also discuss political participation opportunities for new immigrants, including an overview of the “planning process” and how one can be involved.

Kim Lyster

The responsibility to promote a welcoming community offers opportunities for a variety of strategies and contributions.  Kim Lyster joins the panel and will discuss the commitments that the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen has made through their Vital Signs report, Smart and Caring Communities initiative, the YES project and new activities set to launch this year.

Debbie Cox

Debbie Cox will speak on Collective Impact and it’s success bringing communities together to tackle complex social challenges. She will share insights from the South Okanagan/Similkameen Local Immigration Partnership project, which has brought more than 50 community leaders together to reduce the time it takes new immigrants to fully integrate into the workforce and social life of the region.

Breakout Session 4
Enrolling Foreign Students: A Community Solution

Russel Boris & Wendy Hyer

In 2013 Okanagan College expanded their senior team by adding a Director of International Education, Russel Boris.  In this session learn how Okanagan College is planning their diversification efforts and specifically where they are attracting students.  Russel will review the marketing advantages of a foreign student program, and explore how the community plays a role in the success of diversified education in our region.  

Prior to 2012, School District NO. 67 had a small International Student Program, consisting of a few students from a partner school in Osaka Japan and a hand full of international students enrolled in the Okanagan Hockey Academy.  In 2012, the Board of Education directed district staff to expand the International Student Program. As such, Wendy’s work began, exploring markets to recruit more students to the Penticton area.  

Wendy will review the benefits of a foreign student program and discuss how the community plays a role in the success of welcoming international students to our schools and community.


Saturday, June 18th @ Gyro Park

7:00 – 10:00 pm
Closing Ceremony
ONE WORLD CELEBRATION
(Food, music & dance)