UPDATES October 2016
Refugee Women get hospitality training program
PIRS partners with Vancouver Community College
On October 3rd, seventeen refugee women began the Entry to Hospitality Careers for Women program at VCC's Downtown Campus. The free-of-charge course equips women with the foodsafe and hospitality skills necessary to prepare them for work in the hotel and restaurant industry. The training also includes a two-week practicum in Vancouver hotels where women can gain Canadian work experience. The program is funded by the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism, and Skills Training.
Excited to begin our first cohort in a couple of weeks, PIRS is currently recruiting for the second cohort which will begin in January 2017
In order to be eligible, the women must:
  • Be a Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident or legally entitled to work in Canada (refugee claimants with a work permit or SIN number also eligible)
  • Have a CLB English level of 4 and above
  • Be unemployed and not on EI
  • Be able to commit to a part-time program (10:30am-1:30pm) for 12 weeks (childminding available) beginning on January 3, 2017
For more information or to register, please visit our website.
PIRS partners with VSB StrongStart & United Way
Refugee children and their families to get home support and dedicated StrongStart program
The Vancouver Early Years Refugee Program supports refugee parents to have fun with their children and learn about their development. Parents will get information and support about parenting and have access to community resources and services related to their concerns and settlement process. The program provides a structured home based program linked to Refugee StrongStart program.
This program is open to all refugee families with young children regardless of status in Canada.
For more information and to refer a family visit our website.
Staff Spotlight:
Carol Bond has seen a lot of change at PIRS
Carol Anita Bond
Carol Bond has worked at PIRS for 10 years and teaches three classes, the Moving Forward Intermediate, Collingwood Blended English and the Parenting ESL Program at South Vancouver Family Place.  She feels a strong connection to PIRS’ mission, vision and values. “I am a first generation Canadian whose family immigrated from Italy and Denmark.”
Carol develops a student-centred curriculum that promotes a supportive positive classroom environment. “I love to encourage our students to use the English language skills that they have learned in the classroom in their communities.  I am very fortunate to teach such wonderful women,” says Carol, who holds a Certificate of Education, Bachelor of Education & English as a Second Language Certificate.
Prior to joining PIRS, she taught the Intermediate and Blended
Programs at Strathcona Mental Health and the blended at North Shore Multicultural Society for 10 years.  “PIRS put the Blended model into both those organizations” says Carol, who was invited to join PIRS in 2006. Carol has two children and two young grandchildren and her hobbies are painting, acting and reading.
Calling all Friends, Fans & Supporters!
Time to come out and learn about our activities this past year and plans for next year, vote for our Board of Directors and mix & mingle. And of course, please renew your membership. Your support is important to us. Monday, October 24, 7 p.m. at Burnaby Neighbourhood House (map).
2016 Fall Program calendar
Check out our 2016 program calendar to learn more about our upcoming programs.

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