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  • Beneficiaries:

    ♦ Naturalized Citizens and Permanent Residents (PR) 

    ♦ Graduated post-secondary international students with valid work permit

    Eligibilities: 

    ♦ Unemployed or underemployed (working 20hr/week or less) 

    ♦ Have transferable skills to start professional career 

    ♦ Possess intermediate to advanced level English 

    ♦ Commitment to attend all 3 mentoring sessions 9am-1pm

    For more information visit www.bit.ly/csp-Jun

    May 16
    9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • This will be conducted in Cantonese and Mandarin.

    Calling all foodies!

    Each month we will choose a different theme and provide a list of cookbooks for you to choose from. Select one or two recipes that appeal to you. Go home and try them out. Then come to our monthly meeting ready to share your experiences with stories and photos!

    This month our theme is salad and cold dishes.


    每月一次, 我們會有不同的主題, 並提供所需烹飪書給你。 你可以從書中挑一至兩個食谱, 在家试做, 並可拍照, 來参加这個讀書會。

    五月的主題是沙拉及冷盆。不知做什麼? 可從這書單挑一個來做阿! 想分享制成品圖片及食谱, 请在五月二十日前, 電郵至 terry.salman.branch@gmail.com, 在聚會中與眾同享。

    國粵語活動; 須報名

    May 26
    10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • A basic hands-on introduction. Get to know the main parts of a computer (inside and out) and how computers connect to the Internet. This is an introductory class for beginners and we are working with an inactive computer; no previous experience using computers is required.

    This class is part of the Computer Essentials series.

    May 26
    11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Read some good books, enjoy lively discussions and make new friends on the second and fourth Friday of every month. For more information and book titles contact the library.

    May 26
    11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Join us Friday afternoons for family friendly movies!

    Fun and talented animal fairy Fawn believes you can't judge a book by its cover, or an animal by its fangs, so she befriends a huge and mysterious creature known as the NeverBeast. While Tinkerbell and her friends aren't so sure about this scary addition to Pixie Hollow, the elite Scout Fairies set out to capture the monster before he destroys their home. Fawn must trust her heart and take a leap of faith if she hopes to rally the girls to save the NeverBeast.

    May 26
    3:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
  • Improve your spoken English skills in a supportive environment.

    Learn about your community and Canadian culture while making new friends.

    This class is most suitable for intermediate speakers.

    May 26
    3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
  • Five year old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of miles across India, away from home and family. Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home.

    Voucher system in place and available at 5:30 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis.

    May 26
    6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Please join us for an enlightening and light-hearted conversation between Karen Connelly (Governor General's Award-winning writer) and Victor Chan (co-founder with the Dalai Lama of the Dalai Lama Center for Peace + Education) about the crucial, often neglected role of the sensual and sexual in our busy modern lives. Karen Connelly, award-winning author of books about Myanmar and Thailand, has just published a new novel called The Change Room. Departing from her usual political, human rights oriented themes, the book takes a whole-hearted, unabashed look at marriage, motherhood, and sexuality.

    How has technology and the increased speed of life influenced our relationship with our bodies and our partners? How does having children and aging alter our sex lives? Is monogamy a necessity to maintain the stability of most relationships, or is marriage going to change even more than it has in the last 50 years? Victor and Karen will leave ample room for the audience to join what promises to be a very provocative and fun discussion.

    Victor Chan has worked extensively with the Dalai Lama on the books The Wisdom of Forgiveness and The Wisdom of Compassion. He is also the author of The Tibet Handbook: A Pilgrimage Guide, recognized as an extraordinary achievement of scholarship on the history and sacred places of Tibet. He is the co-founder, with the Dalia Lama, of the Dalai Lama Centre for Peace and Education.

    Karen Connelly is the author of ten previous books of bestselling non-fiction, fiction and poetry, the most recent being Burmese Lessons, a love story and a memoir about her experiences in Burma and on the Thai-Burma border. She has won the Pat Lowther Award for her poetry, the Governor General's Award for her non-fiction, and Britain's Orange Broadband Prize for New Writers for her first novel, The Lizard Cage. Published in 2005, The Lizard Cage was compared in the New York Times Book Review to the works of Orwell, Solzhenitsyn and Mandela, and hailed in The Globe and Mail as "one of the best modern Canadian novels." Burmese Lessons was nominated for a Governor General's Award for Non-fiction and the British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-fiction in 2009. Married with a young child, she divides her time between a home in rural Greece and a home in Toronto. www.karenconnelly.ca


    May 26
    6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Do you love to read books and want to join a book club? Join us one Friday evening a month to read good books, engage in lively discussion and meet new friends. Books will be provided at registration.

    This month we read and discuss Stalin's Daughter by Rosemary Sullivan.

    Future titles include:

    May 26
    7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Join us on Saturday afternoons for adult documentaries and discussion.

    This week: LOWDOWN TRACKS

    Listen to the the music and stories of those who live on the margins of society and bare their souls through their songs on the streets of Toronto.

    A journey that takes us along abandoned tracks, beneath bridges, inside shelters, rooming houses and alleyways, and celebrates the music and survival of those who live on the outside.

    59 minutes.

    Part of the Top Docs series at Renfrew Library.

    May 27
    2:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • VPL and Vancouver Park Board are teaming up to host a fun, interactive, indoor and outdoor poetry experience in the Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre and its beautiful surrounding gardens. Local poet Raoul Fernandes will host a special gathering of poets with Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize finalists Juliane Okot Bitek, Anne Fleming, Rob Taylor and Richard Therrien.

    May 27
    1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Improve your spoken English skills in a supportive environment.

    Learn about your community and Canadian culture while making new friends.

    This class is suitable for intermediate speakers.
    May 27
    3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.