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The Vancouver Learning Guide is your destination to discover free non-formal learning events in Vancouver. The members of the Vancouver Learning City envision Vancouver as an adventurous, open-minded, and compassionate community where curiosity is valued and encouraged, where learning new things is safe and fun and seen as a worthwhile way of life.

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  • Join 3 days mentoring session to jump start your career!

    Date: Feb 18th, Feb 25th and Mar 4th 2017
    Time: 09:00am-1:00pm
    Venue: S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Social Service Centre, 28 West Pender Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6B 1R6
    Beneficiaries:
    - Naturalized citizens and immigrants
    - Graduated post-secondary international students with valid open work permits

    Eligibility:
    - Unemployed or underemployed (working 20hr/week or less)
    - Legally live and work in Canada
    - Have transferable skills to start professional career
    - Possess intermediate to advanced level English
    - Commitment to attend all 3 mentoring sessions (New dates will be announced shortly)

    The screening process:
    Telephone interview upon receiving resume and cover letter

    TIP: Include a cover letter that states your eligibility and interest to join CSP, your career path and English language ability

    Interested to participate?
    Email your most recent resume & cover letter to: careerstart@success.bc.ca

    December 25
    8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Calling all foodies! If you love paging through cookbooks and trying new recipes, then this is the club for you.

    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 Vegan. Choose from one of the books on our list, use one of your favourite recipes or have a look our new books in the food and drink category in BiblioCommons.

    If you choose, email us your food photo(s) and recipe(s) by Wednesday, January 18 so they are ready to share at the session. If possible, please include the cover of the cookbook in your image.

    Future dates and themes:

    • Feb 20: Cooking Oils, Dressings and Sauces
    • Mar 20: Seafood
    • Apr 24: Indian Cooking
    • May 15: Burgers
    • Jun 19: Ice Cream

    Please note: Most of these sessions require individual registration - please see our calendar for details.

    January 23
    6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Bring a copy of your resume! If there is a specific job you are interested in, bring a copy of the posting too!

    A Career Advisor from the MOSAIC - WorkBC Employment Services Centre will provide feedback on your resume, as well as offer job searching tips. Registration is required for your 15-minute appointment.

    In partnership with MOSAIC - WorkBC Employment Services Centre, Vancouver Northeast

    January 24
    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Conducted in English and Mandarin. Do you have questions about immigration? This two-hour workshop provides information on sponsoring family members to immigrate to Canada, calculating income requirements, the application process and more. Join us to get your questions answered.

    In partnership with S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

    英語及國語 內容包括怎樣申請家人移民、如何計算收入要求、境內外申請的區別、申請過程及處理時間等等。

    中僑互助會合辦

    January 24
    10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Learn about the Inspiration Lab's video (VHS), audio (cassette) and photo (slides, negatives, photos) digitization equipment. Find resources and get help with your digital project from library staff. Drop in any time during the session.

    For more information regarding digitization, please see our Help guides.

    January 24
    11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Description: PTSD is a trauma and stress disorder that a child or youth may develop after experiencing or witnessing a threatening event (called a trauma). In this Pinwheel our panel will discuss PTSD and the journey to recovery.

    About: The pinwheel series are a group of free educational events open to anyone in BC. The aim is to provide learning opportunities on key mental health and substance use topics, and host a forum where people can engage in dialogue with experts and persons with lived experience.

    Cost: Free!

    You can join us:

    • In person: Room P3-306, Mental Health Building #85, BC Children's Hospital, 4555 Heather St., Vancouver, BC
    • Telephone: Dial 1-877-291-3022 and enter the access code 4611577#
    • Telehealth: Contact your local Telehealth coordinator to book a videoconference room and get them to forward your location name, room number and the ISDN/IP Address/Alias of your site to keltycentre@cw.bc.ca.
    January 24
    12:00 p.m. - 1:00 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.

    Led by Marpole Oakridge Family Place

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    January 24
    12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Practise basic computer skills, email and internet searching, find ebooks and online newspapers with help from library staff. Drop in any time during café hours. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

    January 24
    2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Interested in recording audio in open spaces? Learn how easy it can be to record music or interviews outside of a studio. VPL staff will offer practical advice about recording audio anywhere, including how to reduce ambient noise and use apps to record on your smartphones or other portable recording devices.

    Feel free to bring your own smartphone/recording technology.

    January 24
    3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.