Welcome to the Immigrant Women’s Networking Table (IWNT) Blog!

Launch of the IWNT on November 6, 2013

Launch of the IWNT on November 6, 2013

Welcome to the blog for the IWNT! It is a great pleasure to have you stop by.

The IWNT is an initiative that was developed by a group of core volunteers and Pacific Immigrant Resources Society (PIRS) staff. The goal of the Table is to help women engage with each other and with the greater community. We would love to help you foster some social connections, develop your confidence and employable skills, and inspire you to immerse yourself in Canadian society to reap the benefits of our wonderful community.

We welcome you to post comments, share your own stories or work (please don’t be shy!), and use this blog as a platform to connect with each other and with us. We plan to update this blog on a bi-weekly basis with some great resources, articles, and information relevant to you and the IWNT. This blog is also a great place to catch up on previous sessions and information on the next! We encourage feedback on what you would like to see on the blog so please get in touch with us through the comments section in each blog post.

Successful Launch of the IWNT
Wednesday November 6, 2013, was a great day for the IWNT and our participants. We had a successful launch and we are so very grateful to the participants who were able to join and engage with us through meaningful conversation and some fun and games!

The delightful Gyda Chud, Chair of the PIRS Board of Directors and an integral part of the IWNT Planning Committee, was our keynote speaker. Gyda inspired us to learn how we all feel strongly about our common humanity – this love, compassion, and yearning we have to help people. With this knowledge it is our hope that women can continually come together and empower each other. We also had the pleasure of listening to the lovely and inspirational Rosa Tatiana Celis and her moving speech about her childhood and her experiences as an immigrant woman in Canada; she spoke on exploring and transforming fear and turning that into self-empowerment. She pointed out that we are all capable of something, and we must overcome our fears of being told we are not good enough! Rosa made it a priority to take advantage of new opportunities; she knows that volunteering can work wonders not only for your self-confidence, but your networking and employability skills. The women at the IWNT gave us something to think about: what can we do to foster our own personal development, and what can we do to help our fellow women with their individual development?

We ended the night with a discussion on goals, priorities and future themes for the Table. Please add more to this post via comments! The Planning Committee is looking forward to reviewing your suggestions and making this initiative as meaningful and successful as possible for our participants.

Thank you for making it this far into the post; it sure was a long one!  But there is just so much to say about the IWNT and not enough time to say it.  It truly is something that you have to experience for yourself. The excitement and determination of the women present will surely change your perspective on your community and inspire you to do more.

When: Wednesday, January 15th, 2014 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Where: Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood House, 800 E. Broadway – Vancouver.

RSVP to info@pirs.bc.ca; Volunteer Information: lwajong@pirs.bc.ca

Resources :
What: Canadian Immigrant Magazine is hosting a Career, Education, and Settlement Fair!When: Monday, December 16th, 2013 @ 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Where: Vancouver Public Library (350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC)

This would be a great opportunity for women to get out and meet some new contacts and potential employers. The fair runs from 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM and is FREE! Employability is a main focus of the Table, and this fair would be a nice way to keep you all informed about the labour market in our community. For more information please visit the Tourism Vancouver website.

2 thoughts on “Welcome to the Immigrant Women’s Networking Table (IWNT) Blog!

  1. Congratulations on launching this wonderful initiative!

    It was quite an uplifting event.
    I have two questions.
    If I’d like to add a resource ( a video or link), can I do that?
    Do you know what the topic of the next meeting will be?

    Thank you,

  2. In your post, you really captured the atmosphere of the launch meeting.

    The event organized by the Canadian Immigrant Magazine seems to be a great event. Thank you for posting this information.


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