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“Inclusive Palliative Care for Canadian Immigrant Communities” Study


Invitation to participate in a study entitled: “Inclusive Palliative Care for Canadian Immigrant Communities.” We are doing this study to learn more about the issues and concerns that immigrant families face when seeking palliative care for their loved ones. Your experiential knowledge and understanding will help us to work towards an inclusive model of palliative care. If you agree, we will ask you about the time and the place convenient for a one-hour interview. At the beginning of the study, we will go through the ethics procedures answering questions that you might have. Your confidentially will be fully respected. If you are interested, contact Dr. Parin Dossa (Simon Fraser University) at pdossa@sfu.ca.


Mosaic Church


Are you new here and looking to make new friends and networking opportunity? Mosaic Church meets every Saturday 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Location: 2940 Clearbrook Road, Abbotsford. For more info call or email: Dave @ 604-897-4224 / mosaicabby@gmail.com


South Asian Seniors: Talk by Naturopathic Physicians


Vedic Seniors Parivar Centre of Vedic Hindu Cultural Society Surrey invites South Asian adults / senior members and non-members to attend a power presentation on Joints Pain, Arthritis and Naturopathy Treatment by Dr. Vinnie Dhillon and Dr. Rajak Randhawa, naturopathic physicians, on Sunday, July 5, 2-3:30 p.m. at Shanti Niketan Hall of Lakshmi Narayan Hindu Temple, 8321 140th Street, Surrey. Dr. Dhillon and Dr. Randhawa will answer all your questions about naturopathy treatment and will demonstrate some important exercises for joints pain and arthritis. Bring your yoga mats with you. Tea and light snacks will be served. Contact Surendra Handa at 604-507-9945 for more info.


Interfaith Symposium on Fasting


The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at British Columbia is hosting an event titled “Fasting – An Aid to World Peace” in Abbotsford to provide an understanding of why fasting is prescribed in different faiths and how fasting can become a means to world peace. Christian, Hindu and Muslim scholars will present their viewpoints, followed by a multi-media presentation that aspires to provide the tools necessary to establish and maintain peace in society. Monday, July 6, 7:30-9 p.m. at Azalea Room, Garden Park Tower – 2855 Clearbrook Road, Abbotsford. Local president of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, Gian Singh Kotli, and MLA Dr. Darryl Plecas will speak. Open to public.


Asset Protection Strategies for Business Owners


Richmond Public Library will be hosting a free program for business owners on Wednesday, July 8 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the Brighouse (Main) Branch in the 2nd floor Community Place, 7700 Minoru Gate. To register, visit any branch of Richmond Public Library, call 604-231-6413 or register online at www.yourlibrary.ca/events. This program is free and offered in English. Could your business survive in the event of your (or your partners’) death, disability, or illness? This program, presented by Candice Hui, Investment Advisor and Insurance Representative from RBC Dominion Securities Inc., will explore types of insurance to help you to deal with the unexpected.


Richmond Police and Fire Team: “Camp Courage” for Youth


The Richmond RCMP, Richmond Fire-Rescue, and the City of Richmond are teaming up to deliver three one-day camps this summer that will afford children the opportunity to find out what it’s like to be a police officer and firefighter. Children will learn about the training, responsibilities, skills, and equipment involved in policing and firefighting through demonstrations and hands on activities. Camp Courage is a great opportunity for police and fire personnel to communicate with youth and their parents, acting as positive role models, and mentoring youth towards goals of social responsibility and civic mindedness. The camps take place from: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the following dates and locations: * July 8 at Thompson Community Centre * August 19 at South Arm Community Centre * August 26 at Cambie Community Centre. The camps are open to children aged 9 to 12. A small fee of $10 per child covers a T-shirt, supplies, and pizza lunch. Space is limited. Register your child through: * Online anytime at http://www.richmond.ca/parksrec/about/registration.htm * Call the Richmond Community Services Registration Call Centre at 604-276-4300, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. * In-person at Richmond’s recreation and cultural facilities




* Canadian Citizenship Preparation: July 9 & 10, 1–4 p.m. At MOSAIC Vancouver, 2nd floor, 1720 Grant Street. Call Paeony at 604-254-9626, ext. 288 * Becoming a Permanent Resident: Admissibility for Permanent Residency, eligibility and application process of Express Entry, categories of PR (Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Workers, Provincial Nominee Class), application process, processing fees and more. July 9, 6–8 p.m. at Brentwood Community Resource Centre, 2055 Rosser Avenue, Burnaby. Call Yumi at 604-292-3907 * Basic Job Search Skills for Newcomers: July 9, 1:30–3:30 p.m.: Writing Résumés and Cover Letters / July 23, 1:30–3:30 p.m.: Interview Skills / August 6, 1:30–3:30 p.m.: Networking Skills at Bob Prittie Metrotown Burnaby Public Library, 6100 Willingdon Avenue. Call Fasustin at 604-438-8214, ext. 112.


PCA: Ramadan Spirit Food Drive in Vancouver


Pakistan Canada Association, host organization of Al Jamia Masjid Vancouver, will be holding its 9th Ramadan Spirit 2015 Annual Food Drive for Homeless and Hungry in Vancouver on Friday, July 10, 7-8:30 p.m. at 401 Main Street (Carnegie Centre Library Community Centre at Main and Hastings streets). They are also holding an open Iftar (traditional opening of Ramadan fasting meal) at the Al Jamia Masjid, 655 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver,  at 9 p.m. They are requesting individuals and organizations to bring canned or packaged non-perishable food items for donation to the Vancouver Food Bank and the Muslim Food Bank. For further information, contact: Haroon Khan at  (604) 720-8054 / haroonkhan@pakcan.com, Imran Gehlan at (604) 710-5507, Ihsan Malik at (604) 307-3500, Malik Arfan at (604) 543-2680 or Liaqat Ali Khan at (604) 618-5560.


Sai Japa


All devotees are invited to Hindu Cultural Society and Community Center  of B.C., 3885 Albert Street, Burnaby, to participate in Sai Japa / Bhajans on Saturday, July 11 at 5 p.m. Bhajans / Kirtan: 5:15-6:15 p.m.; Sai Japa: 6:30-7:15 p.m.; Bhojan: 7:30 p.m. Contact: Rajubhai Parekh at 604-327-8259; Vijaybhai Dayal at 604-986-5958; Kantibhai Patel at 604-522-7989; Temple at 604-299-5922.


PCCA-BC: Grand Chand Raat & Eid Mela 2015


Pakistani Canadian Cultural Association of B.C. has again organized a Grand Chand Raat and Eid Mela (Festival) on Friday, July 17, starting from 5 p.m., at Taj Convention Center, 8580-132 Street, Surrey. There will be the best of Hina (Mehndi) designers, jewelry, clothing and Pakistani and other South Asian food. There will also be indoor and outdoor games, rides and gifts for kids. For more info, call Bilal Tarar: 778-863-6449 (try to text). Toll free: 1-877-401-7222 (PCCA).


Fiji Festival


Saturday, July 18, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Swangard Stadium, corner of Kingsway and Boundary, Burnaby, with soccer tournament, food, kids rides, fashion show, raffle ticket draw and other entertainment. Free admission. Presented by Jai Fiji Television and Bula! Fiji Association of B.C. For more information, contact Vincent Puran Prakash at 604-434-3920 or email at jaifiji@yahoo.com.


Surrey: 2015 Fusion Festival


July 18-19 at Holland Park. Line-up includes internationally renowned Punjabi singer-songwriter, Jazzy B, known as the “Crowned Prince of Bhangra” and will feature fellow-Punjabi singing sensation, Kaur B, who is best known for her song “Classmate.” Also appearing is Latin performing-artist, Jose Feliciano, deemed by music critics as “the world’s greatest living guitarist.” Feliciano has earned 45 gold and platinum records and nine Latin Grammy Awards. Additional performances include: The Tourist Company, Chin Injeti, En Karma, Matt Hoyles and Haya.


Sikh Motorcycle Club


Dastaar and Dumaala Competition on Sunday, July 19, 12-5 p.m., at Bombay Banquet Hall, 7475 135th Street, Surrey. For registration, call 604-825-2659 or 604-727-4697. Registration deadline: July 12. All ages welcome.


Walk with the Dragon to Celebrate Multiculturalism


S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation’s annual hallmark event, Walk with the Dragon, returns to the picturesque Lumbermen’s Arch, Stanley Park, on Sunday, July 19. This year, the foundation hopes to raise $400,000 from the Walk earmarked to maintain and enhance important S.U.C.C.E.S.S. services and programs for those in needs in the Metro Vancouver communities, particularly seniors and youth. More than 13,000 people are expected to join this year’s Walk which consists of a 7-km trek along the Stanley Park seawall, carnival style game and food booths and colourful stage performances at Lumbermen’s Arch. To coincide with this year’s theme of “Multiculturalism”, stage performances will be represented by different cultures, including Japanese, Philippine, Chinese, Slovak and Mexican.


Richmond Rocks!


Grab your runners and yoga mat and join hundreds of people as they get ready to work out at Richmond Rocks!, an outdoor workout at Minoru Park on Sunday, July 19, 12-4 p.m. Benefiting Touchstone Family Association and KidSport Richmond, Richmond Rocks! will feature an inclusive 108-minute bodyweight bootcamp and yoga class in the park to raise support and awareness for children’s overall well-being. Tickets are $20 and are available online through richmondrocks.ca. Each registrant will receive a $30 gift card to Vida Spas, a class pass from YYoga and more, in appreciation of their support of this event. For more information, visit richmondrocks.ca.


Miss Fiji Canada Pageant


August 7: A red carpet gala with special guest, Prime Minister of Fiji Frank Bainimarama and the First Lady crowning the winner. This is the first time the prime minister of Fiji will be coming to Canada. Tickets: $50; $25 for children ages 7 to 15. All the proceeds will go to the orphanage in Fiji. For tickets and more info, call 778-918-1496.


Surrey Libraries: Summer Reading Club


This year’s theme is Build it! Kids of all ages can build an amazing summer with great books, special programs, contests, and more free family fun. Sign up at any of Surrey Libraries’ 9 branches and get a reading record to keep track of summer reading, collect stickers, participate in games and contests, and earn a reading medal. Free. http://www.surreylibraries.ca/5370.aspx


Metropolis at Metrotown: Interactive “Lightroom”


Fron now until-September 7: 12-7 p.m. at Metropolis at Metrotown – Grand Court, Lower Level. Cost: Free. Celebrating the International Year of Light with an exciting digital and visual experiential event. Inspired by artist Yayoi Kusama’s mirrored infinity room and the Social Soul experience at the 2014 TED Conference, the “Lightroom” is a unique and artistic installation comprised of a 60-second walk-through experience tied to social media.  The Lightroom measures 20 feet by 35 feet and will immerse the customer in an illusion of thousands of twinkling lights. Customers who upload a photo of their #METlightroom experience to Twitter or Instagram will be entered for a chance to win weekly gift card prizes, VIP tickets to the Celebration of Light fireworks show, and a $1,000 grand prize shopping spree. A stunning 70-foot interactive light curtain will also be on display over the Grand Court elevator. Website: