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DIVERSITY FALL EVENT: Diversity During Economic Downturns

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Date: Thursday, October 8, 2015

Time: 9:00am-12:30pm

Location: The Lantern (Cafeteria) 35 Barnes Rd., St. John’s

$10 donation at the door appreciated;
healthy snacks/beverages provided.

LIMITED SEATING

Register at: Online Form

 

The Coalition on Richer Diversity (CORD) is formally inviting members of the community to attend our Fall 2015 Diversity Event on the topic of Diversity During Economic Downturns. The event will take place on October 8th at The Lantern. Also invited are newcomers to NL and any members of the public who are passionate about diversity issues.

As a stakeholder in this issue, you are invited to share your knowledge and engage in conversation as we explore how newcomers are affected by economic downturns. It will also be an opportunity to network with others – both those in refugee and immigrant services and give employers an opportunity to discuss diversity within the workplace.

 This event will take the shape of group discussions on two main topics:

1)    How do newcomers experience economic downturns differently than Canadian-born individuals?

2) How do individuals from diverse backgrounds experience economic downturns differently from the general public?

CORD will write up a detailed report on the overall findings of this event. The report will be a public record of issues raised and proposed solutions. However, we encourage you to be the facilitators of this discussion.

Please pre-register by TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6TH using this online form.

If you or your organization is interested in becoming a sponsor of this event, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Walter @ 709-754-4122.

This session is part of the on-going Coalition on Richer Diversity work  supported by the Refugee and Immigrant Advisory Council.

Diversity Summer Event 2015

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Focus Group on Diversity Promotion

As a CORD's participant in our Diversity Fall Event 2014, you are cordially invited to attend a follow-up event to discuss diversity promotion strategies,based on the issues raised at last year's event. We will discuss the report and findings in the previous event.

The event takes place on:
Thursday, August 27th, 9am-1pm 
and the venue is: 

Refugee & Immigrant Advisory Council,
Suite 3000, 204 Water Street,
St John's A1C 1A9

Tea, coffee & snacks provided

Please register by August 20th 2015 via our registration form

If you have any further questions regarding this event, you can email us: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 709-754-4122. Please feel free to bring along a few business cards for networking purposes. 

Parking options: Simco Parking Building on Clift's - Baird's Cove between Water Street and Harbour Drive. across from the Court House Building

                       New parking building on Duckworth Street West of the Court House Building and by McBrides Hill

CORD'S Diversity Winter Event on Mental Health

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DIVERSITY WINTER EVENT:

Refugee & Immigrant Mental Health

What Are the Specific Mental Health Needs of Refugees & Immigrants?

How Can We Effectively Address These Needs?

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

9:00 am – 1:00 pm

St Teresa's Parish Hall, Mundy Pond Road. St John's A1E 1V1

$10 donation at the door appreciated;

healthy snacks/beverages provided.

LIMITED SEATING

Please register with this  Online registration form

The Coalition on Richer Diversity (CORD) formally invites members of the community who are mental health professionals and those who work in services providing support to refugees and immigrants to attend our Winter Diversity Event on the topic of Refugee and Immigrant Mental Health. The event will take place on April 23rd 2015, at a St John's venue that will be confirmed closer to the event date. Also invited are newcomers to NL and any members of the public who are passionate about mental health.

As a stakeholder in this issue, you are invited to share your knowledge and engage in conversation as we explore refugee and immigrant mental health from a local perspective. It will also be an opportunity to network with others – both those in mental health services and those in refugee and immigrant services.

This event will take the shape of group discussions on two main topics:

1) What are the Specific Mental Health Needs of Refugees and Immigrants?

2) How Can We Effectively Address These Needs? 

CORD, in its position as an umbrella group concerned mainly with improving the participation of refugees and immigrants in the St. John’s community, will write up a detailed report on the overall findings of this event. The report will be a public record of issues raised and proposed solutions.

Please pre-register by MONDAY, APRIL 20th using this  Online registration form.

If you or your organization is interested in becoming a sponsor of this event, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Ellie @ 709-754-4122.

This session is part of the ongoing Coalition on Richer Diversity work supported by the Refugee and Immigrant Advisory Council.

DIVERSITY: CONVERSATION & NETWORKING

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What Does Diversity Mean?

How Can We Promote Diversity in NL?

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Pippy Park’s North Bank Lodge - Nagles Place, before the Fluviarium,  off Allandale Road 
Bus Routes 1, 16, 17 Wheelchair Accessible

$10 donation at the door appreciated; healthy snacks/beverages provided.

LIMITED SEATING

The Coalition on Richer Diversity, CORD, invites members of the community who are linked to various types of diversity promotion, education and administration, work in cultural sensitivity, diversity officers, offer diversity training or promote cultural awareness and those that are Human Resources’ personnel. Also invited are newcomers to NL, anyone who provides services to newcomers and anyone in the general public who is passionate about diversity.

The purpose of this event is to encourage conversation and networking around diversity and to explore what diversity means in Newfoundland and Labrador. We will hear from one another about our particular experiences and brainstorm what can be done to raise awareness of and collect issues surrounding diversity for further Solutions Groups conversations.

CORD’s Solutions Group on Diversity:

As a stakeholder in the diversity issue, you are invited to a session of brainstorming and conversation as we explore diversity from a local perspective. As a participant, you will meet others and learn about their work in the diversity field.  This session will focus on:

1. sharing the most common understanding of defining diversity
2. sharing experiences in promoting diversity in Newfoundland & Labrador 
3. brainstorming opportunities to promote diversity engagement

CORD, in its position as an umbrella group concerned mainly with improving the participation of refugees and immigrants in the St. John’s and NL life, will write up a detailed report on the overall findings of this event. This report will be a public record of raised issues and proposed solutions.

Please pre-register with: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Susan @ 709-754-4122 by TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21st and provide:   
Name(s) of Attendee(s)
Organization/Company/Individual 
Any Dietary considerations 
Return Contact Information.

This session is part of the ongoing Coalition on Richer Diversity work supported by the Refugee and Immigrant Advisory Council.

Diversity Winter Event on Employment - Report 2014

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On March 13th, 2014 the Coalition on Richer Diversity hosted a Diversity Winter Event on Employment at St. Teresa’s Parish Hall. Participants were invited to join us for a day of presentations and small group discussions about issues facing both employees and employers in the province. The purpose of the event was to form productive, positive solutions to address the Disconnect in the Newfoundland Labour Market between employers and job seekers.

CORD’s work in the community has revealed that there are many job seekers, with myriad skill levels, who are having considerable difficulty finding suitable employment. Similarly, employers in the metro area have expressed frustration while trying to find suitable employees for their businesses. CORD’s intention was to bring various stakeholders in employment together to discuss some of the barriers causing this Disconnect and to hypothesize potential solutions to them.

Here is the final report of the discussions. Please feel free to download it. Any comments please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. e-mail us.

CORD's Report for the Winter Event on Employment 2014, pdf doc. Please right click and "save link as" to your system