ABOUT THE PARNTERSHIP
The Bow Valley Immigration Partnership (BVIP) is a collaborative community project that brings together stakeholders from Lake Louise, Banff, Canmore, western M.D. of Bighorn, and Kananaskis to build a welcoming community and improve immigrant integration.
Funded by Immigration, Refugees, and Cizitizenship Canada, our partners include Town of Banff, Town of Canmore, Canadian Rockies Public Schools, Bow Valley College, Banff Lake Louise Hospitality Association, Settlement Services in the Bow Valley, The Job Resource Centre, Banff Ministerial Association, Bow Valley Primary Care Network, Canmore Hotel & Lodging Association, Alberta Parks, Parks Canada, and more.
WHY IT MATTERS
Integration is important for newcomers and the whole community.
The more than 1 in 5 permanent Bow Valley residents who were born outside of Canada contribute much to the social, economic, and civic health of our area. However, newcomers also face barriers that make it challenging to stay, feel a sense of belonging, and participate in community life.
People from all walks of life, all sectors, and all backgrounds have a role to play in addressing these barriers, and we all stand to benefit. As the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration at the University of Southern California found, “in regions where immigrant integration is fostered, immigrants perform better and the entire region also thrives.”
2017-2018 WORKING GROUPS
BVIP working groups helped develop the 2015-2018 Integration Strategy and currently oversee its implementation. Learn more about the Integration Strategy here.
Planning and implementing actions to foster welcoming attitudes (addressing discrimination and misconceptions about immigrants and newcomers, as well celebrating diversity and promoting inclusion and respect) and strategies to build social connections between immigrants and non-immigrants. This working group works on things like public education campaigns, multicultural celebrations, and more.
Developing strategies related to employment challenges such as workplace discrimination, employment standards, workplace training, and recognition of foreign credentials and experience. For the past year, this group has focused on planning our Workplace Inclusion Charter.
CIVIC & POLITICAL PARTICIPATION
This working group helps acknowledge and celebrate newcomer volunteerism, develop intercultural competency in civic organizations, support newcomer leadership development, connect organizations with foreign-born leaders, and empower new locals to participate in the civic and political life of the community.
EDUCATION & LANGUAGE LEARNING
Developing strategies related to adult and children's education & language learning needs. This group works on everything from support for language learners to professional development, post-secondary, and lifelong learning opportunities.
Since completing the 2015-2018 strategy, we have become aware of health needs affecting Bow Valley newcomers. The health working group works to respond to current needs and will lead the planning of 2018-2020 integration strategies related to health.
As a Community Member-at-Large on one of the working groups, you will play an important advisory role in the implementation of the Bow Valley integration strategy. Your role will be to bring the perspective of the wider Bow Valley community into BVIP processes. From time to time, you may also be asked to share BVIP news and insights with the community through your personal networks.
If you believe your organization has a role to play in one or more of our priority areas, we'd love to have your involvement. As an organizational representative, your role will be to bring the perspective of your organization into the BVIP process and to share BVIP news and insights with your organization. If you and your organization are interested in learning more about best practices in inclusion or would like to become involved in BVIP but are not sure where you fit, please contact Meagan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 403-431-0705.
- Experience -- Demonstrate your communication, teamwork, and leadership skills while building community.
- Professional development -- Play an important role in the creation of the next Bow Valley integration strategy; develop professional skills including: group decision making, policy making, diplomacy, leadership, strategy, and communication skills. Some training opportunities may be provided.
- Knowledge -- Learn about the challenges newcomers and what communities can do to help them succeed. Learn more about your community, including programs and resources that are available locally.
- Connections -- Make new friends and network with people from across the Bow Valley, including representatives of a variety of agencies, employers, and governments.
- Giving Back -- Make a real difference; BVIP is an action-focused group.
- Recognition -- Be a part of a reputable and dynamic partnership that is works together to build a stronger and more welcoming community.
DUTIES & TIME COMMITMENT
- Identify actions to address 2015-2018 Integration Strategy priorities and goals
- Implement 2015-2018 Integration Strategy actions
- Report to the BVIP Partnership Council on strategy implementation progress
- Advise the Partnership Council on emerging needs, trends, and opportunities
- Share information between BVIP and community groups and organizations
- Assist in recruitment of new Working Group members
- Promote the work and values of BVIP through community channels and networks
- Champion welcoming and inclusive communities
Working group members are expected to:
- Attend meetings in Banff and Canmore about 3-5 times a year, or as needed
- Review & participate in periodic correspondence between meetings
- Help to implement action items as required
- (Organizational representatives only) share information between BVIP and the organization you represent
- Commit to participate until May 31, 2018
Total time commitment: approximately 3-8 hours/month,
This is not a paid opportunity, but please contact us if you would like to participate but are concerned about the costs of transportation or child care during meeting times.
BVIP Working Group members should:
- Understand the BVIP mandate
- Understand working group roles & responsibilities
- Have read and understand the 2015-2018 Integration Strategy
- Have knowledge, expertise and/or commitment to serving and integrating immigrants
- Work well with others. Experience with consensus decision making is an asset.
- Live in Lake Louise, Banff, Canmore, Exshaw, Harvie Heights, Lac Des Arcs, Dead Man's Flats, or Kananaskis
- Feel comfortable communicating in English in a supportive and friendly environment
- (Organization Representatives only) Have authorization or authority to represent your organization at the BVIP table
- Be willing to attend 4 meetings per year and commit until at least May 31, 2018
Expression of Interest
Thank you for your interest in joining the Bow Valley Immigration Partnership! Expressions of Interest will be reviewed by a sub-committee of the BVIP Partnership Council and all applicants will be contacted within 10 days of submitting the form.