Latincouver is truly a Latin square in Vancouver, a gathering place for business and culture. Latincouver has made a great job in featuring the Latin community in BC. Keep it up!!!Marlon FigueroaParranda Latina - LCPN Member
I served on the board from Latincouver's inception in 2009 until 2013. On a personal level, Latincouver became a connection for my daughter to experience her latin heritage and learn about her cultural roots by learning alongside other volunteers. As an organization, I believe that Latincouver supports newcomers by offering a platform for people to build social capital through the contribution and recognition of their strengths and talents. Latincouver's events attract both established and New Canadians, building reciprocal relationships that help strengthen the equality and diversity of our communities.Sherese JohnsonPast Board Member
As I expressed my gratitude in the meeting, I want to reiterate my thanks to you guys and Latincouver for giving me a chance of a lifetime to do anything this big and this awesome. I have met some incredible people and learned alot along the way. I learned about my strengths and my weaknesses, all thanks to Latincouver!
this was by far the biggest event I have been apart of in helping organized capacity. The last event I organized was for 64 seniors in a senior house. So Carnaval Del Sol is definitely bigger. I hope I can be apart of this team again next year, I enjoy so much every moment of it and I will forever treasure the experiences and friendships created. With or without me as a coordinator next year, I would like to see the soccer event next year to be even better.
Thanks again for the opportunity, experiences and friendships. I will always support Carnaval Del Sol and Latincouver.
What brought you to Canada? I came from Bogota, Colombia in 2009 to further pursue my passion for design.
How did you know about Latincouver? I discovered Latincouver through one of their Business Breakfasts. I was looking for a job and Paola, always lovely and engaging as she is, offered me to intern at Latincouver helping with their events. It all started with Expoplaza, but soon I was the Event Assistant director for Carnaval del Sol. Working alongside Paola and Pilar Hansen, and everyone on the team was extremely fulfilling. I started friendships with very special people who are so close to my heart. I was able to learn about what happens behind the scenes in planning an event. That experience is invaluable and so is my relationship to Paola and Latincouver.
What was the most interesting part of working with Latincouver? Everyone is welcome!
What challenges you faced, and how did you solve them? Planning Carnaval isn't an easy task, you encounter challenges every day ( sponsors, planning, marketing..etc). One thing I learned from all the amazing volunteers who worked with me is; if you fall, you always get back up. No need for crying over spilled milk, we were always keen and positive in finding alternatives and solutions to any challenge.
Does the experience gained in Latincouver helps your in current job or life? ABSOLUTELY! I will be forever grateful for my experience in Latincouver. I am grad that if you add more information of you!
I am currently opening my own business in graphic design and event decor. My passion for design, illustration and calligraphy have finally convinced me to become my own boss. Currently I am working on my website and products, hoping they will be available soon for you to see!
Latincouver is a well recognized professionally organization in Vancouver. When I immigrated lot of Latino and non Latino people referred me to Latincouver; I went there and received a warm welcoming to Canada and to the organization. People are friendly and willing to give a hand when you might need it. I felt I was part of a family and now after 5 years I still can count on. I really enjoy of social and cultural events Latincouver promote. Volunteering in a Carnaval del sol I met my soul mate who I have a growing family with today. Professionally I found lot of opportunities to explore, network and develop my dreams and goals; today I own successful business. This association provides me with a lot of support during the daily activities and business engagements. We referred each other and participate in various community opportunities to expose and grow our businesses. As an individual and as a business Latincouver addressed me through various resources of all kind that helped me to settled in Canada as my new country and consolidate my skills offering my services to the community not only through my business but volunteering. Thanks to Latincouver to all your passion and hard work to create la Plaza Latina for us.Diana Marcela BaqueroCEO SmartBooks Consulting
We are a couple from Colombia that arrived to Vancouver from Calgary one year ago. Latincouver gave us the opportunity to be volunteers at Latincouver. Our first task was to help them with the 2015 Carnaval del Sol organization. The experience has been amazing and valuable. We could not believe that hundreds of people from different ages, cultures, nationalities and background, acting also as volunteers, work together with a lot of passion and enthusiasm, putting their skills, ideas, knowledge, and efforts to the same cause while promoting tolerance and diversity. In addition, the experience of analyzing the lessons learning after the event and collecting the group opinions and critics in order to improve the Carnaval has been an incredible sample of recognition and acceptance of what has been done through a great exercise designed also by a volunteer. We have also participated in the activities that Latincouver has made during the year to recognize the volunteer’s work. There, we met with all friends and made new ones, received information about Latincouver new events and plans, and had a lot of fun. It is like to have a family and be part of a great community. Volunteering at Latincouver has allowed us to make a lot of friends, expand our network, improve our social skills, renew our creativity, motivation and vision, and continue with our professional life while having referrals.Zoraida and GustavoVolunteers 2015
Latincouver is a dynamic organization that makes important contributions in the cultural and business sectors, to Vancouver and to Canada. My work with Latincouver has led to expanded work opportunities for me. The Carnaval del Sol event is one that I love and try not to miss, the multi-spectrum cultural fiesta is just fun, fun, fun. This 50,000-people-per-day event draws Lower Mainlanders to a massive celebration of Latin American art, music, dance performances, street dancing, sport, food and fashion. Carnaval del Sol can also be proud of being a green event, and a strong supporter of the city’s effort toward becoming the world’s greenest city by 2020.Lisa MightonLatitudemedia.ca
A big thank you for being my reference, I had heard back from the company and they decided to offer me a job. Although I had gotten the job offer and couldn't come to Latincouver on Friday anymore, but it doesn't mean that it's the completion of my volunteering with Latincouver. I'll still be honoured and delighted to work and volunteer for Latincouver in the future! Please don't hesitate to contact me , Thank you for the past four months, it is a very valuable experience for me, and id love to keep volunteering in Latincouver and keep in touch with this great and warm organization. Thank you for the opportunityIvan HoVolunteer - 2016
Thanks so much for the complimentary invitation to your Inspirational Latino Awards Gala on June 28th. What a wonderful event! It was inspiring to learn about the Hispanic community in Vancouver and the amazing people who make contributions personally, artistically and professionally. My son and I had a marvelous time. In spite of the rain we did well on the weekend! Congratulations on all of your hard work and cultural presence in Vancouver. Again my warmest thanks and best wishes to all of you!!Bonnie QuamMarketing - Costco