With the collaboration of many community members, we were able to help residents connect with the community and build resilience online. We also started a new project to keep the public informed about the government’s measures related to COVID-19, and released new career training workshops.
Location: Pacific Coliseum
Held in Vancouver, the tournament featured Canada, Cuba, Mexico and Puerto Rico, with the winner securing a spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Latincouver was a social partner of these events featuring Latin American and the national teams.
Location: Vancouver Playhouse
Partner: Electric Company Theatre
We were thrilled to be a social partner of Electric Company Theatre in a meaningful play to support Latin American artists in Canada.
It is 2020 at the US/Mexico border in Trump’s America. In 1979, a family drove back towards Chile from Canada. With past, present, and future encircling their journey, this profoundly poetic story is about the universal quest for a home – in whatever form that takes.
A spellbinding blend of dark comedy and magical realism, Anywhere But Here is a vibrant celebration of Latinx theatre that chronicles the many paths, real and imagined, we take to discover the truth — the truth about who we are, and where we may be headed. Music and raps were performed by Shad.
In March 2020, Latincouver started working with the Greater Vancouver Food Bank (GVFB) in a donation campaign to support those in need. For every $1 donated, GVFB can purchase and distribute $3 worth of nutritious food. Find out more at vfd.foodbank.bc.ca/fundraiser/latincouver/.
Another initiative was a fundraising campaign to support Red de Empresarias Indígenas and Fundación Chipiri during July 2020. Many thanks to those who collaborated to these initiatives.
Latincouver hosted webinars in Spanish and Portuguese to help the community to adapt and be informed.
Comunicação em momentos de crise (in Portuguese)
In this webinar with Bruna Carvalho, we learned how communication and information are crucial for keeping us safe in times of fake news and COVID-19.
The Government of Canada offers support to help residents in the current crisis. Rosa Delgado guided us to learn more about CERB and CEWS programs, their requirements, and steps for applying.
Latincouver presented a webinar with the Consul General of Brazil Silvio Albuquerque and First Secretary Rafaela Ventura to talk about general information about the pandemic, consulate assistance, and recommendations to Brazilians residing or travelling in Canada.
In this workshop, Fernanda Reis gave us tips on how to maintain an active network of contacts and how to expand it no matter the channel used. In a context of uncertainty when life gives you lemons, we learn to make lemonade in strategic, authentic and creative ways for lasting relationships.
In September, we received PPE kits (masks and gloves) and training sessions about preventing COVID-19 transmission provided by the Canadian Red Cross. Volunteers in general enjoyed the group sessions and felt supported with these kits. Thank you, Canadian Red Cross!
Venue: Online via Zoom
Speakers: Carolina Morley, Milena Godoy-Sliz, Gabriel Borges, Paola Levy, Patricia Pedraza, and Vicky Kenny
Supporters: Vancity and Canadian Red Cross
Many young immigrants experience stress for many different reasons in their job searches. They deal with multiple challenges and have questions such as “Is my English good enough for employment in Canada?” and “Will employers recognize my education and the work experience I received outside of Canada?”. These mentees are very talented and skilled, but need mentoring to adjust to a new country with a different culture and different expectations. Four internal workshops were open to the public so that job seekers could have access to support on how to use their strengths and expertise in Canada during the challenging COVID-19 times.
Venue: Online through our website, social media, and Latinos in Canada and Brasileiros in Vancouver podcasts across several platforms
Hosts (2020): Daniela Carmona and Jessica Bruno
Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/latinosunidosvancouver/
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many health risks were associated with disinformation and misinformation. A responsible coverage with clear and accurate information about COVID-19 can help to save lives and contain the transmission of the disease.
For this project, we created animations, articles, informative videos and podcasts in various languages to contribute to reducing uncertainty and preventing health risks among immigrants living in Canada. This project reached 30,000+ people online.