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Immigrant peer educator program seeks participants



The Whistler Multicultural Network (WMN) is hoping to get the word out about its Immigrant Peer Educator Program.

Now in its third year, the program aims to give immigrants the skills and knowledge they need to survive and thrive in Whistler.

"We cover topics such as health and wellness, we'll do peer mentoring skills — so teamwork, listening, questioning, facilitating meetings, education, self advocacy, legal and workshop rights and responsibilities," said Karoline Madsen, settlement worker with WMN.

"(And) those are just a few things that we cover in the program."

Expert guest speakers will be brought in to speak about the various topics.

This is Madsen's first year running the program, but she said feedback has been positive in previous years.

"I think they feel that they're getting real, usable knowledge that they themselves can use, and hopefully can pass on to other people," she said.

"Or they make connections as well within the community, so if they feel that they don't have the knowledge they can refer their friend to someone else."

The program consists of a weekly, two-hour session for eight weeks, held Tuesdays at the Whistler Public Library from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

It also includes four monthly meetings after the initial eight-week offering.

The program is completely free and open to anyone, but the WMN asks that participants commit to the eight sessions and four follow-ups.

The WMN is hoping for 10 to 15 participants for this year's program.

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