FEBRUARY RECOGNITION COUNTS INFORMATION SESSIONS

Register to attend the recognition Counts information session on February 15th at 2 pm and February 24th at 6 pm.

Topics:

  • Information on Recognition Count’s loans for skilled immigrants.
  • Hear about newcomers who have been successful in getting back to their careers.
  • Valuable resources on Canadian workplace culture and integration.
  • Tips to achieve financial stability as a skilled newcomer.

Webpage with registration links: https://seedwinnipeg.ca/news/entry/upcoming-recognition-counts-webinar

Warmly,

Lizeth Ardila
lizeth@seedwinnipeg.ca

(204) 927-9924

She/Her

Marketing Coordinator, RECOGNITION COUNTS

MARK YOUR CALENDER FOR NAMI’S VIRTUAL GENERAL MEETING

NAMI Inc. is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: NAMI General Meeting

Time: Mar 12, 2022 05:00 PM Winnipeg

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FEBRUARY 24 NPIM ONLINE EVENT – Volunteering as a Pathway to Career Success

We celebrate with the Nigerian Professionals in Manitoba the recent achievement of Dr. Aluko who was named as a Canada Research Chair(CRC) in Bioactive Peptides. The CRC program recognizes excellence in research and scholarship at a national level in Canada.

One of the things that may be surprising about Dr. Rotimi Aluko is he’s one of the Founders of the Nigerian Professionals in Manitoba and he has been very consistent in volunteering with NAMI.

Last year we recognized the Top 10 professionals in our community at the NPIM Awards 2021 and it’s not surprising that these creme of Nigerians Professionals in Manitoba are very active in volunteering and collaborating with NAMI & NPIM.

The question that begs for an answer is if volunteering contributes to career success in Canada.

Join us as we host 2 of the celebrated professionals as guest speakers for the February NPIM event to help us with answers on how volunteering leads to a successful career in Canada.

The NPIM is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Volunteering – Pathway to Career Success in Manitoba
Time: Feb 24, 2022 07:00 PM to 8:30 PM Winnipeg
Highlights
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• Understanding what it means to volunteer in your community
• Get to know how to harness your potential for career development
• Know where your passion lies for career fulfillment
• Know resources & opportunities to tap in volunteering in Manitoba & NPIM/NAMI to meet your set career goals.

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NAMI EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE CONTACT EMAILS

We are delighted to share with you emails recently set up  regarding specific questions or enquires from our Executive Committee Members.

President – president@nami-mb.ca

Vice President – vicepresident@nami-mb.ca

General Secretary – gensec@nmai-mb.ca

Financial Secretary – finsec@nami-mb.ca

Treasurer – treasurer@nami-mb.ca

Administration – admin@nami-mb.ca

Information/Enquires – info@nami-mb.ca

Community Organization Representative – Communityorgrep@nami-mb.ca

*For Legal Matters – legalcounsel@nami-mb.ca ; laraoluwa2000@yahoo.co.uk ; 204-960-3570.

SUPPORT NAMI SCHOLARHIP FUND

All year round, we encourage individuals in our community to visit The Winnipeg Foundation website to donate with a minimum of $10 to NAMI Scholarship Fund at the link here to support our community youth education which was inaugurated last year. “Make this donation in celebration, honour or memory of someone.” Thank you!

We sincerely thank those who have donated, and we also encourage others to do the same.

https://www.mycharitytools.com/gift/wpgfdn/donate?fund=1077

The Porter: new series starts Feb. 21

Shot last summer in Winnipeg, THE PORTER is a new CBC original series is inspired by real events and set in the early 1920s. The series follows the journeys of an ensemble of characters who hustle, dream, cross borders and pursue their ambitions in the fight for liberation – on and off the railways that crossed North America. It is a gripping story of empowerment and idealism that highlights the moment when railway workers from both Canada and the United States joined together to give birth to the world’s first Black union.

Set primarily in Montreal, Chicago and Detroit as the world rebuilds after the First World War, The Porter depicts the Black community in St. Antoine, Montreal – known, at the time, as the “Harlem of the North.” They’re young, gifted and Black, from Canada, the Caribbean, and the U.S. via the Underground Railroad and through the Great Migration, and they find themselves thrown together north and south of the colour line, in an era that boasts anything is possible – but if change isn’t coming for them, they will come for it. By any means necessary.

Watch the trailer: https://gem.cbc.ca/media/the-porter/s01b01 Credit: CBC

JOB AD: Paralegal (Real Estate) & Book Keeper For A Law Office

We are a one stop Legal Practice, primarily focused on Real Estate practice. Our office is a dynamic team environment where staff can develop and grow with the firm. Join an opportunity where you are able to work independently and still be part of a growing team.

As a real estate paralegal, you perform the following tasks:

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Meet with clients, obtain their IDs and other information
  • Great with numbers
  • Review the sales agreement/ offer and bring matters to the attention of the lawyers
  • Proficient in the use of Do Process real estate software
  • Can prepare Statements of Adjustments
  • Organizing, maintaining and following up on tasks in real estate closing
  • Communicating and following up with the bank and mortgage broker, as required
  • Communicating with the paralegal or lawyers on the other side of the transaction
  • Other tasks as required

Required experience:

  • Minimum of 1.5 years practice in a real estate firm or equivalent experience
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills for liaising with real estate agents, lawyers and paralegals in other offices
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with ability to interact with professionals at all levels;
  • Excellent organizational skills, with the ability to work well under pressure;
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities
  • Great attention to detail;
  • Excellent interpersonal and client service skills and ability to take initiative
  • Strong computer skills (including Microsoft Office);
  • Ability to work as a team player and/or independently
  • Ability to prioritize
  • High level of maturity and professionalism.

As a bookkeeper in a law firm you perform the following duties:

  • Keep financial records and establish, maintain and balance various accounts using manual and computerized (ESI Law) bookkeeping systems,
  • Financial records include receipts, client ledgers, book of original entry,
  • Reconcile accounts, prepare balance of books, maintain trust /general ledgers and prepare financial statements,
  • Calculate and prepare cheques for payrolls and for utility, tax and other bills,
  • Complete and submit tax remittance forms,
  • Prepare tax returns and perform other personal bookkeeping services,
  • Prepare other statistical, financial and accounting reports.
  • Attending to clients, both by telephone and in-person

Required experience:

  • Minimum of 1+ year of  general legal environment experience or equivalent experience;
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills for liaising with clients, lawyers and court offices;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with ability to interact with professionals at all levels;
  • Excellent organizational skills, with the ability to work well under pressure;
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities
  • Great attention to detail;
  • Strong computer skills (including Microsoft Office);
  • Ability to work as a team player and/or independently
  • Ability to prioritize
  • High level of maturity and professionalism

Job Types: Full-time

Salary is attractive: $…….year (Negotiable based on experience)

Language: English (required) French (desired)

Contact laraoluwa2000@yahoo.co.uk ; 204-960-3570

Updates: The 2021 Census data are here! Discover the latest population and dwelling counts / Les données du Recensement de 2021 sont arrivées! Venez découvrir les plus récents chiffres de population et des logements

Hello,

Thanks to the steadfast support of all Canadians, Statistics Canada is proud to reveal our many rich stories and present “Your census, your stories: Canada’s portrait.” The first release of findings from the 2021 Census is now available online at www.statcan.gc.ca/census.  The data provide overall population and dwelling counts that are vital to understanding how population growth and international and internal migration patterns have changed the fabric of Canada’s provinces and territories, as well as its cities, towns and rural areas.

Canada’s population grew at almost twice the pace of every other G7 country from 2016 to 2021, bringing our population to a total of 36,991,981 people. Approximately 1.8 million more people called Canada home in 2021 compared with five years earlier, with most of that growth attributable to new arrivals from around the world. Canada’s population growth was however slowed down with the onset of the pandemic. Canadian associations rely on community-level census data to allocate resources, improve service delivery, and obtain funding. These data also help plan for the future and position associations to serve their members and stakeholders where needed the most. Census data are relied upon by governments, businesses, communities and Canadians to make informed decisions in areas such as immigration policy, economic development, social programs, urban planning, community well-being and where to live.

The next release, on April 27, 2022, will look at the pace of population aging and showcase Canada’s oldest and youngest communities. For the first time, we will release census information about gender identity in Canada. For more information about subsequent data release topics and timelines, visit the 2021 Census dissemination planning web page: https://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/2021/ref/prodserv/index-eng.cfm

Looking for a new way to access census data? Try our newest mobile app! StatsCAN – https://www.statcan.gc.ca/en/sc/mobile-applications?utm_campaign=statcan-sma-21-22&utm_medium=eml&utm_source=census&utm_content=220131  is now available for download in the Apple and Google app stores.

Please help spread the news about the first release through your networks! Our Community Supporter Toolkit – https://www.statcan.gc.ca/en/census/census-engagement/community-supporter brings together web images, email templates, social media content, articles and newsletter content in one convenient location to help you share information about each data release.

You can also let us know how you are benefitting from census data: join the conversation by using our official #2021Census hashtag on your social media platforms.

If you have any questions, please contact Census Communications at: statcan.census-recensement.statcan@statcan.gc.ca.

Sincerely,

Anil Arora

Chief Statistician of Canada

Statistics Canada / Government of Canada

PERSONALITY OF THE WEEK

NOTE: Lara Badmus acknowledges the divine hand of God Almighty in all her accomplishments.

Meet Barrister Mrs. Omolara Badmus, who usually goes by the shortened version of her first name ‘Lara’. Mrs. Badmus is a well-respected member of our community in Winnipeg. Known for her kind and caring demeanour, in the first 6 years after becoming a lawyer in Winnipeg, Mrs. Badmus provided free Notary Public services to members of the African communities, as her way of ‘paying it forward’. Whenever called upon by NAMI, Mrs. Badmus would offer voluntary legal advice, dedicating her time and counselling in legal matters that affect our members. She is also our NAMI community Lead Counsel, volunteering and acting in this capacity for over seven years.

Furthermore, Mrs. Badmus is a notable member of the Nigerian Professionals in Manitoba (NPIM), one of our community affiliates where she acted as Secretary for 2.5 years during which she coordinated programs and presentations with various professionals – both from the mainstream first generation Canadian professionals and newcomer professionals. There have been occasions where she has offered her legal advice that have helped some of our community members in need of legal assistance.

Mrs. Badmus began her law career at the Nigeria’s premier university at the University of Ibadan (UI) where she studied law. She was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1993, and to the Canadian Bar in 2010. Both in her legal career in Nigeria and in Canada, Mrs. Badmus has held respectable positions. She rose to the role of principal crown counsel in the Lagos State Ministry of Justice, under the leadership of the then Attorney General, Professor Yemi Osinbajo (currently the Vice President of Nigeria). Mrs. Badmus has held important positions in the Canadian legal sector, including Discipline Counsel at the Law Society of Manitoba, under the leadership of the then Chief Executive Officer, Allan Fineblit – one of the notable legal luminaries in Winnipeg. Mrs. Badmus subsequently worked in the office of Manitoba Ombudsman, an office under the Manitoba Legislative Assembly, before deciding to return to Private Practice which has always been her ‘first love’.

Mrs. Badmus is indeed selfless, generous, trustworthy and honest in her dealings in all matters that relate to us as a community, and also from the feedback received from our members in the community who have tested her practice, her dedication and impact in our community. These attributes make her an epitome of brilliance and commitment to the best practice of the law. Mrs. Badmus is an author, having written a book titled “Access – accessing inheritances situate in the UK” and more recently, a retirement planning & Wills and Estates Bulletin titled “Still and Calm”. Watch out for the link to Mrs. Badmus’ s website, as well as the link to her publications in the March 2022 weekly NAMI newsletter.  For any of your personal legal matters, please do not hesitate to contact her.

*Mrs Lara Badmus is now NAMI’s Lead Legal Counsel – legalcounsel@nami-mb.ca; laraoluwa2000@yahoo.co.uk ; 204-960-3570.

FOOD FOR ALL PROGRAM

If food security is an issue, “Food for all Program” is a Food supply for all season. An initiative of C.A.C Rehoboth Christain Centre in partnership with Peace Wholeness Centre. See poster for details and more contact information or visit websites below. Thank you! www.peacewholenesscentre.com

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OLUWADARE LAW OFFICE

OLUWADARE LAW OFFICE – 625 Marion Street, Winnipeg, MB. Tel: +1-204-963-0768. Email: foluwadare@gmail.com

See poster for more details.

CAM’S LAW OFFICE

Looking for a lawyer for your real estate closing? Look no further, we are here to help you. You’d be glad you did!

You can email us: info@camslawoffice.com

Website: www.camslawoffice.com

Call: +1 (431) 588-2702.

We will be looking forward to receiving your messages. Thank you!

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Book your eye exam or visit us in store today! Send us  email: info@cresteyecare.com Call us: 204-421-8080. Visit our website: www.cresteyecare.com Our location: Unit #9 – 1500, Regent Avenue West, Winnipeg. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @cresteyecare.  Book your eye exam or visit us in store today!

 

MANITOBA MUSEUM: Join for Black History in Canada virtual programs.

Check out Manitoba Museum website for more information about the FREE Black History in Canada Virtual events. These events will be presented via Zoom, on Wednesday, February 9 and Wednesday February 23. Learn more here:

https://manitobamuseum.ca/event/community-voices-black-history-in-canada-virtual-field-trip-feb-9

Join again live on Zoom or Facebook, at 2 pm on Saturday, February 19. Register to attend this FREE program on Zoom, here.

ACOMI Newsletter – 9th Edition

Hello all,

Please find attached the latest edition of the ACOMI newsletter. For online access to the newsletter, please click here. In this edition you will find information on:

  • Black History Month
  • ACOMI in the News
  • Volunteer and job opportunities
  • Opportunities for youth and seniors
  • Upcoming events in the community

We have also attached all the relevant corresponding documents.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

If you have any content you would like to share in the newsletter, please let us know.

Acomi Secretariat
African Communities of Manitoba Inc. (ACOMI)
Acomi Resource Centre 101-421 Kennedy Street, Winnipeg, MB. R3B 2N2
Phone: 204-221-6696 Email: info@acomi.ca

MANITOBA CREATES NEW IMMIGRATION ADVISORY COUNCIL TO GUIDE IMPROVEMENTS TO PROVINCIAL POLICIES, PROGRAMS.

Review to Look at Entire Continuum of Immigration to Revitalize System, Encourage Settlement, Support Economic Recovery: Stefanson

A new advisory council on immigration is being created to serve as an expert panel to recommend improvements to current immigration policies and programs, Premier Heather Stefanson and Advanced Education, Skills and Immigration Minister Jon Reyes announced today.

“As committed to in the speech from the throne, our government has a bold plan to incent investment, foster job creation, improve education and training opportunities, all to facilitate economic growth and get our economy fully on track. We know immigration and a diverse workforce contributes to a strong economy,” said Stefanson. “This new advisory council will help us look at new and innovative ways to continue to be a welcoming new home for all newcomers, including refugees and international students, a dynamic destination for immigration and business investors, and an attractive place for people to come to build a life of opportunity and prosperity for themselves and their family.”

The Immigration Advisory Council, to be co-chaired by the minister and Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, will review the entire continuum of immigration, from promotion to retention of newcomers. It will provide clear recommendations and concrete actions to the Manitoba government including strengthening the Canada-Manitoba Immigration Agreement by looking at options to include new annexes or memoranda of understanding. Additionally, the advisory council will focus on:

building on promotion to attract and recruit more immigrants and business investors to the province;

streamlining the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program, especially with regard to setting the right balance between the province’s regional labour market, economic development and community needs; and

fostering Manitoba’s settlement and integration programs and services, as well as foreign credential recognition programs, to encourage labour market attachment, improve foreign credential recognition and bolster immigrant retention.

“Immigration is an issue of great importance to the province, and we all have a common interest in an effective and efficient system,” said Axworthy. “I’m pleased to be a part of this advisory council, and eager to get to work on behalf of all Manitobans current and future.”

The co-chairs noted the advisory council will consist of individuals with expertise related to immigration services, governance, economic development, analysis, project management and community integration. It will represent front-line immigration service providers, ethnocultural community leaders and organizations, representatives of Manitoba’s business, industry, and academic communities, and will have urban, regional and francophone representation. Work will begin immediately to finalize the council’s membership, with a final report to be provided by the end of the year, the premier said.

The minister noted today’s announcement builds on the success of Manitoba’s Provincial Nominee Program, which nominated 6,275 applications in 2021, the highest number of nominees since the program was established in 1998.

“This program brings thousands of qualified skilled workers to Manitoba each year, and more than 165,000 nominees and their families have immigrated to Manitoba from all over the world since the program began,” said Reyes. “This year’s number of nominees is the highest since the program was established, and we know these new Manitobans will use their skills and training to contribute to the long-term economic recovery and growth of our province.”

In 2021:

approximately 21 per cent of nominees chose to settle outside the Winnipeg capital region;

Manitoba’s top regional immigration destinations for nominees were Brandon, Neepawa, Steinbach, Winkler, Thompson and Portage la Prairie; and

the top occupations for nominees included transport truck drivers, food-counter attendants, food service supervisors, cooks and other customer service representatives.

Francophone immigration to Manitoba is also increasing due to strong collaboration with francophone community partners. More than 2,000 French-speaking immigrants have arrived in Manitoba since 2015, and 1,400 of these were provincial nominees.

“Manitoba was a pioneer with the provincial nominee program and has always been at the forefront of implementing innovative changes to Canada’s immigration system. While we’re very proud of these results, we know there are different areas of the labour market that need people with very specific skills to enable them to grow further,” said Stefanson. “The advisory council will be reviewing the current Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program criteria and offer suggestions to help streamline processes to get people to Manitoba and have them join the workforce and their communities as soon as possible.”

For more information on the Immigration Advisory Council mandate, visit  https://manitoba.ca/openmb/infomb/departments/index.html.

For more information on the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program, visit  https://immigratemanitoba.com/.

For more information:

Public information, contact Manitoba Government Inquiry: 1-866-626-4862 or 204-945-3744.

Media requests for general information, contact Communications and Engagement: newsroom@gov.mb.ca.

Media requests for ministerial comment, contact Communications and Stakeholder Relations: 204-451-7109.

SPECIAL INVITATION:ACOMI Annual General Meeting (AGM) February 27, 2022

ACOMI is delighted to invite us to its Annual General Meeting (AGM) which provides an opportunity to share exciting new developments at ACOMI, and for us and our members to participate in taking key decisions on how to move the organization and our community forward.

The meeting is scheduled as follows:

Date: Sunday February 27, 2022

Time: 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Venue: ZOOM (Please use the registration link below to register in advance for this meeting):

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYuceyorj4rEtd8ajbtTXIoyloeR1KWAFkE

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

In addition to you attending personally, we will appreciate it if each affiliate group or community is well represented by other executive and general members. The AGM is the most important event in ACOMI’s events calendar, and we want our partners and community members to hear directly from ACOMI regarding new programs and an upcoming funding support for ACOMI Affiliates.

Kindly register early and encourage your members to do so as well so we can prepare adequately for the event.

I look forward to personally welcoming you at the AGM.

Warm regards,

Titi Tijani

President
African Communities of Manitoba Inc. (ACOMI)

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Please follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for all events and weekly community updates. As always, thanks to everyone for continuing to help build community unity and prosperity. Have a nice weekend!

Your Team at NAMI