REP Here Works

An annual employment event connecting newcomer job-seekers and local employers since 2018. Formerly the Employment Opportunity Exchange (EOE)

A reimagined career fair, REP Here Works is Victoria BC’s only newcomer-led employment connection event. A full day of dialogue, one-on-one information sessions, cultural intelligence workshops, and panel discussions bring local employers and newcomer job-seekers together in a guided setting. REP Here Works aims to address labour market and workplace challenges by building relationships and breaking down barriers. 

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Better Together Gala & REP Youth Award

An annual performing and visual arts celebration by and for the community. 

The Better Together Gala is a roving feast of art and performance showcasing Indigenous, newcomer, and immigrant literary, performing, and visual artists. A rare opportunity for newcomer community members from all backgrounds, community leaders, and newcomer-serving groups to come together to celebrate one another and to connect socially over food, art, and performance at the beautiful Belfry Theatre!

The Gala is also a time to recognize a youth who exemplifies Representation, Engagement, and Participation in their community work with the REP Youth Award. The REP Youth Award highlights the community achievements of newcomer, immigrant, Indigenous, and Canadian-born youth with historical and/or current barriers to equity who are building bridges across diverse communities.  

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Co-hosted Events

Welcome Day Celebration &
Newcomer Expo

In partnership with Le Relais Francophone, the Welcome Day Celebration & Newcomer Expo is a free, all-ages, and yearly community event that showcases newcomer initiatives and brings our local community together around diversity and inclusion. With more than 600 people together in one space, the event features diverse performances, a multicultural market, information tables on services offered by various organisations, and relevant information sessions and workshops for newcomers, immigrants, and refugees. 

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World Refugee Day

Every year, the World Refugee Day Committee Victoria invites everyone to participate in its ceremonies and celebrations as the world commemorates World Refugee Day on June 20th. These celebrations are to honour refugee experiences, their stories, and their contributions to society. 

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Viva! Victoria Latin Fest

Viva! Victoria Latin Fest is a Latin American-inspired cultural event that brings together the growing Latinx community in Victoria to showcase the best of their culture as a way to build community and promote diversity. This free, family-friendly event features live bands, folk music, a lot of dancing, a food court, exhibitors, kids’ activities, and more. The event attracts more than 1000 attendees annually.

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Latin Fest 2019 Full Crowd
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