Are you new in West Vancouver? Welcome!
Whether you are from elsewhere in Canada or new to the country, the West Vancouver Community Centre offers a number of services to help newcomers feel welcome and connected to your new community.
Our monthly Welcome Tour provides an opportunity for newcomers to get familiar with the facilities, learn about offered programs for all ages, how to navigate the Leisure Guide, how to register, differences between registered programs, drop-in activities and FitPass options, and how to find current schedules online.
The tour participants will receive Newcomer Pass at the end of the tour. The Newcomer Pass gives 4 complimentary admissions to many drop-in fitness programs.
We often have Farsi and Mandarin speaking tour buddies to join the tour. If there is a need for support in another language or require assistance with registration, please contact Minori: [email protected]
To register for the next tour, search “welcome tour” in ActiveNet
The next Welcome Tour is coming up on February 28, register now!
Are you a newcomer learning English as your second language? If you need some help with following instructions in our registered fitness and art classes—we are here to help!
After you register for a program, contact Minori at [email protected] with your program information and your first language, and you will be teamed up with a learning buddy who speaks your language to help you in the class. This initiative is available for all the registered classes and private training and lessons, except for swimming lessons and drop-in activities.
Funded by Enhance West Van
Socially Active– Building Connections in West Vancouver
West Vancouver is a growing community with a diversity of backgrounds, experiences, abilities and identities.
Socially Active is a new program designed to connect newcomers with long-term West Vancouver residents. Participants will be match based on personality type and interests, and will connect with each other for 1 – 1.5 hours per week over a six-month period, in addition to receiving invitations to events, workshops and programs (i.e. cooking classes, fitness and art classes, etc.) they can participate in together, meet others, learn and explore the community.
If you are a newcomer, please register for this program using activity code #69391 and we will contact you for an interview.
If would like to participate as a mentor/long-term resident you will need to register as volunteer with the District of West Vancouver. To apply for this program please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at [email protected]. All mentor applicants will be invited to an orientation.
Any questions for the above initiatives? Contact Minori at [email protected] or 604-921-3403.
Funded by Enhance West Van
Meet Maryam—a recent newcomer to West Vancouver!
Maryam—who arrived with her family six months ago from Iran—participated in a recent Welcome Tour, and soon after joined our very first Newcomers’ Learn-to-Skate Drop-in with her six-year-old daughter Asal.
Since then Maryam has enjoyed swimming at the Aquatic Centre with her family, and is looking forward to registering Asal from gymnastics, swimming and taekwondo classes in the spring!
When asked if she had any suggestions for other newcomers to our community, Maryam mentioned that she ‘recommends that other newcomers join the westvarnec community because you can find everything you need at the community centre for everyone in the family. You can find good services, including childminding’.
Welcome! We are so happy you joined our westvanrec community!