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GHC Fall Social, October 1

Welcome back GHC members! We hope you had a wonderful summer and are looking forward to starting Global Hamilton Connect’s second year with us as much as we are! As an executive board we are happy to share with you some of our upcoming events and opportunities to be involved in the city. We welcome all new members and look forward to seeing the rest of you.

Exactly one year ago we launched Global Hamilton Connect with a Fall Social event. Come join our one year celebration and tell us what you would like GHC to offer you this year. Meet other students and young professionals in the city, play some games, and hear Leo Johnson from Empowerment Squared speak about his experience coming to Canada as a young man and the amazing work he has been doing to help others locally and internationally.

Leo is the founder/executive director of Empowerment Squared. He moved to Canada in 2006 after spending eight years as a refugee. With a vision to help youth in Canada and Liberia become champions in their communities, he started Empowerment Squared. Leo’s work has been recognized worldwide for its innovation and impact and has received several prestigious awards for his efforts in the community.

This year we are excited to have our social at Serve Ping Pong where they provide a fun, social, and interactive experiences that are centred around the game of ping pong and delicious food and drinks. Snacks provided. Purchase your own drinks.

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GHC Fall Social, October 1, 2015
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Serve Ping Pong, 115 King Street East (2nd floor)

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Volunteer opportunity: Outreach

Connect with students, share resources and opportunities available via Global Hamilton Connect

Every year we reach out to new and returning students at educational institutions in Hamilton to let them know about Global Hamilton Connect and invite them to attend our events. This year, we are excited to be part of both Mohawk College and McMaster University’s welcome week orientations and events.

But we can’t do it alone – we need your help! We need GHC members and volunteers who can speak to new and returning students about Global Hamilton Connect and invite them to join our young professional group:

Sept. 2: McMaster University Graduate Student Fair    10 a.m. – 12 noon
Sept. 4: McMaster University    2 p.m. -5 p.m.
Sept. 8: Mohawk College Student Orientation    9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sept. 9: McMaster ClubsFest    9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sept. 19: Mohawk College International Student Orientation    11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Oct. 6: Mohawk College International Welcome Dinner    4 – 7 p.m.

* You do not have to volunteer for the entire event. We appreciate you helping out few hours here and there!

You will not be alone! We send our volunteers in pairs. And we will prepare you to speak about what GHC does, events we host and workshops we organize. You can sign up for a couple of hours on a given day if you can not commit to the whole time.

Contact Harin Dalal at to book your volunteer spot. Please specify which day you are available to help and the hours you are able to be there. Remember: You don’t need to be a student at the university or college to volunteer at the GHC booth there!

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Call for volunteers: Global Hamilton Connect executive and subcommittees

As we venture into our second year, we’re excited to expand our team and bring on new volunteers. Our vision is to enable international students and young newcomers to be fully aware of and have access to opportunities in order to live, work, and play in Hamilton. We invite applications for the following executive board and subcommittee positions.

When applying to be one or more of the subcommittees or for the executive board member positions, please tell us:

  • Why you are interested in joining the subcommittee(s)/ Global Hamilton Connect’s Executive Board
  • What you hope to gain out of this experience
  • What you hope to contribute

All subcommittee members are required to participate in meetings where necessary. There is a one-year term for each member.

Application deadline: August 9, 2015. Extended to October 4, 2015. Submit to 


Global Hamilton Connect Executive Members (2 positions)

Global Hamilton Connect (GHC) aims to enable international students and young newcomers to be fully aware of and have access to opportunities in order to live, work, and play in Hamilton. The Board is responsible for managing the affairs of Global Hamilton Connect. It plans events and workshops, fosters connections, and takes action to further Global Hamilton Connect’s objectives to connect international students and young newcomers to the city.  Executive members are to reflect the vision and mandate of Global Hamilton Connect, actively work towards collective goals, and add value to the group.

We are looking for members who have experience working with or have a strong interest to work with international students and young newcomers in Hamilton. The Board meets once a month from 6:30- 8:30 PM.

Board members are expected to:

  • Commit to a two-year term
  • Participate in all GHC events and workshops throughout their term.
  • Attend monthly executive board meetings
  • Assist with the plans of the three subcommittees (Outreach, Public Relations and Events)

The Executive Board will select the candidates with the appropriate skills, attitudes and experiences that work towards GHC’s mandate, while ensuring major sectors of the community are represented and gender and diversity balance are reflected.

Events subcommittee (2-3 positions)

Working as a team, members are to plan and coordinate details of al GHC events such as seminars, workshops, networking session, socials, etc.

  • Deciding and adhering to budget
  • Booking venue(s), audio-visual (AV) and other supplies/equipment
  • Coordinating food, catering and volunteers
  • Scheduling speakers and vendors
  • Manage event logistics (e.g. set up, registration, pre- and post-event evaluations)
  • Coordinate and monitor event timelines and ensure deadlines are met.
  • Work with PR Subcommittee to initiate, coordinate and/or participate in all efforts to publicize event

Experience and interest in event planning is an asset

Community and outreach subcommittee (2-3 positions)

Working as a team, members are to seek out and participate in community events (e.g. orientation week, workshops, fairs, networking sessions, etc.) to raise public awareness of GHC.

  • Convey the purposes GHC to community members and stakeholders and the positive impact and value of young professionals and international students in the community.
  • Prepare written reports and maintains records of outreach contacts and activities.
  • Maintain a good working relationship with all members of the community.

Assets: strong interpersonal and communication skills, an understanding of GHC’s vision and mission and the ability to communicate GHC’s mandate to the public

Public relations subcommittee (2-3 positions)

The public ‘voice’ of GHC. Working as a team, members promote GHC events and initiatives to the wider community, highlight positive newcomer stories and immigrant trends. Members can take on one or more of the following:

  • Manage GHC’s social media (Facebook and Twitter) by creating and seeking out relevant content
  • Maintain consistency and frequency of social media posts
  • Coordinate and produce content for GHC’s monthly e-newsletter via Mail Chimp
  • Write 1-2 blog posts per month highlighting GHC events and/or showcasing positive stories of international students and young newcomers
  • Work with the Events and Community and outreach subcommittees to publicize all events that GHC is a part of

Assets: Familiarity and understanding of social media, frequent and regular access to computer and internet during the day, interest in writing and seeking out new story ideas.

GHC Cooking Class at NGen Youth Centre

GHC Cooking Class at NGen Youth Centre

Come and join us!

Global Hamilton Connect is teaming up with the New Generation Youth Centre to host a cooking class. We are making Chinese dumplings, a variety of sorts, so bring your appetite this Wednesday April 29th. Class begins a 4:30PM and dinner will be served at 6:00PM.

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Perfect Your Pitch: Workshop & Networking Session

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to network with professionals from:
McMaster University, Mohawk College, Chamber of Commerce, City of Hamilton, The Generator, Dofasco, YWCA Hamilton, Immigrant Women’s Center, RuffaloCODY, Sherwin-Williams, Tandia, Atec Marketing Ltd, Ontario Dental Education Institute, Change Management Consultants and Hamilton HIVE

You will learn to create a compelling elevator pitch to land your next job! Tammy Hwang, Senior Manager, Entrepreneur Experience at the Innovation Factory and Business Development Officer at Global Hamilton will be leading an interactive workshop highlighting the important tips and tools.

First Part: Perfect Your Pitch presentation by Tammy Hwang
Second Part: Practice networking session with employers and professionals

March 2nd 2015 7:00- 9:00 pm
McMaster Innovation Park
175 Longwood Road South, Hamilton, ON L8P 0A1
Cost: FREE
Parking available on site & accessible by bus. 

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Volunteering & Community Engagement event

On Tuesday: Get involved, build your skills

Volunteer & Community Engagement
FEBRUARY 10, 2015
6:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.

Come and learn about the different volunteer and community engagement opportunities that you can be a part of in Hamilton. There will be two panel discussions scheduled that evening. The first panel will focus on the value, logistics, and benefits of community engagement and volunteering. The second panel will focus on the experience of young professionals in the city who have successfully expanded their skill set, engaged in meaningful work, and increased their networks and employment opportunities through this process.

Have a great volunteer experience? Have advice on how students can get involved? Tweet at us @GlobalHamiltonC using #GHCEngage.
We hope you can join us!

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Holiday Concert (HPO) & Immigration Workshop

Upcoming Events

Experience culture this holiday season!

We’re joining other young professionals to attend the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra’s (HPO) Christmas concert at Hamilton Place. Tickets are on sale for $21.71. For reservations, contact: Heather Hollis by December 5th at (905) 526-7756 or at and request to be seated in the ‘Global Hamilton Connect group section’. See you there!

Find out more about Permanent Residency applications.

New changes will unfold as CIC will implement the Express Entry process. We’re bringing in an immigration consultant to inform us about these changes and give helpful advice to international students as they plan and prepare their application. Stay tuned for more details!

Building your professional network: Tools to help you find a job

Building Your Professional Network: Tools to Help You Find a Job

Our first Workshop Series is scheduled for Monday, November 24th, 2014 from 7:00-9:00pm at City Hall. The focus of this event is on “Building Your Professional Network: Tools to Help You Find a Job”. Our special guest Ryan Moran, the chair of Hamilton HIVE (Hamilton’s umbrella organization for young professionals) will give a presentation on the importance of networking. Vicky Lowes from McMaster’s School of Graduate Studies will lead a session on LinkedIn.


Sherman Falls Hike - Fall 2014

GHC Sherman Falls hike

We are going on a hike.
Join us!

GHC will be hosting our first annual fall hike to Sherman Falls on Saturday October 25, 2014.Registration is free. Transportation will be provided.

Please bring along a water bottle and a small snack, and dress appropriately.
Items to consider:

  • running shoes or hiking boots
  • a warm sweater
  • a rain jacket

Schedule and Pick up/Drop off Details: Saturday October 25
1:00 p.m. — Mohawk pick up location: in front of library
Group Leader: Harin Dalal
1:30 p.m. — McMaster pick up location: in front of Student Centre
Group Leaders: Huyen Dam and Alyssa Lai
1:50 p.m. — Arrival at trail
2:00 p.m. — Hike begins
4:00 p.m. — Hike ends
4:10 p.m. — Departure from trail
4:30 p.m. — McMaster drop off
5:00 p.m. — Mohawk drop off


Global Hamilton Connect launch event

Global Hamilton Connect launch event

The GHC team was at McMaster University and Mohawk College connecting with international students and sharing resources in the city of Hamilton. Thank you for taking the time to speak with us.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
radius café
151 James St. South
Hamilton, ON L8P 2Z5


Global Hamilton Connect (GHC) is a new young professional group with the aim to enable international students and young newcomers to be fully aware of and have access to opportunities in order to live, work, and play in Hamilton.

GHC will provide networking, social and professional development opportunities that connect international students and young newcomers to resources and networks. By doing so, we hope to increase their chances to succeed, thereby strengthening the welfare of the City of Hamilton.