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Outdoors @ Christie Lake

Enjoy nature’s wonder at Christie Lake Conservation Area! Dubbed as “one of the most beautiful lake settings in the Niagara Escarpment,” Christie Lake is home to beautiful trails and an ideal spot for picknicking.

Join us to experience the great Canadian outdoors!

Saturday, July 15 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (pick up time included)

Cost: $10 per person. Transportation (round trip) and BBQ lunch included. Limited to 40 seats.
* Want to attend but do not have a credit card to purchase tickets online? Email globalhamiltonconnect@gmail.com to register to pay for ticket in cash on July 15.

Bus pick up locations:
Mohawk College – 9 a.m. (Fennell campus, roundabout across from St. Joe’s Hospital)
City Hall – 9:25 a.m.
McMaster University – 9:50 a.m. (Turnabout in front of Ivor Wynne Centre)

*If you’d like transportation to Christie Lake, please select pick up location when you buy your ticket.

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Perfect your pitch: Networking your way to career success

Discover what makes a great first impression. Tammy Hwang, Business Development Coordinator (City of Hamilton’s Global Hamilton office) and Co-founder (CoMotion Group), will lead us in a workshop on how to perfect your pitch in preparation for job fairs, interviews and networking events.

  • Learn how to market your skills and talents to a potential employer.
  • Make new contacts and meet young professionals and entrepreneurs from around the city who will help you practice, give you feedback, and make suggestions on how to better present yourself.

The event will be separated into two parts:

  • First part: Interactive presentation by Tammy Hwang on how to perfect your elevator pitch and network effectively
  • Second part: Practice networking session with young professionals, entrepreneurs and employers

Event date: Thursday, May 18
Venue: CoMotion on King, 115 King Street East, 3rd floor
Doors open: 6 p.m. Presentation: 7 p.m. Networking: 7:30 p.m.
REGISTER here.

Note: CoMotion can seat 100 people in its main event space comfortably for the presentation portion of this event. Seating is first come first served so be sure to arrive early!

FREE admission. Refreshments provided. Share your experience using #GHCPitch.

Thank you to our venue sponsor!

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GHC executive board: Vacancy posting

We have a new vacancy on our executive board that we are hoping to fill through an application process.

About us:

Our organization’s vision and operations are made entirely possible through the work of our volunteer ten-person executive. Our current executive comes from a variety of backgrounds and life experiences, united in their desire to improve the experience of young newcomers to our community.

The position offers a great opportunity to make a significant impact on the settlement, success and Canadian experience of thousands of newcomers to our community. Our mandate is formally recognized and supported by McMaster University, Mohawk College, City of Hamilton and many other community organizations. GHC also offers its board valuable hands on experience with networking, event planning, and leadership skills

Your role: 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.

Expectations:

  1. 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.
  2. The Board meets monthly after working hours, typically from 5:30-7 p.m.
  3. Additional attendance is expected to assist with GHC’s planned events (evenings and weekends) and outreach activities (e.g.: Hosting a table at McMaster and Mohawk’s new student orientation events).
  4. Members will serve a two-year term for each member, however since this position is being filled during the year, your term will be until September 1st, 2018.
  5. Assist with the plans of the three subcommittees (Outreach, Public Relations, and Events)

Selection criteria: The Executive Board has organized a hiring committee that 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. Our Board is also particularly interested in hearing from candidates with experience and interest in event planning and/or managing budgets.

Application Process:

When applying for the executive board member position, please attached your latest resume and  a cover letter (In no more than 300 words each):

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

Please email your resume & cover letter by February 17 to globalhamiltonconnect@gmail.com with the subject: “GHC Winter 2017 Executive Application.”

 

Interviews will be held between February 21 – March 3 in downtown Hamilton, typically after 5 p.m. but we will attempt to work around your schedule for alternative arrangements.

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My Winter 2017

What is winter like outside of Canada? For those who are not from Canada, winter is more than just snow, hot chocolate, warm fire places and maple syrup on snow.

Come have a chat with us to learn about winter experiences from all over the world. My Winter is a series of laid-back conversations with newcomers sharing fond memories experiences of winter in their countries.

WHEN: Saturday, February 4, 2017
TIME: 2 – 4 p.m.
WHERE: Hamilton Waterfront Trust Theatre, 47 Discovery Drive

FREE event. No registration required.

This event is part of Tourism Hamilton’s Winterfest, Feb. 4-20. For full schedule of events and activities during Winterfest, click here.

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Pathways to Permanent Residency in Canada (2017)

The government has made major policy changes to the pathway to permanent residency in Canada. How have these changes impacted international students and other applicants seeking to stay?

Come and hear Elizabeth Long of Long Mangalji LLP speak on her previous year working with PR applicants and her critical reflection on the efficacy of the Express Entry System in meeting Canada’s demand for skilled immigrants.

WHEN: Monday, January 23 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Hamilton City Hall, 71 Main Street West, Hamilton

FREE event. Just register!

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“The generation of youth is indeed digitally savvy, but is also capable of being so much more.”

By Joyce Chan, Master of Public Health student, McMaster University

Joyce, an international student at McMaster University, participated in HIVEX 2016.

Joyce, a student at McMaster University, participated in HIVEX 2016.

“Youth are the most digitally connected generation of our time.”

The above quote is taken from HIVEX 2016 keynote speaker and CEO of CivicAction, Sevaun Palvetzian. It demonstrates not only one of the qualities unique to the youth generation – my generation – but also the ability among youth to harness the power of technology to transform their environments. Our generation of young students and professionals has ideas for creating change and progress, and the potential impact of our actions is amplified when we put to use our growing skills in technology and social media.

Yet, participating in HIVEX 2016 has reconfirmed to me that despite our digital connected-ness, youth have definitely not lost our personal connections with each other and our communities.

The HIVEX 2016 workshops were centred on the themes of idea development, effective communication, and community engagement. The conference covered the steps from having that a-ha moment, to pitching the idea, and to creating community impact. Perhaps one of my favourite workshops was “Engaging Pitch” facilitated by Futurpreneur as it gave me a framework to structure, communicate, and develop my ideas and unique interests. In between workshops* I witnessed an abundance of networking, with people sharing their experiences and plans for the future. Ideas were exchanged between students, working professionals and community organizations, and only time will tell what will be accomplished as a result of these connections.

It is refreshing to see the full potential of youth being recognized and fostered through events such as HIVEX 2016. Youth bring in ideas and fresh perspective.

We collaborate with and learn from generations past and present. Importantly, we are motivated to use our skills to create positive change in our communities. The generation of youth is indeed digitally savvy, but is also capable of being so much more.

*Admittedly, in between workshops there was also a variety of snacks of which I had to try a good number… for science!  

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I am accepting the challenge! Are you?

 

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By Diana Chavez,  ELT and OSLT Marketing, ESL Department at Mohawk College

What a wonderful experience attending #HIVEX2016 Engage! It was my first time at this amazing conference. I found myself in a great community of young emerging leaders and colleagues. It is delightful to know that there are organizations such as HIVE and Global Hamilton Connect working together with the purpose of empowering this young generation. It is a call to action, to be more involved and connected with Hamilton issues, vision and plans. I had the opportunity to contribute some ideas to the development of the City of Hamilton’s plan to bring the new Our Future Hamilton community vision into reality. It feels incredible to contribute at least in a small way to our future development in Hamilton!

One of the workshops that I enjoyed the most was “How to Have Better Ideas More Often” by Brandon Love. I love creativity and most of the time I like to be innovative and take the risk to do something different. However, there some times you find yourself running out of ideas. I couldn’t be more thankful to learn about the most innovative concept to develop ideas: “Brain-sprouting” and not judging ideas since that is the number one factor that stops ideas. Quantity is more important than quality in the creative process. The purpose is that at the end of the brain-sprouting process you will come up with a ‘Big Fish’, an incredible idea.

Why are ideas so important? They generate innovations and through them we can solve problems. And daily, we have a lot of problems to solve.  I had the pleasure to interchange business cards with Brandon Love and I hope we can connect in the future; I would like to connect him with other young professionals that could be very inspired and motivated by him.

Be authentic, be your own author! That’s what I learned in the final workshop, to reflect who I am, and how I present myself speaks through my personality.  I learned the importance of developing my brand as a professional, working on my appearance, my behavior and communication skills.

Finally, I just want to say. Yes, I am accepting the challenge – to go out of my comfort zone and grow as a person! I see myself challenged to step up and as Sevaun Palvetzian mentioned in her speech “…When you get to find a seat on a table, own it”! A very powerful statement! It means to me, to embrace my job place, go further, have creativity, take new initiatives and develop my leadership. Research, reload, refine and reinforce my ideas!

Thank you HIVEX 2016 for challenging and inspiring me to be a better person!

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Attend a conference – for FREE!

Global Hamilton Connect is offering up to eight (8) free tickets to the HIVEX young professional conference. Hosted by Hamilton HIVE, the conference is an event for students (international and Canadian-born) and young professionals to build new skills, learn about issues in Hamilton and network with industry experts. Participants will take part in workshops and be exposed to new ideas and discussions that can help advance their professional aspirations.

EVENT INFORMATION
What: HIVEX: Engage, a young professional conference hosted by Hamilton HIVE
When: Saturday, November 5
Time: 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: The Cotton Factory, 270 Sherman Ave. North, Hamilton

Ticket cost is $45 BUT we are offering up to eight (8) FREE tickets!

Who is eligible for the free ticket?
Former and current international students studying in Hamilton and foreign-trained professionals.

16 workshops to choose from at HIVEX. Topics include:

  • Strategic volunteering and community development
  • Cross-industry mentoring
  • Personal branding for leadership success
  • Bringing Hamilton’s community vision to life
  • Communication and leadership dynamics

FULL details of the workshops at hamiltonhive.ca/hivex2016

Why attend?

  • Build leadership skills
  • Foster understanding of Hamilton and important issues in the city
  • Find out ways to get involved in Hamilton
  • Make new connections in Hamilton
  • Learn from established professionals, to enhance your education and career plans
  • Be inspired and empowered to make a difference!

Successful applicants are expected to attend the entire conference, with the option to stay for the after-party and community trade show (5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.) The free ticket does not cover transportation. Participants are expected to find their own transportation to The Cotton Factory, either by bus or other options.

Yes, I want to attend HIVEX for free! What do I need to do?

1. Submit a statement of interest (250 words max.) answering:

  • What do I hope to learn from the HIVEX conference?

2. (If selected) After attending HIVEX:

Submit a blog post reflecting on your experience at the conference. Think about:

  • What have you learned?
  • How has HIVEX made you feel more connected to issues in Hamilton?
  • What were some connections made at HIVEX?
  • Anything else from the conference that has inspired you?

Your blog post will be posted on Global Hamilton Connect’s website (globalhamiltonconnect.ca) to share with others the outcomes and key learnings from the conference.

Email your statement of interest to globalhamiltonconnect@gmail.com

 

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Débora Jesus: Enjoying all that Hamilton offers

Prepared by Naomi Ahmad, Volunteer, Global Hamilton Connect.     

Débora Jesus moved from Brazil to Canada and is now completing her masters at McMaster University. She loves how nature surrounds Hamilton, enjoys hanging out at James Street North, and hopes to live and work for Hamilton’s development. Here is Débora’s Hamilton story.

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“I first came to Hamilton on an academic exchange program at McMaster University. I stayed in Hamilton from 2012 – 2013 and worked during the summer as a research assistant. After my graduation, I wanted to continue working with my supervisor and came back to McMaster University to do my masters in Communication and New Media.

When I first moved to Canada it was really hard for me to get use to Hamilton. I am from Sao Paulo, the biggest city in South America. So I wasn’t used to living in a city with so few people! However, when I went back to Brazil I couldn’t stand to live in a crowded place anymore. Now I really love and appreciate how Hamilton offers its residents the city life, as well as the experience of living surrounded by beautiful nature.

Initially, I found it a challenge to adapt to the Canadian educational system and the school year. In Brazil, I was used to having five to six months in a term, while the Canadian school term is only four months. The number of weekly assignments, my responsibilities as a teaching assistant, and my workload as a research assistant was very challenging; but at the same time also very rewarding.

My masters program has a small cohort. The fact that we are just a few students helped us to stay connected and share our experiences with each other. Besides this, I also got involved with the Organization of Latin American Students at McMaster University in order to keep practicing salsa and bachata. Allowing myself to have time for physical activities helped a lot with schoolwork.

Hamilton has so much to offer, but I’m definitely a fan of the waterfalls and all outdoor activities. This is one of the main reasons why I decided to come back to Canada.

Although I’m from a country with large forests, I never had the chance of experiencing nature like I do in Hamilton. At the same time, Downtown Hamilton has so many different stores. I love the coffee shops, art galleries, restaurants and clothing stores at James Street North!

My advice to other international students is to not be afraid. Hamilton is a welcoming city with affordable living costs and very friendly people. There are many international students that you can connect with at school and they can help you based on their experience. I also learnt a lot from my Canadian friends! My experience in Canada has definitely helped me become a better person.

After graduation I would love to stay in Hamilton. All the friends I’ve made since I moved here have become family for me. I would love to work here and help contribute to Hamilton’s economic development.”


Did you enjoy reading Débora’s Hamilton story? If you are an international student in Hamilton, share your experiences and be featured in our new series of international student profiles. Submit your story here.

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Phuong Hoang: Making Hamilton Home

Prepared by Naomi Ahmad, Volunteer, Global Hamilton Connect.        

Phuong Hoang moved from Vietnam to Canada last year. She is now completing her masters at McMaster University, volunteering in the community, and slowly making Hamilton her home. Here is Phuong’s Hamilton story.

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“After working for over five years as a college lecturer in Vietnam, I felt like I needed to take a step forward in personal and professional development. I got the opportunity to join the masters program in Communications and New Media at McMaster University and am now completing my research. Before moving to Hamilton, I only thought of the city as a smaller version of Toronto. However, I gradually discovered lovely parts of Hamilton that the big city cannot offer.

When I first moved here, my biggest challenge was that I didn’t know anybody. However, I didn’t expect to get so much help from everyone either! My professors, new friends, the McMaster community and its extensive alumni network have given me many chances to establish my life and connect with others. I have made many wonderful friends in Hamilton. When I have free time, there is nothing I love more than going out for a walk, bubble tea or movie with friends.

Hamilton provides international students with useful resources that they can rely on and thrive on. Participate in activities and you will soon find this place your home. Right now, I am getting involved in volunteering opportunities in Hamilton, hoping to understand more about our community.

My advice for international students is to reach out. Sometimes you are afraid to ask for help, but you never know how much help you may receive. Get to know as many new people as you can, you will learn and grow.

After graduation, I would like to work in the fields of communication and media, or education and non-profits. I also have a passion for learning about new cultures and people. I have travelled to 25 countries and I hope to travel to as many countries as my age.”


Did you enjoy reading Phuong’s Hamilton story? If you are an international student in Hamilton, share your experiences and be featured in our new series of international student profiles.

Submit your story here.