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MCoS Member Funding Meeting

As many of you know, funding applications for Strategic Initiative and Regional Multicultural Council (only for specific organizations) are due February 15. We are holding this meeting to help prepare those who might be applying for funding soon.

When: February 9, 2022

There are two scheduled option times to choose from:

  • Afternoon: Feb 9, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Evening: Feb 9, 7:00p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Where: ZOOM
Please email Titilayo Omolola at mc**@mc**.ca if you’d like to attend. The zoom link will be sent to only registered members on February 8.

MCoS Multicultural Festivals Meeting

Last year, we met with some of you who offer multicultural festivals, and we hope you have been able to start or implement some of the great ideas discussed.

It will be great for us to catch up and discuss what you are planning, struggling with and how can MCoS help. We want to invite you to join the Multicultural Festival Meeting!

When: Feb 10, 2022 at 12:00 p.m.
Where: ZOOM
Please email Titilayo Omolola at mc**@mc**.ca if you’d like to attend.

Perimeter Institute offers several free opportunities for high school students interested in science and physics.

Inspiring Future Women in Science: Live Online Q&A

We know students have questions about careers in science and on Thursday, February 10 we’ll help them get answers. Panelists include an astronomer, a chemical engineer, a medical student, and a construction and facility management professional. The session is perfect for high school students who are interested in science and want to learn more about different fields. Although this event is part of our International Day of Women and Girls in Science activities, high school students of all genders are welcome to register to attend. Twitter; Facebook; Instagram; LinkedInhttps://perimeterinstitute.ca/celebrating-women-science

GoPhysics! Workshops

GoPhysics! Gravity & Black Holes is a free workshop for Grade 11/12 students that includes independent preparation, live online sessions with physicists, and lots of time for questions. The next dates are February 26 and March 14/15. Students can view the full details and complete a short application here – applications will remain open until the workshops are full.https://perimeterinstitute.ca/gophysics-online-workshops

Luke Santi Memorial Award – $1000 Award & Visit to Perimeter

Graduating high school students who will be pursuing physics at a Canadian university in Fall 2022 can apply for this memorial award. Each year, one student will receive a $1000 award and a ‘day as a physicist’ in Perimeter Institute’s award-winning research environment (travel costs are covered; visit will be scheduled after the pandemic). Applications close May 31.https://perimeterinstitute.ca/luke-santi-memorial-award-student-achievement

International Summer School for Young Physicists (ISSYP)

ISSYP is a challenging two-week online program for high school students with a keen interest in theoretical physics who intend to pursue physics at university. Students learn about cutting-edge topics and make connections with like-minded students around the world – many students note this connection to ‘people like me’ as the highlight of the program for them! There is no application fee and financial assistance for the program fee of $250 is available. Applications close March 31. www.issyp.ca

Events and Resources

Saskatchewan Indigenous Cultural Centre – virtual storytelling event for schools across Saskatchewan

The Library Services for Saskatchewan Aboriginal Peoples (LSSAP) events

Carol Golden Eagle – Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange workshop, Storyteller on Tour

FROST @Downtown – :Indigenous Storytelling City Square in downtown Regina

  • Feb 4 at 6:45pm and 7:30pm: Brad Bellegarde
  • Feb 5 at 1:00pm: Joely BigEagle-Kequahtooway
  • Feb 6 at 1:00pm: Rhonda Donais
  • Feb 10 at 6:45pm and 7:30pm: Dickie Yuzicapi
  • Feb 11 at 6:45pm and 7:30pm: Calvin Racette
Virtual Presentation- Join Solomon Ratt, Wilfred Buck, and Festival of Words for Aboriginal Storytime. You can register here. Feb 15- 17.

Decolonize YQR: Reconciliation and Yoga

  • Feb 15 at 7:00pm, online via Zoom: Learn to find balance through the ceremony of yoga.

Reconciliation Through Conversation – with John Lagimodiere

  • Feb 16 at 7:00pm, hosted in partnership with the Regina Open Door Society.

YQR Tipi Exhibit Central Library, 2311-12th Avenue

  • Jan 30 to Feb 28: Visit the Tipi at Central Library to learn about the teachings and values related to its poles; for caring for ourselves and living in balance.

YQR Shelley Niro: A Good, Long Look 

  • For over 30 years, Shelley Niro has challenged dominant perceptions of Indigenous people through her art and filmmaking.
  • Dunlop Art Gallery, Central Library
  • Dunlop Art Gallery, Sherwood Village Branch

Resources-

Indigenous Voices Collection 

Job Opportunity: Communications and Administration Assistant

Reports to: Both the Communications Coordinator and the Executive Assistant

Salary: $41,000 annually

Permanent Full-Time

Start date: March 16, 2022

Hours: 37.5 hours per week (9:00 am to 4:30 pm; Monday to Friday) with some need for evening and weekend availability

The Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan is committed to promoting, fostering, improving and developing multiculturalism in the cultural, economic, social and political life of Saskatchewan while working to achieve equality of all residents. MCoS is a non-profit charitable provincial cultural organization that provides service and support to multicultural and ethnocultural organizations across Saskatchewan. The office is located in Regina.

We are currently seeking an experienced Communications and Administration Assistant on permanent basis. It will include comprehensive benefits and pension plan packages, effective following successful 3-month probation.

Responsibilities:

The Communications and Administration Assistant is responsible for interacting with and providing support to staff, volunteers and the public. Approximately 70% of this position’s time will be spent on communications, and 30% on administration.

Under the supervision of the Communications Coordinator, the Communications and Administration Assistant is responsible for:

Communications: The position is responsible for working with the communications Coordinator to support the communications of MCoS to members and stakeholders. Tasks associated with this responsibility include:

  • Website and social media (expertise using WordPress, Hootsuite, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter)
  • Google and social media analytics
  • Media Scanning
  • Graphic designing for social media and larger campaigns
  • Preparing monthly e-newsletter using Mailchimp
  • Preparing and/or inputting communications updates to distribute information of interest to multicultural stakeholders through the newsletter and website.
  • Undertaking internet research as requested (e.g. for speeches and campaign planning).
  • Prepare and deliver educational, publicity and informational materials (brochures, infographic, promo items etc.) to increase awareness about multiculturalism.
  • Ensuring that the organization’s brand guidelines are followed in communications materials developed and shared by this position
  • Developing and managing a system to collect community information that may be of interest to multicultural stakeholders

Under the supervision of the Executive Assistant, the Communications and Administration Assistant will perform the following:

Reception: The position is responsible for ensuring the members, stakeholders and the general public are able to access MCoS services and information reliably and consistently. Tasks associated with this responsibility include:

  • Ensuring that the office is open during office hours (currently the office is closed to the public and we are working remotely due to COVID)
  • Greeting visitors in a welcoming and respectful manner
  • Answering phone calls, taking messages, forwarding calls
  • Handling inquiries from staff, clients and other stakeholders within capacity
  • Relaying information accurately, clearly, concisely and in a courteous manner

Financial Process Support: MCoS bookkeeping and payroll are done externally. Under the direction of the Executive Assistant, this position is responsible for maintenance and preparation of MCoS documents related to finances and communication with bookkeepers and others. Tasks associated with this responsibility include:

  • Preparation of cheque requests
  • Preparation of deposits
  • Monitor and record payments, payables and receivables
  • Assisting with year-end finances

Records Management: The position is responsible for preparation and management of documents and records for MCoS. Tasks associated with this responsibility include:

  • Providing secretarial support to staff, members and volunteers under the direction of the Executive Assistant
  • Creating and filing electronic copies of documents
  • Printing, copying, filing, scanning, and distributing (mailings, meetings, etc.) documents
  • Maintaining and improving office filing system (computer and paper) under the direction of the Executive Assistant
  • Establishing and maintaining a data management system to support reporting and the accountability of MCoS: tracking incoming calls, e-mails, mail, visitors, etc. for statistical reports

Mail: The position is responsible for ensuring all correspondence received by or originating from MCoS is handled appropriately. Tasks associated with this responsibility include:

  • Collecting, opening, recording and routing incoming mail, faxes and materials
  • Assembling, recording, stamping and labeling outgoing mail
  • Sending, forwarding and replying to emails as appropriate
  • Accurately maintaining and updating mailing and contact databases

Office: The position is responsible for the day-to-day oversight of the MCoS office. Tasks associated with this responsibility include:

  • Handling office needs such as delivery, parcel service, etc.
  • Ordering and maintaining supplies as required with consultation with EA
  • Maintaining a clean and tidy entrance and office
  • Maintaining office equipment while following office policies and procedure

Travel and Meeting Arrangements: The position is responsible for travel and meeting logistics for MCoS staff, board members and other volunteers and contractors of MCoS as required. Tasks associated with this responsibility include:

  • Arranging meeting and event facilities, registration, accommodation, etc.
  • Organizing details and travel arrangements for Board, committee and general meetings
  • Preparing and processing expense claims

Other duties as required

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Requirements:

  • Applicants for this position must have relevant post-secondary education and/or work experience in both communications and administration.
  • This position requires exceptional communication skills and a positive attitude
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, with a strong emphasis on Excel Microsoft Office Suite is essential. Experience with SharePoint is an asset.
  • Website and digital content management: WordPress, Hootsuite, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Mailchimp, Dropbox;
  • Graphic design with knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite and Adobe Premiere Elements, and desktop publishing with at least an intermediate level of proficiency;
  • Filming and video editing skills with at least an independent level of proficiency;
    Photography skills and editing;
  • Proficiency in the use of the following office technology: computers, voice messaging systems, photocopier, mail station, etc.;
  • Strong organizational skills and a commitment to professionalism, including the ability to multi-task, manage timelines and multiple deadlines;
  • Demonstrate a proven track record of working harmoniously within teams;
  • Independent, energetic, analytical, self-starting and responsible worker, driven by successful, punctual and quality outcomes;
  • Experience in non-profit or community-based organizations is an asset;
  • Strong connections to Indigenous and/or multicultural communities are an asset
  • Have the ability to travel in Saskatchewan from time to time, a valid driver’s license is an asset;
  • Be willing to work occasional evenings and weekends.

This position requires a criminal record check.

APPLICATION PROCESS

We would like to have the Communications and Administration candidate start by March 16, 2022.

Application deadline:  Monday, February 14, 2022 by 5:00 p.m.

The interview will include an experiential assignment to demonstrate your skills.

Applications must include:

  • Cover letter and résumé clearly outlining how you meet the education or experience, knowledge, skills, abilities and requirements for this position.
  • Portfolio demonstrating your work.
  • Three references who can tell us more about you at work (ensure they are ready and available to be contacted by email).

To apply, please email your cover letter, résumé, portfolio, and references with the subject line: Communications and Administration Assistant, cover letter along with three (3) references to:

Rhonda Rosenberg, Executive Director

Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan

**@mc**.ca

MCoS appreciates all responses from candidates currently legally entitled to work in Canada to this opportunity, however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. We are committed to workplace diversity; candidates are welcome to self-identify as belonging to equity-seeking groups.

Download Job Description

MCoS Communications and Administration Assistant Job Description 2022 (pdf)

 

The BCC is currently accepting submissions for the BCC Zine. The BCC Zine is an annual virtual publication that highlights the artistic contributions of BIPOC/QTPOC youth between the ages of 15 and 29. It will consist of a variety of diverse art forms including, but not limited to, visual art (any medium), music (composition or a performance- if you will perform a piece, it must be written by a BIPOC individual), sculpture, photography, mini film series, or a written work (prose or poetry). Applications for this zine will be open until January 31, 2022 at 11:59pm EST.  

For more information regarding registration, timelines, and eligibility, please visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd5D0zIZ3wkP2LEAQ3rIKDIbm_fQHlFM527BahzAwhb-k6DyQ/viewform

 

  

 

We had the most amazing time at Wanuskewin last Saturday (20th Nov), seeing the members of our multicultural community at the Honours event.

Congratulations to all the nominees for the 2021 Multicultural Youth Leadership award! The recipient for the 2021 Multicultural Youth Leadership award is B’yauling Toni ??? The recipient for the 2021 Saskatchewan Multicultural Leadership award is Neelu Sachdev ???

We wish you all the best!

     

Black and Rural is a nationally-funded artistic inquiry into the hearts and minds of individuals of African descent tucked away in Canada’s countryside (small town, village, farm, and reserve black experiences). Project lead, Shayna Jones, aims to seek out, honour, and theatrically showcase stories from rurally based Blacks (like herself) to nuance and challenge the monolith of what matters to Black Lives.

Shayna is gathering stories specifically from individuals of African descent in rural Saskatchewan from Sept-Dec 2021. Individuals who live rurally at present, or who have in the past, are welcome to include their voice.

The responses will be included on the Black and Rural digital gallery space, crafted into a script, to be published by Heritage Saskatchewan, and presented as a performance piece by Saskatchewan African Canadian History Museum at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum in the spring of 2022.

For more info, email in**@bl***********.com or visit the website.

Lieutenant Governor Russ Mirasty presented the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers to 19 individuals on behalf of Her Excellency the Governor General at a ceremony at Government House in Regina on Sunday, October 17, 2021. 4 multiculturalism leaders nominated by MCoS received this distinction Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers | The Governor General of Canada (gg.ca). The pictures of the event can be accessed by clicking here 2021 Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers — Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan (ltgov.sk.ca).

For more than two decades, Bill Kalmakoff has served as a community representative at province-wide culture meetings of the Saskatoon Doukhobor Society and the Doukhobor Cultural Society of Saskatchewan. He has promoted public awareness of and fostered a greater appreciation for the contributions of Canadian Doukhobors.

Retired physics teacher Krishan Kapila has devoted his life to community leadership with an emphasis on multiculturalism. He has committed his life to the ideal of bringing those of different faiths who reside in Saskatchewan together with the goal of creating mutual respect, awareness and appreciation for one another.

At 75 years old, Saskatchewan’s Carol LaFayette-Boyd was the first Canadian of African descent to win “Best Female Overall Athlete” in World Masters Athletics, which hosts competitions for people 35 and older.

Darlene Stakiw contributes countless hours to building a culturally vibrant and inclusive Saskatchewan. A resident of Yorkton, she volunteers for organizations such as Parkland Valley Sport, Culture and Recreation District, and the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan, supporting community development, multiculturalism and anti-racism strategies as a board member and/or community coordinator.