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General Events

Korean Community Spring Picnic

June 10, 2017 - Ottawa

Dear Families

The Korean Community Association cordially invites you to their spring picnic on June 10th, from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM at Vincent Massey Park (info attached). There will be games and prizes for all ages. If you have any business to promote, they will provide the space for you to do so. Please come and have fun.

This is the last event until the fall. If you have any suggestions and ideas for our upcoming program, please let me know.

Looking forward to seeing you,

Min Sook

Click here for picnic details.

2017 Korean language classes - King Sejong Institute (SPRING) - Ottawa

Dear KSIO community,

Spring 2017 will begin in about a month!
Below is the list of courses and information about registration:

1. Courses:
· Sejong Korean 1A(1) on Monday from March 20 to June 26
· Sejong Korean 1A(2) on Wednesday from March 22 to June 14
· Sejong Korean 1B(1) on Tuesday from March 21 to June 13
· Sejong Korean 1B(2) on Thursday from March 23 to June 15
· Sejong Korean 2A on Tuesday from March 21 to June 13
· Sejong Korean 2B on Thursday from March 23 to June 15
· Sejong Korean 3B on Monday from March 20 to June 26
· Sejong Korean 4B on Wednesday from March 22 to June 14

**32 hours in total; 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. for class 1 to 12, and 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for class 13, the last class.
(Please notice that the CLASS TIME HAS BEEN CHANGED from 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.)
*** NO CLASS ON Easter Monday (April 17) and Victoria Day (May 22)

2. How to Register :
1) Complete the registration form attached below or at the front desk of Korean Cultural Centre (will be available as of February 27, Monday)

2) Submit the form and the registration fee by one of the following options :
- Email: canada@korea.kr
- Mail: 150 Elgin, Unit 101, Ottawa, ON, K2P 1L4
- In person: at the Front desk of Korean Cultural Centre (150 Elgin, Unit 101, Ottawa, ON, K2P 1L4)

Registration Period: From February 27th to March 13th
· Registration fee: $100
· Textbook fee: $20 (Textbooks can be purchased at the reception desk on your first day of class.)
· *Cash and Cheque (payable to the Embassy of Korea) ONLY

Your registration fee should be received by no later than the last day of the registration period or on the first day of the class. However, your spot will not be guaranteed until the payment is made in full.

As mentioned above, the registration form will be ready by February 27th (Monday) both at the front desk at KCC and on our website.

If there are any other questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you!
Junghyun Shine Jang
Program Coordinator

Saturday, July 8th, 2017 - Ottawa
Invitation to K-Story: Storytelling & Craft for Children- Korean Cultural Centre

Dear Families,

FYI. Please contact the Korean Cultural Centre directly if you are interested.


Korean Cultural Centre would like to invite you all to K-Story: Storytelling & Craft - Korean traditional fairy tale for children.

When: July 8th(Saturday), 2017 from 14:00 to 15:00
Where: Korean Cultural Centre (150 Elgin Street, Ottawa,ON, K2P1L4)
1.Storytelling (Korean traditional fairy tale in English)

R.S.V.P.: goo.gl/iFtvoo

Event Poster

If you have any other questions, feel free to contact me. Looking forward to sharing great stories and to having fun with children!

Thank you!

Warmest Regards,
Shine Jang

Junghyun Shine Jang,
Program Coordinator
Korean Cultural Centre
150 Elgin Street, Unit 101, Ottawa, ON K2P 1L4, Canada
Tel. (613) 233-8008 ext. 209
Fax. (613) 233-8009
Website: canada.korean-culture.org

Friday July 21st - Sunday July 23rd, 2017
Korean Canadian Adoptee Association (KCAA)
Summer Heritage Camp, Cedar Valley, Ontario

Hello everyone,

The 2017 KCAA Heritage Camp weekend is fast approaching. This year's camp will run from Friday, July 21 to Sunday, July 23, 2017 at Pine Orchard Camp in Cedar Valley, Ontario.

Download the schedule of events for the weekend:
Camp Schedule (pdf)

Advance registration and payment helps the KCAA make arrangements for activities, free t-shirts, food and accommodations. This year’s theme will be Jeju Island, with lots of fun activities for everyone, plus all of the other great events that everyone enjoys each year.

If you are interested in attending, please be sure to register ASAP as the camp organizers need this info to make plans and order food, etc.
The deadline is JULY 3, but please register before then if possible.

If you have any questions, contact Stephen Kranabetter at kranny@rogers.com

There also will be a t-shirt design contest. Any child can enter a drawing, and the winning design will be printed on the camp t-shirts that are given to all attendees (please pre-register for camp and be sure to specify sizes for everyone (youth sizes and/or adult sizes) to ensure we order a t-shirt for you in the correct size).
Download the t-shirt design contest information:
T-shirt design contest information (pdf)

For any families new to this mailing list, please note that this camp weekend is open to ALL families, including families-in-waiting. It's a great weekend and a wonderful way to meet some great people, learn a bit about Korean culture and have a lot of fun. Many families come for the whole weekend, but some come just for part of it, and some come to all of the events but don't stay overnight.

Camp Organizing Committee

Sunday, August 20th - Saturday, August 26th, 2017
in KOREA!!
9th Welcome Home 2017 for South Korean Adoptees

I am happy to inform you of the upcoming event this year, the 9th Welcome Home.

Welcome Home is a program sponsored by Social Welfare Society since 2008 for adult overseas Korean adoptees to visit and explore the homeland.

This year, the program will begin on August 20th and will last for 7 days, closing on August 26.

The core idea of the program is to match an adoptee with a Korean volunteer and experience the entire program together as a team, which we call the 'buddy system.'Through their buddies, it is hoped that adoptees will explore Korea in a friendlier way, feel comfortable and invited in their homeland, and eventually build a healthy identity as an adoptee.

The entire cost of the program is sponsored by Social Welfare Society and this also includes accommodations for one day before and one day after the program.

As the opening ceremony is scheduled in the afternoon of August 20th, all participants are expected to arrive in Korea by the morning of August 20th.
As for the departure, the closing ceremony is scheduled in the evening of August 26th, which means all departures should be planned on August 27th or later.

Any overseas Korean adoptees between the age of 20 and 50 are welcomed to apply for the program and should there be an overflow or applicants, the applicants that have not visited Korea before will be given priority.

Application will be closed on July 28th. Below you will find the program information and application form - Application forms can be sent to SWS upon receipt.

I hope many adoptees can get an opportunity to be part of this program and your help and support is the key, which I greatly appreciate in advance.

Shinhye Kang, Social Worker
Post Adoption Services Manager
Social Welfare Society
21 Nonhyeon-ro 86-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, 06220, Korea
Phone 82-2-567-8891
E-mail swspas@sws.or.kr

Download the program information and application form (pdf)

Resource Links for adoptive families and their teens, young adults:

Land of Gazillion Adoptees
A platform for adoptees and their allies to bring topics important to the adoption community to life. Web presence as well as facebook, twitter feeds and Gazillion Voices Magazine.

Transracial Eyes
Because race and culture matter. This is an adoptee space (commenting for adoptees only with lots of thoughtful discource.)

Inter-Country Adoptee Support Network (ICASN)
A network of adult intercountry adoptees and have a lot of useful stories from our members to help others gain a greater understanding of the impact adoption has on our lives.

Korean Adoptee Network Canada
Contact Michelle Fallesen: mfallesen@rogers.com

AKA (Also Known As)
Organization of adult Korean adoptees, based in New York City

Organization based in Southern California

Vietnamese Adoptee Network (VAN)
Connecting Vietnamese Adoptees from Around the World

Chinese Adoptee Links
Great connections for adopted Chinese kids. Try out their pen pal project hooking up kids from around the globe who were all adopted. Run by a dynamic twenty something China adoptee who hails from the west coast of the US.

Asian Adult Adoptees of Washington

glbtiQ & Adopted
a resource guide for gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans-, intersex, and queer adult adoptees

Latin American Adoptees at YahooGroups

AK Connection – Adopted Koreans Minnesota

Global Overseas Adoptees' Link (G.O.A.'L) is a non-profit organization and a NGO consisting of overseas Korean adoptees (OAKs) and native Koreans working together to locate birth families and experience Korean life and culture.

BKA – Boston Korean Adoptees, Inc.
Boston Korean Adoptees, Inc. is a non-profit organization focused on building a community of adult adoptees with a connection to Korea in the greater Boston and New England area.

International Korean Adoptee Associations
The objective of the IKAA website is to create a platform to share and exchange information internationally and provide a permanent forum for the network of Korean adoptee associations worldwide.

Adopted Vietnamese International
Adopted Vietnamese International's (AVI) mission is to learn from, share support and encourage adopted Vietnamese as they explore their sense of identity/ies, heritage and diversity.

Transnational and Transracial Adoption Group (UK)
The Transnational and Transracial Adoption Group is co-ordinated by and for transnational and transracial adoptees. We welcome and encourage anyone who has been adopted into a family whose racial origin is different from theirs to join.

China's Children International (CCI)

CCI is an organization run by adoptees for adoptees.
The mission of CCI is to unite Chinese adoptees from all over the world in addition to providing an extensive network of support for all of us who share this common beginning. CCI promotes open discussions among its members and encourages members to share experiences with other adoptees. CCI also hopes to provide the opportunity for adoptees to give back to orphanages in China.
Please Contact us at: chinachildreninternational@gmail.com
Website: http://www.chinaschildreninternational.org/

Toronto, Ontario
Dual Language English/Mandarin School
- The Dalton School
We encourage registration from families who adopt children from China and are interested in English and Mandarin education. The Dalton School is a dual-language English/Mandarin elementary school for children aged 4 and up, located in mid-town Toronto. Our mission is to develop academically inquisitive, culturally aware, language-oriented students through a dual language, bilingual school program.
Welcome to The Dalton School! We are a dual-language school; we have a balanced English and Mandarin curriculum designed to achieve academic proficiency in both languages. Our program focuses on developing academically inquisitive, culturally aware, language-oriented students from a young age.

Caitlin Holmes
Caitlin Holmes
The Dalton School

Toronto, Ontario
Mandarin immersion in the TDSB?

Maintain a cultural connection to China in a Mandarin-intensive elementary program in the TDSB starting in Sept 2013. The Toronto Parents for Mandarin are seeking interested parents who would consider enrolling their children in a possible new program in downtown Toronto (Dundas St. W. and Bathurst St.) where children would learn 2.5 hours in Mandarin every day. The program is still under discussion, so we want to hear from you.

More details can be found at: Toronto Parents for Mandarin (http://ginggolb.wordpress.com)
or email: parentsmandarin@yahoo.ca
Thank you for your interest.
Toronto, Ontario
All Easier (Bai Yi) Mandarin School
All Easier (Bai Yi) Mandarin is a school that provides customized Mandarin language programs for all ages and levels. Whether you want in-depth learning or basic Mandarin for business expansion and travel purposes, we can tailor a program to meet your needs.
Contact: Cynthia Xu
  DETAILS: Adobe Acrobat PDF
PRIDE Training
Adoption Council of Ontario Website: Please click here
Brockville, Ontario
Ange Gabriel Academy (Chinese School)
Please see this article for more information on the school please click here
Ottawa, Ontario
Jaku Konbit - Ottawa

Jaku Konbit is a registered non-profit, educational community-based and family-oriented organization. Our mandate is to support and ameliorate the lives of minority and disadvantage youth, particularly Canadian children and youth of African and Caribbean descent in the Ottawa Region.
Contact:www.jakukonbit.com or call 613-567-0600
4 times per year

Bamboo Bunch
Cambridge/Waterloo region
Bamboo Bunch (Cambridge/Waterloo region) hosts 4 events each year including: Autumn Moon; Breakfast with Santa; Chinese New Year and a spring picnic. 

For more details contact:
Susan Galloway: 519-458-4487sueg@sympatico.ca
or Sabine Prihoda: beany2@sympatico.ca
Mandarin Mother Goose
Ottawa, Ontario
Mandarin Mother Goose class at McNabb Community Centre -facilitated by Susan Xu at the Somerset West Community Health Centre. She gives the class on Thursday mornings.
For more information you can reach Susan Xu at 613-238-8214 ext 2507 and her e-mail is: sxu@swchc.on.ca
Mandarin Playgroup
Ottawa, Ontario
Susan Xu facilitates Mandarin playgroup at the Dalhousie Community Centre on Tuesday mornings and the Mandarin playgroup at Cambridge High School on Friday mornings.
For more information you can reach Susan Xu at 613-238-8214 ext 2507 and her e-mail is: sxu@swchc.on.ca
Mandarin Classes - Ottawa, Ontario
Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
International Languages Program (IL)

How do you prepare to be a global citizen? Give your child the opportunity to learn a new language or to maintain the language of their heritage. In partnership with community groups, we offer classes in 43 different languages at the elementary level and 22 languages at the secondary level. Choose a language of your choice or contact us if you want to start a new language. This program is funded by the Ministry of Education and therefore there is no cost to parents.
List of Classes (OCDSB): http://www.ocdsb.ca/programs/continuweb/ILP/Pages/default.aspx

Ottawa Catholic School Board
Continuing and Community Education

Research shows that learning a second or third language has a positive effect on all aspects of a child’s educational development. Who is eligible to attend? All children from junior kindergarten to grade eight who are residents of Ontario are welcome to attend free of charge. An activity fee is applicable to non-Ontario resident students. This program is open to all children regardless of cultural or ethnic background. The program is taught for 2.5 hours each Saturday for 33 Saturdays. The school year runs from September 8, 2012 to June 15, 2013.
List of Classes (OCSB): http://continuingeducation.ottawacatholicschools.ca/content.php?doc=160
Attachment Association of Canada
I am emailing today to reach out to any and all who are interested in a Parent Support Group or for attachment issues.

We have many therapists listed on our website who are interested in hosting a group (in fact there are two new groups just opened and information is available on our site: http://attachmentcan.ca/

Please email us your name and the city/town where you live in Canada if you would like more information on this.

If we have a therapist in your location we will pass on that email and you will hear from them. If we do not we will save your email and contact you if a therapist does become listed and is doing support groups in your location.

Please forward this email to any friends/clients/colleagues that you feel would like to know about this. We look forward to hearing back from many of you!

Susan Schumacher
President Attachment Association of Canada
To Feast Your Eyes & Please Your Palate: Asian Cooking Classes for 2017
Ottawa, Ontario
Fun and Easy Hands-on Asian Cooking Lessons

(click here to see our weekly scheduled classes)
You can learn to cook your favourite dishes with us and will be able to enjoy your new cooking skills. In the meantime, you can also treat your friends -- It is not a dream...any more.

Ottawa Chinese Cooking Studio helps make your dream come true. We teach Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Indian, Korean and Vietnamese cuisine, including vegetarian cooking. All of our classes are hands-on, and start from scratch. In our cooking classes, we show and teach cooking skills, and talk about culture. Each class is full of fun and information, and everyone participates in cooking activities. As always, students are welcome to eat during the period of cooking, and then to take home afterwards. (classes/parties/social events...)

Visit our website for more information: www.chinesecookingstudio.com