Join in on all the FUN!

If you are new to Canada and want to participate in any of the activities below, contact our Community Connections Coordinator Yenny Yao at  778-470-6101 or at !

Do you see an activity or event on the calendar that you would like to support or participate in? Check out volunteer opportunities for Community Connections Programs at bottom of this page, or check our volunteering opportunities page to see more opportunities at KIS and come join in on all of the fun that we have!

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Workshops, Events, tours, and classes

Community Event visits

  1. Yoga in the McDonald Park, Tuesday 19:00-20:00, July 2nd & Aug 6
  2. International Buskers Festival, Thursday 14:00-16:30, July 25
  3. 2019 Kamloopa Powwow, Saturday 13:00-16:00, Aug 3rd Ticket: $10/each
  4. The 3rd Annual Downtown Pride Parade, Sunday 10:00 -13:00, Aug 25
Field Trip

  1. Garden Tea at Hamish’s House, Tuesday 10:30-12:00, Aug 6
  2. Old Court House Gallery Tour , Thursday 10:30-12:00, Aug 8
  3. Tranquille Creek – Pine Park Gold panning Tuesday 9:00-12:00, Aug 20
  4. Gardengate Summer Salsa Challenge, Friday 12:00-3:00, Aug 23
Kids Summer Adventure Camp
Date & time:
July 8 to July 19, Monday to Friday Mornings
Registration: Please contact with Yenny Yao
Free. Kids age: 6-12
drumming, crafts, art, outdoor games, splash parks, BC Wildlife Park, Kamloops SPCA, a Rivertown Players performance and more!
Summer Resource Fair
Date & time:
Sunday 13:00-18:00, July 7
Hal Rogers Centre, 2025 Summit Dr.
Please contact Liza if you are interested.
Fees: None
You can attend info sessions on: Employment Standards, WorkSafe BC, Housing, Canadian Workplace Culture, Bullying& Harassment, Rights and responsibilities.

Weekly and Monthly Programming

Hike on Sundays
Date & time: Sundays 10:00-3:00/4:00
Location: At different hiking trail
Registration: Register with Hike Leader Lawrence.
Fees: None
This is for anyone who are interested in hiking and love nature. Registration opens at Tuesday morning and closes at Saturday night for each hike. Please register here:
Date & time: Mondays from 12:15 – 1:15
Location: KIS Downstairs
Registration: Open and ongoing. Please register with Yenny Yao
Fees: None
The yoga program is drop-in and free to attend! Work with experienced yoga instructors from the Kamloops community.
Local Gardening
Date & time:
July 9 & July 23 Tuesdays 12:00-13:00;                                                             Aug 7 & Aug 28 Wednesday 10:00-11:00
Community Garden at MacDonald Park and Gardengate
Please register with Yenny Yao
Fees: None
Are you interested in Local Gardening? This Program is for everyone who wants to learn, share and grow experience and skills together. Welcome gardeners to join: Workshops and Events from March to October. Weekly Garden Visit to learn and practice gardening May to September.

Family Yoga at KIS
Date & time:
On the Second Thursday of every month, 3:30 – 4:30 pm.
KIS Downstairs
Please contact with Yenny Yao
Come and enjoy a free yoga session for your whole family

Computer Mentoring
Date & time:
Fridays from 9:00 – 10:00
Location: KIS Downstairs
Registration: Open and ongoing. Please contact Yenny Yao
Fees: None
If you have computer questions, need help with a program, or have expertise to share with participants, please come see us! *MS Word *MS Excel *Gmail and e-mail *Internet *Facebook *Typing *Mouse control *Your questions!

Conversation Circle
Date & time: Fridays from 10:00 – 11:30
Location: KIS Downstairs
Registration: Open and ongoing. Please register with Yenny Yao
Fees: None
This is a fun place to practice English, get to know new people, and have fun! Work on your English skills with volunteers. Coffee & teas provided.

Art Connection
Date & time: Friday 11:30 – 1:30, once a month. Please check date in Calendar
Location: KIS Downstairs
Registration: Open and ongoing. Please register with Yenny Yao
Fees: None
Complete an art  project, step-by-step as guided by a local artist from the Kamloops Arts Council. We scheduled the art workshop on Fridays when it’s Non- School Days. Family member and kids are welcome.

KIS Monthly Multicultural Potluck
Date & time:
Last Thursday of every month. 11:30-1:00
Location: KIS Downstairs
Registration: Please register with Yenny Yao!
Fees: None
Our Monthly Potlucks are filled with good food and amazing company from around the world! Come bring a small dish to share and enjoy the social.


The Community Connections Mentorship Program matches newcomers to Canada with a volunteer who is familiar with Kamloops to meet once per week.  This is a fun, friendship based program, and is very rewarding for both participants and volunteers.

Volunteer Opportunities for Community Connections Programs

1. Workshops and Events Volunteer Photographer

We are seeking individuals who are passionate about photography who can commit weekly or monthly and help us tell newcomer’s story in pictures. Photographers use their own equipment. Previous experience is preferred but not required

2. Volunteer cooking instructors

Are you an experienced cook with expertise in cuisine from your culture? We are looking for volunteer cooking instructors who could help give instruction in a community cooking class! Your roles would be: 1) provide a recipe 2) show people how to make it! There will be several opportunities available throughout the year

3. Kids Activities and program Volunteers

Work with newcomer’s children and explore fun kids activities in Kamloops! Help with games, crafts, English practice, and more…

4. Gardening workshop Instructors

We are looking for experienced gardeners who can share their knowledge and skills with newcomers about soil, compost, seed, water, weed control, food storage, food process, seed saving, pot plants, etc.

5. Recipe Book Editor

We are looking for someone who can help us edit multicultural recipes. The recipes come from immigrants who want to share their ethnic recipes in our community.

6. Conversation Circle volunteers

Help newcomers practice their English. Previous teaching experience is preferred.

 7. Yoga Instructors for Adults and families.

We have been running a weekly yoga program for newcomers to Canada and Kamloops. The program is well attended by 8 – 14 participants each week. We run it on Mondays from 12:15 – 1:15, rotating weekly through local yoga teachers who volunteer their time to share their practice with the community. Please join us if you would like to help.

Many newcomers to Canada are disadvantaged economically and have trouble finding employment while they are learning English and settling into society. As this can be a difficult time, we are grateful that we are able to bring meditation, yoga, and a sense of community to their lives in a familiar space.

We are also running monthly Family Yoga on Thursdays for newcomers and their families. Family Yoga can benefit parents’ and children’s mental, physical health and relationships. This is a well-loved program for families. We are hoping to expand to twice a month. Please let us know if you are interested.

8. Computer Mentoring Volunteers

We are looking for people who are skilled with computers to help newcomers learn basic computer skills. (MS Word, and other MS Office programs, e-mail, internet use, social media, typing and using a mouse, etc.)

9. Indoor and outdoor Event Assistants

Looking for people who are passionate about organizing and assisting with events. For example, Monthly Multicultural Potlucks, hiking in summer and fall and community events like Diversity Walk, Overlanders Day, Pride Parade, Canada Day, etc.

10. Mentorship Volunteers

The Mentorship Program matches newcomers to Canada with a volunteer who is familiar with Kamloops to meet once per week.  This is a fun, friendship based program, and is very rewarding for both participants and volunteers. You are welcome to share skills, knowledge and time with newcomers.

 11. Workshop instructor/Guest Speaker:

We are always looking for experts who can share their professional knowledge and skills with newcomers to live a healthy lifestyle through workshops and presentations. For example: law, medical, therapy, dental and nutrition workshop.

Please contact Community Connections Coordinator Yenny Yao at 778-470-6101 or at  if you are interested in any volunteer position listed above.

Thank you very much for your support!

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2 thoughts on “Events

  1. Charlotte
    Charlotte / September 9, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    Does your agency do multicultural events/days? And if so, when?

    • Diversity
      Diversity / September 10, 2015 at 8:37 pm

      Hi there Charlotte, yes! We do multicultural days. We would love to hear from you about what sort of assistance you are looking for. It would be best if you directly contact our Community Connection Coordinator – Coby Piazza (, or our Diversity Coordinator – Graham Specht (

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