Volunteer work, a book club, people from your church, the guys with whom you're playing basketball/hockey in the weekends, some colleagues from your english classes (if you enrol yourself in one of these governmental courses), etc. Maybe even colleagues from your survival job at 7-Eleven... his/hers spouse might know someone who needs your abilities.Really like the positive attitude! The part about building a network intrigues me, cause that seems quite hard to do when you move somewhere and don't know a single person. But I'll certainly try my best. Maybe careers fairs are a good place to start. Or local programs from the government.
There are many many ways to build a network, it's just a matter of not being afraid to get involved in the community, to speak out and make sure you're been noticed.