The digging has begun on our New Welcome House site in East Vancouver. This first of its kind facility will be a regional services and support hub for immigrants and refugees. Learn more about the project, construction phase and grand opening in 2016.
Newcomers in your community are struggling to build a better life in Canada. Learn more about our ongoing initiatives and how your donations provide life changing opportunities to help immigrants and refugees settle in Metro Vancouver.
After 20 remarkable years as Director of ISSofBC’s Language and Career Services, Clifford Bell retires at the end of 2014. Moving into the position in 2015 is Carla Morales, who has been working alongside Clifford to ensure a smooth transition and turnover.
23,000+ clients a year serviced by 400 staff members and 1000+ volunteers in 14 communities.Learn more about ISSofBC
“Since coming to ISSofBC I am confident that I can handle different people and situations in my new home.”
- Josefina, Philippines - Settlement Services client
“I got tremendous help from Skills Connect...acquiring the useful tools which empowered me to accept and face all the challenges and look for the opportunities whenever they appeared.”
- Ravi, India - Skills Connect client
“It’s a great opportunity to study here and meet different people from all around the world.”
- Marlon, Brazil - LCC student
“I’ve noticed that people often congratulate me on speaking English so well. I came to ISSofBC with bad English habits and left with great knowledge. My self-confidence has increased.”
- Kushtrim, Germany - LCC student
“Once you have a mentor, your mentor helps you focus on where you want to go. I learned a lot from my mentor, and when I adopted these new strategies, I got a job.”
- Tully, Tanzania - Mentoring Connections client
“To get the right information and direction in the first days of settlement in a new country is crucial. Special thanks to my settlement worker for her expertise and wisdom. ”
- Irina, Russia - Building Together client
“This program gave me a good chance to learn and practice my English. I also met some new friends like my mentor. We became good friends. We still keep in touch every week. I really like this program.”
- Jason, China - Volunteer Connections Program mentee
“I have so much more confidence about my abilities and my career outlook now and a much more positive attitude about life in general. I feel so grateful toward everyone at the ISSofBC who helped me get to this place. ”
- Danielle B - Job Options client
“It is a great way to improve the language, to meet other people and know about Canadian society. This course has helped me a lot because I can express myself better now than before starting LINC classes.”
- Oliva, Cuba - LINC for Employment student
“I am glad to participate in the English course of ISSofBC. I can learn Canadian culture and make many friends in my class. My teacher is a kind person. All of us like to study with him.”
- Jessie, Taiwan - LINC student