All posts by admin


ISSofBC joins 150th Canada Day festivities-view celebration photos


Multicultural parades, picnics, new Canadian presentations and an O Canada sing along —ISSofBC  celebrated in numerous events across Metro Vancouver.

Maple Ridge

ISSofBC staff, clients and volunteers joined the Canada Day festivities July 1st at Memorial Peace Park in Maple Ridge offering family fun activities and highlighting Canada’s diversity by participating in the multicultural parade.

Over 30 ISSofBC volunteers joined the event including six LINC students who had their first volunteer experience.

To highlight Canada’s multicultural heritage, ISSofBC clients from India, Philippines, Afghanistan, Laos, and Vietnam wore their cultural attire and joined a walking parade with dancers from the Ridge Meadows Multicultural Society.

At the end of the parade new Canadians were warmly welcomed by Dan Ruimy, Member of Parliament for Pitt Meadows – Maple Ridge and received certificates to recognize their first Canada Day as citizens.

View photos of the event

City of Coquitlam

ISSofBC in Coquitlam Celebrated Canada Day at the Town Centre Park with incredible weather, amazing volunteers and a welcoming community who gathered to celebrate Canada’s 150th.

70 volunteers and 7 staff members from ISSofBC joined the festivities throughout day offering none-stop activities from 11am to 8pm including face painting and multicultural games.

The ISSofBC booth saw a steady stream of kids, youth, adults and seniors engaging in the array of activities and connecting with staff.

View photos of the event

City of Burnaby

13 staff and volunteers hosted a booth at Edmonds Plaza & Park 11-4pm offering family fun activities including crown making, bracelet making, and button making to celebrate Canada’s 150th.

The ISSofBC community team saw a steady stream of interested kids, adults and seniors throughout the day who enjoyed the activities and a chance to chat with staff about available programs and services.

View photos of the event

Subscribe here

No Comments

Dell Women's Entrepreneur Network event - NYC

What Exactly Does Networking Sound Like?

Job seekers are often encouraged to “network!” but it’s not always clear to newcomers what a successful networking conversation sounds like.

In this blog posting, we’ve provided a sample. Job seeker Azadeh (we’re protecting her privacy by not using her family name) meets Kevin Wennekes, the CBO of the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance, online for a short networking chat.

She’s in Vancouver; he’s in Ottawa. They meet on Google Hangouts so that she can ask about ways to apply her Ph.D. in Physics to the industrial labour market.

Kevin offers useful ideas for networking that go beyond the basics. He stresses the importance of attending industry events, of using web research tools strategically to find people to reach out to through Linked In, connecting with an alumni group and using volunteer opportunities to gain further exposure to people and events in selected areas.

Regardless of field of practice, people who listen in to Azadeh’s and Kevin’s conversation will benefit from the suggestions he provides and the questions she asks.

Click the playback below or download to listen in on the networking chat filled with helpful suggestions. Like all networking, it’s amazing what a 20-minute conversation can bring to a job search.

Gwen PawlikowskiAbout the Author:
Gwen Pawlikowski is a freelance writer and entrepreneur who has also worked as an ISSofBC employment counsellor with newcomers. She lives in New Westminster and loves the diversity of the Lower Mainland. Please click here for information on ISSofBC’s career services.

No Comments


World Refugee Day honours the spirit and courage of millions of refugees worldwide


ISSofBC participated in several World Refugee Day events to raise awareness about the plight of refugees and what the public can do to help.

World Refugee Day, held every year on June 20th, commemorates the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees.

ISSofBC hosted a World Refugee Day Reception sponsored by Vancity at the Welcome Centre with City of Vancouver Counselor Geoff Meggs,  members of the Canadian Immigrant Settlement Sector Alliance in addition to special guests.

Performances included the Norma Rose Point Middle School Choir and a poetry reading by Sajedeh Zaki, former Afghan refugee and member of the Fresh Voices Youth Advisory Team.

The Burnaby Public Library Metrotown Branch in partnership with ISSofBC hosted discussion of current issues for refugees along with stories from refugee speakers who have made Canada their home.

At Vancouver Public Library attendees heard from recently arrived refugees and resettlement leaders including ISSofBC.

The event also included information tables set up from immigrant and refugee serving organizations in Metro Vancouver.

Learn more about World Refugee Day and resources available in the Refugee Readiness Hub.

This resource includes information about World Refugee Day, messages from the UNHCR and the Canadian Government, facts about refugees resettling in Canada, and a list of events that took place  in the Lower Mainland and Victoria.


Subscribe here

No Comments