ISSofBC celebrated the dedication of its 1,600 volunteers in Vancouver and Richmond yesterday with an authentic Syrian dinner prepared by Tayybeh–a food company run by recently arrived Syrian women refugees.
Close to 100 volunteers, staff and ISSofBC Board of Directors joined the festivities which included networking activities, recognition speeches and a poetry and dance performance.
In 2016, volunteers in Vancouver and Richmond supported ISSofBC in over 30 positions including housing search assistants, interpreters, field trip coordinators, classroom assistants and more.
Other ISSofBC locations across Metro Vancouver will also celebrate the commitment and enthusiasm of volunteers with special events including in New Westminster Friday, February 24.
Tayybeh is an organization that supports Syrian women in Vancouver by organizing community based dinning experiences. By showcasing authentic dishes from their hometowns in Syria, the women of Tayybeh have access to an income and financial independence.
A big thank you goes out to all the volunteers for your continued support in helping newcomers build a future in Canada!
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In 2016 ISSofBC welcomed 1911 refugees to BC from Syria, Iraq, Congo, Iran and Afghanistan. Looking ahead to 2017 we hope to help close to 1000 Government Assisted Refugees build new lives in Canada. Read more in our GAR Bulletin.
Career fairs, English conversation circles, life skills and much, much more. This is the ISSofBC calendar of events for all your employment, language and settlement needs.
Updated events February, 2016
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“WELCOME” in bold signs and sounds was the message proclaimed by the ISSofBC contingent at this year’s Chinatown Spring Festival parade. Around 150 ISSofBC staff, students and volunteers from diverse cultural backgrounds carried placards with the word “Welcome” in 14 languages, shouting out each one in unison as they made their way through the 1.3-km parade route January 29 in Vancouver.
The message resonated with the thousands of spectators who braved the cold and rain to watch the annual parade, which is Vancouver’s largest community event, many greeting the ISSofBC team with waves and smiles.
“This is a concrete display of what ISSofBC stands for,” said ISSofBC Communications Division Manager Lily Lim.
The placards were part of a joint initiative between ISSofBC LINC students and volunteer ESL mentors who were matched before the event to use the parade as an opportunity for the language students to practise their English and build their social networks. In the process, these students — in addition to all participants in the ISSofBC parade team — learned how to say “welcome” in Farsi, Arab, Afrikaan, Chinese, Tagalog, German, French, Spanish, Turkish, Korean, Japanese, Hindi, and Italian.
“What we did today meant a lot to me,” said one of the rain-soaked students at the end of the parade.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan, BC Premier Christy Clark, and Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson — all sporting traditional Chinese celebration attire — attended the parade this year.
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To celebrate this amazing milestone, we would like to invite the public to join our open house January 18.
Learn more about our programs and services and spend a festive afternoon with ISSofBC staff at our Langley office.