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Accepting ISSofBC Bursary applications

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ISSofBC is encouraging education for refugee youth and newcomers to Canada with six bursaries. The deadline for submissions is Friday, June 30, 2017.

Eligible applicants committed to their academic pursuits may apply for more than one bursary.

2017 MARIAN DEWITT BURSARY

This bursary is to honour Marian Dewitt, a long serving ISSofBC Board Member since 1982 for her outstanding contribution to the immigrant community and to the development of Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia.

The Marian Dewitt Bursary is only available to ISSofBC present or former clients, students or volunteers (must be within the last three years) who may require financial assistance to pursue their chosen course of studies.

The deadline is Friday, June 30, 2017,

The application form is attached and is also available at ISSofBC locations.

Apply now


2017 JIM SIEMENS BURSARY

This bursary is in honour of Jim Siemens for his 13 years of service in the ISSofBC Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP). During his time with ISSofBC, he worked with compassion and determination to give resettled refugee youth and newcomers the best possible start in Canada.

The ISSofBC Jim Siemens Bursary is only available to present or former Refugee Youth who are legally entitled to attend school in Canada and may require financial assistance to pursue their chosen course of studies.

The deadline is Friday, June 30, 2017.

The application form is attached and is also available at ISSofBC locations.

Apply now


2017 MICHAEL DANCHUCK BURSARY (2 available)

Michael Danchuk, a financial consultant with Investors Group, has been a strong supporter of varied community initiatives and has actively contributed his time, energy and resources in furthering the goals of these initiatives. He established this bursary as part of his commitment to helping newcomers settle in Canada.

The Michael Danchuck Bursary is only available to ISSofBC present or former clients, students or volunteers (must be within the last three years) who may require financial assistance to pursue their chosen course of studies.

The deadline is Friday, June 30, 2017.

The application form is attached and is also available at ISSofBC locations.

Apply now


2017 PIETRO WIDMER & RENEE VAN HALM BURSARY

Pietro Widmer grew up and completed his studies in Electrical Engineering in Switzerland and immigrated to Canada in the mid-seventies. He has twenty years experience in project and operation management and is now dedicating significant time to volunteering including a leading role with pm-volunteers.org.
Renee Van Halm grew up in Vancouver after emigrating from Holland with her parents in the early 50s. She is a practicing visual artist with work in major public, private and corporate collections across the country including the National Gallery of Canada and the Vancouver Art Gallery. Her most recent solo exhibition called Nudge was held at the Equinox Gallery in Vancouver.

The Pietro Widmer & Renee Van Halm Bursary is only available to ISSofBC present or former clients, students or volunteers (must be within the last three years) who may require financial assistance to pursue their chosen course of studies.

The deadline is Friday, June 30, 2017.

The application form is attached and is also available at ISSofBC locations.

Apply now


2017 DE JAGER VOLKENANT & COMPANY BARRISTERS AND SOLICITORS BURSARY

De Jager Volkenant & Company Barristers & Solicitors provides a comprehensive range of legal services to meet the special needs of charities and not-for-profit organizations and to help each organization achieve its unique purposes. Their experienced team of lawyers and staff understand the challenges faced by not-for-profit profit sector clients which are often dependent upon volunteers with limited time and resources. The company established this bursary to assist newcomers in furthering their academic goals to pursue a career in the legal sector.

The De Jager Volkenant & Company Barristers & Solicitors Bursary is only available to ISSofBC present or former clients, students or volunteers (must be within the last three years) who may require financial assistance to pursue their chosen course of studies.

The deadline is Friday, June 30, 2017.

The application form is attached and is also available at ISSofBC locations.

Apply now


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Over 80 staff receive Years of Service Awards

all staff articleOver 200 staff cheered for their colleagues during the ISSofBC Employee Service Awards Wednesday afternoon at the Hilton Metrotown in Burnaby. The awards, held during the ISSofBC all staff meeting, recognizes employees who have dedicated five, 10, 15, 20 or 25 years of service to the organization.

ISSofBC CEO Patricia Woroch, Board of Directors President Jim Tallman and past Board of Directors President Manchan Sonachansingh congratulated a total of 84 staff during the awards while their coworkers cheered and displayed name signs of support. 39 employees received recognition for five years, 24 for 10 years, six for 15 years, nine for 20 years and six for 25 years of commitment to ISSofBC.

The meeting also included a presentation on neuroplasticity by Brain Guy Terry Small who provided an inside look at the how the brain works and tips on improving memory and concentration.

Each year, ISSofBC employees from across Metro Vancouver and Squamish hold an all staff meeting to celebrate the employee service awards, participate in a workshop/performance and network with their 400 plus coworkers across the communities the organization serves.

Congratulations to the awardees on completing these amazing milestones in your careers!

A special thank you goes out to all the staff who helped organize this wonderful event.

View photos of the event.


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Burnaby LINC moves to Lougheed Hwy

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ISSofBC LINC in Burnaby is now open at a new location near Gilmore and Brentwood Town Centre.

The facility offers the Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program for students in various levels. Classes are either in the morning 9am to 12pm or afternoon 1pm-4pm. Please refer to the schedule below.

A big thank you goes out to the Burnaby team and IT for working tirelessly to make the move as smooth as possible.

Check out the Burnaby LINC program schedule here.


Level Time Days
CLB 5 /6 AM 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Monday – Thursday
CLB 3 AM 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Monday – Thursday
CLB 2 PM 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM Monday – Thursday
CLB 4 PM 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Monday – Thursday

Call us to learn more or visit us in person.
604-936-0210
105-4180 Lougheed Hwy. 


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ISSofBC report maps out refugee settlement patterns

Where did the Syrian Government-Assisted Refugees (GARs) who arrived in Metro Vancouver as part of the largest refugee resettlement initiative in Canadian history set up home? The answer may prove surprising.

The report Syrian Refugee Settlement Patterns in Metro Vancouver: Changing Patterns and New Influences released today by ISSofBC, provides a glimpse of where Syrian GARs who arrived between November 4, 2015 and December 31, 2016 currently reside.

“The geography of refugee resettlement among Government Assisted Refugees in Metro Vancouver is largely one of housing affordability,” the report stated, “(but) Widespread interest in the resettlement of Syrian refugees and a desire to get involved directly, has resulted in the emergence of non-traditional settlement locations.”

Over 3,200 Syrian refugees have settled in 69 communities throughout BC, including close to 2,000 GARs who were assisted by ISSofBC. As the main resettlement assistance partner of the government of Canada for BC-destined GARs, ISSofBC provides reception services, temporary housing and assistance in permanent housing search.

“Following our report on Syrian outcomes (Syrian Refugee Operations to BC: One Year In – A Roadmap to Integration and Citizenship) released last December, we wanted to map out their settlement patterns as a tool to assist policy makers, social planners, funders, services providers and other key settlement partners like TransLink in their efforts to effectively address the settlement and integration needs of Syrian refugees,” said Chris Friesen, ISSofBC’s Director of Settlement Services.

Download a copy of the report.


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