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.