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World Refugee Day 2014

Settlement Orientation Services (SOS) in partnership with ISSofBC and the Vancouver Public Library, invited the community to hear stories of courage, sacrifice and resilience from refugees who look to Canada for safety.

Esteemed guests at the June 20 event included Deputy Mayor Raymond Louie who delivered the Proclamation of World Refugee Day and a keynote address by UBC President Stephen Toope on the concerns of refugee and immigrant employment in Canada.

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UBC President Stephen Toope delivered a Keynote Speech discussing the changes affecting Canada’s immigration policy and the barriers that refugees currently face. 

Dr. Toope provided a retrospective analysis on what encouraged Canada to become such a welcoming nation to newcomers, and the role post-secondary institutions have in allowing immigrants to reach their academic potential. Dr. Toope reminded attendees that despite these achievements, Canadian society could still do more to help refugees, especially in the face of political violence and persecution ongoing throughout 2014.

There were also many advocates and organizations present at the event, and each provided the community with the opportunity to learn more on the commitment necessary to help refugees worldwide.