Two striving newcomers were awarded ISSofBC bursaries to help support their post-secondary education during the Annual General meeting September 18.
Former Skills Connect client Govinda P. Subedi accepted the Eleanor Strong Bursary, thanking ISSofBC for assistance in helping him pursue studies and work towards a career that will allow him and his family to live successful lives in Canada. He intends to work as a Career Practitioner, his former occupation in his native Nepal.
Jim Siemans Bursary recipient Majd Agha, originally from Syria, arrived in Vancouver July 2014. After receiving his award, Majd stated with the bursary, he fully intends to work hard pursuing Computer Science at UBC, after completing his current studies at Langara College.
In addition to the award ceremony, Vancouver City Councillor Raymond Louie spoke highly of ISSofBC’s work over the last 40 years and related his own experiences growing up as a minority in Vancouver during his keynote speech.
Councillor Louie reflected on the importance of multiculturalism within Vancouver and applauded the progress ISSofBC has made in assisting immigrants in British Columbia.
The New Welcome House was also a highlight of the AGM, with a short video produced by Al Mendoza Galina and Rafael Arguello showcasing the warm reception ISSofBC has received around the planned site in East Vancouver.
In attendance at the AGM included Board of Directors President Manchan Sonachansingh, CEO Patrica Woroch in addition to ISSofBC staff and invited guests.