Over 20 family members representing the Edith Lando Charitable Foundation connected with staff and clients impacted by the foundation’s generosity during a donor acknowledgement dinner and tour at ISSofBC Welcome Centre Friday.
The evening event included Syrian cuisine provided by Tayybeh, presentations, slideshows and personal stories from staff and clients involved in services the foundation supports.
“Your donations continue to help us fund important programs that provide settlement, encouraging development and holistic support for refugees and newcomer youth,” said Ajlin Mehmedi, Youth Site Manager at the ISSofBC Welcome Centre Youth Hub.
First sponsoring the construction of the ISSofBC Welcome Centre playground to later supporting an after school program for newcomer children, youth programming for newly arrived refugees, a refugee trauma support pilot project, and services to assist survivors of torture through VAST (Vancouver Association of Survivors of Torture), the Edith Lando Charitable Foundation continues to assist ISSofBC and its partners in providing vital services.
The foundation, started by Edith Lando and now administered by her four children, is dedicated to fostering the self-esteem of children and encourages adults to treat children with more understanding and compassion.