ISSofBC volunteers pose for group photo during a recognition party at Welcome Centre.

Over 670 individuals in Richmond and Vancouver volunteered with ISSofBC in 2018 representing a total of 8,517 hours of time toward supporting immigrants and refugees as they build new lives in Canada. Volunteers were honoured for this dedication during three recognition parties with the final celebration held last night at ISSofBC Welcome Centre.

The ISSofBC volunteer program provides opportunities for individuals to contribute their time and talents to a wide variety of activities that support newcomers in their settlement journeys.

During the dinner celebration hosted by Volunteer and Community Connections Workers Elmir Ismayilov and Dorcas Mendez, volunteers had the opportunity to share their experiences, challenges and lessons learned over the course of the year.

Volunteers mentioned networking, making friends, sharing cultures and feeling useful as some of the highlights of volunteering with ISSofBC.

Richmond and Vancouver volunteer roles in 2018 included ESL classroom assistants, newcomer mentoring, program support staff, special events coordinators, childminding, youth program assistants and more.

ISSofBC staff in Burnaby, Langely, Maple Ridge, New Westminster, Surrey and the Tri-Cities are also celebrating the amazing commitment and enthusiasm of volunteers in 2018 with special events.

The Volunteer and Community Connections team in Vancouver and Richmond would like to thank everyone who joined the celebrations, volunteer staff members who helped with the party, and the amazing volunteers for their ongoing hard work that makes such a difference in newcomers’ lives.

Interested in joining our team? Check out our current opportunities.

https://issbc.org/our-services/volunteer-with-us

View photos from the event