We received word today that Mayor Robertson as well as other invited dignitaries including representatives from the Coast Salish Territory will help us celebrate the launch of our construction phase in a ground breaking ceremony scheduled for Friday, June 20. Why June 20 you say… June 20 coincides with the UN designated World Refugee Day – only appropriate we thought. Plans are underway to have 150+ people join us at 10am at 2610 Victoria Drive as we pause to recognize World Refugee Day and equally important, start construction of this unique, one of a kind facility for refugees. Off to buy gold spray paint for those shovels!!
About the Author: Chris Friesen has been the ISSofBC Director of Settlement Services for over twenty years. He is currently leading the multi-year initiative to design and build a Metro Vancouver Regional Service Centre for Refugees. In spring 2016, this 58,000sf facility will become the first of its kind in the world, bringing together a variety of community and government services and organizations to meet the immediate needs of refugees and immigrants settling in BC. Learn more about the new Welcome House.