• Meet once per week for a minimum of 3-6 month period with a newcomer or newcomer family
  • Welcome newcomers to Canada and connect them to their community
  • Be a resource person who assists newcomers to learn about different aspects of life in Canada
  • Be an explorer who is interested in learning about newcomers’ culture and language
  • Be a friend who provides friendship and support to newcomers
  • Be an initiator who takes the lead to develop a connection with the newcomer and maintains contact each week


  • Living in Vancouver area for at least 3 years
  • Willingness to learn and appreciate the cultural practices of others
  • Desire to help others
  • Reliable and responsible
  • Knowledge of services and resources available in Tri-Cities (or the ability to research them

Commitment: 2-4 hours for a minimum 3-6 months

Contact information: Lucy Hardman (lucy.hardman@issbc.org or volunteer.cottonwood@issbc.org)

778-383-1438 ext.1907