What You Will Do

Drop-in support groups to help you:

  • Meet other women to make new friends and build support networks
  • Learn about life in Canada and the local community
  • Develop your leadership and facilitation skills to become a leader in your community
  • Use your skills to help other immigrant and refugee women

Program participants have reported an increase in self-esteem and self-confidence, formed lasting friendships and become more aware of the various services and resources available to them as well as gained a better understanding of Canadian culture.” – Ajlin Mehmedi | Settlement Manager – Former Settlement Worker (Women and Seniors)

  • Peer Support Group Criteria:
  • Immigrant and refugee women 19 year of age and older
  • All individuals who identify as women are welcome
  • Burnaby – eligibility is limited to permanent residents
  • Leadership and Facilitation Training Program Eligibility
  • Immigrant and refugee women aged 24 and up with minimum CLB 5
  • All individuals who identify as women are welcome
  • Candidates must have an immigrant and/or refugee background and a strong desire to give back to their communities by assisting other immigrant and refugee women with the adjustment process
  • Successful candidates must make a commitment to attending the leadership training and facilitating peer support group(s)
Locations Available


Peer Support Group:

  • Drop-in program
  • 10-weeks long in English or select first languages
  • be welcomed in a safe and confidential space
  • receive support for your settlement challenges
  • learn more about Canadian culture
  • build connections with resources in the community
  • share experiences and discuss common concerns

Leadership and Facilitation Training:

  • 14-week program taught by experts from various fields
  • Develop skills to become community leaders and role-models
  • Graduates go on to facilitate a peer support group with the assistance of ISSofBC staff
  • Receive: PeerNet Facilitation Certification and ISSofBC Leadership and Facilitation Training Certificate

Contact us

Vancouver: 604-684-7498
or email:  iwpsp@issbc.org
Burnaby: 604-395-8000
or email: iwpspburnaby@issbc.org