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Strategy Group #1

Access to Services

Co-conveners

Eleanor Guerrero-Campbell is a recently retired community planner, social planning consultant, and non-profit executive. She was planner, planning manager and planning consultant for various cities in Canada and the Philippines including Surrey, Richmond, Vancouver, Edmonton and Metro Manila. Eleanor co-founded the Multicultural Helping House Society and was CEO of the Minerva Foundation for BC Women. She chaired the City of Vancouver multicultural advisory community for many years and was member of the Mayor's Working Group on Immigration. As diversity consultant she directed the Looking Ahead Initiative (at MOSAIC) helping to improve labor market integration of immigrants in BC and researched/wrote a Diversity Cultural Kit (for the BC Human Resource Management Association) to assist human resource professionals in BC to hire internationally trained skilled immigrants. 

SVNH is a vibrant community hub for volunteering, sharing information, delivering services and forging community connections within the culturally diverse neighbourhoods of southeast Vancouver.

Website:www.southvan.org

Members

LISTN is a society of Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) providers in BC and the Yukon that facilitates the effective delivery of settlement (English) language services for adult newcomers.

Website: www.listn.info

The secular, grassroots Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House embraces people of all ancestries, genders, ages and descriptions; annually welcoming DTES residents in a community where 70% of our neighbours have low‐incomes, 700 are homeless and 5,000 are under-housed. The programming is community inspired and varied, a sampling of which has included a Chinese Elders and a Children’s Community Kitchen, Nutritional Outreach, Healing Circles, Storytelling, a Family Drop In a community drop-in and production of a Right to Food Zine

Website: www.dtesnhouse.ca

ISSofBC is the largest agency of its kind in Western Canada, with targeted programs for refugees, women, children and youth, plus support services in over 45 languages. ISSofBC's programs and services include Career Services, Settlement Services and Language Courses and are offered throughout Metro Vancouver, Squamish and the Okanagan.

Website:www.issbc.org

Vancity is a financial co-op; our vision is to redefine wealth by building inclusive and healthy communities and to help newcomers participate in the local economy.

Website: www.vancity.com/BusinessBanking/Financing/Loans/SmallBusinessAndStartup/backtowork/

RRS provides information and support to asylum seekers and those wanting to make a refugee claim as a result of a fear of persecution because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or HIV status. 

Website: www.rainbowrefugee.ca

The YMCA of Greater Vancouver is a multi-service, charitable organization, with immigrants involved as members, staff and volunteers. Highlighted program: YMCA Connections programming particularly promotes immigrant integration and social cohesion within the complex diversity of Lower Mainland communities. 

Website: www.vanymca.org/connections

VPL is dedicated to meeting the lifelong learning, reading and information needs of Vancouver residents.  The Skilled Immigrant InfoCentre provides information to newcomers that prepare them for employment. 

Websites:

Skilled Immigrant InfoCentre –   http://pwp.vpl.ca/siic/

Vancouver Public Library – www.vpl.ca

VAST promotes the human rights and mental health of refugees who arrive in British Columbia with psychological trauma as a result of torture, political violence, and other forms of persecution on the basis of race, religion, nationality, gender identity, sexual orientation, and political opinion. VAST also provides one-on-one and group trauma-focused psychological counselling for refugee claimants in multiple languages.

Website: www.vast-vancouver.ca

MPFCS offers Family Drop in and Circles of Care and Connection (CCC) to support families with young children. The Family Drop in program supports parents raising their babies, toddlers’ and preschoolers and provides opportunities for children (birth to six years of age) connect, learn and play in a well-planned Family Resource Program. Circles of Care and Connection (CCC) provides early child development and family support services to refugee families with children from birth to six years of age.

Website: www.mpfamilycentre.ca

YWCA Metro Vancouver’s mission is to touch lives and build better futures for women and their families through advocacy and integrated services that foster economic independence, wellness and equal opportunities.

Website: www.ywcavan.org

The Vancouver Board of Education’s SWIS Program is a school-based settlement service that provides direct and immediate professional assistance to immigrant, refugee and eligible temporary resident students and their families after their arrival in Vancouver and registration in the public schools. Settlement workers facilitate the adjustment, adaptation, and integration of newcomer families during their initial years in Canada.

Website:http://go.vsb.bc.ca/schools/drpc/community/swis/Pages/About-Us.aspx

LMNHS provides needed social, recreational, educational, cultural & food services to people of different ages/ethnic groups.  LMNHS also facilitates community members to actively participate, through self-help , in developing a healthier neighbourhood.

Websites:

Little Mountain Neighbourhood House Society: www.lmnhs.bc.ca

Community Connections and Settlement Programs: www.lmnhs.bc.ca/wp/programs-services/settlement/

 

Kinbrace provides housing and support for people in Canada's refugee protection system.  

MAP work collaboratively to identify barriers and provide solutions to promote the protection and well-being of refugee claimants and service providers, by facilitating networking and information sharing.

Websites:

Kinbrace: www.kinbrace.ca

Multi Agency Partnership: www.mapbc.org

 

CNH works to promote the well-being of local residents through projects, programs, & services for people of all backgrounds & nationalities. CNH is part of an intercultural community, embracing diversity and working together to create something new in our neighbourhood.

Website: www.cnh.bc.ca/immigrant-services/

PIRS ensures immigrant women and their families participate fully in Canadian community life. Addressing language, childcare and financial barriers, our programs develop women’s confidence to engage in Canadian social life.

Website: www.pirs.bc.ca

MHHS is dedicated to servicing the needs of newcomers to Canada.  MHHS provides assistance to thousands of new immigrants in addressing their needs from settlement, employment, social services, skills enhancement, respite housing, legal assistance, and education services. MHHS also runs special programs centered on the youth, senior citizens and families.

Website: www.helpinghouse.ca

 

Founded in 1945, la Fédération des francophones de la Colombie-Britannique (or FFCB, translated as the BC Federation of Francophones) takes as its mission the promotion, representation, and defense of the rights and interests of francophones in British Columbia, as well as the preservation of the francophone linguistic and cultural heritage. 

Websites:

BC Federation of Francophones: www.ffcb.ca

Programme d’immigration francophone de la Colombie-Britannique: www.vivreencb.ca

MOSAIC is a non-profit organization and the primary settlement and employment service agency in Vancouver assisting newcomers in Canada with over 40 programs and 30 sites across Metro Vancouver.

Website: http://www.mosaicbc.com/

 

S.U.C.C.E.S.S. offers settlement and integration services to immigrants and their families to help them understand, navigate and access the social and economic systems of British Columbia.

Websites:

S.U.C.C.E.S.S.: www.success.bc.ca

 

Immigrant Settlement & Integration Program: http://successbc.ca/eng/services/settlement-services/settlement-integration-program

 

SVNH is a vibrant community hub for volunteering, sharing information, delivering services and forging community connections within the culturally diverse neighbourhoods of southeast Vancouver.

Website:www.southvan.org

VCC serves a diverse urban community by providing excellent programs and services that prepare learners for ongoing education, direct entry into employment, career advancement and greater participation in the community.

Website: www.vcc.ca

 

OCTIP is responsible for the development and overall coordination of British Columbia’s strategy to address human trafficking. In collaboration with other provincial ministries, federal departments, municipal governments, law enforcement agencies, and community organizations, OCTIP aims to prevent human trafficking and coordinate services for trafficked persons in British Columbia.

Website: www.pssg.gov.bc.ca/octip/training.htm