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Strategy Group #4

Governments and Public Institutions Addressing Needs

Co-conveners

Social Policy & Projects is part of Community Services Group. It leads the Healthy City Strategy, the City’s plan for social sustainability.  It also coordinates and supports strategic partnerships and initiatives to address emerging social issues and trends, such as the Mayor’s Task Force on Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan, Vancouver Immigration Partnership, City of Reconciliation, Local Food Strategy, Age Friendly Action Plan, and other initiatives involving youth, Aboriginal communities, and low income residents.  It administers a variety of social grants in support of over 150 non-profit organizations in Vancouver. 

Website: www.vancouver.ca

Wendy Au is the Assistant City Manager responsible for the External Relations & Protocol business unit. She also works on social development projects that are inter-governmental and inter-departmental in nature. Her work program extends from the City level to Provincial, National and International. Wendy’s work include administering the Great Beginnings intergovernmental program supporting social development work in Downtown Eastside and the Year of Reconciliation. Wendy had worked in the area of diversity training, multicultural outreach as well as participated in the City’s mentorship program and the Connector Program.

Website: www.vancouver.ca

Members

The Real Estate and Facilities Management Department (REFM) provides full real property and building assets lifecycle management functions for the City of Vancouver.  REFM consists of three main service areas:  (1) Real Estate Services (Development and Operations); (2) Facilities Planning and Development (Planning, Development, Environmental, and Energy and Utilities); and (3) Facilities Operations (Maintenance and Operations, including Property Management and Work Control and Optimization, and Corporate Security.  As General Manager of REFM, Bill supports immigrants’ integration initiative through participation as a mentor in the City’s Newcomer’s Mentorship Program.  

Website: www.vancouver.ca/your-government/organizational-structure.aspx

The UBC Community Partnership Unit works collaboratively with people and groups across the university, supporting initiatives to advance UBC’s commitment to community engagement. 

Website: http://www.communityengagement.ubc.ca

VEC works to strengthen the city’s economic future by supporting existing businesses, attracting foreign investment and promoting international trade. The VEC positions Vancouver as a globally recognised city for innovative, creative and sustainable businesses.

Website: www.vancouvereconomic.com

The Victim Services and Crime Prevention Division of the Ministry of Justice develops and delivers community safety and crime prevention programs and provides leadership, advice, training and expertise on community safety issues; establishes and maintains partnerships with organizations, communities and government to ensure coordinated and comprehensive services; and provides operational funding to key community justice and crime prevention organizations to support services to communities throughout British Columbia.

Website: http://www.pssg.gov.bc.ca/victimservices/

The Mining Association of B.C. represents the interests of B.C.'s mining industry.  It is one of the oldest industry associations in the province and represents the collective needs and interests of operating coal, metal and industrial mineral mining companies.  In doing so, it has come to be regarded as the voice for mining in British Columbia.

Website:www.miningbc.ca

VCC offers a wide range of programs to suit their student’s needs and interests. These include University transfer courses, academic upgrading, high school plus apprenticeships, and programs specialized for students with disabilities.

Website: www.vcc.ca/services/services-for-students/aboriginal-services/

Maggie is a former City of Vancouver councillor, educator and founding patron of S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

Headquartered in Vancouver, TELUS is Canada’s fastest-growing national telecommunications company.  Committed to supporting diversity and inclusiveness, TELUS has been recognized numerous times as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and Best Employers of New Canadians

 

Website: http://about.telus.com/community/english/careers/why_telus/diversity 

KNH is a grassroots volunteer-led non-profit organization that provides a broad range of accessible, free and affordable programs for children, youth, families, seniors and adults, and volunteer and leadership opportunities in northeast Vancouver.   

Website:www.kiwassa.ca

 

Paul Mochrie is the General Manager of Human Resource Services at the City of the Vancouver. He also oversees Digital Services and the 311 Contact Centre. The HR Department supports the employees at the City with services related to Compensation, Benefits, Equal Employment, Health & Safety, Organizational Development, Engagement, Attraction, Recruitment and Retention.

The HR Department administers the City’s Newcomer’s Mentorship Program and Paul has been a mentor over the past four years in the program, offering advice to internationally trained immigrants in Human Resources management to find pathways into their professions.    

The Engineering Services Department of the City of Vancouver oversees the Transportation, Departmental Services, Streets, Solid Waste, Water, Sewers, and Project and Quality Management Divisions. Within these divisions there are 25 branches which operate out of various major work locations around the city. As General Manager of Engineering Services, Peter has also been a mentor over the past four years in the City’s Newcomer’s Mentorship program, offering advice to international trained engineers and helping them more quickly find their way into professional positions befitting their years of experience from around the world. 

After working for the City for the past 33 years, Peter has recently retired. We would like to thank Peter for his involvement in VIP and we would also like to take this opportunity to welcome Jerry Dobrovolny to VIP. Jerry is currently the acting General Manager of Engineering Services. 

Website: www.vancouver.ca

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

Websites:

Skilled Immigrant InfoCentre: www.pwp.vpl.ca/siic/ 

Vancouver Public Library: www.vpl.ca/

The Public Engagement team at the City of Vancouver advises and helps carry out consultation with members of the general public where the public are able to influence City processes or decisions. The Public Engagement group utilizes both in-person and online techniques to consult with the public on a variety of issues, from the annual budget and capital planning to social housing and development projects.

Website: www.vancouver.ca

The Vancouver School District is among the most diverse public school system in Canada with an annual enrolment of approximately 54,000 students in Kindergarten to Grade 12.  In addition, the Vancouver School District provides educational programs and services to full-time Adult Education students. Our programs and services address the extraordinary and complex challenges associated with a diverse district.  Our goal is to serve the needs and tap the potential of each of our students so that they may achieve their unique potential.

 Website: http://go.vsb.bc.ca/schools/drpc/Pages/default.aspx

Suleman & Co. is a Canadian immigration and refugee law firm.

Website: www.sulemanco.com