Mayor's Working Group on Immigration
Geoff is a former journalist with a career that has included senior communications positions in the provincial government, the Vancouver Mayor's Office and the labour movement. He has also served as a City of Vancouver councillor since 2008.
Over the past two decades, Dan has been researching a variety of topics related to the integration of immigrants in Canadian cities. Much of this work has been done with a focus on Vancouver. He has also worked directly with the policy sector at the provincial and national levels, and worked extensively with NGOs delivering services to newcomer populations.
PICS is a community services society providing various programs and services including Employment Programs, Settlement Services, Language Services, Social Programs and Housing Services. PICS services assist new immigrants, seniors, farm workers, women and youth. PICS works diligently to provide responsive programs that address various issues within the community by promoting harmony and intercultural understanding for the purpose of building a more inclusive and mutually respectful society.
Sanctuary Health is a network of health workers and community members working with communities with precarious status who advocate for access to health care for all. To address the impacts of discriminatory federal government changes to refugee care and immigration laws we are working towards a movement and policy of "Sanctuary City" so that everyone regardless of status can access services without fear.
Cecilia has over 20 years of experience working with newcomers in the settlement field, with particular interest in matters related to refugees and temporary foreign workers. She was co-chair of the Vancouver Refugee Council and past President of Inland Refugee Society, and was a Board member of the Collingwood Neighbourhood House for many years. She is a member of the Mayor’s Working group since its inception.
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.
AMSSA is a province-wide association that strengthens its 70+ member agencies, who serve immigrants and build culturally inclusive communities, with the knowledge, resources and support they need to fulfill their mandates.
IEC-BC works with employers, business associations, immigrant serving organizations, government and other stakeholders to improve hiring practices and influence public policies and programs to effectively integrate immigrant talent into BC’s workforce.
Web link: www.iecbc.ca
SOS is a community-based organization that supports refugee claimants in navigating Canada’s refugee determination process. We provide first language settlement services for refugee claimants in BC as well as health promotion and case management services for refugee claimants, refugees and recent immigrants. Website: www.sosbc.ca
The VPD provides Policing services for the City of Vancouver and partners in providing youth services, community outreach and Mental Health service and programming.
The CBABC Immigration Subsection acts as the collective voice of immigration lawyers in the province of British Columbia. It serves to support its members while also promoting the public interest.
The UBC School of Social Work is the major training institution for social work professionals which offers programs at bachelor, master and doctoral levels.
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.
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.
The Vancouver School District is among the most diverse public school system in Canada with an annual enrollment 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. Their programs and services address the extraordinary and complex challenges associated with a diverse district. Their goal is to serve the needs and tap the potential of each of their students so that they may achieve their unique potential.
Zool is a Canadian Immigration and Refugee lawyer and assists with all types visa matters. He is active in policy development and as a public commentator/writer on a variety of immigration/culture issues.