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AMSSA Forum: Anti-Racism & Anti-Hate Initiatives – Supporting the Integration of Refugees in Our Communities

February 15 @ 9:45 am - 12:00 pm

This timely forum will be a combined in-person and online training opportunity bringing together community organizers and experts in the anti-racism and anti-hate sector. Presenters will share best promising practices, resources, and tools for settlement, language and community service providers to navigate the challenges of combating hate and discrimination. This forum will address the challenges that Syrian refugee clients face in their communities and how service providers and community stakeholders can address these challenges.

This event is funded by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Event Details & Registration:

  • Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2017
  • Time: 10:15 am – 12:00 pm
    • Tech-testing for online participants: 9:45 am – 10:00 am (PST)
  • Location: Online or In-Person
    • Venue: Council Chambers, Surrey City Hall, 13450 104 Avenue, Surrey, BC
  • In-person participation: 4 in-person attendees per agency
  • Online participation: Unlimited number of online connections per agency
  • Cost: Free
  • To Register, click here.
    • Deadline to register is February 7, 2017

Contact us at for more information.


February 15
9:45 am - 12:00 pm




Council Chambers – Surrey City Hall
13450 104 Avenue
Surrey, BC Canada
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Ongoing Community Events / Programs

Skills Training Centre
DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society
September – November 2017

Entry to Hospitality Careers for Women Program
Pacific Immigrant Resources society
September 11 – November 30, 2017

Canadian Fitness Connection
September 22 – December 08, 2017

Childcare Career Exploration
September 23 – December 09, 2017

Community Leaders Igniting Change
Surrey Poverty Reduction Coalition
September 28 – December 14, 2017

Citizenship Preparation and Participation Course
September 29 – December 01, 2017 

ISSofBC October 2017 Workshops
October 2017 

English Conversation Circle
October 6- November 17

Impact Mentorship
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
October 10 – November 28 

Nobody’s Perfect Parenting Program
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
October 10 – November 14, 2017 

Taste-Buds with Chef Andrew
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
October 11 – November 9, 2017 

Food Skills Program – Healthy Cooking on a Budget
Kitsilano Neighbourhood House
October 11 – November 15, 2017 

Effective Parenting After Separation
Kitsilano Neighbourhood House
October 12 – November 16, 2017

Conversations for Success
October 14 – November 04, 2017 

My Tween and Me – parenting program for Parents with Children aged 7-12
Kitsilano Neighbourhood House
October 28 – December 2, 2017

Caring Neighbours at Christmas
Family Services of Greater Vancouver
October 31 – November 30, 3017

ASPIRE Caseworker Training – 3 free training sessions
Muslim Food Bank Community Services
November 3 – 7, 2o17

Get in the Know! With Alden Habacon
Driving Organizational Change, Fostering Inclusion, Building Intercultural Skills & Knowledge
DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society
Workshops in December, 2017 

Citizenship and Civic Engagement Course
DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society

Microloans Program
DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society

Finances for Newcomer Women with Children
Family Services of Greater Vancouver

Yarn Circle
Family Services of Greater Vancouver

Moving Ahead (Tri-Cities & Maple Ridge)

After School Club!
Kamloops Immigrant Services

Welcoming Neighbours
Kitsilano Neighbourhood House

Family Support Worker in Your Neighbourhood
All families with children 0-5 years old welcome
Kiwassa Neighbourhood House

Food Security & Sustainable Living – Workshops and Potluck
Little Mountain Neighbourhood House
First Tuesday of every month 

Refugee Training and Employment Program – BC Alliance for Manufacturing

Fast-track to IT (FIT)-Youth Program

Settlement Online Pre-Arrival Program 
For pre-landed immigrants to find and retain employment

HIPPY Program for Multicultural Parents

Family Literacy Outreach
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House

Infant Sing and Grow Drop-In
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
With children 0 – 12 months old 

The Little House Family Drop-In
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
With children 0-5 years old

West Village Family Drop-In
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
With children birth to 6 years old

Baby Time Drop-In
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Circle
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House

Men’s Group
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House

2016 – 2017 Program Dates
Pacific Immigrant Resources Society

Vancouver Early Years Refugee Program
Pacific Immigrant Resources Society

Syrian Kids Go!
Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society (PICS)

Community Adult Literacy Program
Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society (PICS)

Foreign Credential Recognition Loan Project

English Conversation Club