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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

Summer School Program
Muslim Food Bank and Community Services
July 4 – August 24 (Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays)

Parenting for Fathers
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
July 20 – August 31, 2017 (Thursdays)

Parent Support Group
July 26 – August 16, 2017 (Wednesdays) 

Citizenship Test Preparation
August 16 & August 17, 2017 

Kurdish Workshops for Newcomers
August 28 – September 20, 2017 (Various dates & events)

Family Resource Programs
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
Summer July – August, 2017 

Free Activities for Newcomers
August 2017

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

Skills Training Centre
DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society
September – November 2017

2016 – 2017 Program Dates
Pacific Immigrant 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)
Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISSofBC)

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 (Youth Program)
Registration begins in July

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
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

Vancouver Early Years Refugee Program
Pacific Immigrant Resources Society

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

Foreign Credential Recognition Loan Project

English Conversation Club