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AMSSA Webinar Series: Virtual Learning Exchange

February 22, 2017 @ 8:45 am - 5:00 pm


An Interactive Day of Exchanging Knowledge, Resources, and Tools with the Settlement and Language Sector


Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Location: Online

Event Time: 8:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (PST) 8 Online Sessions

Each session is 60 minutes (45 minute presentation, 15 minute Q&A). Participate in as many online sessions as you would like.

Participants will be able to connect with community stakeholders involved in the settlement & integration of immigrant and refugee populations. The intent of the virtual exchange is to provide training, increase knowledge & awareness, and have the audience leave with tools & resources on various topic areas.

These interactive sessions are targeted to front line staff (Settlement Workers, Career Facilitators, Community Connections Workers, LINC Instructors), Managers, Supervisors, and community stakeholders working with immigrants and refugees.


The Virtual Learning Exchange will be an all-day online series of interactive sessions, with a variety of stakeholders engaging with the B.C. Settlement and Language Sector on the following 8 topics:

8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
AMSSA Introduction & Technical Testing with Participants
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9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Small Business BC Resources, Small Business BC– Laura Aveldo

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Challenges of Refugee & Immigrant Mental Health in Metro Vancouver, Cross Cultural Psychiatry Program, Vancouver Coastal Health – Dr. Soma Ganesan, MD, FRCPC

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
What are the Mental Health and Substance Use Information Needs of Newcomers and their Supporters? Findings from Recent Consultations with the BC Multicultural/Settlement Sector, Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division – Sarah Hamid-Balma

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Ending a Fixed-Term Tenancy Under Special Circumstances, Residential Tenancy Branch, Audrey Panter

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The BC Childcare Subsidy, Ministry of Children and Family Development – Lisa Maisonneuve

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Creating Informal Literacy and Language Opportunities within a Formal Learning Environment, DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society – Janice Bexson

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Fresh Voices: Journeys, Reflections and Learning, Fresh Voices Initiative, Vancouver Foundation – Alejandra Lopez

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Integrating CLB Assessment into your ESL Classroom, The Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks (CCLB)  – Lisa Herrera and Sarah Schmuck


This event is funded by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and is free for all service provider organizations (SPOs) funded by IRCC in the province of BC. Individuals from other organizations are welcome to attend for a small fee. Registration for AMSSA members and Safe Harbour Members costs $35 per connection and registration for organizations with no affiliation to AMSSA or Safe Harbour costs $75 per connection.

To Register, click here.

Deadline to register is February 21, 2017

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February 22, 2017
8:45 am - 5:00 pm





Ongoing Community Events / Programs

Career and Job Search Tour
Vancouver Public Library
December 14, 2017 – March 28, 2018 (Wednesdays) 

Small Business Tour
Vancouver Public Library
December 30, 2017 – March 24, 2018 (Last Saturday of the month) 

Citizenship and Civic Engagement Course
DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society
When: Every Wednesday from January 24 – March 28, 2018 OR
Every Friday from January 26 – March 30, 2018

March 2018 Workshops

Connecting Through Vulnerability (3 workshops)
Muslim Food Bank Community Services

Be Here Now: February 25, 2018
Heart at Peace: March 25, 2018
Embrace Your Truth: April 29, 2018

Parent Educational & Support Program
Muslim Food Bank Community Services
Program for parents of children aged 7-12 years old
Programs in English & Arabic from March 3 – April 7, 2018

ASPIRE Case Management Training
Muslim Food Bank Community Services
Free Training Sessions for Ages 18+

Session 1: A Journey of Survival
Session 2: Case Management Training
Session 3: Managing Conflict and Resources

SOS Health and Settlement Orientation Group
Settlement Orientation Services

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)

Income Assistance Outreach Tuesday
(First 3 Tuesdays every month)

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

Vancouver Early Years Refugee Program
Pacific Immigrant Resources Society

Community Adult Literacy Program – Free English Class for Job Seekers
Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society (PICS)

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