AMSSA and its member agencies and stakeholders organize public community events, workshops for newcomers to Canada as well as professional development training, workshops, seminars and conferences for settlement, diversity and inclusion sector employees.

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Ongoing Community Events / Programs

Community events and workshops which continue throughout the year are listed below the calendar.

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AMSSA Webinar Series: Virtual Learning Exchange

February 22 @ 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
Please log on early to check your connections

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
8:45 am - 5:00 pm





Ongoing Community Events / Programs

Wellness Group Counselling
Little Mountain Neighbourhood House
June 7 – July 26 (Wednesdays)

English Classes for Parents of Persons with Disabilities
Pacific Immigrant Resources Society
June 15 – August 3 (Thursdays) 

Refugee StrongStart Summer Program
Pacific Immigrant Resources Society
July 4 – August 4 (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays)

Effective Parenting
Little Mountain Neighbourhood House & Family Services of Greater Vancouver
July 4 – 25 (Tuesdays)

Summer School Program
Muslim Food Bank and Community Services
July 4 – August 31 (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays)

Hear Me Now
Muslim Food Bank and Community Services & The Social Wellness Foundation
July 5 – August 9 (Mondays and Wednesdays) 

Retail Connections
North Shore Multicultural Society
July 10 – 21

ASPIRE Caseworker Training
Muslim Food Bank and Community Services
July 14 – 17 

Play n’ Sing at the Park!
Outdoor program for parents of children 0-5
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
July 14 – 30, 2017 (Fridays)

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

Free Activities for Newcomers
July 2017

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

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

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