Featured Member: DIVERSEcity Builds for the Future with its New Community Campus
DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society recently moved to their newly built community campus in February 2015. The community campus is located on 13455 76 Avenue in the heart of Newton, Surrey where the agency has been serving the community for the past 36 years.
The campus is a two story, 20,000 sqft multi-year capital project which features a Fraser Health licensed childminding space, classrooms for LINC, employment programs and settlement programs, counselling offices, administrative offices, a community kitchen, rooftop garden, trades training space and a storefront retail unit. The community campus provides comprehensive services to newcomers under one roof. The community campus is DIVERSEcity's first owned premises, replacing an equal amount of leased space at their original offices on 137th Street.
The campus will be home to over 125 staff and volunteers and is easily accessible by transit with regular bus routes along 76 Avenue and King George Boulevard. A parking lot at the back of the campus for staff also has some limited parking for visitors.The process of a move is daunting and while DIVERSEcity continues to unpack boxes and make the space its own, business has continued as usual. DIVERSEcity will be holding the grand opening of the community campus on September 22nd at its' 37th AGM this year.
Congratulations to DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society!
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How to Strengthen Support and Understanding for LGBTQ Newcomers
On May 11, AMSSA held an E-Symposium entitled LGBTQ Newcomers: Strengthening Support and Understanding, at SFU Harbour Centre. The goal of this E-Symposium was to provide training and information for Settlement agencies and staff on working with and supporting LGBTQ newcomer clients.
The panelists presented on key concepts for understanding LGBTQ identities, the importance and need for LGBTQ inclusive programming, gave insight on client experiences, challenges they encountered and resources available.
AMSSA had a diverse group of presenters at the event:
Thank you to our panelists!
The e-symposium video can be viewed on the AMSSA website.
AMSSA is also currently creating a specialized resource page and more online videos on the topic of supporting and strengthening LGBTQ Immigrants which will be posted on the AMSSA website soon.
|Experiencing Immigration: The Youth Perspective|
AMSSA's web video, created in collaboration with the Vancouver Foundation's Fresh Voices Youth Advisory Team (YAT), which focused on youth immigration and aimed to provide settlement workers with information and tips such as:
- The different experience of youth immigration compared to the adult immigration experience;
- Age appropriateness of support and resources;
- Gaps in services for youth identified; and,
- Difficulties in regards to navigating the educational systems.
Thank you to Jorge Salazar, Project Manager, Fresh Voices at the Vancouver Foundation as well as Ashvan Wal, Linda Chen and Marlio Herrera from the Vancouver Foundation's Youth Advisory Team (YAT) for sharing their time and knowledge with us.
View the video online and share it with your networks!
|Making Friends is Easier for Immigrants in Smaller Centres |
Did you know? Immigrants to smaller regions tend to have a stronger sense of belonging than immigrants living in large urban centres. While over 60% of all immigrants to Canada move to Montreal, Vancouver or Toronto, smaller regions are seeing a growing share.
|Immigrant Arrivals by Regional District|
AMSSA's latest Migration Matters Info Sheet explores the latest research on the unique settlement challenges and opportunities experienced by immigrants to smaller centres in British Columbia.
Read and share the Migration Matters Info Sheets with your networks!
Check Out AMSSA's Online Directory of Resources for Settlement Providers
Did you know that AMSSA curates specialized resource pages on different topics?
The webpages have resources that are relevant and applicable to settlement providers. Check out the current hot topics:
Do you have/know a resource that is not listed? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will gladly add it.
|Self-Care is Important - Learn How to go from Burnout to Balance |
AMSSA held a webinar on Wednesday, March 11. The webinar, presented by Lynda Monk, MSW, RSW, CPCC and provided participants with an overview of the unique occupational hazards of high stress, high care work including burnout, vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue. Individual self-care strategies for emotional, physical, psychological and spiritual well-being was explored, while considering what it takes to balance caring for others and also, caring for the self.
This webinar also offered validation, inspiration and information for effectively enhancing self-care at the individual, team and workplace levels.
View the webinar video online and share it with your networks!