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About the Multifaith Calendar

The Multifaith Calendar is part art book, part spiritual reference and part calendar. You’ve never seen anything like it and, once you have it, you’ll never want to be without it.

The Multifaith Calendar also makes the perfect gift for family, friends & colleagues!

We are located in Vancouver, if you are in the area, drop by! If you would like pick up more than 10 calendars, please contact us at 604-718-2780 to confirm availability.

We are pleased to offer discounted prices below for the 2015 Multifaith Calendar:

Number of Calendars
Cost per Calendar
1 -9
free
10-24
free
25-49
free
50-79
free
80-99
free
100+
free

Shipping fees may apply. Contact us at amssa@amssa.org or fax it to 604-298-0747 for more information.

The 2016 Multifaith Calendars will be available in August 2015. Stay tuned!

Purchase a Multifaith Calendar

The Multifaith Calendar is part art book, part spiritual reference and part calendar. You’ve never seen anything like it and, once you have it, you’ll never want to be without it.

The Multifaith Calendar also makes the perfect gift for family, friends & colleagues!

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 2020 Multifaith Calendars are now available! Contact Rob Austdone at raustdone@amssa.org directly to order your calendars. Note that additional charges apply for shipping. 

AMSSA no longer has a fax machine. Please do not fax your order forms.

**Note: the AMSSA office will be closed from December 23, 2019 – January 3, 2020.**

We are located in Burnaby BC, if you are in the area, drop by! If you would like to pick up more than 10 calendars, please contact us at 604-718-2780 to confirm availability. 


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Did you know? The Multifaith Calendar is available electronically for businesses and institutions! Contact us for more details.

Feel free to contact Rob at raustdone@amssa.org for more information about the calendars.

Multifaith Calendar

The Multifaith Calendar, developed by the Multifaith Action Society, displays religious, spiritual occasions and festivals based on the diverse cultural communities in Canada.

Displaying art from local artists, the vibrant wall calendar adds beauty and interest to any office or home — and it makes a perfect gift for colleagues, clients, friends and family. The calendar can also be used as a fundraising tool!

The Multifaith Calendar:

  • Provides information on 14 world religions and spiritual paths, as well as other festivities
  • Promotes diversity through interfaith, multifaith, and cross-cultural understanding
  • Is a unique resource for organizations and institutions to demonstrate inclusivity and a welcoming environment for clients, customers, and employees

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AMSSA’s commitment is to strengthen diversity in BC by supporting member agencies and stakeholders so that they can better serve immigrants, refugees, and culturally diverse communities. By supporting the Multifaith Calendar, you are also supporting the work and services we offer.

Did you know? The Multifaith Calendar is available electronically for businesses and institutions! Contact us at amssastore@amssa.org for more details.

Faith & Religion

AMSSA Resources

Video: Interfaith Bridging: Building Connections, Building CommunityAMSSA
This video explores approaches to interfaith bridging focusing on collaboration and communication between the settlement service provider agencies, faith organizations, academia and newcomers themselves.

Program Resource: Multifaith Calendar, AMSSA
The Multifaith Calendar provides information on 14 world religions and spiritual paths, as well as other festivities, promotes diversity through interfaith, multifaith, and cross-cultural understanding and is a unique resource for organizations and institutions to demonstrate inclusiveness and a welcoming environment for clients, customers, and employees.

Information Resources

Research: Religion in the ELT classroom: Teachers’ PerspectivesThe Language Teacher
This research article outlines the perspectives of ELT instructors from around the world in regards to discussing religion in the classroom, and discusses pedagogical implications for instructors who wish to address faith and religion in their classrooms.

Resource Manual: An Educators Guide to Islamic Religious PracticesNational Council of Canadian Muslims
This resource manual gives information and practical guidance for educators regarding Islamic religious practices.

Classroom Resources

Instructional Resource: World Religion DayESLHolidayLessons.com
This instructional resource is an ESL reading/listening lesson plan for discussing World Religion Day and religious tolerance with ESL students.

Please report any technical issues or broken links to amssa@amssa.org

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Why Safe Harbour

Why Safe Harbour
Our affiliation-based program has many benefits: flexible and accessible training delivered in-person and online; ongoing support for continued learning; public recognition for affiliates; and assurance from an award-winning program operating since 2004.

Blended training
Safe Harbour’s blended training incorporates e-learning and face-to-face learning. There are several benefits to our blended learning model. E-learning offers flexibility and convenience in the busy workplace because participants can complete coursework in their own time, at their own pace. Our e-learning modules also use a variety of engaging media to support different learning styles. In our face-to-face sessions, the focus is on group discussions and collaborative learning. Click here to meet the facilitators who lead these sessions.

Across the province
Safe Harbour facilitators can deliver in-person workshops in more than 40 communities across the province. Where an in-person workshop isn’t available, the training can be facilitated live online. Our online workshops simulate an interactive, facilitated setting. Accessibility is core to Safe Harbour as the project is delivered by AMSSA, a non-profit organization working to strengthen diversity in B.C.

Affiliate recognition
Safe Harbour affiliation is a great way to demonstrate your organization’s values to employees and clients. The Safe Harbour decal for storefront display is given to all member organizations that complete Diversity & Inclusion training and commit to creating welcoming and inclusive spaces.

Ongoing Support
Safe Harbour affiliates have access to resources and tools to support their diversity and inclusion initiatives. These supports include access to a resource library as well as free or discounted registration to select webinars and e-symposia hosted by Safe Harbour and AMSSA. Affiliates also receive discounts on future trainings and the Multifaith Calendar. Beyond featuring beautiful artwork, the calendar is a helpful tool for building cultural literacy.

AMSSA’s Commitment
Safe Harbour is a project of the Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies (AMSSA) of British Columbia. For 39 years, AMSSA has been strengthening diversity in B.C. through supporting its 70+ member organizations doing immigrant settlement and multicultural work. AMSSA brings a breadth of knowledge and experience to the Safe Harbour program, knowledge of the immigrant and multicultural sector and experience hosting in-person and online events, and creating and distributing information and resources.

AMSSA Community Education Society (ACES)

The purpose of AMSSA Community Education Society of BC (ACES), AMSSA’s charitable arm, is to promote public education on diversity, anti-discrimination, settlement and immigration issues by:

  • Assisting organizations involved in diversity, anti-discrimination, settlement and immigration support their mandates by providing training and networking opportunities
  • Providing training, workshops, seminars, and conferences to benefit the community as a whole
  • Conducting research and making relevant research widely available to organizations
  • Producing and distributing materials, publications, and electronic communications promoting diversity, anti-discrimination, settlement and immigration

Significant projects funded by ACES donations include:

  • Youth Ambassador Diversity Program promoted an inclusive British Columbia where youth, schools and communities demonstrated respect for
  • Multicultural health promotion and the Diversity Health Fair in which educational resources were created to promote healthy living
  • Safe Harbour marketing initiatives promoting the value of diversity in the workplace through workshops, community-based events and online resources

ACES received charitable status in 1997.

Help us strengthen diversity in BC! Support us by donating, purchasing a multifaith calendar and/or prep kit.

Member Benefits

AMSSA facilitates collaborative leadership, knowledge exchange and stakeholder engagement to support agencies that serve immigrants and build culturally inclusive communities.

The following are benefits of membership to AMSSA:

  • Support the growth and development of the settlement and diversity sectors by contributing to a strong and unified voice that promotes diversity and inclusion in BC
  • Engage with a province-wide network of immigrant and refugee serving organizations and professionals to share your best practices, communication strategies, current issues in settlement and diversity services across Canada
  • Support and access up-to-date resources on important issues facing immigrants and refugees in BC and its communities:
    • AMSSA Migration Matters Info Sheets contain the latest information on current issues and trends
    • AMSSA’s SettementNet database and weekly e-mails of related media, information and events in settlement, re-settlement, diversity and inclusion
    • The bi-annual Cultures West magazine covers important themes in immigration, diversity and settlement
    • Ongoing email communications on the latest news and opportunities from organizations and government
  • Access to professional development/training opportunities at a reduced cost including webinars, webcasts and E-symposia which address knowledge gaps identified by our members and the settlement sector
  • Access to AMSSA’s Safe Harbour diversity and inclusion training workshop at a reduced cost
  • Opportunities for fundraising and partnership with AMSSA through AMSSA’s Safe Harbour diversity and inclusion online training and multifaith calendars
  • Increased visibility for your organization through marketing opportunities in AMSSA publications and online networks.
    • Membership listings on AMSSA’s website brochures, annual reports, and Cultures West magazine
    • Job and event opportunities on AMSSA’s website
    • Member achievements and recognition articles in the Cultures West magazine and AMSSA’s Insider e-newsletter
    • Engagement with AMSSA’s expanding social media network and online presence
  • Receive corporate benefits from office suppliers such as:
    • Madill Office Supplies
    • Momentum Conferencing
    • As well as for competitive offers for:
      • General Liability and Directors Liability Insurance from Metrix Professional Insurance Brokers
      • Group Health Insurance from Delta Pacific Benefit Brokers Ltd

Interested in becoming an AMSSA member? Contact us at amssa@amssa.org for a membership application package.

january 2010


Hot Topics

National Safe Harbour Expansion

Through extensive partnerships, recruitment, marketing, and training, the national Safe Harbour: Respect for All program continues to expand at a rapid pace in 15 communities in Alberta, seven in Manitoba, and three in Newfoundland.

Highlights from Alberta
There are currently a total of 12 Safe Harbour-certified locations throughout Brooks. The Global Friendship Immigration Centre is excited to announce that the City of Brooks and the Chamber of Commerce are  now actively participating as Safe Harbour-certified locations. The Chamber is promoting Safe Harbour through their website, e-bulletin and newsletter to members. The City Hall, the recreation centre, the arena, and the fire hall are on board as new Safe Harbour locations. The City of Brooks has decided to proclaim the first Tuesday of the month as Respect for All Day. A diversity-related activity will happen on that day, such as a Safe Harbour workshop, a diversity workshop, a lunch & learn, or a media release promoting Respect for All.

Highlights from Manitoba
The Winnipeg West End Biz, Downtown Biz and Ten Thousand Villages are excited about Safe Harbour. Momentum is growing thanks in part to an article in the Russell Banner and an impressive interview on the CBC Morning Show given by Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council.

Highlights from Newfoundland
Community Organizers were recently trained to deliver the Safe Harbour program. Through initial outreach, all of the public libraries in St. John’s have decided to come on board with the program.

Respect for All – Pass It On
Tight knit connections typify newcomer groups, visible minorities and Aboriginal communities. Therefore, word of mouth and working closely with community agencies are invaluable as methods of communicating Safe Harbour: Respect for All to newcomers and diverse groups. Through the national Respect for AllPass It On campaign, individuals are invited to become active supporters by telling five other people about the program and subscribing to the monthly Respect for All E-Newsletter. Thus far, we’ve reached 120 Friends of Safe Harbour across Canada, including the mayors of Red Deer and Brooks, staff from the Edmonton Public Libraries, YMCA managers, senior partners with Anima Leadership, Play It Fair Senior Program Officers, and staff with the province of Alberta and City of Winnipeg. Subscribe online here: http://www.safeharbour.ca/bc/stories.cfm


Safe Harbour BC Continues to Grow

With over 650 Safe Harbour locations in BC, some of newest Safe Harbour locations include: managers from 34 branches of the Vancouver Island Regional Library in Nanaimo, Trinity Western University in Langley, and Tourism Abbotsford at the Abbotsford Airport.

Regional Meetings
The BC Safe Harbour program will be holding four Regional Meetings in January in Kelowna, Vancouver, Abbotsford, and Nanaimo. At these Regional Meetings, Safe Harbour Community Organizers will have the opportunity to network, share their ideas, experiences, as well as provide feedback on upcoming priorities for the Safe Harbour BC program.

Resources for Safe Harbour Sites
AMSSA will be launching a new webpage for Safe Harbour sites in mid January 2010. The webpage will include Safe Harbour workshop resources available for download, additional tips, resources and sample tools that sites may use to further their organization’s cultural competence.

In the Media
Mission Community Organizer Kusum Soni was recognized and interviewed as the subject of OMNI Television’s weekly Women in Focus program in December 2009. During the interview, she introduces the Safe Harbour program to audiences as well as talk about her involvement with Safe Harbour.


2010 Multifaith Calendars – Have Ordered Yours?

Sales of the 2010 Multifaith Calendar have been great. There are still some left but they are going quickly.

To order yours today, call Irada at 604-718-2784 or toll free 1-888-355-5560 or email amssastore@amssa.org. You can also log online to The AMSSA Store at www.amssastore.org

 


New BCSAP Reference Group

AMSSA recently helped to establish the new BCSAP Reference Group, a provincial committee of 13 representatives from BCSAP service providing organizations (excluding ELSA) in the Vancouver, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island, Interior and North regions. The new committee will provide a venue for the Immigration and WelcomeBC Branch (IWBC) and other relevant stakeholders to communicate and consult with a representative group of BCSAP contractors on broad sectoral topics and initiatives, and work together to improve service models and delivery. The BCSAP Reference Group will meet four times a year, and each meeting will include one or two main agenda items as well as a roundtable for service providers to identify new trends and emerging issues.


Settlement Net Gets More user friendly in 2010

Settlement Net is an online network of information and resources for workers in BC Settlement and Adaptation Program providers to help them provide program and community information and referrals to their clients. www.amssa.org/bcsasp/

AMSSA has just completed work on a new Users’ Guide for the website that will be available to all BCSAP Providers in January 2010.  The guide should make the website easier for existing users and can serve as an introduction to the site for new employees.  AMSSA will also be delivering Settlement Net training sessions to new and existing BCSAP service provider staff (based on need) from January – March, 2010.

Later this year, AMSSA will be conducting a review and evaluation of Settlement Net through a survey of settlement workers across the province.  We’ll be looking for feedback on everything from the design/look of the site to the value of currently posted resources to how the information is organized.  A re-design or upgrade of the site will take place summer 2010. 

In the meantime, comments, questions, feedback and suggestions for improvement related to Settlement Net can be made by contacting Melissa McDowell, Settlement Projects Assistant, by phone at (604) 718-2783 or 1-888-355-5560 (toll free), or by email at projects@amssa.org.


What’s Up At AMSSA

Goodbye Melissa Jay. Welcome Tsering, Nubia, Shona, Kim, Bivianna and Alex!

AMSSA said goodbye to our Health Fair Assistant Melissa Jay in December. Melissa did a wonderful job on planning for the Health Fair and we wish her the best of luck with the rest of her studies at SFU.

AMSSA welcomed six new members to our team in January. Alexandra is serving as Acting Sectoral Support Coordinator while Timothy Welsh is on leave.

Kim is our new Health Fair Coordinator and Bivianna is the Health Fair Assistant. Tsering will be working on a project to review muticultural diabetes resources. Shona will be working with our members to plan a Diversity Expo, and Nubia will be assisting the settlement team with some upcoming events.

AMSSA is very excited to have everyone on board and we are looking forward to a full and exciting spring.

Diversity Health Fair 2010

Planning for the 2010 Diversity Health Fair is well under way. Mark your calendars now as it is sure to be a fantastic event. The Fair will be held on May 29th at the Croatian Cultural Centre on Commercial Drive. We hope to see you all there!

If you would like to be taken off the AMSSA Insider distribution email list, please respond with the subject “unsubscribe”.

january 2010


Hot Topics

National Safe Harbour Expansion

Through extensive partnerships, recruitment, marketing, and training, the national Safe Harbour: Respect for All program continues to expand at a rapid pace in 15 communities in Alberta, seven in Manitoba, and three in Newfoundland.

Highlights from Alberta
There are currently a total of 12 Safe Harbour-certified locations throughout Brooks. The Global Friendship Immigration Centre is excited to announce that the City of Brooks and the Chamber of Commerce are  now actively participating as Safe Harbour-certified locations. The Chamber is promoting Safe Harbour through their website, e-bulletin and newsletter to members. The City Hall, the recreation centre, the arena, and the fire hall are on board as new Safe Harbour locations. The City of Brooks has decided to proclaim the first Tuesday of the month as Respect for All Day. A diversity-related activity will happen on that day, such as a Safe Harbour workshop, a diversity workshop, a lunch & learn, or a media release promoting Respect for All.

Highlights from Manitoba
The Winnipeg West End Biz, Downtown Biz and Ten Thousand Villages are excited about Safe Harbour. Momentum is growing thanks in part to an article in the Russell Banner and an impressive interview on the CBC Morning Show given by Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council.

Highlights from Newfoundland
Community Organizers were recently trained to deliver the Safe Harbour program. Through initial outreach, all of the public libraries in St. John’s have decided to come on board with the program.

Respect for All – Pass It On
Tight knit connections typify newcomer groups, visible minorities and Aboriginal communities. Therefore, word of mouth and working closely with community agencies are invaluable as methods of communicating Safe Harbour: Respect for All to newcomers and diverse groups. Through the national Respect for AllPass It On campaign, individuals are invited to become active supporters by telling five other people about the program and subscribing to the monthly Respect for All E-Newsletter. Thus far, we’ve reached 120 Friends of Safe Harbour across Canada, including the mayors of Red Deer and Brooks, staff from the Edmonton Public Libraries, YMCA managers, senior partners with Anima Leadership, Play It Fair Senior Program Officers, and staff with the province of Alberta and City of Winnipeg. Subscribe online here: http://www.safeharbour.ca/bc/stories.cfm


Safe Harbour BC Continues to Grow

With over 650 Safe Harbour locations in BC, some of newest Safe Harbour locations include: managers from 34 branches of the Vancouver Island Regional Library in Nanaimo, Trinity Western University in Langley, and Tourism Abbotsford at the Abbotsford Airport.

Regional Meetings
The BC Safe Harbour program will be holding four Regional Meetings in January in Kelowna, Vancouver, Abbotsford, and Nanaimo. At these Regional Meetings, Safe Harbour Community Organizers will have the opportunity to network, share their ideas, experiences, as well as provide feedback on upcoming priorities for the Safe Harbour BC program.

Resources for Safe Harbour Sites
AMSSA will be launching a new webpage for Safe Harbour sites in mid January 2010. The webpage will include Safe Harbour workshop resources available for download, additional tips, resources and sample tools that sites may use to further their organization’s cultural competence.

In the Media
Mission Community Organizer Kusum Soni was recognized and interviewed as the subject of OMNI Television’s weekly Women in Focus program in December 2009. During the interview, she introduces the Safe Harbour program to audiences as well as talk about her involvement with Safe Harbour.


Hot Topics

Sales of the 2010 Multifaith Calendar have been great. There are still some left but they are going quickly.

To order yours today, call Irada at 604-718-2784 or toll free 1-888-355-5560 or email amssastore@amssa.org. You can also log online to The AMSSA Store at www.amssastore.org

 


Supporting Our Members

New BCSAP Reference Group

AMSSA recently helped to establish the new BCSAP Reference Group, a provincial committee of 13 representatives from BCSAP service providing organizations (excluding ELSA) in the Vancouver, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island, Interior and North regions. The new committee will provide a venue for the Immigration and WelcomeBC Branch (IWBC) and other relevant stakeholders to communicate and consult with a representative group of BCSAP contractors on broad sectoral topics and initiatives, and work together to improve service models and delivery. The BCSAP Reference Group will meet four times a year, and each meeting will include one or two main agenda items as well as a roundtable for service providers to identify new trends and emerging issues.


Settlement Net Gets More User Friendly in 2010

Settlement Net is an online network of information and resources for workers in BC Settlement and Adaptation Program providers to help them provide program and community information and referrals to their clients. www.amssa.org/bcsasp/

AMSSA has just completed work on a new Users’ Guide for the website that will be available to all BCSAP Providers in January 2010.  The guide should make the website easier for existing users and can serve as an introduction to the site for new employees.  AMSSA will also be delivering Settlement Net training sessions to new and existing BCSAP service provider staff (based on need) from January – March, 2010.

Later this year, AMSSA will be conducting a review and evaluation of Settlement Net through a survey of settlement workers across the province.  We’ll be looking for feedback on everything from the design/look of the site to the value of currently posted resources to how the information is organized.  A re-design or upgrade of the site will take place summer 2010. 

In the meantime, comments, questions, feedback and suggestions for improvement related to Settlement Net can be made by contacting Melissa McDowell, Settlement Projects Assistant, by phone at (604) 718-2783 or 1-888-355-5560 (toll free), or by email at projects@amssa.org.


What’s Up At AMSSA

Goodbye Melissa Jay. Welcome Tsering, Nubia, Shona, Kim, Bivianna and Alex!

AMSSA said goodbye to our Health Fair Assistant Melissa Jay in December. Melissa did a wonderful job on planning for the Health Fair and we wish her the best of luck with the rest of her studies at SFU.

AMSSA welcomed six new members to our team in January. Alexandra is serving as Acting Sectoral Support Coordinator while Timothy Welsh is on leave.

Kim is our new Health Fair Coordinator and Bivianna is the Health Fair Assistant. Tsering will be working on a project to review muticultural diabetes resources. Shona will be working with our members to plan a Diversity Expo, and Nubia will be assisting the settlement team with some upcoming events.

AMSSA is very excited to have everyone on board and we are looking forward to a full and exciting spring.

Diversity Health Fair 2010

Planning for the 2010 Diversity Health Fair is well under way. Mark your calendars now as it is sure to be a fantastic event. The Fair will be held on May 29th at the Croatian Cultural Centre on Commercial Drive. We hope to see you all there!

If you would like to be taken off the AMSSA Insider distribution email list, please respond with the subject “unsubscribe”.

March 2010


Hot Topics
Diversity Health Fair 2010

The momentum of the Diversity Health Fair (Saturday May 29th) is growing!  The recently hired Coordinator and Assistant are working hard to establish relationships with potential sponsors and exhibitors. They have been researching to find new groups and organizations that could participate for an even more exciting, active and more interactive Fair. 

We have contacted many organizations regarding their sponsorship, booths at the Fair and donations for the tote-bags or door prizes.  We are still hoping to secure additional funding, but at minimum we are raising the profile of AMSSA & the Fair.  There are many successes to be celebrated, but you’ll have to wait until the Fair to see what the goodies & door prizes are! 

Unfortunately, our beloved Carnival Band is not available this year.  Therefore in addition to having new fitness classes, cooking demonstrations and outdoor activities, we will have new entertainment!  Check out our updated website www.amssa.org/healthfair2010 for more information on who is coming!  Are you coming?  Mark your calendar!


Safe Harbour:Respect for All

Safe Harbour: Respect for All continues to expand in 15 Alberta communities, six Manitoba communities, and St. John’s, Newfoundland. We are excited to announce that staff from McDonalds, as well as representatives from St. John’s Public Libraries, YMCA-YWCA, Stella Burry Community Services, Community Alliance, and the Lantern are the first Safe Harbour Locations to sign on in Newfoundland.

Our program year is coming to a close. March is a time for evaluation and wrap-up, media events focused on Safe Harbour’s proactive approach to combating racism and discrimination, and discussions of next steps. AMSSA wishes to acknowledge the support of Citizenship and Immigration Canada in expanding the Safe Harbour program from coast to coast.

Respect for All – Pass It On!
AMSSA and our partners are thrilled to see the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo become a supporter of Safe Harbour: Respect for All and embrace diversity in such a proactive way. We wish to commend their work around creating welcoming and inclusive communities, as signatories to the UNESCO Canadian Coalition of Municipalities against Racism and Discrimination. Wood Buffalo has purchased 300 Respect for All wristbands and up to 300 employees will be participating in Safe Harbour workshops in the coming weeks.


Safe Harbour BC Program

Safe Harbour in BC continues to build momentum and work with Safe Harbour locations. The Intercultural Association of Greater Victoria has been working on a Youth Ambassador project in partnership with Sooke School District #62 and the Service Canada, Greater Interior and North BC offices will be one of the newest Safe Harbour locations in BC.
Councillor Woodsworth has proposed a motion to have the City of Vancouver join other cities and become a signatory to the UNESCO Canadian Coalition of Municipalities against Racism and Discrimination (CMARD). Unfortunately, City Council voted the motion down, saying they needed more time to review.
A list of the 33 Canadian Municipalities that have joined the Coalition are located at: http://tiny.cc/0cSum

In the Media
Safe Harbour has recently been in the news across Canada.
Business in Surrey Magazine – March 2010

The Weekend Shopper – Powell River

March 21st – The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination will be commemorated at these two free events.

Vancouver, BC:

March 25th, 2010 from 3:30 – 6:30pm
South Vancouver Neighbourhood House
6470 Victoria Drive, Vancouver, BC V5P 3X7

South Vancouver Neighbourhood House will be holding a symposium featuring a youth presentation on an Anti-Racism Dialogue Circle project, as well as a presentation on addressing racism in the workplace by Debbie Nider, the Racism Prevention Office with Human Resources & Skills Development Canada.

 

Edmonton, AB:
March 19th, 2010 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Venue to be confirmed – for details, please see: http://www.safeharbour.ca/alberta/index.html
 HRSDC’s Racism Free Workplace Strategy will showcase two short National Film Board films, “Still Waiting for Justice” and “Making It,” and lead discussions about manifestations and impacts of racism and discrimination in the workplace. Attending organizations will each receive a copy of the NFB Work for All videos and facilitation guide. Facilitators from the Safe Harbour: Respect for All program will present interactive scenarios and discussion focused on strategies that managers and staff can use to provide immediate support to people needing safe refuge from discrimination and ways to provide create a more welcoming workplace for all forms of diversity.

The Centre for Race & Culture and the City of Edmonton’s Racism Free Edmonton are also partners in this event.


BC Diversity Leadership Expo

AMSSA is organizing a 1.5-day provincial Diversity Leadership Expo to share knowledge about, and showcase effective models for, community programming that promote the understanding about and welcoming of diverse populations.

The Diversity Expo will benefit local multicultural societies and their community stakeholders, allowing them an opportunity to network and share information, and learn marketing strategies to increase awareness of programs and leverage partnerships with the corporate sector. For the second day of the Diversity Expo, a broader set of stakeholders will be invited to learn about various provincial multicultural programs and common themes in programming for diversity.

The BC Diversity Leadership Expo will take place April 19-20, 2010 at Executive Airport Plaza Hotel and Conference Centre, 7311 Westminister Hwy., Richmond, BC, V6X 1A3.


2010:Multifaith Calendar Still available!

There are still 2010 Multifaith Calendars available for purchase. Order yours soon as they won’t last forever .

To order yours today, call 604-718-2780 or toll free 1-888-355-5560 or email amssastore@amssa.org. You can also log online to The AMSSA Store at www.amssastore.org


Ancie Website

With the support from the United Way of the Lower Mainland, AMSSA is proud to introduce ANCIE – the AMSSA Newcomer Children’s Information Exchange. ANCIE is a new website that provides an overview of issues confronting newcomer children, as well as current research, educational materials, and resources for service providers, educators, policy makers and the general public. The information can be accessed through a searchable database, or by browsing the following themes: Early Childhood Education, English as a Second Language, Family Dynamics, Health and Wellness, Multiculturalism and Identity, Adaptation and Integration, Schooling, and Socio-Economic Background. To access the ANCIE website, please go to www.amssa.org/ancie

 


Buildings Community Bridge AMSSAs Stram 2 Provincial Network Meeting

On March 3, AMSSA organized Building Community Bridging, our second BCSAP Stream 2 Provincial Networking Event. The event was held at the YWCA Hotel, and thirty adult host, youth buddy, and employment mentoring program coordinators/managers attended in person. The morning featured a facilitated networking session and an opportunity to develop action plans for sharing information by program area. In the afternoon, Shelley Motz and Joanna Li (Strategic Initiatives Unit, Immigration and WelcomeBC Branch) joined the meeting to provide an introduction to social marketing, an overview of the ELSA Advertising Campaign, key elements of a social marketing plan, and useful tools and resources to help program coordinators/managers develop their own social marketing campaigns. AMSSA would like to thank the Immigration and WelcomeBC Branch for providing this opportunity, and the presenters and facilitators for their great work.

 


AMSSAs BCSAP NGO Director Netowrking Meeting

On February 3, AMSSA hosted a networking meeting for NGO Directors funded through BCSAP Stream 1, 2, 1/3 Blended and pilot programs. The event took place at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown in Burnaby, BC, and 45 directors attended from across BC. The morning featured presentations on the history and future of the settlement sector in BC, including: History / Snapshot of the Settlement Sector by Manpreet Grewal (Abbotsford Community Services), Overview of Immigration and WelcomeBC Branch: Responsibilities, Priorities and Planning by Deb Zehr (Immigration and WelcomeBC Branch), and an Overview of Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Modernized Approach by Jean Seguin (Director, CIC-NHQ Integration). In the afternoon, participants engaged in a roundtable to discuss the potential impacts on the immigrant and refugee serving sector and how to prepare for the future. AMSSA would like to thank the Immigration and WelcomeBC Branch for providing this opportunity, as well as all of the presenters for their contributions.


Whats UP at AMSSA

Moving Office

AMSSA will be consolidating our office space in April 2010. We will be giving up suite 203 and moving our Health Fair team to join the rest of the AMSSA staff at 205 2929 Commercial Drive. The AMSSA office will be closed on April 12th and as of April 13th, 2010, some of our phone numbers will be changing. Please check our website or call our main line at 604 718-2780 for more information.

If you would like to be taken off the AMSSA Insider distribution email list, please respond with the subject “unsubscribe”.