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.

AMSSA Events

Webinar: Refugee Mental Health and Support – An E-Learning Module for Front Line Workers

41st Annual General Meeting

Media Event: Immigration for BC’s Future

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September 2018

YMCA Networking for Success

September 23 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Brentwood Community Resource Centre, 2055 Rosser Avenue
Burnaby, BC Canada
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Participate in a fun and interactive workshop YMCA Networking for Success: Yasmin Kanani, a Co-operative Education Coordinator at BCIT, will share key networking strategies & experiences to support newcomers to Canada Build new connections for employment and integrating into your community Learn about newcomers’ stories of successful networking from their professional and personal lives Event Details: YMCA Connections Sunday, 23 September 2018 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM (PDT) Brentwood Community Resource Centre 2055 Rosser Avenue Burnaby, BC Canada Participants…

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AMSSA Webinar: Refugee Mental Health and Support Services – An E-Learning Module for Front Line Workers

September 25 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

We invite Settlement-organization management and those in leadership roles to join us for this webinar introducing the new BCSIS E-learning workshop on Refugee Mental Health. The workshop has been developed in the form of an e-learning module for front-line Settlement staff who work with Refugees. The webinar provides an concise overview of the workshop content. All refugees are survivors of trauma to some extent, and Refugee Mental Health is complex, because the refugee experience is characterized by danger, loss, and…

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Breaking Ground – Evening of Migrant Stories

September 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Emerald Supper Club, 555 Gore Street
Vancouver, BC Canada
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Join PIRS for an evening of migrant stories.

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AMSSA Media Event: Immigration for BC’s Future

September 27 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 pm
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, 578 Carrall Street
Vancouver, BC V5N 4C8 Canada
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AMSSA, with the Immigrant Integration Coordinating Committee (IICC), undertook a Provincial Engagement Strategy project with the objective to: Identify key gaps in services and/or policies between what is currently being supported by the federal government of Canada and the provincial government of BC, with the actual needs of newcomers to BC. Identify what strategies have been successful in providing support to newcomers in BC. Use the gaps and best practices identified to formulate specific recommendations on how the provincial government of…

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AMSSA’s 41st Annual General Meeting

September 28 @ 3:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Creekside Community Recreation Centre, 1 Athletes Way
Vancouver, BC Canada
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Join us at our 41st Annual General Meeting! Event Details: When: Friday, September 28, 2018  from 3:30 - 7:00 PM; Registration begins at 3:30 PM Where: Creekside Community Recreation Centre, 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver, BC Highlights include: Presentation of the 2018 AMSSA Diversity Awards Networking dinner catered by Tayybeh: A celebration of Syrian Cuisine Entertainment Registration/RSVP required. Please register by September 12, 2018. RSVP by clicking here. Have questions? contact us at

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Immigrant Professionals Conference – Presented by MOSAIC

September 29 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Hilton Vancouver Metrotownn, 6083 McKay Avenue
Burnaby, BC V5H 2W7 Canada
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Innovate yourself! Strategies for the new world of work. Discover how to re-brand yourself for success. Be inspired by new approaches to advance your career. Learn strategies and skills to succeed in the fast-changing work environment. Get practical advice from Canadian professionals Network with other professionals in your field of work. Free registration for MOSAIC clients and a discounted rate of $10.00 for newcomers! When: September 29, 2018 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Where: Hilton Vancouver Metrotown, 6083 McKay Avenue,…

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Hope Film Festival – The New Era of Storytelling

September 29 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
SFU Surrey, 13450 102 Avenue
Surrey, BC Canada
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The Muslim Food Bank and Community Services Society proudly presents Hope Film Festival Event Details: September 29, 2018 from 2:00 PM - 5:00PM  SFU Surrey, Westminster Savings Theatre

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October 2018

Canadian Citizenship Preparation Class

October 3 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Abbotsford Community Services, 2420 Montrose Avenue
Abbotsford , BC Canada
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Applying for Citizenship but don’t know where to start? Attend this FREE class to help you prepare for the knowledge test! Wednesdays: 6:00-9:00pm October 3rd—November 28th 2420 Montrose Avenue Old Courthouse Building: Room 300C Please register with Elise Marier: 604-866-5970 or

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Anti-Bullying Workshop

October 9 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Seminar Room, School Gym, St. Mary’s Parish, 5239 Joyce Street
Vancouver, BC V5R 4G8 Canada
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Join ISSofBC's Settlement Program in collaboration with St. Mary's Migrant Ministry for the Anti-Bullying Workshop. Details: When: Sunday, September 9, 2018 Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 Pm Where: Seminar Room, School Gym St. Mary's Parish, 5239 Joyce St., Vancouver, BC V5R 4G8 (Close to Joyce Skytrain Station) Join us in a free interactive discussion and learn about: What is bullying? What are the manifestations of bullying? What is its impact on the victim/s and the community, as a whole? What…

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Abbotsford Newcomers’ Fair

October 10 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Abbotsford Community Services, Townline Road, 3600 Townline Road
Abbotsford, BC Canada
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If you're new to Abbotsford, join Abbotsford Community Services and AbbotsfordWORKS at the Townline Road location on October 10th for the first Newcomers' Fair! Learn more about employment and settlement services, work safety and the ACS programs that might be of use to you. Event Details: When: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Where: Abbotsford Community Services, 203 - 3600 Townline Road, Abbotsford, BC 

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Ongoing Community Events / Programs

September 2018 Workshops

October 2018 Workshops

Family Resource Programs – Fall 2018
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
September – December 2018

English Conversation Circles
Abbotsford Community Services
September 5 – December 12 (Wednesdays) OR
September 7 – December 14 (Fridays)

Child Care Career Exploration
September 15 – December 1 (Saturdays)

Nobody’s Perfect Parenting Program for Foster and/or Adoptive Parents
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
September 17  – October 29 (6 sessions)

English Conversation Circles
Langley Community Services Society
Tuesdays starting September 18

Citizenship Preparation and Participation
September 28 – November 30 (Fridays)
Information Session: September 14, 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

MY Circle Core Program – Multicultural Youth Circle
October, 2018 – January, 2019 (12 sessions)
Click here for the application form.

My Tween & Me
Muslim Food Bank and Community Services Society
October 6 – 27 (Saturdays, 4 Sessions)

Cooking in Canada: Healthy Cooking for Newcomers
Abbotsford Community Services
October 19 – November 23 (Fridays)

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)

Free Multicultural Peer Support Group – For Immigrant and Refugee Women

SOS Health and Settlement Orientation Group
ISSofBC – Settlement Orientation Services

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

Immigrant Women’s Employment Readiness Connections Program (IWERC)

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

Boys & Girls Soccer Training
Muslim Food Bank Community Services
Saturdays from 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

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)

Foreign Credential Recognition Loan Project

English Conversation Club