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AMSSA E-Symposium: Newcomer Men’s Integration: Challenges and Perspectives

December 13, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

As “gender” becomes more politicized than ever before, newcomer men have multiple hurdles in their settlement journeys. A lot hinges on their cultural intelligence and ability to navigate various social situations and social relations. Men with cultural gender norms that are very different from Canadian ones may encounter challenges in personal relationships, parenting, finding and retaining employment, continued education and language learning as well as in building community connection. The E-Symposium presenters will address some of the unique and complex challenges that newcomer men face and will then engage in an interactive, live-recorded discussion to frame best practices and suggest supports for settlement service providers.

This E-Symposium topic will be complemented by a Migration Matters Info Sheet and video in a three-part series supporting newcomer men.


  • Meheret Bisrat, DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society
  • Ryan Avola, Kiwassa Neighbourhood House
  • Sean Mullen, ISSofBC

Event Details & Registration

  • Date: Thursday, December 13, 2018
  • Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (PST)

The registration deadline is Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 3:00 PM PST. 

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December 13, 2018
10:00 am - 12:00 pm





Ongoing Community Events / Programs

February 2019 Workshops

Parenting and Disability
An EAL course for parents and caregivers of children and adults with disabilities
Pacific Immigrant Resources Society
Jan. 17 – Mar. 7, 2019 

Free English Conversation Circle
Kiwassa Neighbourhood House
Thursdays: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Starting Jan. 24; 10 sessions)

Citizenship Preparation and Orientation Series
Workshops include: Overview of Canada, Canadian Government & Elections, The Canadian Economy & The Justice System, and Knowing Canada’s Regions
February 2, 9, 16 & 23, 2019

Basic Computer Skills Workshop
Kiwassa Neighbourhood House
Feb. 19, 26, & Mar. 5, 2019 

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