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 – Programs and Services for Refugee Claimants
The BC Refugee Hub invites you to this webinar covering provincially funded programs and services available to refugee claimants, along with statistical, trends and policy updates.

Date: September 17, 2019
Time: 1pm to 3pm

Deadline to Register: September 13, 2019
Click Here to Register.

Ongoing Community Events / Programs

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

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AMSSA Webinar – Alcohol and Drug Use: Supporting Migrant Workers Who are Facing Addiction

June 18 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Due to the stigma and negative connotations linked to alcohol and drug addiction, it is difficult for many users to accept they have a problem. Consuming excessive amounts of alcohol and drugs can have adverse health impacts, the effects may last long and can cause permanent damage. Isolation, family separation and anxiety associated to living in a foreign country, among other factors, can put migrant workers at risk of facing alcohol and drug addiction. For this reason, it is important for people who are involved in supporting workers’ adaptation to Canada, to be aware of the signs of addiction, learn about the effects and rehabilitation options available to them.

This webinar will provide organizations, unions, employers and individuals in general, knowledge on how to identify and support migrant workers who may be facing an addiction.

Event Detail

Date: Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Time: 9:00 am to 11:00 am (PST)
Location: Online


Gerald Thomas, Director, Alcohol, Tobacco, Cannabis and Gambling Policy and Prevention, Ministry of Health

Varinder Kamboj, Substance Use Counsellor, DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society

To register click here


June 18
9:00 am - 11:00 am



Ongoing Community Events / Programs

Frames Film Program – Learn Film Making for Free
Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House
Tuesdays, May 28 – August 13 | 6:00 – 9:00 PM

Clear Communication for the Workplace Online Course
6 Weeks
Offered: June 10 – July 19 | Sep. 16 – Oct. 15 | Nov. 4 – Dec. 13 | Jan. 13, 2020 – Feb. 21

Creekside Baby Drop-In
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
Fridays from June 14 to August 30, 2019

Exploring Calligraphy Art
Muslim Food Bank Community Services
6 Weeks
Starting Saturday, June 22, 2019

City Camp
A day camp for children aged 6-12 living with and beyond cancer / blood disorders and their siblings
3 Sessions | July – August, 2019

Summer School: MFB
Muslim Food Bank
July 8th – August 16| 10:00 – 2:00 PM

Digital Story Telling
Muslim Food Bank Community Services
10 weeks
Offered: July 9 – August 8, 2019 | 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Aspire Case Management Training
Muslim Food Bank Community Services
Offered: Saturday, July 13, 10:30 am – 5:00 pm | Sunday, July 14, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm | Monday, July 15, 6:30 am – 8:30 pm

Douglas College
8 Weeks
Starting Saturday, July 29, 2019

Under The Tree” Family Drop-In at the Park
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
Wednesdays from July 17 to August 28, 2019

September 2019 Workshops
ISSofBC- Coquitlam

First Steps to Prevention- Healthy Living Program
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
Mondays September 9, 16 & 23, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Baby and Me Parenting Drop-In 2019
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
Tuesdays from September 10 to November 19, 2019

Leadership and Facilitation Training
14 Saturdays from September 14th to December 14th

Weave ‘n’ Chat
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
Mondays from September 16 to October 28, 2019

Shoe Project
Pacific Immigrant Resources Society (PIRS)
Monday nights (and some Tuesdays & Wednesdays) from 5:30-8:00pm from September 17, 2019 – January 12, 2020

Nobody’s Perfect Parenting Program
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
Mondays from September 30 to November 18, 2019

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Burnaby Neighbourhood House
Mondays: September 30th and November 25th, 2019 from 6:30-9:00 pm and Saturday November 16th, 2019 from 9:00 am -1 pm

Impact Mentorship 2019
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
Fridays from October 11 to November 22, 2019

Parent Support Circle – Vancouver Spanish Evening Circle
Parent Support Services Society of BC & Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
Every first & third Monday | 6:30 – 8:30 PM

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

Skills and Supports for JOB SUCCESS

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 

Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants 
Accounting & Bookkeeping | Office Administration

Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants
Burnaby & New Westminster

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

Parent & Grandparent / Kinship Support Circles in BC
Parent Support Services of BC

Community Adult Literacy Program – Free English Class for Job Seekers
Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society (PICS)

Foreign Credential Recognition Loan Program
Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society (PICS)

Immigrant Settlement & Integration program – Clear Communication for the Workplace (Online)

Foreign Credential Recognition Loan Project

English Conversation Club