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 (re)settlement, language training diversity and inclusion sector employees.

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AMSSA Webinar- Food Insecurity and the Right to Food in BC

November 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Food insecurity is the inadequate or insecure access to food due to financial limitations. Many people can’t afford the quantity or quality of food needed for a healthy diet. It’s a serious global issue that impacts over 4.4 million Canadians and over 500,000 British Columbians. Food insecurity contributes to inadequate nutrition. It negatively affects the physical and mental health of both adults and children. It affects vulnerable, low-income populations. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many households are facing increased difficulties accessing nutritious foods.

This webinar features experts who share their knowledge, points of view, and work in food insecurity. Graham Riches, UBC Professor Emeritus and former Director of the UBC School of Social Work, is an internationally-recognized expert on food insecurity, social policy and the Right to Food. Sarah Kim is Coordinator of the Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks and an advocate for food and income security. Zahra Esmail is Executive Director of South Vancouver Neighbourhood House and her portfolio includes food security.

This webinar also introduces a new AMSSA BCSIS e-learning module on food insecurity from the macro level through to initiatives to improve food equity.

Registration Details:

Date: Thursday, November 26, 2020
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM PT
Please register Here.


November 26
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm



Ongoing Community Events / Programs

Markets as Incubators for Language, Cultural and Work Skills Development of Recent Immigrant & Refugee Women
Camosun College
January – March 2021 and April – October 2021

Effective Parenting in a New Country in the Time of Covid-19
Vancouver Island Counselling Centre for Immigrants and Refugess (VICCIR)
Thursday from 9:30 am to 11:30 am starting on October 22 till December 17

Reduce Stress through Mindfulness
Burnaby Neighbourhood House
Oct 7th – 14th – 21st and 28th, 2020

Newcomer Youth Circle
Burnaby Neighbourhood House
Wednesday, Sep 23rd – Dec 9th from 4:00 pm-5:00 pm

Learning about Canadian Heritage through Basic Sewing
Burnaby Neighbourhood House
Sep 22nd to Dec 15th, 2020

Canadian Geography and People as entwined by Newcomers’ Arts and Crafts
Burnaby Neighbourhood House
Sep 26th to Dec 19th, 2020

Canadian landscapes photography through Newcomer eyes
Burnaby Neighbourhood House
Sep 25th to Dec 18th, 2020

Family Resource Programs
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
September to December, 2020

Advanced Literacy and Essential Skills in the Workplace Soft Skills Training Program
Tues/Thurs evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 pm- Sept 24th to Dec 10th

Preschool Learn and Fun
Muslim Food Bank and Community Services
Wednesdays 11-11:30 am

Baby and Me- Coffee Hour
Muslim Food Bank and Community Services
Mondays 9:30-10:30 am

Muslim Food Bank and Community Services
Tuesdays 9:30-10:30 am