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.

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February 2019

Webinar: The Other Side of Trauma: Supporting Newcomers through Healing and Resiliency Centred

February 26 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This is the second part of a two-part webinar series on community based training for working with newcomers with trauma. The first webinar explored how practitioners in settlement can better understand trauma, and how it presents itself in community spaces. The webinar also provided some techniques that practitioners can use to address the issues of trauma, along with approaches to provide a more inclusive space for newcomers with trauma. This follow-up webinar will address how we can further support our…

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March 2019

International Women’s Day afternoon tea

March 8 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Welcome Centre – ISSofBC, 2610 Victoria Drive
Vancouver , BC Canada
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Get Hired! An ISSofBC Job Fair

March 15 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
ISSofBC Vancouver, 501-333 Terminal Avenue
Vancouver, BC Canada
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It is not ME or YOU | It is US: An educational forum on discrimination and racism

March 20 @ 8:45 am - 12:45 pm
Ismaili Centre Burnaby, Social Hall, 4010 Canada Way
Burnaby, BC V5G 1G8 Canada
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AMSSA Webinar: Recognizing and Assisting Victims of Labour Trafficking

March 26 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Migrant workers contribute to the Canadian labour market and economy. However, some migrant workers may be vulnerable to human trafficking for labour exploitation given their lack of knowledge of their rights in Canada, inability to speak the language and isolation. Settlement and other frontline organizations can play a very important role in preventing labour trafficking as well as supporting the victims. This webinar will provide management and frontline staff that work with temporary foreign workers with knowledge on how to…

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AMSSA Webinar: Reflections on Belonging, Relationships, and Responsibilities in Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Lands

March 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

In this lunch and learn webinar, cultural planner Kamala Todd will share her experience as a Metis-Cree living and working in the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tseil-Waututh Nations, and how to observe protocols in a territory different to that of her ancestors. Born and raised in these lands, she continually asks herself, in her work and in the ways she lives and raises her children, how she can address the colonialism of Vancouver and enact her own…

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April 2019

AMSSA Online Broadcast: “Indigenous-Newcomers Relationships”: An Organizational Dialogue on Unsettling Practices

April 5 @ 8:30 am - 1:00 pm

The Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of BC (AMSSA), the British Columbia Institute of Technology’s (BCIT) Indigenous Initiatives and Partnerships, and the City of Vancouver's Vancouver Immigration Partnership (VIP), are pleased to invite you and/or designates to a symposium aimed at discussing how organizational leadership can be understood from a critical perspective to design and establish processes that build mindful relationships with Indigenous people and the unceded territories we all work on. The symposium will be divided in…

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“The Caregiver Program”

April 7 @ 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 for an interactive discussion and learn about your options for permanent residence in regard to the Caregiver Program. To register or for more information, contact Lenn Castro at and Resochita Ama at

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Safety Talk – About Scams (Chinese)

April 15 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
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The Social Impact Lab: Collaboratory Event Launch

April 24 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, 800 E. Broadway
Vancouver, BC Canada
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On April 24th, CCEL will launch a new program called Collaboratory with an event titled “Social Impact Lab”. This event brings together community partners, UBC students, staff, and faculty to celebrate past university-community collective actions and explore social issues in Vancouver. Participants will also have the opportunity to join other passionate attendees to collaborate on a collective action project over the summer in one of the following areas: poverty reduction, housing, environmental sustainability, mental health, Black neighbourhood revitalization, refugee settlement,…

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Ongoing Community Events / Programs

April 2019 Workshops – Coquitlam

10th Annual Hands-on Cook-off Contest
April 15 – May 15, 2019

Learning Circles Leadership Training
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
Tuesdays, May 14 – July 2 | 5:30 – 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

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

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

Foreign Credential Recognition Loan Project

English Conversation Club