BC’s newcomer integration sector is going through major transitions as many of its founders have or are about to retire.
To document insights on the Sector, AMSSA is launching “Memoirs of the Newcomer Integration Sector”, a series of video-interviews of key sector individuals who have spent much of their life’s work in the Sector.
These interviews aim to capture their stories and journeys and document the creation of BC’s settlement agencies and other sector milestones to ensure that future leaders have insights into the evolution of the Sector in which to build on and grow.
Jean McRae, ICA of Greater Victoria, June 2021
In the first video of this series, Jean McRae, the CEO of ICA of Greater Victoria, is interviewed by Winnie Lee, the current Director of Operations at ICA, and presents the fascinating history of multiculturalism and (re)settlement in Victoria.
“Initially, our clients were refugees & sometimes small wins felt like real victories because we were working hard. We spent a lot of time doing cross-cultural education with service providers.”
“In this position I’ve been challenged so many times and thought to myself ‘I don’t know what to do’. I’ve had many opportunities to grow & I’ve met so many wonderful people. It is very rewarding.”
–Jean McRae, 2021
Patricia Woroch, ISSofBC, July 2021
In the second video of this series, Patricia Woroch, the CEO of ISSofBC, is interviewed by Ajlin Mehmedi, Settlement Services Manager at ISSofBC. Patricia gives a vibrant account of the fascinating history of the early years of the agency and its expansion, as well as some advice for future leaders of the settlement and integration sector before her upcoming retirement.
“It’s never about one person. I have been incredibly fortunate to have wonderful board, leadership teams, community members & staff who are committed to the mission statement. When you have that, you can handle anything.”
“The best advice I could give anybody is: listen. Listen to everybody around you, whether you want or not. Don’t rush to decisions. You need to do that to inform your decisions.”
–Patricia Woroch, 2021