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July 2014
In This Issue
SettlementNet Database
Upcoming Events
Staff Movement
2014 AMSSA Diversity Award Nominees
AMSSA Releases Info Sheet
AMSSA Committees
AMSSA Webinars
Safe Harbour: Respect for All Program Updates
SettlementNet Database


Did you know that AMSSA maintains a Settlement focused Database called Settlement Net? 


This database is full of resources, events, news articles relevant to the Settlement Sector. Each Tuesday an update of resources and news articles is sent via email to all those registered. All staff (managers and frontline staff) of CIC contribution agreement holder agencies are able to register for this. 


To register send an email to and we will gladly sign you up. 


Event and Job Postings Free for AMSSA Members

Job and event postings are free for AMSSA members. If you have an opportunity you would like posted on the AMSSA website, please send the Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF document(s) to Melissa Jay at 


The deadline for submissions is Thursday at 12:00pm. All job and event opportunities will be on the website by Friday. The AMSSA website is updated weekly.


Rates for non-AMSSA members:
  • 250 words - $65.00
  • 50 words - $30.00 

To view the job and event opportunities posted on AMSSA's website click here to go to AMSSA's website.


Upcoming Events

The Inclusion Cafe Series highlights complex issues surrounding equality and equity by bringing people together in a welcoming environment for open dialogue. Participants discuss best practices, challenges, and how we can bridge the differences that can often divide our communities. 


Burnaby Inclusion Cafe


Where:  Bob Prittie Metrotown Library, 6100 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby, BC


When: August 28, 2014 from 6:00 to 7:30pm


For more information click here


Inclusion Cafes will continue on the following dates: September 25, October 30, and November 27, 2014. Stay tuned for more information!



Save the Date! 


AMSSA's Annual General Meeting will be on September 19, 2014.


Where: BMO Grand Hall, 

VanDusen Botanical Garden


When: Friday, September 19, 2014 from 3:30 - 6:00pm


Staff Movement


Jeff Madigan, AMSSA's new Safe Harbour Program Coordinator started in mid-May. Jeff has extensive experience in project management, marketing, curriculum development, social media, as well as online training design. 


Contact Jeff directly about the Safe Harbour: Respect for All program at 604-718-2776 or


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2014 AMSSA Diversity Award Nominees


AMSSA is pleased to announce the nominees of this year's AMSSA Diversity Awards. The awards will be presented during a special presentation on September 19, 2014 at the VanDusen Botanical Garden.


Diversity Awards 2014

Organization Category. The AMSSA Riasat Ali Khan Diversity Award recognizes an AMSSA member organization for innovative programming which supports diversity and promotes integration.

 Riasat Ali Khan Diversity Award Nominees:

  • Multicultural & Immigrant Services Association of North Vancouver Island (MISA) - Mythbusters program
  • Society for Intercultural Education, Training, and Research (SIETAR BC) - Shaping Identity: Land, People, Systems Conference
  • South Okanagan Immigrant & Community Services (SOICS) -Welcome / Home exhibition
Individual Category. The AMSSA Service Recognition Awards recognizes a member organization's staff member or volunteer for their significant contributions to further the vision and goals of the member organization and also strengthen diversity in BC.


Service Recognition Staff Award Nominees:

  • Queenie Choo, S.U.C.C.E.S.S.
  • Angelika Eneas, South Okanagan Immigrant & Community Services (SOICS)
  • Jamie Kopp, Umoja Operation Compassion Society
  • Sasa Loggin, Skeena Diversity Society

Service Recognition Volunteer Award Nominees:

  • Resham (Paul) Dosanjh, Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society (PICS)
  • Shehnaz Parmar, South Okanagan Immigrant & Community Services (SOICS)
Thank you to the Awards Selection Committee: Carol Wutzke, AMSSA Past President; Berta I. Lopera, AMSSA Board Director; Ziggy Hui, S.UC.C.E.S.S.; Karen Laing, Mission Community Services Society; and Wyle Baoween, Seaspan.
Congratulations to the nominees of the 2014 AMSSA Diversity Awards!
Learn more about the nominees here.

AMSSA Releases Info Sheet #15

Labour Market Programs in British Columbia have experienced a significant transition over the past two years, beginning with the provincial introduction of the Employment Program of British Columbia on April 2, 2012. In March 2013, the Federal government announced that further changes may soon be coming to employment programs across the nation following the implementation of the Canada Jobs Grant. 


AMSSA has prepared Info Sheet 15 to review the federal-provincial agreements that affect employment program funding and services, as well as to review common terminology used in BC labour market programming.

View the Info Sheet 15 and previous editions of the Info Sheet Series by clicking here.

AMSSA Committees 


As part of AMSSA's new activities this year, a series of new committees have been created to discuss issues that affect immigrants in British Columbia. The committees bring together a cross section of immigrant settlement stakeholders from all regions of BC, including frontline settlement workers, managers, representatives of provincial associations and federal, provincial and municipal government officials.


The objective of the committees is twofold. First, committee members identify successes and gaps in settlement programming in British Columbia, creating recommendations for BC to bring forward to regional and national settlement planning groups. Second, committee members have an opportunity to share resources and best practices, which are then shared widely with the sector through AMSSA's Settlement Net message board.


AMSSA Webinars

This year, AMSSA is creating a number of new information resources, such as BC settlement sector specific webinars. The first webinar that AMSSA hosted on Friday, June 6, 2014 was titled Are
you Ready for Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL)? This fee for service webinar on the topic of CASL focused on how organizations can prepare their electronic communications to ensure compliance with the changes to legislation.


AMSSA's second webinar, funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) was provided to CIC funded Settlement organizations and was titled  From the Inside Out: Building Engagement during Changing Times. This Webinar, held on Monday, June 23, 2014, was attended by 58 Settlement organizations with a focus on the change that is coming at us at a fast and furious pace. During the webinar the presenter, Denise Lloyd of Engaged HR, encouraged the participants to build their resilience during times of change, identify ways they can create opportunities for success and to commit to future goals. Denise's presentation will also help guide organizations in identifying strategies and techniques to embrace today's environment. A video of the webinar will be made available on the AMSSA website.


Safe Harbour: Respect for All 

The Safe Harbour: Respect for All program continues its delivery of diversity and inclusion training and anti-discrimination response in our communities. AMSSA has supported our members to build inclusive communities with 17 outstanding Community Organizers in small and urban communities across B.C., funded through EmbraceBC.


Safe Harbour continues to grow with over 1000 certified locations.  We welcome the Beta Collective in Surrey, BC, MLA offices of George Heyman, Shane Simpson, Judy Darcy, and Chandra Herbert, Community Options for Children in Victoria, BC, Port Moody Public Library, and Open Door Church in Maple Ridge, BC.  Safe Harbour would like to express its gratitude for organizations and businesses who are making the commitment to help build respect and inclusiveness for all into their communities and businesses.  

Learn more about the Safe Harbour: Respect for All program at

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