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March 2013
In This Issue
Newest Edition of Cultures West Available
AMSSA's Info Sheet Series
It's Not Too Late to Order Your Multifaith Calendar!
AMSSA's Diversity Health Fair on March 9th!
Call for BC Immigration Strategy Communication Resource
Respect for All PR Campaign
New Interest in the Safe Harbour: Respect for All Program
AMSSA's Research Database

AMSSA's Newest Edition of Cultures West is Available


AMSSA's newest edition of
Cultures West, released in January examines facts, statistics and opinions on Multiculturalism


CW Cover December


Read the Cultures West Magazine here.


AMSSA's Info 
Sheet Series 


AMSSA has created the AMSSA Info Sheet series to inform and support our members and community partners. The Info Sheets cover a wide range of topics and highlight important facts and trends from across Canada and BC. AMSSA's goal is to assist our member agencies in navigating the rapidly changing landscape of the BC settlement sector.


The two latest issues have been released in March 2013. The first AMSSA Info Sheet examines the high prevalence of poverty in B.C. and across Canada and highlights the fact, among others, that recent immigrants and refugees are significantly more likely to experience poverty than Canadian born persons. The other Info Sheet looks at the new CIC Western Region, the CIC administrative region to which BC belongs since April 2012, and examines permanent and temporary migration levels, provincial funding allocations, as well as a number of short and long-term economic forecasts and compares those numbers with the other two CIC regions: Ontario and the Eastern Region.  


AMSSA welcomes feedback and suggestions on the Info Sheet Series. Please contact Kerstin Walter, Sectoral Communications Coordinator at


It's Not Too Late to Order Your Multifaith Calendar


The 2013 Multifaith Calendar is still available. Get to know accurate dates and descriptions of over 370 observances and events from 14 world religions.


Calendars are now $8.00 each! 


Order yours online, or download the calendar order form here.  

Follow the AMSSA Multifaith Calendar on twitter @AMSSAMFCalendar.

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Wellness Activities and Resources for the Family at AMSSA's Diversity Health Fair


The 9th Annual Vancouver Diversity Health Fair is coming this Saturday, March 9th to the Croatian Cultural Centre. The largest multicultural health fair in Canada, is free of charge and features wellness activities and resources for the whole family. 


DHF2013 Guests to the Fair can take advantage of free health screenings. As well as over 50 health and wellness exhibitors who will be offering healthy living advice and resources. The theme of this year's event is Chronic Disease Prevention.


Local chefs, including Chef Victor Bongo, bring their demonstrations to the Healthy Cooking Stage. Zumba Vancouver, Estilo Cubano and other multicultural performers will have guests on their feet with interactive entertainment. The Healthy Families Activity Zone offers energizing activities from Gymnastics BC, More Sports, ParticipACTION and Vancouver Parks and Recreation. New to the Fair this year is the live webcasting of the cooking demonstrations and more, including a food truck cafe!  During the Fair you will be able to view the cooking demonstrations online at


The Diversity Health Fair runs from 10AM - 3PM. Media and guests are invited to the entertaining opening ceremonies at 9:30AM. Onsite bilingual volunteers will be assisting guests in several languages, including Punjabi, Cantonese, Mandarin, Farsi, Tagalog, Korean and more.

Learn more about the Vancouver Diversity Health Fair here. Follow us on twitter @yvrhealthfair and Like us on Facebook! We hope to see you there!


Call for BC Immigration Strategy 

Communication Resource


Call for Immigration Strategy 2013

AMSSA developed a Call for BC Immigration Strategy
Communication Resource for our member agencies in response to the upcoming transition of settlement and integration funding from provincial to federal oversight. 


In the context of this major change, this resource offers our members practical information to share with their MLAs and other provincial election candidates regarding the economic and social importance of a comprehensive provincial immigration strategy, similar to the strategies currently in place in Alberta and Ontario. 


The resource includes key messages on immigration, explores gaps in service that will arise due to this transition, and provides information on how to contact and organize a meeting with our members' local representatives. It is AMSSA's hope that our members will engage with their elected officials and election candidates to highlight the important social and economic impacts of continued support for immigrant and refugee settlement and integration services across the province.


Respect for All PR Campaign

Safe Harbour's Respect for All PR Campaign continues to gain traction as the TV public service announcement has been spotted during prime time hours on CBC and CTV.


An interior bus ad showcasing Anita Braha, Director of Vancity's Board of Directors who is also AMSSA's provincial Respect for All Champion, alongside Vancouver Community Organizer Koyali Burman is being displayed on the inside of 275 buses in Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, the Okanagan, Powell River, Victoria, Comox Valley, Campbell River, and the Central Vancouver Island region.


As Anita Braha states: "The Safe Harbour: Respect for All program is about embracing diversity which means understanding, mutual respect, and inclusion. I support this program because I believe it makes us better as a society. It helps us to fulfill our role and obligations as kind and caring human beings. Surely we now know that well loved and respected human beings have boundless ability to create and develop and build better communities and ultimately, a better world."

SHBusAd - Koyali + Anita

New Interest in the Safe Harbour:
Respect for All Program


AMSSA is pleased to learn of the City of New Westminster's recent announcement that their Council passed a motion to have civic facilities be designated as Safe Harbour certified locations. We are looking forward to bringing Safe Harbour to New Westminster. As well, the Canadian Cancer Society offices across BC and BC Housing are poised to participate in our program.


On the national front, Yukon College has completed workshops for their departments and has included program materials in their Student Handbook. Trainers are busy outreaching to businesses and organizations in Whitehorse. As well, trainers within the City of Winnipeg and their CMARD Committee are expanding Safe Harbour across the city, including within Winnipeg Transit.


Be sure to visit our website at,  follow us on Twitter @SafeHarbourCdn and Like our Facebook page for the latest updates.

Respect for All - Pass It On! 


AMSSA's Research Database


AMSSA Reserach Database

 Click the above image to go to the Research Database

AMSSA continues to update the online Research Database on a regular basis. You can find hundreds of relevant research papers and studies focusing on multicultural health as well as issues related to immigrant settlement. It is a great  tool to inform  your planning and decision-making activities as well as to design your programs and /or prepare funding applications.


Visit the AMSSA Research Database at