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August 2015
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AMSSA's Annual General Meeting will be held on Friday, September 18, 2015.


The AGM will be hosted at the VanDusen Botanical Garden (5251 Oak Street at 37th Avenue), BMO Great Hall. 


Highlights of the event include:

Diversity Awards Presentation and keynote speaker John F. Helliwell, School of Economics, UBC & CIFAR.


2016 Multifaith Calendars - Available Now!

The Multifaith Calendar promotes intercultural understanding by providing insight into important dates and facts from 14 of the world's major religions and spiritual paths. 

Containing original artwork, the Multifaith Calendar would be a great resource or gift for your family, friends, clients and colleagues. 

Learn more about the Multifaith Calendar here.

In BC? Order online through the AMSSA website

You can also send an order form to

More Resources 
for Settlement Providers - Coming Soon!

AMSSA is working on a few new resources that will be released shortly:
Stay tuned to our website for these upcoming resources! 

Sign-Up and Receive Up-To-Date Information on Immigration & Settlement 


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


This database has resources, news articles and information 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 Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) contribution agreement holder agencies are able to register. 


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


Free Marketing Opportunity for AMSSA Members

Are you an AMSSA member?Event and job opportunities can be posted on the AMSSA website for free. Please send you Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF document(s) to Melissa Jay at 


The weekly submission deadline is Thursday at 12:00pm. All job and event opportunities will be on the website by Friday each week. 


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

Staff Movement


AMSSA would like to extend a heart felt thank you and good luck to Alex Kang, former Research and Information Coordinator. We will miss you! 


AMSSA has expanded again!

We would like to extend warm welcomes to Kat Cureton, Safe Harbour Program Coordinator; Carolyn Wong, Safe Harbour Marketing & Sales Coordinator; Patricia Oco, Settlement Events Coordinator; and Daniela Tuchel, Research and Information Coordinator.


Welcome to the AMSSA team!


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Featured Members: AMSSA Awards Recognize BC Diversity Leaders 

AMSSA is happy to announce the recipients of the 2015 Diversity Awards. An independent Awards Committee selected the following organization and individuals for recognition:

Riasat Ali Khan Divesity Award - MOSAIC, 'I Belong' Project
MOSAIC's innovative and ground breaking 'I Belong' project aims to build organizational and settlement sector capacity to better support LGBTQ newcomers. The 'I Belong' project helps to create safe and welcoming spaces for LGBTQ newcomers to get support and to build connections with the community.
Service Recognition Staff Award - Rajinder Lotay, Kamloops Cariboo Regional Immigrant Services (KIS)
Rajinder Lotay has worked in the settlement sector for over 22 years. She has worked passionately to bring culturally sensitive health services to the Kamloops area through initiatives such as the mammogram bus clinic and the 'Nobody's Perfect' parenting program.

Service Recognition Volunteer Award - Jason Jones, Intercultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA)
As a dynamic volunteer at ICA, Jason Jones helped grow the Community Partnership Network, bring diversity and sensitivity training to Saanich Parks and Recreation staff, as well as developed a number of innovative programs for newcomers. 

The Diversity Awards will be presented at AMSSA's Annual General Meeting during a special ceremony on Friday, September 18, 2015. 

Congratulations to the 2015 AMSSA Diversity Awards recipients for their dedication to diversity and building welcoming communities in BC.

Featured Member is a segment in The Insider e-newsletter which profiles AMSSA members. Have a program, service, or announcement you want profiled in the next AMSSA Insider? E-mail us at

Nominate a Multicultural Champion in your Community!

On behalf of the Province of British Columbia, AMSSA would like to invite you to submit your nomination(s) for the 2015 British Columbia Multicultural Awards (formerly Provincial Nesika Awards). Four categories are open for nomination - individuals, youth, business and organization.
Organized by the Province of British Columbia, the awards honour and celebrate British Columbia's cultural diversity and Aboriginal heritage, and recognize individuals, organizations and businesses whose exceptional work helps bring our diverse cultures together.
Nominees and recipients will be honoured at an Awards dinner at the Hotel Vancouver on November 20, 2015. Each award recipient will receive $5,000, to be donated to a non-profit organization of their choice to further support the work of multiculturalism in British Columbia, as well as a trophy to take home.
Nominations are now open for the 2015 British Columbia Multicultural Awards. Click here for more information.

Maximize Your Impact: Building Collaboration through Social Media

The power of social networking - there are over 3 billion active internet users worldwide and over 2 billion active social media accounts. Social media has transformed how we communicate, share, promote and collaborate online. 

To learn more about how to harness the power of this cost-effective, efficient marketing, engaging and collaborative platform, view our latest AMSSA webinar and share it with your networks! 

Key concepts for creating effective online conversations with clients, as well as maintaining and creating community partnerships are outlined by Jennifer Baker Founder & Director of Jennifer Baker Social Media Consulting. The following topics were presented:
  • The importance of a social media strategy
  • Overview of social media goals, objectives & tactics
  • Best practices of managing an organization's social media accounts.

How to Better Understand and Support LGBTQ Newcomers

AMSSA's latest web video series focuses on the issues and needs of LGBTQ immigrants and refugees. Through interviews with experts, the videos foster greater understanding for LGBTQ newcomers and provides settlement workers with information and tips on how to better support them. The following topics are examined:
  • Exploring Gender and Sexual Identity Affecting LGBTQ Immigrants and Refugees
  • The Journey of LGBTQ Immigrants and Refugees in Canada
  • The Intersection of Immigration and Gender & Sexual Identity
  • Exploring Spirituality and the Role of the Home Culture for LGBTQ Immigrants and Refugees

AMSSA would like to thank Sharalyn Jordan, Romi Chandra Herbert, Megan Suehn, Imtiaz Popat, Tanaz and Solmaz Mehrabani for sharing their time and knowledge.

View the videos online and share them with your networks! 

Transforming the Safe Harbour: Respect for All Program

AMSSA is in the process of transforming Safe Harbour: Respect for All into a sustainable social enterprise. The new membership-based program will launch this fall. 

At the moment AMSSA is piloting the Introduction to Diversity and Inclusion training, which has been revised by AMSSA's Safe Harbour program coordinator Kat Cureton. This two-part training will be delivered in-person and via webinar, and will also include an e-learning module. We're excited to incorporate new technologies to make Safe Harbour: Respect for All more accessible. These technological platforms and our ongoing community partnerships will ensure that the program remains accessible across the province. New program features will include a resource database for Safe Harbour members and future training workshops on different topics. 

Our aim is to create opportunities for employers and employees to build awareness, increase understanding, and take action in the area of diversity and inclusion while remaining engaged in Safe Harbour: Respect for All over the long term. If you know a business or organization interested in becoming a Safe Harbour member, please contact Carolyn Wong, AMSSA's new Marketing and Sales Coordinator, at

For more information about the Citizenship Prep Kit contact us at 
or 1-888-355-5560.