Featured Members: AMSSA's Diversity Awards Recognize Excellence in Program and Service Delivery
AMSSA happily announces the recipients of the 2017 Diversity Awards. An independent Awards Committee selected the following organization and individual for recognition.
Riasat Ali Khan Diversity Award - Welcome Centre, ISSofBC
ISSofBC Welcome Centre opened in June 2016 as a fully-integrated services facility addressing the immediate needs of immigrants and refugee newcomers in Metro Vancouver. The Welcome Centre serves as ISSofBC's flagship facility, providing a full range of essential services for newcomers.
Services at the Welcome Centre are delivered by ISSofBC and five partner organizations located in the facility. The Centre's unique reputation as the first purpose-built facility of its kind in the world drew significant international attention.
Service Recognition Staff Award - Amea Wilbur, Pacific Immigrant Resources Society (PIRS)
Amea Wilbur, Manager of Programs at Pacific Immigrant Resources Society has worked in the settlement sector for 20 years. She completed her doctorate at UBC with research that looked at how government-funded language learning can be more inclusive for adults particularly for newcomers to Canada who have experienced trauma.
Amea helped to develop several programs for newcomers such as LISTN's Beyond Trauma: Language Learning Strategies for New Canadians Living with Trauma, and PIRS's trauma-informed English as an Additional Language (EAL) program for refugee women.
Congratulations to the recipients of this year's awards! Awards will be presented at AMSSA's Annual General Meeting on September 22.
We would also like to recognize and congratulate the nominees for the 2017 AMSSA Diversity Awards.
Riasat Ali Khan Diversity Award Nominees:
- ASPIRE Program, Muslim Food Bank and Community Services Society
- REACH Program, Pacific Community Resources Society
- Language Program for Refugee Women, Pacific Immigrant Resources Society
- Entry to Hospitality Careers for Women, Pacific Immigrant Resources Society
Service Recognition Staff Award Nominees:
- Michelle Redfern, Cowichan Intercultural Society
- Rosmary Raygada Watanabe, Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society
- Sharon Pannu, Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society
Special Thank You to the Diversity Awards Selection Committee:
- Lily Chen, AMSSA 2nd Vice President
- Renee Black, PeaceGeeks
- Khim Tan, Options Community Services
- Lynn Weaver, Cowichan Intercultural Society
The 2017 Diversity Awards were sponsored by:
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Celebrate AMSSA's 40th Anniversary!
AMSSA's 40th Annual General Meeting will be held on Friday, September 22, 2017 from 3:30pm - 6:30pm. Networking and refreshments begin at 5:30pm.
The AGM will be hosted at the Creekside Community Centre, 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver, BC in the Multipurpose room 4.
Highlights of the event include: Diversity Awards Presentation, live music by the Vancouver Pursuing Dreams Orchestra, photobooth from Imagecube as well as appetizers and refreshments from Friendship Foods and Catering. We will also be screening AMSSA's 40th anniversary video.
Thank you to our event sponsors:
Check out three new editions of our Migration Matters Info Sheet Series
AMSSA's Migration Matters info sheet series gives you a two page overview of an important topic in settlement and migration. We recently published info sheets on the following topics:
The latest edition of AMSSA's Migration Matters info sheet series focuses on supports and challenges for newcomer seniors in BC. Explore newcomer seniors' challenges, barriers and needs and learn about community-based senior services and the principles of positive aging. And don't miss our useful chart on pensions and benefits for newcomer seniors.
The Newcomer Literacy Info Sheet presents statistics on the literacy levels of newcomers to BC. It explores useful terms such as ESL Literacy Learners, how the Canadian Language Benchmarks incorporate literacy, best practices, workplace literacy as well as some resources available to BC settlement service providers.
BC receives approximately 11% of all government-assisted refugees coming to Canada and 7% of privately sponsored refugees. AMSSA's Migration Matters info sheet #38 provides information on the economic and social integration of refugees in Canada, and explores some of the factors affecting integration for both privately sponsored and government-assisted refugees.
See all info sheets here.
Learn more about the Experience of Newcomer Parents and the Support Services Available
The Parenting in a New Country E-Symposium explores parenting from a newcomer perspective, shares settlement service supports, and touches on the role that educators, childminders and settlement staff play in supporting newcomer parents and families.
Click here to watch the recording of the E-Symposium.
View the latest Webinar on connecting with Private Sponsors of Refugees
The Connecting Refugee Private Sponsor Groups with Settlement Service Providers webinar equips managers, LINC instructors and frontline staff with how to support privately sponsored refugees and how to work collaboratively with sponsorship groups.
Stay tuned for our upcoming Webinar on Supporting Clients with Disabilities!