June 2018
In This Issue
AMSSA is Moving!

On December 1, 2018, AMSSA's office will be relocating to Burnaby, where we will be subletting space from SPARC BC (Social Planning and Resource Council of BC). 

The future AMSSA office will be located at 4445 Norfolk Street, Burnaby, BC

AMSSA will have a separate office space and will share SPARC BC's lunchroom and boardroom. We are excited to design the office space so that it reflects our collaborative team approach to the work we do. 

We look forward to building a long-lasting partnership with SPARC BC that mutually benefits and supports our members and stakeholders!

Mark your Calendars!

AMSSA's 41st Annual General Meeting will take place on September 28, 2018. Save the date!


When: September 28, 2018

Time: 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM; Networking and refreshments will begin at 5:30 PM

Where: Multipurpose Room 4,

Creekside Community Centre, 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver, BC


For more information, contact us at communications@amssa.org.


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AMSSA's Settlement Net database is a one-stop-shop for settlement and language updates, resources, news articles, reports and more!


Receive an e-update on Tuesdays with new resources and media clippings.


Register for Settlement Net by clicking here.


Staff Movement

Saeedeh Foghani AMSSA's Office Coordinator will be on maternity leave starting July 2018. Congratulations to Saeedeh and her family on their new addition!

Sara Javaherypour will be assuming the Acting Office Coordinator role in Saeedeh's absence. Welcome to the AMSSA team! 

Thank you to Sara Sehic who completed her intern placement at AMSSA. AMSSA wishes her good luck on her studies at Adler University and her future endeavors!

Sign-Up for a Diversity & Inclusion Workshop

Want to broaden your understanding of diversity and inclusion? AMSSA's Safe Harbour online and in-person training  is great for individuals or teams who require an introductory course on diversity and inclusion. 

Want to learn more? Contact us at safeharbour@amssa.org.

Featured Member: Muslim Food Bank and Community Services (MFBCS) Offers Summer Programming for Newcomer Families and Youth

In preparation for the upcoming season, the Muslim Food Bank and Community Services (MFBCS) will soon begin its Summer Programming. Based upon a combination of previous successes and community needs, this year, MFBCS will be running a total of four programs:

Summer School for Youth
A tutoring program for youth between the ages of 13 to 18 that helps them further develop their skills in the areas of English, Math, and Science.

Digital Storytelling

This program will provide youth with a safe and relevant outlet within which to discuss their stories. Through the medium of film, participants of the program will be taught the technical skills behind creating a digital story, and will then be encouraged to utilize these newly gained skills to create a short film.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Program
Two workshops, one for youth, and one for families, that will focus primarily on the topics of causation, stigma, trauma, effective forms of communication, and stages of change; both as a means of spreading education and awareness regarding substance abuse, and identifying prevention methods.

MFB Soccer Training
Soccer Training for children aged 6 to 12 in North Surrey on a weekly basis.

To Register for the above programs or to volunteer, e-mail kabir@muslimfoodbank.com

Learn more about the Muslim Food Bank Community Services (MFBCS) here: http://www.muslimfoodbank.com/

Watch our Latest Video: Journey to Canadian Citizenship

Every year, thousands of new Canadians take the oath of citizenship. Often a long and challenging process, Canadian citizenship requires preparation that goes beyond a written test.

In British Columbia, multiple organizations are funded by the federal government to provide services that prepare individuals for the rights and responsibilities that come with Canadian citizenship. This online video depicts the ways they prepare newcomers for life as Canadian citizens by featuring three organizations: YMCA of Greater Vancouver, New Directions, and Little Mountain Neighbourhood House.

Click here to watch the online video.

Catch up on the Latest Migration Matters Info Sheets!

AMSSA's Migration Matters info sheet series gives an overview of important topic in settlement and migration. You can access two new editions of Migration Matters, on these topics:
  • LINC, PBLA and the CLB provides a broad perspective of the components of Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) programming to support new teachers, settlement staff and other organizations wanting to liaise with IRCC-funded service providers.
  • Young Children of Newcomer Families summarizes trends on the socioeconomic status, education and mental health of young children of immigrant families. It also provides resources to support the needs and integration of newcomer children, youth and their families.
Read previous editions of the info sheets by clicking here.

View our Latest Webinars

AMSSA's webinars are online training events covering broad topics that feature expert speakers. Access the latest webinars on the following topics:

Immigration Pathways for Temporary Residents

Heather Michaud of IRCC and Trina McKinlay of the BC PNP presented on Express Entry and the BC PNP, with a focus on how these two programs can serve as immigration pathways to permanent residence for temporary workers and international students graduating from Canadian educational institutions.

Navigating the Settlement Needs of Refugee Claimants
Since 2017, British Columbia has seen an increase in refugee claimant arrivals. Supporting refugee claimants requires specialized expertise and front-line workers can benefit from the experience of those who have been working with claimants for many years.Participants of this webinar learned about:* The refugee determination process, including timelines and delays
  • Services that refugee claimants are eligible to receive
  • Referrals and Resources available to refugee claimants
  • The READY Tours
  • Support Groups for Refugee Claimants
In this webinar, Nicole Armos and IsmaŽl Traorť, both from AMSSA, presented their research findings on support services for post-secondary international students in BC.

Funded by the Ministry of Jobs, Trade, and Technology (JTT), the research focused on the support services that post-secondary institutions (PSIs) and service provider organizations (SPOs) that receive BC Settlement and Integration Services (BC-SIS) funding offer to international students. The webinar included key findings from the research, an outline of the support services international students need, an analysis of the barriers and challenges to delivering and accessing support services, and more.

To watch the recordings of previous webinars, click here.