September 2018
In this issue
Join us at AMSSA's  41st Annual General Meeting!

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


When: September 28, 2018

Time: 3:30 PM - 7:00 PM; A networking dinner will begin at 5:30 PM

Where: Multipurpose Room 4,

Creekside Community Centre, 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver, BC

Highlights of the event includes the presentation of the Diversity Awards, entertainment, as well as a networking dinner.


Registration is required. To RSVP click here.


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Check out the new Settlement Net newsletter archive 
AMSSA revised the Settlement Net database and Weekly Update newsletter to increase user friendliness.

Also, subscribers can now find previous editions of the weekly update e-mail on the newsletter archive page.

Don't have a Settlement Net account? 

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

Welcome to Dorine Akwiri, Dorine joined AMSSA in August as the Knowledge Mobilization Assistant. Dorine is working with AMSSA and the Child and Youth Refugee Research Coalition (CYRRC) to assist in creating and implementing a knowledge mobilization strategy as well as monitor and evaluate the KMb activities of CYRRC researchers. We're happy to have you as a part of the team!

Sign-up to learn about diversity and inclusion 

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 are interested in an introductory course on diversity and inclusion. 

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Connect with us!

Featured Members: AMSSA recognizes leadership in strengthening BC's diversity 

AMSSA is happy to announce the recipients of the 2018 Diversity Awards. An independent awards committee selected the following organization and individuals for recognition.

Riasat Ali Khan Diversity Award 

Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society

The Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society (IMSS) of Prince George is a non-profit community serving agency providing settlement and integration services to immigrants and refugees throughout Prince George and northern BC. IMSS provides a suite of services and in particular, programs that help vulnerable women and seniors acquire skills for their personal and professional empowerment through workshops, mentorship, networking events and discussion forums.

Service Recognition Staff Award 

Saleem Spindari, MOSAIC

Saleem Spindari has worked at MOSAIC for 14 years. He developed, implemented and maintained several programs and projects at MOSAIC. In particular, Saleem led the Metro Vancouver Refugee Response Team (MVRRT) where he managed a team of 41 health, education, employment, language training and community groups. The MVRRT developed a number of initiatives with the mission to ensure that all refugees have access to information, services and supports to ease their settlement journey. 

Service Recognition Volunteer Award 

Mainu Ahmed for his volunteerism at the Muslim Food Bank and Community Services Society 

Mainu Ahmed has volunteered for the Muslim Food Bank and Community Services Society since 2011. During this time, he played a key role in the creation and development of several programs geared toward supporting refugee re-settlement in the Lower Mainland. One program was the Summer School Program for Syrian refugee children aged 6 -13. The program helped them transition into the BC school system by offering English, Math, and Canadian socialization classes.

Congratulations to the recipients of this year's awards! The Diversity Awards will be presented at AMSSA's Annual General Meeting on September 28.


We would also like to recognize and congratulate the nominees for the 2018 AMSSA Diversity Awards:

Riasat Ali Khan Diversity Award Nominees:
  • Muslim Food Bank and Community Services Society
  • Ridge Meadows Multicultural Society
Service Recognition Staff Award Nominees:
  • Jim Brennan, Multicultural and Immigrant Services Association of North Vancouver Island
  • Loren Balisky, Kinbrace Community Society
  • Michelle Redfern, Cowichan Intercultural Society
  • Tahzeem Kassam, DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society
  • Wei Liang, Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society
Service Recognition Volunteer Award Nominee:
  • Jim Tallman, ISSofBC

Special Thank You to the Diversity Awards Selection Committee:
  • Anthony Taylor, SME Strategy Consulting
  • Koyali Burman, Board Director
  • Mary Daniel, Board Director
  • Wendy McCulloch, North Shore Multicultural Society
  • Wazi Dlamini-Kapenda, Mothers Matter Centre

Save the date: Media Launch Event

With the Immigrant Integration Coordinating Committee (IICC), AMSSA undertook a Provincial Engagement Strategy project with the objective to:
  • Identify key gaps in services and/or policies between what is currently being supported by the federal government of Canada and the provincial government of BC, with the actual needs of newcomers to BC.
  • Identify what strategies have been successful in providing support to newcomers in BC.
  • Use the gaps and best practices identified to formulate specific recommendations on how the provincial government of BC can enhance co-managing and co-planning of immigration with the federal government, the municipalities and the settlement sector. 
AMSSA will be launching the report Immigration for BC's Future: A Call for Action to Strengthen Newcomer Integration through a special media event.

Event Details:

When: Thursday, September 27, 2018
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM PDT
Where: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gardens, 578 Carrall Street, Vancouver BC, V6B 5K2
Online access: The event will be live broadcast for those who cannot attend in person

Due to limited space, registration is required. Register by clicking here.

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Read our newest Migration Matters Info Sheet: LINC and Online Learning

AMSSA's Migration Matters info sheet series gives an overview of important topics in settlement and migration. 

The newest edition on LINC and Online Learning provides an overview of LINC online delivery methods including LINC blended learning and LINC Home Study. This info sheet provides LINC service providers with useful terminology, and teacher training and delivery methods to support newcomers through their settlement journey in the digital age.


Read previous editions of the info sheets by clicking here.