Recognizing Champions in Settlement and Integration with AMSSA's 2019 Diversity Awards
AMSSA is delighted to announce the recipients of the 2019 Diversity Awards. An Awards Selection Committee selected the following recipients:
Riasat Ali Khan Diversity Award
|MPNH's Family Literacy Outreach Program|
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House (MPNH) is a community-based, non-profit agency that provides a full range of services and programs for people of all ages, cultures, languages and walks of life in East Vancouver. MPNH was nominated for their Family Literacy Outreach (FLO) program. The FLO program, in collaboration with Vancouver Community College, serves vulnerable newcomer adult learners with young children and provides a holistic family literacy approach by bringing the learning environment into the home.
Service Recognition Staff Award
Loren Balisky, Kinbrace Community Society
Loren Balisky established Kinbrace Community Society, BC's longest-serving housing provider for refugee claimants and has worked at Kinbrace for 21 years. Through his collaborative leadership and experience living alongside refugee claimants, he helped launch multiple innovative programs. Loren has offered his leadership in many capacities including the Housing Working Group of the Multi-Agency Partnership, UNHCR Detention Monitoring, and Navigating Refugee Reform workshops. He was instrumental in the creation of the programs READY Tours and The Refugee Hearing Preparation Guide which is now available in 11 languages.
Service Recognition Volunteer Award
Jim Tallman for his volunteerism at ISSofBC
Jim Tallman has volunteered in the settlement and integration sector for 27 years in multiple capacities including as a Settlement Mentor and Board Director. Jim has served on the ISSof
BC Board for 23 years and 8 years as President. In his years on the Board, he has made significant changes in governance, policies and procedures, and streamlined Board processes. Jim has also provided his professional expertise in the natural resources sector by contributing to ISSofBC's career services programming.
As a Settlement Mentor, Jim had over 20 mentor matches and has created the foundations of ISSof
BC's settlement mentor training.
Congratulations to the recipients of this year's 2019 Diversity Awards! The Diversity Awards will be presented at AMSSA's Annual General Meeting September 20.
We would also like to recognize and congratulate nominees for the 2019 AMSSA Diversity Awards:
Riasat Ali Khan Diversity Award Nominees:
- Muslim Food Bank and Community Services Society
- Pacific Immigrant Resources Society
- Ridge Meadows Multicultural Society
Service Recognition Staff Award Nominees:
- Jane Wei Liang, Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society of Prince George
- Marfat Hamra, Muslim Food Bank and Community Services Society
- Vandna Joshi, DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society
Service Recognition Volunteer Award Nominees:
- Hakimali Dhanani, DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society
- Pamela Chestnut, DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society
- Roshme Aziz, Muslim Food Bank and Community Services Society
Special Thank You to the Diversity Awards Selection Committee:
Cherry Fernandez, South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services
Marcela Mancilla-Fuller, Collingwood Neighbourhood House
Mary Daniel, Board Director, AMSSA
Rima Wilkes, University of British Columbia
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Diversity and Inclusion
BC Settlement & Integration Services (BCSIS) service providers must ensure that program staff is trained to provide services and support in a culturally appropriate manner. BCSIS front-line workers support markedly diverse clients. The training considers the biases and cross-cultural communication issues newcomers encounter, particularly in the context of employment, and practical tips on how to assist them.
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Settlement and Immigration supports are an essential component of BCSIS services. This e-learning module provides front-line workers with an overview of federal and provincial immigration pathways enable support for their clients' ability to succeed in immigration.The training will help differentiate the role and responsibilities of settlement workers versus immigration consultants and apply appropriate boundaries. Pathways for International Students and Temporary Foreign Workers are a focus of the e-learning module.
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