Subject: ISSofBC eNews December 2016 - Refugees share experiences with ISSofBC – one year in

ISSofBC eNews December, 2016 
Refugees share experiences with ISSofBC – one year in
A year after they arrived as part of the largest resettlement initiative in Canadian history, Syrian government-assisted refugees (GARs) shared their experiences on their first year of living in BC.

Their outcomes are highlighted in a report “Syrian Refugee Operations to British Columbia: One Year In – A Roadmap to Integration and Citizenship” released December 9 during a press conference at ISSofBC Welcome Centre.

The report touched on respondents’ views on income security, education, housing, health, dental, mental well-being and family reunification.

But even as they were vocal in sharing their concerns and issues, respondents were keen to express their gratitude to “all Canadians who opened their hearts for us.” “Canadians did not make us feel like we were refugees,” said one.

Employer talk reveals hiring secrets to over 100 newcomer job seekers

Over one hundred job seekers attended the Employer Talk and Hiring Event to learn from numerous HR managers how to create stand out resumes and get hired. 
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First ISSofBC Education Fair provides diverse schooling options for clients

Clients looking to further their education met with an array of representatives from public and private institutions during the first ever ISSofBC Education Fair.
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Preschool natural art and photography show highlights young talent at ISSofBC

ISSofBC’s Preschool hosted a unique art exhibit at the Welcome Centre showcasing student work using natural materials and wooden canvases as their backdrops. 
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ISSofBC Squamish gets taste of Indonesia during student cooking night

ISSofBC student Indriani from Indonesia hosted a traditional dinner including GadoGado and Tempeh for all LINC classes at the local Community Outreach Centre in Squamish .
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Newcomer families join interactive Little Red Riding Hood performance

In this hilarious take on the children’s classic, over 40 newcomers, ISSofBC staff, and volunteers were encouraged to cheer the good and boo the evil during the performance at the York Theatre.
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Richmond LINC students donate to CBC food drive and tour national broadcaster 

ISSofBC Richmond LINC classes visited the 30th Annual CBC Vancouver Open House & Food Drive. They also generously made donations which helped raise a record of $780,347.

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Grade 3 student donates to Welcome to Canada Gift Card campaign

As part of class project to help out in the community, Indira was interested in finding a way to help refugees especially when they first arrive in Canada.
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Refugee Readiness Hub helps Syrian resettlement process in BC

ISSofBC in partnership with the Province of British Columbia have created the Refugee Readiness Hub to assist individuals and refugee-serving organizations in the resettlement process.
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