Subject: ISSofBC eNews February 2018 - Recognition party celebrates dedication of ISSofBC volunteers

ISSofBC eNews February, 2018
Recognition party celebrates dedication of over 500 ISSofBC volunteers
Volunteers, staff and board members came together for an evening celebration to honour the hard work, commitment and incredible contribution that volunteers make to ISSofBC.

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Youth attend WE FOR SHE Forum in Vancouver featuring Michelle Obama

Refugee youth clients and the Multicultural Youth Circle program graduates had the rare opportunity to listen former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama speak during the evening forum February 15.
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Premier award honours ISSofBC for refugee resettlement efforts

ISSofBC is honoured to share the 2017 Premier’s Innovation and Excellence Award with the BC Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology as a partner in the Refugee Readiness Fund Initiative.
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Legislators and public officials from Korea visit ISSofBC Welcome Centre

ISSofBC received a delegation from the Korean province of Gyeonggi-do interested in learning more about programs and services for immigrants and refugees arriving to BC.
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ISSofBC clients invited to watch hockey league in action in Maple Ridge

Thanks to Meadow Ridge Collision and the Ridge Meadows Flames, 27 ISSofBC clients watched the Junior B Hockey league's Ridge Meadows Flames take on the North Vancouver Wolf Pack.
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 New ISSofBC program focuses on communication and soft skills

10 newcomer IT Professionals are the first cohort in the 10-week Literacy and Essential Skills program designed to build communication and soft skills for career advancement in Canada.
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Langley employers hire ISSofBC clients during on-the-spot interview event

Over 45 job seekers attended ISSofBC's interview events with Home Depot and AE Concrete in Langley. Eight clients were offered jobs by Home Depot, while six clients were shortlisted.
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Refugee claims up by 76 percent but drop in GAR arrivals say ISSofBC 2017 reports

Over 1,200 refugee claimants were recorded in BC last year compared to 725 in 2016 while the number of Government-Assisted Refugees (GAR) was 642 – a third of the 1,911 that arrived in 2016.

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Activities and Events

Get Hired event - Are you a newcomer looking for a job? Join us March 6 at the ISSofBC Welcome Centre for a Hiring Fair. There are over 100 jobs waiting for the right candidate – this could be you!

Virtual Career Expo 
- In-TAC is hosting the 4th Virtual Career Expo April 19 for job seekers in Canada and abroad. Attendees will have the opportunity to browse for jobs listed by partner companies, apply directly for job openings, chat with the employer representatives and employment counsellors, and learn more about working in different parts of Canada.

ISSofBC Refugee Readiness Hub - This online hub offers current news, events, resources, success stories, videos and more relating to the refugee resettlement efforts across British Columbia.

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