Subject: ISSofBC eNews March-April 2016--Over 200 refugees hit the slopes in welcome event

ISSofBC eNews March-April, 2016 
Over 200 refugees hit the slopes in welcome event
ISSofBC, Mt. Seymour and Lynch Bus Tours worked together to create FIRST SNOW, a welcome event for refugee families April 3. The event on Mt. Seymour provided an opportunity for many refugees to experience snow for the first time in their lives.

Community members had responded to the call for donations of winter clothing, and over 200 refugee clients were able to enjoy the winter activites on the mountain.

It was a sunny day filled with snowshoeing, tobogganning, skiing, roasting marshmallows and plenty of snowball fights!

Syrian Refugee Update

Approximately half of the Canadian government’s commitment to resettle 3,300 Syrian refugees is in the final process of being realized in Metro Vancouver and around the province.

With the province of BC’s funding of Refugee Settlement teams on Vancouver Island, Okanagan, Caribou, Fraser Valley and Metro Vancouver, there is a network of organizations working alongside ISSofBC and Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria. Settlement of Syrian refugees outside of Metro Vancouver has helped to mitigate the challenges of finding housing for large family groupings in a very tight rental market.

To learn more about programs, services resources and news relating to the resettlement plans in BC, visit the Refugee Readiness Hub.

Hiring fair draws over 200 newcomers

Over 200 jobseekers attended the ISSofBC Hiring Fair March 22, connecting with employers from various industries such as IT/Telecommunications, Healthcare, Customer Service, Office Administration, Retail, Manufacturing, Sales, Food Production, and F&B Management.

Job-seeking clients from ISSofBC and other immigrant-serving organizations such as MOSAIC and SUCCESS, as well as walk-in job searchers, connected with recruiters, discovered new job opportunities and participated in mini on-site interviews. A number of jobseekers were even hired on the spot or invited for second interviews in the coming weeks.

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Vancity donation supports refugees

Vancity Credit Union, its members and staff donated $100,000 March 30 to support three local immigrant and community serving organizations for their resettlement programs and services for refugees.

ISSofBC, Vancouver Association for the Survivors of Torture (VAST) and Mount Pleasant Family Place will all receive a portion of the Vancity donation to support an array of programs and services.

Chris Friesen, ISSofBC Director of Settlement Services, said the organization will utilize the generous contribution to expand Arabic speaking refugee and immigrant youth programs at the ISSofBC Welcome Centre due to open this June.

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ISSofBC celebrates volunteers

National volunteer week (April 12-18) included numerous events at ISSofBC to thank volunteers for their dedication, support and hard work. Among the festivities was a celebration breakfast organized by Volunteer Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows at Boston Pizza April 16.

In 2015, 63 ISSofBC volunteers in Maple Ridge contributed over 1200 hours to helping immigrants and refugees build new lives in the community.

At ISSofBC Vancouver, 1250 volunteers contributed over 12,000 hours in the last year.

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Sisters donate by selling bracelets

Friendship bracelets became helping bracelets at ISSofBC when sisters Claire and Vanessa Scrimini donated over $700 towards the ISSofBC refugee sponsorship fund March 23. The sisters collected the generous donation by selling 400 friendship bracelets over 4 days at Burnaby's Aubrey Elementary School to friends, classmates and family.

They said after they learned of the tragedy and tremendous hardships of the Syrian Refugees, they knew they had to help.

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ISSofBC Welcome Centre Update

As we countdown to the opening, construction of ISSofBC Welcome Centre is continuing at a determined pace, with almost 100 tradesworkers on site each day.

Finishing touches are being made to the exterior of the building: concrete pavers, dirt for the outdoor gardens and railings for the walkways. And work is underway on each of the floors, including testing of all of the mechanical equipment.

Read more updates in our blog

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