Subject: It’s less than 5 months until you’ll be moving into ISSofBC Welcome Centre

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It’s less than 5 months until you’ll be moving into ISSofBC Welcome Centre, and it’s time to get to know your new building and neighbourhood.

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his enews includes info on what the centre looks like on the inside and what the surrounding area is like. If there is something you’d like to know about ISSofBC Welcome Centre and the surroundings, please send an email to welcomecentre@issbc.org
Neighbourhood Perspective

To help you get to know the neighbourhood, each enews includes an interview with an ISSofBC staff member who lives in the neighbourhood. This enews went to Chris Stephenson, ISSofBC’s Communications Coordinator, who has called the Trout Lake area home for 3 years now.


What do you like about the area? I love Trout Lake as a peaceful place to walk, have a BBQ or hang out on the beach. I sometimes even swim in the summer months when the water is clean enough! I also love being close to Commercial Drive with all the coffee shops, diverse restaurants and organic grocery stores.

Why is the area a good one for our clients? The Commercial Drive area is a perfect place from newcomers because the community demographics truly represent Canada. People of many different cultural backgrounds and lifestyles live and work together in this neighbourhood which sets a great example for immigrants and refugees. Also the ISSofBC Welcome Centre is close to many amenities, community centre, parks and the major transit routes which is helpful for anyone new to the city.

What are some of your favourite neighbourhood haunts?
Banditas restaurant for amazing vegetarian tacos, JJ Bean coffee shop for any hot beverage on a rainy day, Donald's grocery store for reasonably priced organic produce and Falconetti’s East Side Grill for drinks on the roof top patio.

Anything else you’d like to add? I’m looking forward to seeing all my coworkers and clients in the neighbourhood!
Where is ISSofBC Welcome Centre located in Vancouver?

The Welcome Centre at 2610 Victoria Drive is one block south of Broadway and one block east of Commercial Drive. The centre is 2 blocks from the Commercial-Broadway SkyTrain Station with stops for both the Expo & Millennium Lines. It is also two blocks from the 99 B-Line and 20 Victoria-Granville bus stops.

The Centre is on the northern edge of the Kensington-Cedar Cottage neighbourhood, and right next door to the Grandview-Woodlands neighbourhood. So ISSofBC Welcome Centre has the unique opportunity to connect with two neighbourhoods and one major commercial and service street: Commercial Drive. 

View the location on google maps.
What is the general layout?

ISSofBC Welcome Centre’s main entrance is at 2610 Victoria Drive. There are 6 floors in Welcome Centre:

1st floor - Entrance, settlement staff, health care clinic
2nd floor - Settlement staff, childcare centre
3rd floor – LINC – 7 language classrooms & licensed childcare for LINC families
4th & 5th floors – 16 housing units (up to 138 beds) for GARs
6th floor – Administration

Access to the 4th, 5th and 6th floors is through key cards. The staff lunch room and outside patio are on the 2nd floor.

Other organizations that are co-located in ISSofBC Welcome Centre are Mt. Pleasant Family’s Place’s Circle of Care & Connection Early Childhood Development Refugee Program, Inland Refugee Society, SOS and Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture (VAST).

What stage is  the construction?

The crane has been taken down and the building is starting to look like the drawings we’ve all seen over the last couple of years. For regular updates on the construction, check out Chris Friesen’s ISSofBC Welcome Centre Blog
Veronica’s Corner

As we all get ready for the big move, each enews includes some important information from ISSofBC’s Move Coordinator, Veronica Lee.