Subject: It’s now less than 2 months until you’ll be moving into ISSofBC Welcome Centre

Welcome to the 4th eNews. It’s now less than 2 months until you’ll be moving into ISSofBC Welcome Centre.

This enews provides more information, and focuses on getting to the centre. 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 Andrea Canales , Settlement Manager, who has lived in the area for the past 6 years.



What do you like about the area?

I really like the diversity of the people who live there; my neighbours are from all parts of the world and all walks of life. I love the vibrancy and down to earth attitude and energy that people living in the area bring to it; it is definitely unpretentious and inclusive.

Why is the area a good one for our clients?
Centrally located office near established community pockets where immigrant and refugee people would feel welcome; they'd also be able to find items, food and people from their countries and hear their language, which is one of the most comforting things for any newcomer.

What are some of your favourite neighbourhood haunts?

Store: Persia Foods, Santa Barbara, Mediterranean Specialty Store, Donald's: I appreciate the fact that I could find most of the food that I love from back home at reasonable prices as well as explore and try foods I never knew about before.
Restaurant: Best Falafel: literally the best falafel and baklawa in town, owned by a Syrian family with the story of how the restaurant came to be, written and shared with all customers.
Riddim & Spice: delish and authentic Jamaican food at reasonable prices.
La Grotta del Formaggio: make your own sandwich with a number of delicious Italian toppings to choose from.
Lombardo's: home made pastas and pizzas; you could never go wrong eating there.
Casa Verde: the most delicious and authentic Portuguese food I have tried, in the most welcoming and family like atmosphere.

Getting to Welcome Centre
Taking Transit:
ISSofBC Welcome Centre is 1 block from the 10th Avenue Exit of the Commercial-Broadway SkyTrain Station. This station has stops for the Expo Line, Millennium Line and, the soon to be completed, Evergreen Line. It is also two blocks from the 99 B-Line & 20 Victoria-Granville bus stops. Transit provides excellent access for staff and clients from all parts of Metro Vancouver and, with the Evergreen Line opening early in 2017, access into the Tri-Cities area.

The Commercial-Broadway SkyTrain Station is the busiest in the network, and is currently being upgraded with a completion date of spring 2017.

Biking:
ISSofBC Welcome Centre is located right at the nexus of two major bike routes. The 1st is the east-west 10th Avenue route that ends right at the centre, and the 2nd is the Central Valley Greenway east-west route running along Grandview Highway, connecting west with Great Northern Way and False Creek, and going east to link up with Burnaby’s bike routes. The Central Valley Greenway connects in a few blocks from ISSofBC Welcome Centre with Woodland Drive and Lakewood Drive north-south bike routes.

There are bike racks in front of the building for clients & students. ISSofBC Welcome Centre has a secure bike lockup for staff in the basement (access via key fobs), as well as end of trip showers and lockers on the 1st floor.

The Commercial Drive community has a long history of encouraging biking, and the Car Free Day festival that happens in June throughout BC started on the Drive 11 years ago. ISSofBC has had a presence for the last 2 years at Care Free Day where we’ve been meeting community residents and talking about ISSofBC Welcome Centre.

Just one block away from ISSofBC Welcome Centre is Sidesaddle Bikes, an independent, locally owned bike shop that offers same day servicing and repairs.

Driving:

There is limited parking in the basement of the building, with a ticket dispenser for hourly and daily parking. Street parking in the immediate area is limited due to resident only/time restricted parking. However, there is free, no time limited parking north of 7th Ave and south of 12th Ave.

ISSofBC Welcome Centre Construction Update
Over 100 construction workers are on site at ISSofBC’s Welcome Centre daily working on different floors both interior and exterior of the building.

Sanitation and water are now hooked up. Over the past week plumbing fixtures have begun to be installed on the lower floors.

Ceramic floor and wall tiling is now complete on levels 1-3. Resilient flooring is now complete.

Final painting is underway on level 1. Work is nearing completion on the installation of t-bar ceiling tiles and lighting on levels 1-3.

Millwork installation is well underway and stone countertops are next up starting in the next 2 weeks on the residential floors. Carpet for level 6 is scheduled for mid April.

The two elevators have now been installed with testing scheduled over the next week.

For regular updates on the construction including photos, stories and statistics, check out the 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.

New business cards for staff moving to the ISSofBC Welcome Centre and new stationary is on order. All of our suppliers and stakeholders will be notified in mid-April of our new address at 2610 Victoria Drive. And the next big Throw Away Thursday is on April 7th – make sure you have your shredding ready!

ISSofBC Welcome Centre is located at 2610 Victoria Drive, Vancouver BC, V5N 4L2. Click on the address to view the location on google maps.
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