Subject: MEDIA ADVISORY-Grand Opening – ISSofBC Welcome Centre

June 23, 2016
MEDIA ADVISORY
What? 
Grand Opening – ISSofBC Welcome Centre

Who?
ISSofBC (Immigrant Services Society of BC) and featured speakers, viz:
  • Federal-Provincial Housing Initiative – represented by:
        o Suzanne Anton, Minister of Justice & MLA for Vancouver-Fraserview
        o Lance Jakubec, Affordable Housing Consultant, CMHC BC Region
  • Heather Deal, Councilor and Deputy Mayor of Vancouver
  • Linda Morris, SVP, Vancity Credit Union (private donor)
  • Zahra Samimi, former refugee from Afghanistan (ISSofBC client)
  • Shadi Haghighidoost, newcomer from Iran enrolled in ISSofBC’s LINC program

When?
June 25, 2016; 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Where?
2610 Victoria Drive, Vancouver

Why?
Two years after ground was broken on June 20, 2014, the new ISSofBC Welcome Centre – the first immigrant-serving facility of kind – opens its doors to the world. The Centre brings together under one roof, essential services offered by ISSofBC and its partners/co-tenants that meet the immediate needs of immigrants and refugees arriving in B.C.

Highlights
The event features:
  • A formal ceremony with blessing and prayer by Coast Salish-Musqeam representative, remarks by representatives of three levels of government, one private sponsor of the building project, and two active ISSofBC clients.
  • Ribbon-cutting ceremony.
  • Family-oriented celebratory activities including guided facility tours, live performances, a children’s theatre and a cultural exhibit.

ISSofBC Welcome Centre at a glance:

  • Gold LEED Green Building Design
  • Houses organizations, public institutions, government services and programs to provide streamlined access to service for all newcomers;
  • Provides 18 first and some second-stage housing units that can accommodate up to 138 beds.
Further information:
Lily Lim 604-684-2561 (x 1142)         lily.lim@issbc.org         www.issbc.org
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Immigrant Services Society of BC, 2610 Victoria Drive, Vancouver, BC V5N 4L2, Canada
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