Subject: eNews September 2018 - ISSofBC bursary award honours long-term volunteer

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Immigrant Services Society of BC
ISSofBC Bursary Awards honours long-term volunteer
The Marian Dewitt Bursary was one among seven bursaries awarded to ISSofBC clients at the Annual General Meeting held September 20. Marian, a former Board member and a supporter of ISSofBC for over 30 years who passed away early this September, was remembered fondly at the AGM.

“Even in her 90s she was still coming to meetings,” said Board Treasurer Nicolas Lozovsky, another long-term ISSofBC volunteer. “My memory of her is that she was extremely strong and committed,” he recalled of Marian who served several terms as Board president.

This year’s recipient of the Marian Dewitt bursary was Omar Alsultany, a former physician from Iraq, who will apply the bursary funds to an IELTS exam training course to prepare for studies in the health care field.
News at ISSofBC
ISSofBC employees celebrate staff service awards
Over 250 staff gathered together for an afternoon of networking, speeches, and a Years of Service Awards Ceremony recognizing employees who have dedicated their careers to helping build a future for newcomers with ISSofBC.
Charitable foundation makes positive impact at ISSofBC
Over 20 family members representing the Edith Lando Charitable Foundation connected with staff and clients impacted by the foundation’s generosity during a donor acknowledgement dinner and tour at ISSofBC Welcome Centre.
Newcomer Employment Week in September connected employers, service providers such as ISSofBC and job seekers with a diverse line up of events to help immigrants reach their employment goals in the Tri-Cities.
Newcomers gain communication skills through library
ISSofBC Maple Ridge clients are now Library Champions thanks to a unique program that connects new immigrants to Canada to their local public libraries with a focus on building communication, presentation and outreach skills.
Squamish hosts celebration of diversity through 
Over 30 nationalities attended the Squamish Multicultural Festival September 15 including staff and volunteers from ISSofBC. Performances included a Flamenco troupe from Vancouver and and all-female Mariachi band. 
Partnership connects ISSofBC to Richmond newcomers
ISSofBC settlement staff will host a series of workshops for Cantonese/Mandarin and Arabic speakers at the Richmond Brighouse Library this fall thanks to a new partnership with the library’s community programming department.
Summer picnic celebrates dedication of volunteers
ISSofBC honoured over 120 active Coquitlam volunteers during a summer picnic at Lafarge Lake Park. Attendees were offered a Syrian cuisine lunch, received certificates for their dedication to ISSofBC, and enjoyed the summer afternoon.
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