Subject: eNews Spring 2021 - Anti-racism definitions kickstart public engagement

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eNews Spring 2021
Immigrant Services Society of BC
Racial literacy: A good place to start
What’s the difference between Equity and Equality? ISSofBC’s Anti-Racism Advisory Group can help with a mini-glossary highlighting some of “the most commonly-used terminology” in conversations about racism and equity. The recently released glossary is an effort by staff in the anti-racism committee to kickstart interest and strengthen engagement in eliminating racism.
News at ISSofBC
ISSofBC’s long-serving Settlement Services Director Chris Friesen now wears a new hat as chief operating officer. He will be succeeded by Kathy Sherrell, who has worked in settlement services for over a decade.
From online resource list hand-written on a whiteboard to multi-media digital experience, Janis’s ESL website has transitioned from humble classroom beginnings to an interactive online platform aimed at student self-learning.  
Workshop catalog offers unique help for newcomers
Finding available workshops for newcomers is now much easier with the release of the ISSofBC Workshop Catalog. The catalog offers detailed and user-friendly information on a broad range of topics to help in the settlement process. 

ISSofBC's internal digital transformation process has broken down data silos across all programs and locations allowing staff to view every client’s journey through services they receive enhancing the client experience.  
News Briefs
Refugee sponsorship virtual meet and greet - A Syrian refugee family is a little closer to their new lives waiting in Vancouver after participating in our first ever Zoom meeting from Jordan with Vancity volunteer mentors.

Volunteers celebrated through video Check out highlights from across Metro Vancouver and hear from our amazing volunteers in celebration of National Volunteer Week. 

Refugee settlement trends - Half of all Government-Assisted Refugees that arrived to Metro Vancouver from January to the end of March 2021 have permanently settled in Surrey.

Community discussion on mental heath - Over 100 participants brought awareness to mental health among immigrant populations by participating in our panel discussion through the lens of the film The World Is Bright.

Canadian Census begins - Help decision-makers make plans that affect your families, neighbourhoods and businesses by participating in the 2021 Census.

Calendar of Events
Find workshops, activities or events to help you get settled, find work or learn English in ISSofBC locations across Metro Vancouver and Squamish.

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