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eNews Summer 2019
Immigrant Services Society of BC
Vancity, TELUS take a step on World Refugee Day
Vancity and TELUS joined forces with ISSofBC to roll out plans to boost support for refugees and promote their integration into Canadian society.

Vancity will support five refugee families over the next five years as part of a new privately- sponsored refugee program, while TELUS will provide government-assisted refugees arriving in BC with refurbished phones, wireless access and digital support to enable them to stay in touch with family abroad and access support networks and employment opportunities in Canada.
News at ISSofBC
Texting tool transforms services for newcomers
A new web-based text messaging tool developed by ISSofBC and the Vancouver Community Network offers real-time information sharing with refugees and immigrants to help ease the transition newcomers face in their new communities.
BC Premier John Horgan and ministers Shane Simpson and  Bruce Ralston welcomed two refugee families from Iran and provided words of encouragement for their new lives in BC. This was all part of a tour of ISSofBC Welcome Centre July 16. 
ISSofBC celebrates HIPPY program graduates
Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY CORE) program celebrated the accomplishments of participating families with a graduation ceremony marking the closing of the program for this school year.
Over 500 LINC students, family members and friends kicked off Canada Day celebrations late June during the All LINC Picnic in the Tri-Cities complete with relay games, a costume parade and multicultural picnic.
LINC students stepped back in time to the 1800s to learn how early settlers lived in Fort Langley. Costumed interpreters demonstrated the pioneer way of life and Indigenous interpreters shared century-old tales during the visit June 25.
The Whistler Multicultural Festival was back for the seventh year at the Whistler Public Library June 7! ISSofBC staff were on hand to showcase our diverse programs and services in the Sea-to-Sky Corridor.
Activities and Events
Find more workshops, activities or events to help you get settled, find work or learn English covering ISSofBC locations across Metro Vancouver and Squamish.

BC Refugee Hub
ISSofBC in partnership with the Province of British Columbia have created the BC Refugee Hub where users can learn about refugees arriving to the province, read the latest status of the arrival of refugees and find local resettlement programs, services and resources.

Immigrant Services Society of BC, 2610 Victoria Drive, Vancouver, BC V5N 4L2, Canada
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