1. The LA Times on Vancouver’s immigrant transformation

    August 16, 2015 by Didi Korcheva

    An interesting read in today’s edition of the Los Angeles Times about how Vancouver was transformed from “provincial” to one of the most expensive real estate markets in North America by Chinese wealth, not without controversies. Read more here.

  2. BC project on forced marriages in different communities

    August 4, 2015 by Didi Korcheva

    MOSAIC and the Ending Violence Association of BC (EVA BC) are working on a two-year project on researching forced marriages in BC as well as finding ways to help the victims. The results of the survey conducted by these two organizations reveal a complex picture of forced marriages and not a feature of any single culture. Read more from MOSAIC here and visit the website endforcedmarriages.ca for help and resources. 

  3. “Just Say Hello”

    July 23, 2015 by Didi Korcheva

    <span style=”font-family: Georgia; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.625;”>A project aimed at overcoming social isolation among immigrants in metro Vancouver will launch this fall. By wearing lapels inviting others to chat, participants will be engaging with other residents of their communities and thus creating a friendlier and more welcoming environment for people from different cultures. Stay tuned for more information and in the meantime read more here.

  4. Survey for immigrants on the North Shore with a chance to win a prize

    July 4, 2015 by Didi Korcheva

    The North Shore Immigrant Partnership (NSIIP) is an organization that was established to find local, collaborative solutions to improve immigrant settlement and integration within the communities of the North Shore. They are currently conducting a survey to gather input from immigrants on their settlement experience on the North Shore. The results of the survey will be used to develop an Immigrant Settlement Strategic Plan. For more information and a chance to win a $50 Chapters Gift Card, read here.

  5. Vancouver area immigrants make the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards

    June 24, 2015 by Didi Korcheva

    The 7th annual RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards were announced today. The awards honour outstanding contributions from immigrants in the culinary, medical, educational and entrepreneurial fields.

    The Vancouver area winners are:

    • Soheila Ansari (Coquitlam/Iran) –  settlement worker and a regular on Aria TV’s Whiteboard.
    • Amrik Singh Aulakh (Surrey/India) – community volunteer and Surrey RCMP Auxiliary Constable.
    • John Chang (Richmond/Taiwan) – biggest Canadian exporter of ice wine to Asia
    • Alice Chung (Vancouver/Malaysia) – philanthropist and president of Alive Health Centre.
    • Maria Nieves Santos-Greaves (Surrey/Philippines) – owner of Surrey Hearing Care, offers free hearing testing via its mobile hearing clinic van.
    • Vikram Vij (Vancouver/India) – restauranter, owns line of take-home Indian food
    • Ana Maria Zúniga (North Vancouver/Chile) – president of AZ World Translation and Interpretation Inc.

    Read about all of the winners here.



  6. Professional Networking Program for Skilled Immigrants

    June 11, 2015 by Didi Korcheva

    A new program, launched by the Immigrant Employment Council of BC (IEC-BC), will match skilled immigrants with established professionals in their fields. These professionals will, in turn, connect them with their own contacts. The idea behind Connector is that networking is crucial for establishing a career and the top method listed by newcomers to Vancouver. Learn more here.

  7. Lilian To bursaries for immigrants

    June 4, 2015 by Didi Korcheva

    The 2015 Lilian To bursaries provide newly landed immigrants the opportunity to pursue further studies at Ashton College in a program of their choosing. Each bursary is valued up to $8,000 and four winners are chosen. The deadline for applications is August 31, 2015. Read more about the requirements and how to apply here.


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