1. 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.



  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Map shows immigrant population by neighborhood

    May 23, 2015 by Didi Korcheva

    A real estate company, Estate Block,  has developed a map showing where immigrants live in Metro Vancouver. The map, based on data from the National Household Survey, As you hover over the map it also shows percentages of the immigrant groups. Read more here and see the map here

  5. Documentary and discussion on immigrant seniors

    May 19, 2015 by Didi Korcheva

    The Price of Reunion or Lessons in Happiness is a 35-minute documentary exploring the challenges and sucesses of seniors who come to Canada through the Family Reunification Program. It will be screened on Tuesday, May 26th from 6 to 8 pm at SFU Harbour Centre followed by a panel discussion.  Read more here and watch the trailer.

  6. Support for the immigrant LGBTQ community

    May 12, 2015 by Didi Korcheva

    Foundation Hope is an organization whose mission includes enhancing the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer newcomers and their families through financial support to Canadian NGOs working directly with Refugees, Immigrants, and Asylum Seekers, both nationally and internationally. STRUT your stuff is the organization’s first community fundraiser. It involves walking 1 mile in stiletto shoes to raise runds and awareness for LGBTQ people around the world. STRUT your stuff will take place on June 6, 2015 at Sunset Beach. To learn more and register visit Foundation of Hope’s website.

  7. SFU program an opportunity for immigrants

    May 7, 2015 by Didi Korcheva

    The Professional Master’s Program in Engineering offered by SFU in fall 2015 is designed to “bridge the gap for immigrants with academic training in specific engineering disciplines who need to learn about Canadian regulations and ethics and gain an understanding of the local work culture.” Read about one immigrant’s journey in this Burnaby News Leader article and learn more about the program here.


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