1. Prestigious award goes to Vancouver immigrant

    February 26, 2015 by Didi Korcheva

    Somaya Amiri, a 17-year old who came from Afghanistan four years ago and didn’t speak a word of English, is now the recipient of the Loran Scholarship. Read about her journey and accomplishments.

  2. Have your say!

    February 11, 2015 by Didi Korcheva

    If you’re a newcomer to Vancouver and want to see improvement in services to immigrants, the city of Vancouver wants your opinion. Read Vancouver City Councillor Geoff Meggs’ message and take the survey.

  3. Library Champions – Volunteer Opportunities for Immigrants

    February 9, 2015 by Didi Korcheva

    A great opportunity to gain Canadian experience by volunteering at your local library. The Library Champions Project is looking for newcomers who are:

    • 19 years of age or older
    • A permanent resident, but not yet a Canadian citizen
    • Enthusiastic about libraries
    • Interested in volunteering in the community to share information about library and settlement resources with other newcomers

    Read more and register here.

  4. Raise Your Hand Against Racism

    February 4, 2015 by Didi Korcheva

    A project by MOSAIC, Spice Radio, The Province, and Vancouverdesi.com, to encourage a dialogue about racism. Visit MOSAIC’s website to share your story and to find out more at Spice Radio and Vancouverdesi.com.

  5. Project to support LGBTQ newcomers

    January 28, 2015 by Didi Korcheva

    A six-month project, launched in October 2014 by MOSAIC and funded by Citizenship and Immigration Services Canada, wants to explore the issues faced by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transexual or Questioning immigrants. On Monday, January 26th, a community event that attracted about 65 people at Trout Lake Community Centre, discussed ideas on how to help a “minority within the minority,” according to Roja Bagheri, program coordinator with MOSAIC Settlement and Family Services. “There’s a lot of places that are not inclusive, not friendly to the LGBTQ community,” she said. “We wanted to get an idea of what are the needs, what are the gaps for LGBTQ newcomers. What are the challenges and what will support the rest of the projects,”  she added. Visit MOSAIC for more information and resources.

  6. North Shore Multicultural Society offers new programs for immigrant youth

    January 26, 2015 by Didi Korcheva

    Three new programs will provide assistance to immigrant and refugee youth in the coming weeks:

    - Girl Group: a program for immigrant and refugee girls attending high school in the North and West Vancouver school districts will run Thursday afternoons from January 22 to March 12 at NSMS: 207-123 East 15th St., North Vancouver;

    - Expression! is an art camp for youth ages 8 to 12 on Wednesdays, January 21 to March 4 at the Hub at Chartwell Elementary;

    - Get Connected is a seven-week program for youth aged 18 to 30 on Wednesday evenings starting on January 28 at the North Vancouver City Library.

    For more information call (604) 988-2931 or visit North Shore Multicultural Society.

  7. Immigrant Youth Program assists newcomers adjust to life in Canada

    January 19, 2015 by Didi Korcheva

    A peer support program, MY Circle, was founded by ISS of BC, to help bring together young immigrants and refugees facing issues of integration and help them overcome social isolation, communication barriers, racism, trauma, family conflict and lack of support. Contact the program at:


    Burnaby/ New Westminster: 604-522 -5902 Ext. 1791

    Coquitlam: 778-383-1438 Ext. 1903

    Vancouver: 604-684-7498 Ext. 1611

    Read more here.


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