The Immigrant Welcome Centre hosted their Annual General Meeting this week at Robron Centre in Campbell River. The organization took the opportunity to celebrate a successful year and kick off their fall programming and services.
“The focus of the past year has been ensuring solid plans are in place for MISA to meet changes and challenges, both expected and unexpected. Thanks to the hard work of the Board and staff, MISA is stronger than ever. One of our proudest achievements this year has been creating solid service delivery solutions for the North Island,” said outgoing Board President, Patricia Gagnon. “The need for services to help immigrants settle successfully in the North Island has surpassed our expectations. Our partnership with NIEFS has played a big part in helping us meet these needs.”
A highlight of the evening was the announcement of the 2015 Immigrant Welcome Centre Ambassador Award recipient, Khammy Quan. The award recognizes a community member in the North Vancouver Island region who demonstrates exceptional leadership qualities in creating an environment that welcomes and includes all newcomers, acknowledging their diversity, humanity and value.
In presenting the award, Jim Brennan, Executive Director (Interim) noted that Khammy is a tireless volunteer and someone who is actually out in the community welcoming those who are new to Canada and helping them to integrate into our society.
The Immigrant Welcome Centre specializes in immigration and professional services for individuals new to Canada. Over 850 clients from 64 countries have been served in the past year. Services are offered in the Comox Valley, Campbell River and throughout the North Island. For further information about Immigrant Welcome Centre’s specialized services and programs please call 250-830-0171 (Campbell River), 250-338-6359 (Comox Valley), toll free 1-855-805-0171, email info@ImmigrantWelcome.ca or visit www.immigrantwelcome.ca.