News June, 2018

‘Being a refugee is a circumstance, it’s not a choice’

By Denise Ryan, Vancouver Sun | If Sara Maria Gomez Lopez could do one thing, it would be to end the stigma associated with the word “refugee”. “Being a refugee is a circumstance, it’s not a lifestyle. It’s not a choice,” said Gomez Lopez, a refugee from Mexico who arrived in Canada via Blaine, Wash., … Continued

Refugee women scholarship in honour of MOSAIC’s Eyob Naizghi

By Canadian Immigrant Magazine | Eyob Naizghi, longtime executive director of MOSAIC, will be stepping down from his role with the Vancouver-based immigrant-serving agency at the end of June 2018. In tribute, MOSAIC has established a new scholarship for refugee women called the Eyob G. Naizghi Scholarship Award. The $5,000 award will be granted annually … Continued

Entrepreneurial refugees enrich Vancouver’s dining scene

By Denise Ryan, Vancouver Sun | At a long table in a West End Vancouver home, three Syrian women are dining Canadian style: A man is cooking for them. Hasne Omer, Ragdha Hasan and Maha Alambarabar, Syrian refugees and cooks for the hottest meal ticket in town, Tayybeh, don’t often have someone else doting on … Continued

Join Surrey Immigrant Advisory Roundtable

Live in Surrey? Interested in making Surrey more welcoming and inclusive? Join Surrey IAR! Deadline to apply is June 27. The Surrey Immigrant Advisory Roundtable (IAR) is looking for immigrants and refugees interested in joining the group. This is a unique opportunity to participate in the initiative that aims to build a truly welcoming and … Continued

S.U.C.C.E.S.S. immigrant agency turns 45

By Canadian Immigrant Magazine | Vancouver-based immigrant serving agency SUCCESS has turned 45. For its longstanding service, Senator Mobina Jaffer, MP Jenny Kwan, Senator Yonah Martin, Minister Harjit Sajjan, Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, MP Alice Wong and Senator Yuen Pau Woo co-hosted a delegation from SUCCESS at an event on Parliament Hill last week.