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Monday, January 27 • 14:00 - 15:00
204: ISSofBC and Vancity: Re-imagining Financial and Career Services

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ISSofBC and Vancity Credit Union have reimagined financial services by bringing banking to community. Vancity supported the development of a Welcome Centre for refugees and immigrants to the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. It is a fully integrated and co-ordinated regional services hub that addresses the immediate needs of newcomers, such as housing and language training, and also offers bank account starts and financial literacy services. This session will share the story of the unique partnership between the two organizations as well as explore specific examples of the career services provided for newcomers.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Learn how to build a community partnership;
  • Understand the career needs of immigrants and refugees;
  • Identify innovative ways to provide services to newcomers

Speakers | Conférenciers
avatar for Chris Friesen

Chris Friesen

Director, Settlement Services, ISSofBC
Chris Friesen is a recognized mover and voice within the refugee and immigrant settlement sector and is a sought-after speaker, media resource person and research collaborator on immigration-related policies and programs. As Settlement Services director at ISSofBC for over 25 years... Read More →
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John Horn

Director, Talent Acquisition and Learning, Vancity Credit Union
John Horn leads recruitment and learning at Vancity Credit Union and has been involved with CERIC for over a decade as a committee and board member. At Vancity, John oversees sourcing, acquiring and developing talent in service of the co-operative’s purpose of building healthy communities... Read More →


Monday January 27, 2020 14:00 - 15:00 EST
Room | Salle 204