Photo by Kyle Glenn on Unsplash

Photo by Kyle Glenn on Unsplash

Immigrant Advisory Table in Abbotsford seeks new volunteers

Members are consulted on topics related to settling in Canada

The Abbotsford Local Immigration Partnership (ALIP) is seeking volunteers for the Immigrant Advisory Table (IAT) to help guide policies and strategies for inclusion in Abbotsford.

ALIP is a collective initiative designed to strengthen the ability to welcome immigrants who call Abbotsford their home.

ALIP is coordinated by the Diversity Education program at Archway Community Services, and members include representatives from city council, the school district, and businesses that employ or serve newcomers.

The IAT is a sub-committee of ALIP that meets four times a year. Members are also welcome to attend ALIP council and ALIP working group meetings.

New applicants will join the existing IAT volunteers who were born outside of Canada and represent a variety of ages, genders, educational backgrounds, countries of origin, languages and lived experiences.

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IAT members are consulted on topics related to settling in Canada. Members share their experiences and perspectives to help the ALIP council create strategies that improve economic, political and social participation and outcomes for immigrants and refugees.

They also advise on ALIP activities and projects that foster a welcoming and inclusive community, and that encourage the full participation of all residents.

Volunteer requirements are:

n a two-year commitment

n born outside of Canada or are first generation born in Canada

n have lived in Canada for at least 2 years

n a current resident of Abbotsford

n enthusiasm for community and building relationships

n a desire to make Abbotsford more inclusive and welcoming for all people

n a willingness to contribute ideas and participate in meetings There are a limited number of seats on the Immigrant Advisory Table, and a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and experiences are needed.

To apply, visit Archway.ca/IAT by Nov. 29. For more information, call 604-859-7681 (ext. 270) or email diversity@archway.ca.