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.

RELATED: Archway Community Services celebrates 50 years in Abbotsford

RELATED: Abbotsford Community Services announces name change

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.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A pair of crashes on Highway 1 between Abbotsford and Chilliwack have snarled traffic in both directions.
Pair of crashes snarl traffic between Abbotsford and Chilliwack

Traffic delays eastbound, large westbound backup

Final numbers won't be known for weeks, but turnout was down across the board in the Fraser Valley and B.C.
Chart: Tyler Olsen
Election turnout down across Fraser Valley and B.C.

Even after thousands of mail-in ballots counted, turnout is likely to fall below 50% in many ridings

NEWS FILE PHOTO
Voters in Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Mission and Langley may head back to polls in 2021

Election of local politicians in BC vote would trigger by-elections in several Fraser Valley cities

Youth Unlimited in Abbotsford recently celebrated the grand opening of their renovated office space on Emerson Street. (Submitted photo)
Youth Unlimited in Abbotsford among 4 charities supported by fundraiser

Joseph Richard Group holds month-long One Month In campaign

BC Liberal candidates Michael de Jong (left) and Bruce Banman are projected to win in Abbotsford West and Abbotsford South, respectively. Tyler Olsen/Abbotsford News
Abbotsford BC Liberals de Jong and Banman heading to Victoria, say Highway 1 widening will be focus

In Abbotsford-Mission, BC Liberal Simon Gibson in close race against NDP’s Pam Alexis

NDP Leader John Horgan celebrates his election win in the British Columbia provincial election in downtown Vancouver, B.C., Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Horgan celebrates projected majority NDP government, but no deadline for $1,000 deposit

Premier-elect says majority government will allow him to tackle issues across all of B.C.

A police pursuit ended with an arrest in Williams Lake on Highway 97 Sunday afternoon. (Facebook video screenshot)
Video catches police pursuit that ends with man kicked, punched in Williams Lake

A video of the arrest is getting widely shared on social media

This Crescent Beach home, located at 12505 22 Ave., was subject of a police search warrant June 18. (Google image)
Civil forfeiture office alleges $2M Surrey home was used to launder cannabis money

Court documents request the home, and $85,000 to be turned over to the government

FILE – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greets Premier John Horgan during a press conference at the BC Transit corporate office following an announcement about new investments to improve transit for citizens in the province while in Victoria on Thursday, July 18, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Trudeau congratulates Horgan on NDP’s election victory in British Columbia

Final count won’t be available for three weeks due to the record number of 525,000 ballots cast by mail

Comedic actor Seth Rogen, right, and business partner Evan Goldberg pose in this undated handout photo. When actor Seth Rogen was growing up and smoking cannabis in Vancouver, he recalls there was a constant cloud of shame around the substance that still lingers. Rogen is determined to change that. (Maarten de Boer ohoto)
Seth Rogen talks about fighting cannabis stigma, why pot should be as accepted as beer

‘I smoke weed all day and every day and have for 20 years’

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Provincial Green Party leader Sonia Furstenau speaks at Provincial Green Party headquarters at the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe in Victoria. (Arnold Lim / Black Press)
VIDEO: Furstenau leads BC Greens to win first riding outside of Vancouver Island

Sonia Furstenau became leader of BC Greens one week before snap election was called

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

NDP Leader John Horgan elbow bumps NDP candidate Coquitlam-Burke Mountain candidate Fin Donnelly following a seniors round table in Coquitlam, B.C., Tuesday, October 20, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Horgan, NDP head for majority in B.C. election results

Record number of mail-in ballots may shift results

Most Read