Sunday, March 10, 2013


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ComServ greets new BC gov't Welcoming Communities immigrant program

Released by James Challman, CCS/File photo


hilliwack Community Services (CCS) is troubled by the recent hate e-mails addressed to valued members of our community. CCS strives to assist Chilliwack to be an inclusive, multi-ethnic community that makes it such a great place in which to live, work and play.


CCS was recently advised that its proposal to the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training under the Welcoming Communities Program was successful. The Ministry has the expectation that as the sponsoring organization of this initiative in Chilliwack we now work with the community to plan and implement activities that increase the community's capacity to support the integration of new immigrants by:

Improving access to community services

Supporting the development of intercultural relationships and mutual trust

Supporting welcoming and inclusive workplaces

Creating welcoming and inclusive spaces in the community.

The work is to be accomplished through a community partnership that is diverse and crosses sectors, with a broad range of representation: local government, First Nations and aboriginal organizations, business sector, post-secondary institutions, public sector, nonprofits, faith based groups etc.

The Ministry's strategic framework for immigrant settlement services is the Welcoming Communities Program operating under the premise that integration is a two way process: a commitment on the part of immigrants and refugees to adapt to life in Canada and on the part of Canadians to welcome and adapt to new people and cultures.

CCS looks forward to implementing this new community partnership to try to ensure that Chilliwack is an inclusive community, welcoming all people.



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