Weekly Update Aug 15-21, 2016

Fans hold up a large Canadian flag during the singing of the national anthem before the B.C. Lions and Saskatchewan Roughriders play a CFL football game in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday July 10, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

A number of event and information sessions regarding refugee private sponsorship are coming up August and September organized by the Metro Vancouver Refugee Response Team and DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society. The events include Refugee Private Sponsorship, Sponsoring as a Group of Five and Sponsoring as a Community.

Another information session for newcomers to BC is on the Library Champions Volunteer Work Experience Project where new immigrants can find Canadian volunteer work experience, improve their communication skills and make new friends.

The Refugee Hub employment resources section has been updated to include WorkBC and WelcomeBC with information to support both jobseekers and employers (Work BC Employment Services CentresWork BC Diversity AdvantageThe Canada-BC Job Grant and WelcomeBC Employer Resources. An additional new resource on youth has also been added to share best practices for supporting refugee children and youth.

In the news and success stories includes an invite of 175 Syrian refugees to a BC Lions game how the Surrey School system is coping with the influx of Syrian refugees this fall and Iraqi refugees fared worse than others in first three years.