TCLIP Membership

The TCLIP Council consists of 16 senior representatives from diverse sectors in the community. The TCLIP Council is responsible for strategic planning, improving coordination of immigrant service delivery, identifying service needs and gaps for immigrants in the region, providing information on immigration trends and settlement needs, conducting community consultations towards the goal of developing community-wide strategies that will ensure the successful economic and social integration of newcomers in the Tri-Cities. The TCLIP is further supported by five Partner Members who are dedicated to supporting the goals of the TCLIP by participating in working groups, community forums and supporting the work of the TCLIP in the community. .

 

TCLIP Member Profiles

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Avia Employment Services

logo_aviaBack in Motion Rehab Inc. is a full-service rehabilitation and employment solutions company based in BC. We are dedicated to quality and high professional standards and believe that participation in the workforce and community leads to healthy lives, strong families, and decreased reliance on other means of financial support. Our services include: Assessment ServicesTreatment ServicesEmployment Services and Consulting Services. Avia Employment Services helps job seekers find work, and helps employers meet their recruitment needs. Serving Coquitlam, Langley, Port Coquitlam, Richmond and Newton, the program is funded by the BC government’s WorkBC initiative. Avia provides a single door to a network of employment service providers, making it easier for people to find work and improve the stability of their lives. Job seekers, regardless of background and prior work history, will be able to access all services available in our integrated centres. Avia Employment Services is experienced in delivering services to a variety of clients and communities, including immigrants, youth, First Nations, francophones, persons with disabilities, survivors of violence and abuse, persons with multiple barriers to employment, and people living in rural and remote areas. It is very important that organizations with experience in serving immigrant communities in the Tri-Cities work collaboratively to ensure that the future of settlement services programming best responds to the needs of clients and communities. We need to learn from each other’s experiences, study the essential settlement needs of newcomers and work in harmony to propose a model that is both efficient and effective.

Act 2 Child and Family Services

Member profile to come

City of Coquitlam

logo_coqCharacterized by diverse and varied neighbourhoods and supported by a strong fiscal footing and progressive municipal government, the City of Coquitlam sets the standard for living in Metro Vancouver. The community is known for its well-maintained infrastructure and excellent recreation facilities nestled within well-planned neighbourhoods that offer a wide variety of housing options and economic opportunities. Positioned to grow from its current population of 141,132 to 224,000 residents by 2041, Coquitlam is one of the fastest-growing municipalities in the Metro Vancouver region. With the continuing growth and change in the Tri-Cities, the TCLIP offers an opportunity to improve the engagement of newcomers in the community, as well as the community’s understanding of and receptivity to newcomers.

Coquitlam Public Library

logo_coqlibraryThe Coquitlam Public Library is a full-service library with two branches, a book bus and a developing online collection. Both locations hold large physical collections, including audio-video, print, newspapers and online materials in a variety of different languages. Programs for adults and children are offered through various partners. Information is important for everyone in our society. Being able to connect with and communicate the types of services available so that new immigrants can fully take part in society is one of the Library’s mandates.

Douglas College

PrintDouglas College offers degree, diploma and university transfer programs, as well as career programs, contract training and continuing education. 14,500 students attend the Coquitlam and New Westminster campuses annually, including 1,500 international students from 72 countries. We understand how challenging it can be for newcomers to settle and feel welcome. Every newcomer faces slightly different challenges, but the more our community understands how to make them feel welcome, the easier the transition can be.

Fraser Health Authority

FHlogo_sq_colourFraser Health’s Healthy Living team works both internally and with municipalities and community groups to support vulnerable citizens and neighbourhoods. The team also works to improve community health through healthy living initiatives, with the goal of reducing rates of chronic disease. Evidence shows that “inclusive communities are healthier communities”. The participation of the health sector is important in the TCLIP initiative as it brings a “health lens” to many discussions and activities. This also allows for more informed planning and decision-making that benefits newcomers in the Tri-Cities.

ISS of BC

ISS ofBC new web logoThe Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISSofBC) was incorporated in 1972 as the first immigrant-serving agency in the province. It has since become one of the largest, multicultural, immigrant-serving agencies in western Canada. The Society provides a variety of services to Lower Mainland immigrant and refugee communities, and works with over 23,000 clients each year. ISSofBC has a volunteer Board of Directors, a paid staff of more than 400 and over 800 active volunteers. Together they work to achieve ISSofBC’s mission of “helping immigrants build a future in Canada” through language, settlement and employment services. With growing diversity, and increased numbers of immigrants and refugees settling in the Tri-Cities, TCLIP provides an invaluable opportunity for ISSofBC to come together with other members of civil society to build a more welcoming and inclusive community. Our work has a greater impact when we collaborate on projects, research initiatives and community planning exercises.

Port Moody Public Library

Member profile to come

School District #43

SD43 color logoThe Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) team provides complete settlement services to families with school-aged children from kindergarten to grade 12. The team connects students, parents, teachers, and counselors to successfully transition immigrant children into the school system. Workers also provide a bridge for families between the school system and their new communities. As a central hub for all newcomer families with children, the school district works closely with many community partners. Our goal is to provide the most effective services to help parents and students successfully integrate into Canadian society.

Scotiabank

Member profile to come

SHARE Family & Community Services

logo_shareSHARE started as a children’s clothing exchange in founder Gertie Grosser’s home in Coquitlam in 1972. But it quickly became an organization where community members could help themselves and their neighbours with life’s challenges. We are a community-based agency, committed to helping vulnerable people in the Tri-Cities pursue the lives they choose. We provide a number of programs and services that are focused on uprooting poverty, building an inclusive and welcoming community and improving the social well-being of Tri-Cities residents. Developing a strategic plan to aid in the successful settlement on immigrants fits with our focus on building an inclusive and welcoming community.

S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

logo_successFounded in 1973 and incorporated in 1974, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. has evolved from its Asian roots into a multicultural, multi-service agency that helps people, at all stages of their lives, actively participate and integrate into Canadian society. S.U.C.C.E.S.S. delivers a multitude of services from overseas to Metro Vancouver and Northeastern BC. We focus on senior care, affordable housing, and the settlement and integration of immigrants. We would like to work towards making the Tri-Cities a place where all residents, from newcomers to long-term residents, feel that they belong and can contribute to creating a robust and healthy community.

Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce

Tri Cities LogoThe Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business in the area. With a membership of more than 900 businesses of all sizes, the Chamber works to connect, educate and advocate on their behalf. The Tri-Cities business community is very vibrant and diverse. Working with all facets of community is critical to helping businesses succeed. The Chamber views the TCLIP’s work as important to helping the business community grow and prosper.

Tri-Cities Seniors Planning Network

Member profile to come

Vancity

logo_vancityAs a values-based financial co-operative, Vancity is committed to transforming how banking is done so we can help our members and their local communities thrive financially, socially and environmentally.

We believe in getting involved with organizations that make a difference in their communities. Working with TCLIP is one way for Vancity to give back and support the well-being of Tri-Cities residents.

Westwood Plateau Community Association

Member profile to come

TCLIP Partnership Members

The Tri-Cities LIP is further supported by a base of Partnership members who are dedicated to supporting the goals of the TCLIP and supporting the work of the TCLIP Council by participating in Council meetings and Working Groups, and TCLIP events and activities.

Our TCLIP Partnership members include:
Westcoast Family Centres
Ministry of Child and Family Development
Terry Fox Library, Fraser Valley Regional Library 
• Community Volunteer Connections  
Simom Fraser University

TCLIP Council Members

Araz Rismani
Employment Services Centre Manager
Avia Employment Services

Andrea Nelson
Branch Manager, Port Coquitlam
Scotiabank

Anthea Goffe
Manager, Community Services
Coquitlam Public Library

Darlene Hepplewhite
Executive Director
Westwood Plateau Community Association

Douglas Behm
Manager
Ministry of Children and Family Development

Geri Briggs-Simpson  
Community Services Supervisor, Parks Recreation & Culture
City of Coquitlam

Fran McDougall
Executive Director
Act 2 Child & Family Services

Firouzeh Peyvandi
Settlement Settlement Program Manager
ISSofBC

Hazel Postma
Associate Vice President, Advancement & Alumni Relations
Douglas College

Jennifer Taylor
Community Branch Manager, Shaughnessy Station Community Branch
Vancity

Jovana Turkovic
Community Health Specialist
Fraser Health Authority

Kathy Sherrell
Division Manager, Settlement Services
ISSofBC

King Lum
Chair
Tri-Cities Seniors Planning Network

Kimberley Constable
Acting Deputy Library Manager
Terry Fox Library, Fraser Valley Regional Library

Krisztine Trumley
Principal, Vanier Centre Encompass K-12 and S.W.I.S Team
School District #43

Lynne Russell
Director
Port Moody Public Library

Matthew Grant
Community Engagement, External Relations
Simon Fraser University

Michael Hind
Chief Executive Director
Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce

Phil Swann  
Associate Director, Training Group
Douglas College

Rob Hayre 
Job Developer
Avia Employment Services

Roxann MacDonald  
Director of Programs and Services
SHARE Family & Community Services

Ryan Drew 
Program Director, Immigrant Settlement & Integration Program
S.U.C.C.E.S.S

Susan Devlin
Community Branch Manager, Pinetree Community Branch
Vancity

Stacy Ashton
Executive Director
Community Volunteer Connections

Sylvia Ceacero  
Chief Executive Officer (TCLIP Co-Chair)
SHARE Family & Community Services

Tasha Henderson   
Social Planner, Planning & Development, Community Planning
City of Coquitlam

Tanya Valois
Program Director- Tri-Cities
Westcoast Family Centres

Todd Gnissios
Director
Coquitlam Public Library

Tony Ciulla
Community Branch Manager
Vancity

Wendy McCulloch
Director of Operations (TCLIP Co-Chair)
S.U.C.C.E.S.S

Zak Khokhar
Branch Manager, Coquitlam
Scotiabank