TCLIP Membership

The TCLIP is supported by Working Groups consisting of members of the TCLIP Partnership Council members, community stakeholders and Immigrant Advisory Table members, who use their expertise to give input on a specific subject matter and provide support in its implementation. The TCLIP’s work is also supported by a Manager, Abigail Cameron, and a Program Assistant, Pearlsha Quebral. The Project Manager provides support to the TCLIP Council and Working Group meetings and ensures that the project meets the set targets of the project deliverables and outcomes. The Program Assistant is responsible for TCLIP Council and Working Group minutes, financial documentation, project monitoring and records.

TCLIP’s members come from all areas of the community – government, education, libraries, employers, health, the Chamber of Commerce, and community and social service organizations. Members have committed their experience and expertise to plan, guide and conduct community level research and consultation towards the development of an Immigrant Integration Strategic Plan for the Tri-Cities.
The TCLIP does not provide direct services to immigrants in the community but offers a coordinated approach to information sharing and collaboration to address immigrant integration needs in Tri-Cities. The ultimate goal of the TCLIP Council is to develop welcoming and inclusive communities where both long term residents and newcomers feel a sense of belonging and attachment. View the list of the Tri-Cities Local Immigration Partnership membership for more information on how each organization is helping newcomers settle.

S.U.C.C.E.S.S., a multicultural and multi-service agency, is the signatory of the LIP Contribution Agreement with Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC). It is responsible for all activities and deliverables outlined in the agreement. TCLIP council Co-Chairs include Ryan Drew, Director of Integrated Services for Newcomers of S.U.C.C.E.S.S., and Claire MacLean, Chief Executive Officer; CEO of SHARE Family and Community Services, a community-based agency committed to helping vulnerable people in the Tri-Cities.


Seeking New Members for TCLIP Immigrant Advisory Table 2020-2021

Are you an immigrant who lives and/or works in the Tri-Cities?

The Tri-Cities Local Immigration Partnership (TCLIP) is looking for potential Immigrant Advisory Table members who are:

  • representative of a range of countries, length of Canadian residency, occupational background, age, gender & various other forms of diversity;
  • have knowledge, abilities or skills related to immigrant integration;
  • are non-partisan;
  • are committed to attending two-hour meetings once or twice a year; 2-4 hours per month for correspondence and attending other meetings & events.

Join the Immigrant Advisory Table and share your voice in improving immigrant integration in the Tri-Cities!

Interested? Complete the application form at .

You may also download the form in PDF. and email to Abigail Cameron, TCLIP Program Manager, at


TCLIP Member Profiles

Click on the member name below for more information. 

Act 2 Child and Family Services
Act 2 Child and Family Services offer programs designed to meet a wide range of issues such as parent education, family counselling, sexual abuse counselling, specialized therapeutic intervention, and second-stage shelter for survivors of violence.
City of Coquitlam
logo_coqCoquitlam is one of the fastest growing cities in British Columbia, home to more than 150,000 people.
Coquitlam Public Library

The mission of Coquitlam Public Library is to engage its diverse community through creativity, discovery and knowledge.


Douglas College
PrintDouglas College is recognized as providing the most inspiring and relevant undergraduate educational experience in British Columbia, filling a niche between universities and colleges by combining the academic foundations of a university with the employer-ready skills of a college. Its contract training department, Douglas College Training Group, is a leader in the delivery and design of customized labour market transition training and programs for government, business and other community groups.
Fraser Health Authority
FHlogo_sq_colourFraser Health is one of five regional health authorities in B.C. working together with the Ministry of Health. They provide high quality, appropriate and timely health services to more than 1.8 million people living in communities stretching from Burnaby to White Rock to Hope.
Fraser Valley Regional Library- Terry Fox Library
Located at Port Coquitlam, The Terry Fox Library is part of the Fraser Valley Regional Library, the largest public library system in British Columbia.
Immigrant Advisory Table
The Immigrant Advisory Table (IAT) is a multinational volunteer group of community residents, representing different ages, length of Canadian residency, educational and employment backgrounds.

By having community members working together in a strategic way, the IAT helps contribute in making the Tri-Cities a welcoming and inclusive city in which to live. Many other Local Immigration Partnerships have engaged residents as part of Immigrant Advisory Tables to ensure that their strategic priorities are reflective of immigrants’ needs.

ISS ofBC new web logoISSofBC is one of the largest immigrant-serving agencies in Canada, with a national and international reputation in the field of migrant issues and services for immigrants and refugees.
Kinsight – formerly Simon Fraser Society for Community Living – is an accredited not-for-profit organization working with families and individuals, from infants to seniors, who are at risk for, or have, developmental delays or disabilities. It serves the communities of New Westminster, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore and Belcarra.
Ministry of Children & Family Development

The Ministry works together with Delegated Aboriginal Agencies, Aboriginal service partners and approximately 5,400 contracted community social service agencies and foster homes, cross-government and social sector partners to deliver inclusive, culturally respectful, responsive and accessible services that support the well-being of children, youth and families.

MOSAIC is a registered charity serving immigrant, newcomer and refugee communities in Greater Vancouver for the past 40 years.
Pathways to Leadership for Immigrant Women

Pathways to Leadership for Immigrant Women (PTL) is a strength-based, holistic, feminist program that also incorporates the nine essential workplace skills, is low cost and accessible to women with all levels of ESL and immigration status.  Participants take risks in a safe and supportive environment in order to build capacity and become more empowered in their personal and family relations, in their neighbourhoods and communities, and in relation to their career and employment goals.

Port Moody Public Library
From small town to modern municipality, as the City of Port Moody has grown and developed, so too has its public library. The sense of community spirit notable from the inception of its first public library in 1943 set the foundation for the dedication and commitment of today’s Port Moody Public Library to the community it serves.
School District #43
SD43 color logoSchool District No. 43 (Coquitlam) is located in the Metro Vancouver region of B.C. and serves the cities of Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody (Tri-Cities) and the villages of Anmore and Belcarra. The district is governed by an elected board of nine trustees representing the five communities with a total combined population of approximately 225,000.
Scotiabank supports organizations and programs that are committed to helping young people reach their infinite potential, particularly in the areas of health and well-being and education. Young people are our future leaders and it’s crucial to provide them with the skills and resources they need to succeed.
Born in 1965, SFU has become Canada’s leading comprehensive university with vibrant campuses in British Columbia’s largest municipalities — Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey — and deep roots in partner communities throughout the province and around the world.
SHARE Family & Community Services
logo_shareSHARE Family & Community Services Society is a non-profit, independent, community-based organization providing leadership and programs in response to the social needs of the residents of the Tri-Cities (Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore and Belcarra), New Westminster and adjacent communities.
logo_successS.U.C.C.E.S.S., a non-partisan and non-profit charitable organization, was founded in 1973 and incorporated in 1974 for the purpose of promoting the well-being of Canadians and immigrants. Since 2004, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. has been accredited by the Council on Accreditation for its best practices in Board governance, operations management and standards of service excellence.

Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, with more than 85,000 employees in offices around the world, The Toronto-Dominion Bank and its subsidiaries are collectively known as TD Bank Group (TD). TD offers a full range of financial products and services more than 25 million customers worldwide through three key business lines in retail and securities.

Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce
Tri Cities LogoAs the voice of business in the Tri-Cities, the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce represent businesses in Port Moody, Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam, spanning a variety of industries, specialties, and interests. Its more than 900-strong membership includes the community’s biggest employers, small and medium-sized businesses, as well as home-based entrepreneurs, non-profits and more.
Tri-Cities Seniors Planning Network
The Tri-Cities Seniors Planning Network started with a year-long series of focus groups and surveys with non-profits, for-profits, municipal planning staff, seniors’ organizations, and health agencies, funded by the United Way in order to help build an age-friendly Tri-Cities around housing, social inclusion, transportation, access for isolated seniors, bridging to immigrant seniors, lifelong learning, and coordinated services for seniors.


Vancity is a values-based financial co‑operative serving the needs of its more than 525,000 member-owners and their communities in the Coast Salish and Kwakwaka’wakw territories, with 59 branches in Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, Victoria, Squamish and Alert Bay. Vancity Credit Union is Canada’s largest community credit union.


Westcoast Family Centres
Westcoast Family Centres Society is a multi-service community based non-profit organization delivering child-centered, evidence-based, family focused programs and services since 1984.
Westwood Plateau Community Association
In early 1999 , a group of residents, who wanted to make the Westwood Plateau a safe, neighbourly and environmentally friendly place for families, seniors and people of all cultures, got together and formed the Westwood Plateau Residents Association. A Mission Statement and Constitution were created and on April 17, 1999, elections were held for the first Directors of the Westwood Plateau Community Association (WPCA).
Windmill Microlending

Windmill Microlending is a non-profit, government supported charity dedicated to supporting skilled immigrants in returning to their careers in Canada. They can provide low barrier, low-interest microloans up to $15,000 to cover the costs of tuition, books, accreditation, living allowance and most other costs incurred to get your accreditation or training. Windmill also offers a unique, interest-free Refugee Loan Program for Convention Refugee status holders.


WorkBC is the provincial government’s access point to the world of work in British Columbia. It was created with one key goal – to help all British Columbians to successfully navigate B.C.’s labour market. WorkBC helps people find jobs, explore career options and improve their skills. We also help employers fill jobs, find the right talent and grow their businesses.

YMCA Coquitlam
YMCA is an international charity dedicated to strengthening the foundations of community, with 4,000 volunteers and staff working together with more than 115,000 people across Canada’s Lower Mainland who believe in helping children and families reach their full potential. The YMCA community centre in Coquitlam is expected to be completed in 2021.
Government of BC
As the most ethnically diverse province in Canada, British Columbia welcomes nearly 40,000 new immigrants every year. A rich multicultural society helps nurture inclusiveness, understanding and mutual respect. Through various branches and service lines,the Government of British Columbia provides key services to ministries and organizations, employees, and broader public sector (BPS) entities

TCLIP Council Members

Ali Parandeh 
Regional Manager, Tri-Cities

Amrit Braich
Manager, Port Moody

Anita Lal
Community Relations Specialist
Windmill Microlending

Ann Johannes
Tri-Cities Literacy Outreach Coordinator
Tri-Cities Literacy

Anthea Goffe
Director, Community Engagement
Coquitlam Public Library

Araz Rismani
Manager, YWCA Port Moody

Chris Eastman
Program Coordinator, Adults and Access Services
City of Port Coquitlam

Claire Maclean
Chief Executive Officer / Co-Chair of TCLIP
SHARE Family & Community Services

Cristina Pereira
Community Branch Manager, Pinetree Community Branch

Darlene Hepplewhite
Executive Director
Westwood Plateau Community Association

Dana Ionson
Community Librarian
Fraser Valley Regional Library- Terry Fox Library

David Woollven
YMCA Coquitlam

Dwayne Schmidt
Branch Manager

Dwight Yochim
Executive Director
Community Volunteer Connections

Elaine Tindle
Manager of Recruitment & Career Services
City of Port Moody

Eliza Chan
Coordinator, Newcomers & Community Building Program, Settlement & Integration

Fran McDougall
Executive Director
Act 2 Child & Family Services

Firouzeh Peyvandi
Settlement Program Manager

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

Gauri Ratna
Branch Manager, Coquitlam Town Centre,

Heidi Maddrell
Community Development

Jim Lacroix
Manager, Recreation
City of Port Moody

Ken Kuhn
Tri-Cities Seniors’ Planning Network

Lillian Kim
Settlement Coordinator, Tri-Cities,

Lisa Dube
SWIS Program

Marc Saunders
Port Moody Public Library

Michael Hind
Chief Executive Director
Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce

Michele Wong
Director of Operations
Ministry of Children & Family Development

Michelle Picard
Community Projects Team Leader
West Coast Family

Nadine Drefs
Nursing Supervisor, Public Health Clinic
Fraser Health Authority

Najah Hage
Associate Director, WorkBC Tri-Cities & Job Development Services

Nasim Balar
Assistant Branch Manager

Patricia Sonier
Community Branch Manager, Maillardville Community Branch

Paul Penner
Social Planner, Planning & Development
City of Coquitlam

Phil Swann  
Associate Director, Training Group
Douglas College

Priti Shah
Pathways To Leadership For Immigrant Women

Raj Khadka
Manager of Settlement Program

Richelle Foulkes
Community Health Specialist, Tri-Cities,
Fraser Health Fraser Health Authority

Rodrigo Sotto
Community Outreach & Marketing Specialist

Ryan Drew 
Program Director, Immigrant Settlement & Integration Program / Co-Chair of TCLIP

Susan Devlin
Community Branch Manager, Shaughnessy Station Community Branch

Susan Foster
North Fraser Early Years Community Developer
Ministry of Children & Family Development

Teresa Kazieva
Supervisor- New Beginnings
SHARE Family & Community Services

Zeenat Salojee
Career Facilitator, Integrate Tri-Cities For Newcomer Youth
School District #43