DIVERSEcity’s Bundle Up Campaign
To help refugees keep warm during the coming winter
Surrey, BC, November 12, 2019 – With cold temperatures and even snowfall expected this winter, DIVERSEcity is seeking warm clothes, food staples and more for local refugee families, many of whom are experiencing their first Canadian winter.
As winter approaches, DIVERSEcity aims to give back to the community with its Bundle Up Campaign, an annual donation drive for refugees and higher need clients to prepare them for the cold Canadian winter months that are fast approaching.
Jordan-born Rana Alahmad is the coordinator of the campaign at the Surrey-based non-profit organization. “Many refugees and newcomers to Canada come from warm countries and they are not prepared for the cold winter weather here,” said Alahmad, who is also DIVERSEcity’s Refugee and Immigrant Specialized Experience (RISE) Program Coordinator.
“They also have many kids sometimes and can’t afford to get appropriate winter clothing. As DIVERSEcity is devoted to helping newcomers, part of this devotion is to help those who are in need. It’s one of DIVERSEcity’s ways to give back to the community and help newly arrived refugee and immigrant families stay warm,” adds Alahmad.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) data reveals that of the 164,255 refugees that Canada has received since 2015, more than 18,000 of them have been resettled in the province of British Columbia. And Surrey is a top destination.
Between 2011 and 2016, Surrey received 36,335 recent immigrants, while its net increase in immigrant population grew by 32,310, the highest of any municipality in BC,” according to a report by NewtoBC. And refugees make up 11 per cent of Surrey’s total immigrant population and 10.2 per cent of its recent immigrant population. Poised to become BC’s largest city by 2030, Surrey is likely to continue receiving a high proportion of BC’s refugees and immigrants.
To meet the needs of this growing segment of the population, DIVERSEcity has been providing specialized services for newcomers and refugees to Surrey, Delta, Langley and White Rock for more than 40 years. Coupled with the other services DIVERSEcity provides newcomers, the Bundle up Campaign makes transitioning to life in Canada smoother by providing refugees with the essentials to adjust to a climate they are unfamiliar with.
“The clients always express their gratitude and are thankful for the warm clothes and food staples that they get,” said Alahmad.
Sadia, an Eritrean refugee and mother of five, was one of the clients from last year’s campaign. “I’m a single mom and I have five children. We lived in Sudan before coming to Canada, and it was hot there, so we didn’t have any winter clothes. I really appreciated it,” said Sadia. “Thank you to DIVERSEcity!”
Alahmad added: “We want to thank all of the community members and DIVERSEcity staff whom through their generous donations we have been able to run this annual campaign and help our clients. They truly make the difference for us, and we are extremely grateful!”
The donation drop-off day is Wednesday, November 20, 2019 (10 am to 4 pm) at Surrey City Centre Library (Room 402). The distribution day for DIVERSEcity’s Bundle Up Campaign follows on Friday, November 22, 2019 (9:30 am to 3 pm).
What is DIVERSEcity’s RISE Program?
The Bundle Up Campaign is part of DIVERSEcity’s RISE Program, which supports adult and youth newcomers who are experiencing complex and multiple challenges in settling into their new community through safe and specialized case management in first languages. The program provides social and emotional support, settlement information, counselling, life skills, literacy, essential skills development, practical assistance and connection to the community.
Learn more about DIVERSEcity at www.dcrs.ca.
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ABOUT DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society
At DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society, we empower newcomers and other diverse communities to build the life they want in Canada. Our free, multilingual programs and services in language, settlement, employment and counselling provide them with a foundation of information, skills and connections to achieve their goals. Our social enterprises — Interpretation and Translation Services, Skills Training Centre and Language Testing Centre — support this work, too. As a registered charity in Surrey and the Lower Mainland with a 40+ year history, we champion diversity and inclusion for all, and our message is clear — everyone belongs here.
#Liveoffthefloor concerts feature Surrey bands getting back to live
#liveoffthefloor concerts feature Surrey bands with nowhere else to play
The Longest Intermission – Getting musicians back into the swing of performing their new music and fans a chance to experience it.
With the support of the Province of British Columbia and the City of Surrey , Penmar Community Arts Society (Penmar), is launching The Longest Intermission, a virtual concert mini-series featuring local bands recorded live off the floor in Ocean Park Community Hall.
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Live from the Floor special event broadcasts take place on May 1st and May 8th and will feature a video of the Ocean Park Hall performance and a chance to interact with the bands.
Accessible for everyone. Registration is required and there are free tickets available and paid options to support the musicians in this series and bringing back live!
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Canadian musicians have a great opportunity to get radio play right here in Vancouver. Mary Kirk of Durham Radio has applied for a Vancouver license. With a new, local radio station artists will have a greater range of options to be heard, played, and paid for their music.
Durham Radio needs our help to get their application accepted. I’m reaching out to all musicians to send a letter of support for Durham Radio’s application.
Here is a message from Mary and Doug Kirk:
Dear members of our Wave artist family,
We at Durham Radio Inc. have applied for a new FM license to broadcast The Wave on 98.3FM in the heart of Vancouver, Canada’s second-largest English-speaking market and a perfect backdrop for Canada’s Smoothest Groove!
Our application was publicly posted Monday, March 22nd on the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission’s site (CRTC). In order to be successful, we now need huge public support, especially from our wonderful Wave family of artists. We hope you will add your own letter of support, documenting your past experiences with The Wave and with us personally, emphasizing our commitment to our artists, especially our Canadian vocalists and instrumentalists. If you have a personal story that will illustrate the impact the Wave has had on your career in the music industry, we would so appreciate your sharing it with the Commission.
Please begin your letter with a clear statement of support for our application. Then explain why you think that our “Smooth Groove” format would be a welcome addition to the Vancouver market. You may have some thoughts beyond the obvious arguments that we’ll be adding diversity of choice for listeners and a new fresh sound, primarily from artists who do not get played on any other stations in Canada. Our dedication to live music around town and major show production will of course continue, once attending concerts is allowed again!
We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your efforts to make “Vancouver’s Smoothest Groove” a reality! Our West Coast Wave will play an even balance of instrumental and vocal music and will be 40% Canadian in content. We are eager to get all our artists back on FM radio in Canada and introduced them to so many new fans.
With your help, we hope to be able to report on a favourable CRTC decision by late summer.
To mail your support: CRTC, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0N2 To fax your support please send to 819-994-0218 for further instructions contact Cat Levan at firstname.lastname@example.org. www.wave.fm
Many thanks for your support,
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