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VANCOUVER CHARITY ORGANIZATIONS RECEIVE MUCH NEEDED DONATIONS FROM CHURCH OF CHRIST (IGLESIA NI CRISTO)

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VANCOUVER CHARITY ORGANIZATIONS RECEIVE MUCH NEEDED DONATIONS FROM CHURCH OF CHRIST (IGLESIA NI CRISTO)

Several charitable organizations around the metropolitan Vancouver area received, from the Church Of Christ (Iglesia Ni Cristo or INC), over 200 boxes of much-needed items for distribution to their beneficiaries, who have fallen on hard times.

These items included non-perishable food and personal care items as bath soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors, socks, brushes and combs, blankets, hats and gloves. These were donated by the members of the Church’s local congregations in and around the city under the Ecclesiastical District of British Columbia.

Through the auspices of the Church’s charitable arm, Felix Y. Manalo (FYM) Foundation, ecclesiastical districts all over the world held Aid to Humanity events in their respective areas of jurisdiction.

The socio-civic event conducted by the British Columbia District benefited the following charity organizations:

  • Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre – a non-profit organization that provides shelter, meals and support to women and children who are homeless or at risk of violence
  • Russell Residence and Housing Centre – a year-round emergency shelter in New Westminster that operates under the Lookout Housing & Health Society to help those with no or minimal income
  • Bill Reid Place – Part of the Options Community Services Society, this organization provides meals and housing in the Cloverdale area of Surrey
  • Covenant House – a shelter that specifically provides assistance to Vancouver youth
  • Loaves & Fishes Community Food Bank in Nanaimo and The Greater Vancouver Food Bank at The Food Hub in North Vancouver.

Bruce Strom, Senior Manager of Homelessness Services at Options Community Services commented: “I think great organizations are stepping up and really try to create that positive social impact that communities around our country and around the world really need. It’s mainly through faith organizations that we get such positive social connections, and the willingness to reach out and try and help people who are the most in need. I would really like to give my thanks to the Church Of Christ for the generous donation today. That’s going to really improve the lives of many people that we are giving shelter to.”

In May of 2019, the largest Aid to Humanity Tour in Canada was able to extend assistance to 36 organizations and thousands of individuals in the fight against poverty.  Humanitarian and outreach efforts through the FYM Foundation, and the INC Giving Project are often carried out by Iglesia Ni Cristo members to lend a helping hand to their fellowmen in need, as it is a biblically prescribed Christian virtue.

“There are so many people around the world who need help. They really need help, not only materially, not only with their basic necessities, but even with their spiritual life, their faith. The Church of Christ will continue to provide assistance and give back to those in need, in this part of the world,” said Moriel Cadacio, district minister of the 17 congregations in British Columbia.


For more about the Church and its activities, please visit www.iglesianicristo.net.

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Citizen driven initiative to crowdsource, compile, and share COVID-19 data on exposure events in your community at businesses such as grocery stores, restaurants, and malls.

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COVID Reported (www.covidreported.com) provides daily updates regarding potential exposures in your community at businesses such as grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, salons, and malls. We combine all available exposure data into one centralized database, empowering you to keep you and your family safe by providing you with a more complete picture of COVID-19 activity in your community. We take the potentially lifesaving data, analyze it, map it, and send critical alerts in situations when a business has more than 3 exposure events within a 60-day period or when we notice other patterns in specific geographical locations which may pose a potential exposure risk to you and your family. 𝐏𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 “𝐥𝐢𝐤𝐞” 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐅𝐚𝐜𝐞𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐩𝐚𝐠𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐝𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐲 𝐮𝐩𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬.

We also rely on people like you to help crowdsource data on exposure events that may not be well publicized. When you send us a tip, we verify the information and share this critical data with the COVID Reported community, all while keeping your identity private. With your help, we can prevent the spread of COVID-19, keep families safe, prevent deaths, and help ease restrictions. And unlike COVID alert apps which only provide notifications after a potential exposure, COVID Reported can also help protect you from being exposed in the first place.

Are you aware of a COVID-19 exposure event at a grocery store, restaurant, coffee shop, salon, or mall? If so, please contact us.

𝐓𝐨 𝐬𝐮𝐛𝐦𝐢𝐭 𝐚 𝐂𝐎𝐕𝐈𝐃-𝟏𝟗 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐢𝐩, 𝐩𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐝 𝐮𝐬 𝐚 𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐦𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐚𝐠𝐞 𝐨𝐧 𝐅𝐚𝐜𝐞𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐯𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐚𝐬 𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐝𝐞𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐬 𝐚𝐬 𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐥𝐮𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠:

1) The name and address of the business, when the infected employee was working at the business, and when and where the exposure information was posted.

2) Any supporting documents you have such as a news story, an email from the businesses confirming the exposure event, or a Facebook/Instagram/Twitter post from the business which confirms the exposure.

Why did we start COVID Reported? We are a father and son team that started this project in order to provide as much information as we can to help keep you, your family, and our communities safe. We are in much more deadly wave of COVID-19 and the most recent scientific evidence shows that those who are infected with COVID-19 yet are asymptomatic can still experience lifelong health complications such as serious lung damage. Our motto sums up our mission, share the info, see the info, stop the spread.

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Kisaan Ekta Collective Supports Punjabi Farmers Protesting in India

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“In light of Punjabi Farmers protesting in India, media blackouts, and misalignment, we are committed to a call to action to keeping ourselves and each other informed on what’s really going on.” Kisaan Ekta Collective is a group of individuals from Vancouver, BC and Toronto, ON who are synthesizing information on the issue to transparently inform + urge a call to action to continue keeping each other informed. Visit kisaanekta.co for more information on the matter, ways to help, educational resources and artistic expressions on the matter.

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As Flu Shots Remain Scarce, Two Flu Vaccination Clinics in Surrey Have Hundreds of Appointments Available

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Amid reports of family doctors and pharmacies running out of vaccines, and of patients’ flu vaccine appointments being canceled, two mass flu immunization clinics in Surrey are open and welcoming patients.

The clinics, which opened on November 2 and will run through December (or until supplies run out) are open to all Surrey and North Delta residents.

Jointly operated by Fraser Health and the Surrey-North Delta Division of family practice, these clinics have the capacity to provide thousands of flu vaccines, depending on demand and availability, and they are far from fully booked.

“We designed these clinics with the understanding that the demand for flu vaccines this year would be much higher than in previous years,” says Tomas Reyes, Executive Director of the Surrey-North Delta Division of Family practice. “Now that supplies have become scarce in our communities, we want to encourage anyone in Surrey and North Delta who still needs a flu shot to book an appointment – this is what these clinics were designed for.”

Those wishing to receive a vaccine will have to be free of any COVID-19 symptoms, and screening will be conducted at the vaccination sites before each appointment. Appointments can be booked online at https://surreynorthdeltaflushot.secureform.ca, where patients will also be able to select the time and location of their appointment.

Spots are expected to fill quickly, so organizers recommend booking as soon as possible.

About the Surrey-North Delta Division of Family Practice

Established in 2010, the Surrey-North Delta Division of Family Practice is comprised of nearly 400 physicians at various career stages, 40 resident doctors and 200 Medical Office Assistants from across Surrey and North Delta.

The Surrey-North Delta Division of Family Practice brings together family doctors to enhance the delivery of health care services in the community. It is a member-driven non-profit society, created by and for doctors, who understand the needs and realities of serving a community as large and diverse as Surrey and North Delta. The Division is funded by the Government of BC and Doctors of BC.

More information about the SNDFP can be found here: https://www.divisionsbc.ca/surrey-north-delta

About Fraser Health

Fraser Health is responsible for the delivery of hospital and community-based health services to over 1.8 million people in 20 diverse communities from Burnaby to Fraser Canyon on the traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples.

Their team of nearly 40,000 staff, medical staff and volunteers is dedicated to serving patients, families and communities to deliver on our vision: Better health, best in health care.

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Two Immunization Clinics Opened This Week in Surrey

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On November 2, two large immunization clinics offering accessible flu vaccines opened in Surrey. Jointly operated by Fraser Health and the Surrey-North Delta Division of family practice, these clinics will provide flu vaccines to the Surrey-North Delta community, during the upcoming two to three months they will be in operation.

The clinics will be operating in two locations – at the Newton Urgent Primary Care Centre and at the Axis Primary Care Clinic in Cloverdale and will offer vaccination services by appointment only.

The two organizations have worked together to implement these clinics in a very short amount of time in order to meet increased community demand.  These clinics are available in addition to the traditional channels of pharmacies and family physicians providing flu vaccines to their patients.

The clinics will be open to everyone and will accommodate individuals struggling with barriers to access, such as low-income individuals and those without a family physician.

Those wishing to receive a vaccine will have to be free of any COVID-19 symptoms, and screening will be conducted at the vaccination sites before each appointment. Appointments can be booked online at https://surreynorthdeltaflushot.secureform.ca, where patients will also be able to select the time and location of their appointment.

Spots are expected to fill quickly, so organizers recommend booking as soon as possible.

About the Surrey-North Delta Division of Family Practice

Established in 2010, the Surrey-North Delta Division of Family Practice is comprised of nearly 400 physicians at various career stages, 40 resident doctors and 200 Medical Office Assistants from across Surrey and North Delta.

The Surrey-North Delta Division of Family Practice brings together family doctors to enhance the delivery of health care services in the community. It is a member-driven non-profit society, created by and for doctors, who understand the needs and realities of serving a community as large and diverse as Surrey and North Delta. The Division is funded by the Government of BC and Doctors of BC.

More information about the SNDFP can be found here: https://www.divisionsbc.ca/surrey-north-delta

About Fraser Health

Fraser Health is responsible for the delivery of hospital and community-based health services to over 1.8 million people in 20 diverse communities from Burnaby to Fraser Canyon on the traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples.

Their team of nearly 40,000 staff, medical staff and volunteers is dedicated to serving patients, families and communities to deliver on our vision: Better health, best in health care.

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Surrey social enterprise leader Harsh Thakkar is an RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant of 2020

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Multiculturalism is one of the things Harsh Thakkar loves most about Canada. But it comes with its share of challenges, like language barriers, which can keep newcomers feeling left out. That might explain why Thakkar, head of DIVERSEcity Interpretation and Translation Services in Surrey, B.C., is so passionate about communication across cultures. “Language should never be an obstacle for anyone in a country as diverse as Canada,” says Thakkar, who is one of this year’s RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award winners.

Thakkar oversees a team of more than 300 interpreters and translators who help clients communicate, especially in the health care and court systems, in more than 88 languages. Under his leadership, he has grown the business to include rare languages, Indigenous languages and even American Sign Language (ASL). “We are proud to be a designated provider for provincial and municipal government interpretation and translation needs,” he says.

And the kicker is that it’s all for a good cause. DIVERSEcity Interpretation and Translation Services is a social enterprise, certified by Buy Social Canada. That means its profits go toward the good works done by its parent charitable organization, DIVERSEcity Community Resource Society, which helps immigrants, refugees and vulnerable populations.

Knowing his work is helping immigrants is poignant for Thakkar, who came to Canada from India as an international student in 2001. He faced his own challenges, juggling his business studies with being a peer mentor, while trying to gain work experience, even though international students were then limited in their ability to work off campus.

“This also made it more difficult to secure work experience points to later qualify under the skilled immigration category,” he says. “This motivated me to run for campus student representative. After winning the election, I went to the Parliament of Canada to speak about allowing international students to work off campus.”

Thakkar, who’s thrilled the rules have improved since then, says, “It’s important to stay positive in the face of challenges. The most important attribute that helped me achieve my goals is my personal drive and ‘can-do’ attitude and maintain enthusiasm even when things get tough.”

The same lessons apply in business. Professionally, Thakkar has developed a reputation as a charismatic, optimistic leader with organizations like the Vancouver International Marathon Society before coming to DIVERSEcity.

Thakkar, who also manages DIVERSEcity’s CELPIP Language Testing Centre, says he wants to continue to grow in his current role and take every opportunity to support newcomers to Canada, including mentoring international students in his personal time.

“As immigrants, we are surrounded by a lot of challenges, but don’t let those stop you from moving forward,” he advises. “A positive mindset is what’s going to allow you to succeed in your goals in Canada,” he says. “Honestly, we are so blessed to be in a country where people care about each other, so all you have to do is go out there and talk with people.”

And if they speak a different language, Thakkar can help you with that!

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