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Vancouver Immigration Summit: Reducing Poverty for Refugees and Asylum Seekers

The Vancouver Immigration Summit provided an opportunity for refugees, asylum seekers, policy makers and community groups to identify the multiple barriers facing refugees and asylum seekers living in poverty and propose actions to inform the three levels of government in developing strategies for poverty reduction. Underlying the summit design were several principles

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DiverseCity

Effective Leadership for Modern Governance The Vancouver-based Laurier Institution is partnering with Ryerson University to bring a national program called DiverseCity onBoard to the Metro Vancouver area. The program was developed in the Greater Toronto Area in 2008 by the Maytree Foundation and is now operated out of the  G. Raymond Chang

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Honoring the Founder of The Laurier Institution, Milton K. Wong

To mark Canada’s 150th birthday, we are counting down to Canada Day with profiles of 150 noteworthy British Columbians.

There are twice as many people with the surname Wong — an estimated 60 million globally — as there are Canadians, but this son of a tailor from Chinatown was one of a kind. Admired by just about everybody, Milton K. Wong was a man with the shrewd acumen of a financial wizard, the kindness, compassion, and generosity of a true humanitarian, and he saw the big picture like a visionary philosopher.

And, recalls his niece, Joanna, in Wong Family Feast, a warm narrative that tells her family’s rich history with a combination of recipes, recollections, and reminiscences, he baked a stupendous apple pie. It was so popular that he could — and did — raffle them to raise money for charities.

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Jennifer Reddy

Currently, Jennifer Reddy is the Associate Director of SFU’s Leadership and Community Building Programs. “Like many others, I am working towards an inclusive world where people are engaged as valuable and deserving individuals, who can use their agency to lead the changes they wish to see. As a child of immigrant parents,

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Kory Wilson

Kory Wilson, BSc. JD, is the Executive Director of Indigenous Initiatives and Partnerships for British Columbia Institute of Technology. She is Kwakwaka’wakw. Kory is Chair of the National Indigenous Education Committee of Colleges and Institutions Canada and she has over 20 years of experience in post-secondary education, community development, and the legal

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Tamara Pearl

Tamara Pearl is a Therapist, Expressive Arts Therapist, Facilitator of cross-cultural dialogue, and an Adjunct Instructor at Adler University. She has served as Vice President of the Daniel Pearl Foundation since its formation in 2002. She was honored to be Community Engagement Lead at Reconciliation Canada in the year leading up to

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