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North Shore Service Providers’ Forum 2023

Annual Forum focuses on applying anti-oppression & equity frameworks to strengthen services that support im/migrants

The annual North Shore Service Provider’s Forum was hosted on February 14, 2023, by the North Shore Immigrant Inclusion Partnership, a project of Impact North Shore. The focus of this year’s Forum was on Equity at the Center:  Re-imagining Community Services and Im/migrant Inclusion.

The event was attended by over 50 community service providers and NSIIP partners involved in program planning and decision-making. Participants also included front-line staff and volunteers working directly with newcomers and im/migrants.

Keynote speakers at the event included: Lydia Luk, Staff Support Lead / Community Developer at PeerNet BC; Marc Larrivee and Utsav Thakur, Interim Co-Directors of Services at Impact North Shore; and Seogae Yoo, Settlement and Family Programs Manager at Impact North Shore.

Participants learned about equity frameworks, how to apply anti-oppressive lenses to lead organizational change, and strategies & tools for building more culturally responsive services that support newcomers’ experiences of belonging.  Key data about emerging im/migrant service trends on the North Shore was also presented – this information shaped the breakout room discussions around best practices and barriers/challenges to shifting systems.