Vancouver — S.U.C.C.E.S.S. will be hosting a community event on the Syrian refugee crisis on Thursday, September 17 at 6:30 pm at Choi Hall, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Social Service Centre (28 West Pender Street, Vancouver). The purpose of the event is to provide an opportunity for the public to better understand the experiences and needs of Syrian refugees by engaging those who have settled in Canada and to learn about ways to help. This event also provides an opportunity for the public to take action by bringing a donation to support relief efforts for the Syrian refugees
While S.U.C.C.E.S.S. welcomes the $1 million committed by the Government of British Columbia for Syrian refugee settlement in the province, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. now calls on the three levels of government to work together with service providers to support the process of resettling refugees to Canada.
“We urge the federal government to expedite the process to bring refugees, especially families, to Canada and for all levels of government to dedicate more resources so service providers and private sponsors are able to address the immediate and long-term settlement needs of these refugees,” said Queenie Choo, CEO of S.U.C.C.E.S.S.
S.U.C.C.E.S.S. has a long history of supporting refugees from the resettlement of the Vietnamese boat people in the late 1970s to current providing settlement services to support refugees from Syria and other countries to make their home in Canada.
Established in 1973, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. is one of the largest social service agencies in British Columbia. It is a charitable organization providing services in settlement, language training, employment, family and youth service, business and economic development, health care, housing, and community development. For more details, please visit: www.success.bc.ca.