Connecting Newcomers to Our Community since 1989.

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Our Mission

Vernon and District Immigrant and Community Services Society is situated on the ancestral, traditional, and unceded territory of the Okanagan Syilx Nation and we recognize, with gratitude and respect, that, for centuries, the Indigenous stewards of these lands have welcomed local settlers with kindness and compassion.


At VDICSS, we wish to honour this example of inclusivity of the Okanagan peoples by fostering a culturally conscious, equitable community that advocates for the rights of all. We support newcomers to Canada in becoming thriving, contributing members of the community. We are a catalyst for positive change driven by our 6 values: Equity, Empowerment, Progress, Inclusivity, Diversity and Collaboration.

Our Vision

We envision a culturally inclusive, equitable community for all. A community that respects and appreciates the value of diversity and supports the full participation of people from all backgrounds.

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Our Values

  • Equity

  • Empowerment

  • Progress

  • Inclusivity

  • Diversity

  • Collaboration

Meet the Team

Amelia Sirianni

Director of Operations

She/Her

Languages: English/French

Elizabeth Koop

Executive Assistant

She/Her

Languages: English/French

Anetha Kashuba

Community Connections Coordinator

She/Her

Languages: English/French/Spanish

Adelina Fress

Settlement Services Coordinator

She/Her

English/Russian

Julia Reball

Settlement Worker

She/Her

Languages: English/German

Oksana Khavruk

Settlement Worker

She/Her

Languages: English/Ukrainian/Russian/French

Ramandeep Kaur

Settlement Worker

She/Her

Languages: English/Hindi/Punjabi

Daniel Vallejo

Settlement Worker in Schools

He/Him

Languages: English/Spanish

Enzo Vera-Valencia

TFW Outreach Worker

He/Him

Languages: English/Spanish

Wendy Zarr

Language Services Coordinator

She/Her

Languages: English/Spanish

Curtis Emde

LINC Instructor

He/Him

Languages: English

Rebekka Peter

LINC Instructor

She/Her

Languages: English/Faroese/Arabic

Joyce Caines

LINC Instructor

She/Her

Languages: English

Megan Priest

Childcare Manager/

Early Childhood Educator

She/Her

Languages: English

Patricia Cardenas

Early Childhood Educator Assistant

She/Her

Languages: English/Spanish

Carly Gare

Employment Services Coordinator

She/Her

Languages: English

Mackenzie Owens

Customized Employment Advisor/Case Manager

She/Her

Languages: English

Laura Zimmer

Employment Case Manager

She/Her

Languages: English/Spanish

Lemlem Gemechu

YESS Employment Advisor

She/Her

Languages: English/Amharic/Oromo/Tigrigna

Jacqueline Pereira

Marketing Coordinator/

Receptionist

She/Her

Languages: English

Jacqueline Pereira

Marketing Coordinator/

Receptionist