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Connecting Newcomers to Our Community since 1989.


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.


Our Values

  • EquityRecognizing that we do not all start from the same place but striving to provide access to the appropriate opportunities.

  • Empowerment: Fostering an environment where individuals gain the knowledge and confidence to make informed choices.

  • Progress: Commitment to continuous learning, growth, and improvement.

  • Inclusivity: Working to remove barriers to include everyone in opportunity.

  • Diversity: Embracing the uniqueness which shapes our community for the better.

  • Collaboration: Working together for a common purpose.

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