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

  • Equity

  • Empowerment

  • Progress

  • Inclusivity

  • Diversity

  • Collaboration

Meet the Team

Amelia Sirianni

Director of Operations

Elizabeth Koop

Executive Assistant

Anetha Kashuba

Community Connections Coordinator

Adelina Fress

Settlement Services Coordinator

Julia Reball

Settlement Worker

Oksana Khavruk

Settlement Worker

Ramandeep Kaur

Settlement Worker

Daniel Vallejo

Settlement Worker in Schools

Enzo Vera-Valencia

TFW Outreach Worker

Wendy Zarr

Language Services Coordinator

Curtis Emde

LINC Instructor

Rebekka Peter

LINC Instructor

Joyce Caines

LINC Instructor

Megan Priest

Childcare Manager/

Early Childhood Educator

Patricia Cardenas

Early Childhood Educator Assistant

Carly Gare

Employment Services Coordinator

Mackenzie Owens

Customized Employment Advisor/Case Manager

Laura Zimmer

Employment Case Manager

Lemlem Gemechu

YESS Employment Advisor

Jacqueline Pereira

Marketing Coordinator/


Jacqueline Pereira

Marketing Coordinator/