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

Adelina Fress

Settlement Worker

Julia Reball

Settlement Worker

Wendy Zarr

Assessor, LINC Coordinator, LINC Instructor

Rebekka Peter

LINC Instructor

Curtis Emde

LINC Instructor,
Settlement Support Worker

Enzo Vera-Valencia

TFW Outreach Worker

Daniel Vallejo

Settlement Worker in Schools

Megan Priest

Child Care Manager

Patricia Cardenas

Early Childhood Educator Assistant

Carly Gare

Employment Services Coordinator

Lemlem Gemechu

YESS Employment Worker

Laura Zimmer

Work BC Case Manager

Anetha Kashuba

Community Connections Coordinator