About Us

Working Towards a Better Tomorrow

At Vernon & District Immigrant & Community Services Society, we see the value in everyone. We want to be a catalyst for positive change, and since our beginnings in 1989, we’ve been driven by the same ideas we initially founded our non-profit organization upon: support, empowerment, and progress.


Learn more about our vision, values, objectives, and how we go about making the changes we want to see.

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Vision

A vibrant community that welcomes our clients and provides excellent opportunities for them to contribute to a society in a way that appreciates the value of cultural and ethnic diversity.

Values

  • We believe that everybody can make a unique and positive contribution to our society

  • We recognize that participation is a two-way street in which our clients and the wider community gain the most through positive and frequent exchanges

  • We will partner with other organizations which share our values in order to broaden our network, share capacities, and create greater opportunities for clients

  • We will provide excellent service to our clients

  • We will be ethical and honest

  • We will be socially and environmentally responsible

  • We will be respectful of culture and ethnicity

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Objectives

  • To assist in orientation and settlement of Immigrants and Newcomers to Canada.

  • To recognize and provide unmet needs of Immigrants in the Community.

  • To encourage an attitude in the community of cross-cultural awareness and understanding.

  • To encourage and assist Immigrants to participate in Canadian Society.

  • To provide a reception and information center for social, cultural and educational interactions.

  • To assist in employment readiness through access of existing programs and creation of new programs.

  • To encourage and help them obtain Canadian Citizenship.

  • To refer Newcomers and Canadian Citizens to other community organizations and agencies.

 

Meet the Team

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Philipp Gruner

Chief Executive Officer

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Elizabeth Koop

Executive Assistant

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Tanis Farina

Settlement Worker

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Adelina Fress

Settlement Worker

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Amelia Sirianni

Settlement Worker in Schools

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Maritza Reilly

Community Connections Coordinator

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Rebekka Peter

LINC Instructor

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Wendy Zarr

LINC Instructor

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Maytee Ferrigno

Employment Counsellor

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Carly Gare

Employment Counsellor

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Aida Sanchez

TFW Outreach Support Worker

 

(250) 542-4177

100, 3003 30 Street
Vernon, BC V1T 9J5  Canada

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