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.



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.


  • 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



  • 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


Philipp Gruner

Chief Executive Officer


Elizabeth Koop

Executive Assistant


Tanis Farina

Settlement Worker


Adelina Fress

Settlement Worker


Amelia Sirianni

Settlement Worker in Schools


Maritza Reilly

Community Connections Coordinator


Rebekka Peter

LINC Instructor


Wendy Zarr

LINC Instructor


Maytee Ferrigno

Employment Counsellor


Carly Gare

Employment Counsellor


Aida Sanchez

TFW Outreach Support Worker


(250) 542-4177

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

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