Gathering stories and experiences about food security and nutrition health from Immigrants & Refugees Settling in Canada
Organization name: Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISSofBC)
Mission of organization: Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISSofBC) is the oldest not-for-profit immigrant serving agency in BC (formed 1968, incorporated 1972). With the mission of “Helping immigrants build a future in Canada,” ISSofBC's mandate is: to deliver educational, settlement and employment services, develop partnerships with local communities and to promote an integrated and equitable community. Today, ISSofBC is one of the largest multicultural immigrant serving agencies in Canada, serving over 30,000 immigrants & refugees annually. ISSofBC provides a wide range of services for immigrant clients including settlement in over 45 languages, ESL language classes, employment services for immigrants & employers, community connections, and targeted supports to children, youth, refugees and women. ISSofBC has over 400 staff located in 17 sites throughout Metro Vancouver, Squamish, Kamloops and Oliver, and 1000 active volunteers.
Description of project opportunity: We would like a group of students from the Department of Land and Food Systems to interview newcomers and vulnerable individuals that engage with ISSofBC to help us better understand their needs and perspective with regards to food, nutrition, diet, and food security. The themes that emerge from the interviews will inform the development of strategies and a series of short workshops on nutrition, diet and healthy eating in Canadian context for newcomers. Students would also develop materials, resources and worksheets to be used for the workshops.
This project will provide students with the opportunity to understand the needs and perspective of newcomers and vulnerable population with regards to food, nutrition, diet and food security through focus groups.
Skills to be developed through the opportunity:
Project location: Project will take place at the ISSofBC office at the Edmonds Community Resource Center and several locations nearby. There are several buses that pass by the center that go to the skytrain at Edmonds in Burnaby and/or New Westminster.
Days of week and hours project will take place?: Wednesdays from 12:30pm to 4:00pm.
Primary contact for the students: