British Columbia is currently the most ethnically diverse province in the country. Immigrants and newcomers provide enormous contribution to our communities, and have helped shape and form the Comox Valley that we call home. According to the Centre for International Governance Innovation in their 2017 report the Diversity Dividend, a 1% increase in ethnocultural diversity is associated with a 2.5% increase in organizational revenue in Canada.

Over the past 26 years the Immigrant Welcome Centre (IWC) has become a respected leader in supporting newcomer integration in our community. In 2017/18, the IWC served 1,115 clients in the North Vancouver Island region. Creating welcoming communities requires awareness, empathy, and an active engagement in cultivating strong local partnerships. In the spirit of initiating and developing strong local partnerships we will be hosting our first Local Immigrant Partnership COLLABORATORY a dedicated space where organizations can come together to explore collaborative innovations for addressing needs and priorities relating to service coordination for newcomers in the Comox Valley.

Please join us on Thursday November 22nd from 12:00 to 4:00 pm at Crown Isle Resort for a Meet & Greet Lunch followed by presentations on new research, trends and current strategies for providing support to newcomers. Collaborate with your peers to identify how local partnerships support and integrate newcomers in the community. A special feature of the COLLABORATORY will be guest speaker Dr. Brian Woodward from Calgary, Alberta. Dr. Woodward will be speaking on Cultivating Foresight – Imagining the“Welcoming Community” of the Future. A final component of the session will be a short presentation of Moving Stories – illuminating Immigrant stories through movement and dance performed by members of the Moving Stories Ensemble.

To register please email:
Or call 778-348-0652 before Nov 15th

The Immigrant Welcome Centre, Local Immigration Partnership, known as the Welcoming
Communities Coalition is an initiative aimed at supporting service coordination, local
partnerships and community-based planning and solution-finding around the needs of newcomers
in Campbell River and the Comox Valley.


Colin Funk

Welcoming Communities Coalition Coordinator , Immigrant Welcome Centre