Please help us in spreading the word that racism and hatred have no place in our community by taking the “Different Together Pledge”. By taking the pledge and sharing it on social media we can raise awareness while encouraging others to participate.
Below are the steps you need to participate. 

1. Take a picture of yourself holding or pointing to the “pledge” (included below: our Executive Director, Jim Brennan’s pledge photo as a sample and a link to the #DifferentTogether pledge graphic). Feel free to take a selfie or have someone else take the picture of you…you can be in an office/work setting or anywhere out and about showing off our beautiful community.

2. Once you have taken your photo, please do one of the following:

a) Upload it onto your Facebook and tag/mention the Immigrant Welcome Centre of North Vancouver Island 

Blurb to go along with the Facebook upload:


“I am pledging to uphold the Canadian values of diversity and inclusion and to oppose racism and hate in all its forms. We are stronger when we are #DIfferentTogether. I encourage you to take the pledge as well and tag the Immigrant Welcome Centre of North Vancouver Island and encourage your friends to take the pledge as well.”

b) If you do not have a Facebook account please send it to and we will upload your pic/pledge directly to our IWC CR Facebook page.


Thank you and we appreciate your ongoing support.
Toyin Kareem

Immigrant Welcome Centre


Vision Statement

A North Island region that embraces diversity and inclusivity while actively engaging with the vibrant cultures in the region, and where newcomers feel welcome, safe and respected.


Mission Statement

The Multicultural and Immigrant Services Association of North Vancouver Island (MISA) assists local communities in attracting and retaining newcomers by providing education and professional services to members of those communities while offering advocacy for vulnerable populations and settlement services, thereby fostering welcoming and inclusive communities.


Values Statement

MISA believes that:

  • All people have a right to be treated, and feel that they are treated, with respect, dignity, and fairness
  • All people have a right to privacy, and to be treated with confidentiality and respect to personal boundaries
  • All people have a right to be and feel safe in their communities, neighbourhoods, and workplaces
  • All people have a right to self-determination and to build their capacities to be self-reliant and independent
  • All individuals, community groups, organizations, and employers need to understand and fully implement all related government statutes, regulations, and case law
  • All people have a right to be included, and to not be discriminated against for reasons of gender, age, culture, race, language, religion, ability, social class, and sexual orientation
  • All organizations have a responsibility for continuing to learn and implement best practices


Commitments Statement

MISA is committed to implementing and being a model for these ethics statements in all of its work, and, in addition, to being in its relations with customers, clients, funders, and stakeholders:

  • Transparent
  • Professional
  • Accountable
Immigrant Welcome Centre