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NEWS RELEASE

April 20, 2018

Surrey, BC –DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society has received two Civil Forfeiture Grants from the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General to augment their work with providing timely and key supports to vulnerable people in their communities. The Honorable Mike Farnworth made the funding announcement at DIVERSEcity’s Community Campus today.

“Sharing proceeds of crime back with communities, to prevent crime and victimization and help victims to become survivors, is one more way we’re enhancing the services that people count on,” said Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, at an announcement coinciding with Prevention of Violence Against Women Week in B.C. “Many of this year’s grant recipients are working with some of our most vulnerable citizens, helping to rebuild and heal after years and, in some cases, lifetimes of violence.”

“As our name implies, our organization promotes a safer, more inclusive Surrey. We envision a community where everyone feels they belong and can achieve their goals. These grants will further this important work,” said Neelam Sahota, CEO of DIVERSEcity. “These grants will help empower women who have experienced domestic violence to seek the supports they need to maximize their safety and live without violence. The grants will also facilitate change and growth for women who experience conflict with the law to help create better outcomes for children and families.”

DIVERSEcity’s Counselling Services Department provides counselling, outreach and educational services in over 11 first languages. Clinically managed programs for substance use, violence prevention, trauma counselling, child and youth mental health counselling, family counselling, parenting & children’s workshops provide short-term, solution-focused support services. With 40 years of providing settlement and integration support services in Surrey, DIVERSEcity is a valued partner with post-secondary institutions and is a teaching facility offering unique opportunities for interns and practicum students within the following disciplines: Counselling Psychology, Social Work, Nursing, and Child and Youth Care.

BACKGROUND

DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society is a nonprofit and registered charity that specializes in providing a continuum of settlement and integration supports such as Language Programs, Settlement and Community Outreach, Counselling Services including Grief and Trauma Counselling, Employment Services, Interpretation/Translation Services and Early Childhood Settlement to newcomers in the Surrey, Delta, Langley and White Rock regions of the Lower Mainland since 1978.

Contact:
Neelam Sahota
Chief Executive Officer
T: 604-547-1240
E: ceo@dcrs.ca


NEWS RELEASE

October 10, 2017

Surrey, BC – DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society has received $2.4M in federal funding from Employment and Social Development Canada for their Skills Link funded Future Leaders program which provides labour market integration for immigrant youth. Member of Parliament, the Honourable Sukh Dhaliwal made the funding announcement at DIVERSEcity’s Community Campus today – on the 39th anniversary of the Society’s inception.
“Developing Canada’s youth is a priority. DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society’s project is a concrete example of what we can achieve for youth by working in partnership with organizations across the country. Projects like this one can help put regular paycheques into the reach of those who need it. But more than that, they give young Canadians the chance to change their future.” – Sukh Dhaliwal, Member of Parliament for Surrey Newton
“As the longest immigrant serving organization in the Fraser Valley, DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society prides itself on its work in assisting new Canadians from many countries settle into their new communities in Canada. Our country is dependent upon a strong immigration policy to ensure that our future economy flourishes and provides opportunities for us all, as it has been doing so for so many generations before us. With a large proportion of newcomers that arrive to Canada fitting in the economically desirable 18 – 44 years of age category, this bodes well for our future economy but only if we provide the necessary training and pathways to employment to ensure that our newest Canadians become hardworking contributors to Canadian society. I can attest that the $2.4M committed by our federal government over the next 30 months for our Future Leaders program will be impactful and life changing for so many of our clients.” – Neelam Sahota, Chief Executive Officer for DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society

BACKGROUND
DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society is a registered charity that specializes in providing a continuum of settlement and integration supports such as Language Programs, Settlement and Community Outreach, Counselling Services including Grief and Trauma Counselling, Employment Services, Interpretation/Translation Services and Early Childhood Settlement to newcomers in the Surrey, Delta, Langley and White Rock regions of the Lower Mainland since 1978.

Contact:
Neelam Sahota
Chief Executive Officer

T: 604-547-1240
E: ceo@dcrs.ca


NEWS RELEASE

February 25, 2016

Surrey, BC – DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society completed their very successful donation drive “Bundle Up Campaign” at the Surrey Civic Centre Library this week for refugees. Community partners that contributed to this success through offsite donation drives, direct donations and logistical support were: Simon Fraser University, the TD Community Engagement Centre, Fraser Health Authority, Bayridge Elementary, Woodward Hill Elementary, The Immigrant Employment Council of BC, and the TD Canada Surrey Civic City Centre local branch and a very generous and motivated group of citizens at Bowen Island who collected 80 boxes and had them freighted by Bowen Island Freight all the way to Surrey. Over 100 refugee families came through the door to pick up the much needed items which included medical and dental supplies, toiletries, baby care products, food, new and gently used clothing (including a very generous donation by John Fluevog via the United Way of the Lower Mainland in the form of 150 pairs of shoes) and household items.

DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society’s Moving Ahead Program team assisted with the training and orientation of volunteers, picking up donated items and taking them to the library, sorting items, supervising the donation site and making sure refugee families made their way to the library.

As the longest immigrant serving organization in the Fraser Valley providing refugee-specialized programs, DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society continues to fundraise for the DIVERSEcity Refugee Support Fund to assist refugees from all countries with much needed immediate term assistance to facilitate their integration into their new communities. For more information on how you can be involved, please contact Tahzeem Kassam, Chief Operating Officer at 604-547-1274 or via email at tkassam@dcrs.ca and also visit our webpage www.dcrs.ca.

To donate to our Refugee Support Fund, please contact Neelam Sahota, Chief Executive Officer at 604-547-1240 or via email at ceo@dcrs.ca, or alternatively please visit our Go Fund Me online fundraising page at https://www.gofundme.com/p6avwj5g.

DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society is a registered charity that specializes in providing a continuum of settlement and integration supports such as Language Programs, Settlement and Community Outreach, Counselling Services including Grief and Trauma Counselling, Employment Services and Early Childhood Settlement to newcomers in the Surrey and Delta region of the Lower Mainland since 1978.

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Announcement – Maria Celaje Bursary 2015

DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society is pleased to announce a $500 bursary in memory of Maria Celaje a respected, long-term employee and Workplace Facilitator in DIVERSEcity’s Future Leaders Program. DIVERSEcity wishes to honour Maria’s memory and acknowledge her commitment and contributions to the immigrant youth she guided in the program over the years.
DIVERSEcity’s Maria Celaje Bursary will be awarded to an exceptional immigrant young adult between the ages of 19 and 30 who has demonstrated that they have:
1. Enhanced their work opportunities through the development of specific skills
2. Transitioned successfully into employment
3. Enrolled in an educational upgrading program to pursue their career goal

The applications will be reviewed by a Selection Committee made up of DIVERSEcity managers and representatives from community organizations and programs that support youth to meaningful employment.
Important dates:

  • Applications available Monday, June 15, 2015
  • Applications accepted until Friday, August 7, 2015
  • Announcement of Award recipient Tuesday, September 8, 2015
  • Bursary awarded Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at DIVERSEcity’s Annual General Meeting

Please click to download the application guidelines
Please click to download the application form

Submissions & Contact
Susan Liu Woronko
Manager, Employment Services
DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society
T: 604-547-2004
E: sworonko@dcrs.ca


MEDIA ADVISORY: November 17, 2014

WorkSafeBC to showcase multilingual safety resources at the DIVERSEcity’s Employer Appreciation & Networking event

DIVERScity Community Resources Society is hosting an Employer Appreciation & Networking Luncheon.

This event will acknowledge local small and medium enterprises that have provided work experience placements to new Canadians who are eager to enter the Canadian job market.

“That first Canadian work experience is invaluable to an immigrant new to the country,” said Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade, who will be a keynote speaker at the luncheon.

The Employer Appreciation & Networking event will be held at the Surrey Central Library on Thursday November 20, 2014.

Successful stories & immigrant profiles will be featured, along with delicious food provided by Nahm Thai Bistro. WorkSafeBC will also show case multilingual safety resources at the event.

“DIVERSEcity’s Employment Service has been connecting local businesses that are looking for skilled workers with newcomers who are eager to gain Canadian work experiences,” said Susan Liu Woronko, manager of Employment Services at DIVERSEcity. “We want to thank our community employers who have supported new immigrants with work placement opportunities.”

If you are a small business operator new to DIVERSEcity, please join us as we wish to show you what we can offer you!

Please click here to see the event poster.

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Contact:
Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade
604-340-3899
anita@businessinsurrey.ca

Susan Liu Woronko, Manager, DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society
604-547-2004
sworonko@dcrs.ca


PRESS RELEASE

DIVERSEcity’s Board of Directors appoints CEO

Surrey, BC – March 14, 2014 – DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society’s Board of Directors announced today that Neelam Sahota has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the organization.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am pleased to advise that Neelam Sahota has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society effective immediately.  The board has every confidence that she will lead the agency with continued professionalism and vision. The Board recognizes her willingness to go above and beyond, her clarity of vision and direction.  I would like to offer Neelam congratulations from the Board and our full support in the coming years.” said Hardeep Bains, President of the Board.

BACKGROUND

About DIVERSEcity

DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society (DIVERSEcity) is a registered non-profit agency offering a wide range of services and programs to the culturally diverse communities of the lower mainland.

DIVERSEcity was established in 1978 (under its founding name of SURREY DELTA IMMIGRANT SERVICES SOCIETY (SDISS)) and has over three decades of service to the community.

DIVERSEcity prides itself on its well-founded expertise in assisting immigrants and new Canadians in their integration into their new community.

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Contact:
Farah Kotadia
Director of Human Resources and Communications

T: 604-547-1213
F: 604-597-4299
E: fkotadia@dcrs.ca

www.dcrs.ca 


● 2014 Surrey Women in Business Awards (BC BUSINESS: March 14, 2014)
http://www.bcbusiness.ca/people/2014-surrey-women-in-business-awards

● Neelam Sahota nets ‘Surrey Women in Business Award’ in not-for-profit leader category (Indo Canadian VOICE: March 14, 2014)
http://www.voiceonline.com/neelam-sahota-nets-surrey-women-in-business-award-in-not-for-profit-leader-category/

● Surrey’s best business women recognized (Surrey Leader:  March 14, 2014)
http://www.surreyleader.com/business/250398141.html

● Surrey Women in Business winners announced (Surrey NOW: March 13, 2014)
http://www.thenownewspaper.com/community/surrey-women-in-business-winners-announced-1.897498

● Media Release- DIVERSEcity CEO wins Surrey Women in Business Awards (March 13, 2014)


PRESS RELEASE

DIVERSEcity CEO wins Surrey Women in Business Awards

Surrey, BC March 13th, 2014- The Surrey Board of Trade hosted its 5th Annual Women in Business Awards at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel on Wednesday, March 12th, 2014.

Nominations were submitted in four categories and judged on the nominee’s work in Surrey with regards to business acumen, leadership, balanced lifestyle and community involvement and service.

Neelam Sahota, Chief Executive Officer of DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society won the award in the Not-for-Profit Leader Category.

“We are happy to congratulate Neelam on winning the Surrey Women in Business Award given by the Surrey Board of Trade” says Vice-President of DIVERSEcity’s Board of Directors, Shara Nixon. “She has earned this award because of her willingness to go above and beyond, her clarity of vision and direction and her ability to handle the hard tasks that are required when times get lean.”

The staff and Management Team at DIVERSEcity would like to congratulate Neelam Sahota on this win!

BACKGROUND

About DIVERSEcity

DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society (DIVERSEcity) is a registered non-profit agency offering a wide range of services and programs to the culturally diverse communities of the lower mainland.

DIVERSEcity was established in 1978 (under its founding name of SURREY DELTA IMMIGRANT SERVICES SOCIETY (SDISS)) and has over three decades of service to the community.

DIVERSEcity prides itself on its well-founded expertise in assisting immigrants and new Canadians in their integration into their new community.

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Contact:
Farah Kotadia
Director of Human Resources and Communications

T: 604-547-1213
F: 604-597-4299
E: fkotadia@dcrs.ca

www.dcrs.ca