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Immigration Stories

VI IMMIGRATION

 

Below you will find people from all over the world who have made Vancouver Island their home. Speaking both in English and their native language, they share with you a bit of who they are, their experiences on working and living in the community and tips for becoming part of the community if you choose to make one of our communities your home.
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Regional District of Mt. Waddington(RDMW)

Meet Yana

My Community: Port Hardy Czech Republic Languages spoke: Czech, Russian, Slovak, Polish Video ( English ) Video ( Czech ) Written Testimonials >

Regional District of Strathcona(SRD)

“Welcome to the North of the Island. The Campbell River & Area Multicultural and Immigrant Services Association (CR MISA) has worked in the community for 18 years to provide services for newcomers to our community. We are a welcoming community who celebrates diversity and promotes inclusion. Campbell River is celebrated for its ability to collaborate and find creative ways to work together so our community flourishes. We hope to see you soon. “
– Rachel, Executive Director

Learn about the Immigrant Welcome Centre is run by the Multicultural & Immigrant Services Association of North Vancouver Island (MISA): http://www.immigrantwelcome.ca/

Meet Jo-Anne

My Community: Campbell River Migrated From: Chilliwack, BC Video ( English ) Written Testimonials >

Meet Thanh

My Community: Campbell River Immigrated from: Vietnam Languages spoke: Vietnamese, Cantonese, English Written Testimonials >

Nanaimo Regional District(RDN)

“Welcome from the Immigrant Welcome Centre  We have developed a website to encourage broad community engagement in creating a welcoming and inclusive community. Tools and resources are available to individuals, organizations, and business to promote and foster diversity in their lives, services and workplace. Explore, Interact, Check us out at www.diversityteam.org.”

– Hilde, Executive Director

Meet KukSung

My Community: Nanaimo Immigrated from: Republic of Korea Languages spoke: Korean, English Video ( English ) Video ( Korean ) Written Testimonials >

Meet Graham

My Community: Nanaimo Immigrated from: England Video ( English )

Cowichan Valley Regional District(CVRD)

“Welcome to a home where diversity is valued. The Cowichan Region is an international community that celebrates cultures from around the world. For over 30 years, the Cowichan Intercultural Society (ICS) has been here to ease the integration process for your whole family. We can be your home away from home. Let us help you in keeping your adventure alive through the many services we provide to immigrants and newcomers.”

– Christine, Executive Director

Meet Gifty

My Community: Cowichan Valley Ghana Languages spoke: English, Ashanti, Wali, Functional French Video ( English ) Video ( Ashanti) Written Testimonials >

Comox Valley Regional District(CVRD)

Welcome from the Comox Valley Welcoming and Inclusive Communities Roundtable  Our Mission is “to develop sustainable partnerships to foster an inclusive, welcoming community, free from discrimination, where Aboriginal people, diverse residents, newcomers and visitors have equitable access to information, public services and opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of community life.”

– Janet, Coordinator

Meet Javier

My Community: Comox Valley Immigrated From: Colombia Languages spoke: Spanish and English Video ( English ) Video ( Spanish ) Written Testimonials >

Meet Jin

My Community: Courtenay Immigrated From: Taiwan Languages spoke: Mandarin, Taiwanese, Japanese, and English Video ( English ) Video ( Mandarin) Written Testimonials >

Capital Regoinal District(CRD)

“Welcome to the beautiful Capital Regional District. Serving a vital link between newcomers and the business community, the Victoria Immigrant and Victoria Refugee Center Society (VIRCS) has connected over 15,000 immigrant workers to thousands of local employers over the last twenty years.”

– Viet, Director Employment Transitions & Coaching Program

“Welcome to Vancouver Island. We love the Island and think you made a great choice in coming here. the future looks bright for the skilled trades in this region and we at the Skilled Trades Employment Program (STEP) have helped hundreds of new arrivals find meaningful work here. If you’re interested in any of the 140 Registered Trades in British Columbia or have questions about trades employment, please don’t hesitate to call us. We have Trades Employment Specialists in a number of locations on the Island and encourage you to call our Victoria office to be put in touch with the one nearest you.”

– Lee, Regional Manager

Welcome! “The Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA) has been welcoming immigrants to the beautiful Capital Region and working with community partners to build a welcoming and inclusive community since 1971. Newcomers can attend English classes and access orientation and settlement information and support in a mutiltude of languages.”

– Jean, Executive Director

Meet Estela

My Community: Victoria Phillippines Languages spoke: Tagalog, English Video ( English) Written Testimonials >

Meet Vadim

My Community: Victoria Immigrated from: Russia Languages spoke: Russian, English Written Testimonials >

Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District(ACRD)

Meet Orlando

My Community: Port Alberni Chile Languages spoke: Spanish and English Video ( English ) Video ( Spanish ) Written Testimonials >

Meet Tom

My Community: Portal Alberni Grew up on Vancouver Island ( although returned recently from living in Mid Western States) Video ( English )
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Regional District of Mt. Waddington (RDMW)

Meet Yana

Meet Yana

My Community: Port Hardy Czech Republic Languages spoke: Czech, Russian, Slovak, Polish Video ( English ) Video ( Czech ) Written Testimonials >
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Regional District of Strathcona (SRD)

“Welcome to the North of the Island. The Campbell River & Area Multicultural and Immigrant Services Association (CR MISA) has worked in the community for 18 years to provide services for newcomers to our community. We are a welcoming community who celebrates diversity and promotes inclusion. Campbell River is celebrated for its ability to collaborate and find creative ways to work together so our community flourishes. We hope to see you soon. “
– Rachel, Executive Director

Learn about the Immigrant Welcome Centre is run by the Multicultural & Immigrant Services Association of North Vancouver Island (MISA): http://www.immigrantwelcome.ca/

Meet Jo-Anne

Meet Jo-Anne

My Community: Campbell River Migrated From: Chilliwack, BC Video ( English ) Written Testimonials >
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Meet Thanh

Meet Thanh

My Community: Campbell River Immigrated from: Vietnam Languages spoke: Vietnamese, Cantonese, English Written Testimonials >
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Nanaimo Regional District (RDN)

“Welcome from the Immigrant Welcome Centre  We have developed a website to encourage broad community engagement in creating a welcoming and inclusive community. Tools and resources are available to individuals, organizations, and business to promote and foster diversity in their lives, services and workplace. Explore, Interact, Check us out at www.diversityteam.org.”

– Hilde, Executive Director

Meet KukSung

Meet KukSung

My Community: Nanaimo Immigrated from: Republic of Korea Languages spoke: Korean, English Video ( English ) Video ( Korean ) Written Testimonials >
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Meet Graham

Meet Graham

My Community: Nanaimo Immigrated from: England Video ( English )
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Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD)

“Welcome to a home where diversity is valued. The Cowichan Region is an international community that celebrates cultures from around the world. For over 30 years, the Cowichan Intercultural Society (ICS) has been here to ease the integration process for your whole family. We can be your home away from home. Let us help you in keeping your adventure alive through the many services we provide to immigrants and newcomers.”

– Christine, Executive Director

Meet Gifty

Meet Gifty

My Community: Cowichan Valley Ghana Languages spoke: English, Ashanti, Wali, Functional French Video ( English ) Video ( Ashanti) Written Testimonials >
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Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD)

Welcome from the Comox Valley Welcoming and Inclusive Communities Roundtable  Our Mission is “to develop sustainable partnerships to foster an inclusive, welcoming community, free from discrimination, where Aboriginal people, diverse residents, newcomers and visitors have equitable access to information, public services and opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of community life.”

– Janet, Coordinator

Meet Javier

Meet Javier

My Community: Comox Valley Immigrated From: Colombia Languages spoke: Spanish and English Video ( English ) Video ( Spanish ) Written Testimonials >
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Meet Jin

Meet Jin

My Community: Courtenay Immigrated From: Taiwan Languages spoke: Mandarin, Taiwanese, Japanese, and English Video ( English ) Video ( Mandarin) Written Testimonials >
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Capital Regoinal District (CRD)

“Welcome to the beautiful Capital Regional District. Serving a vital link between newcomers and the business community, the Victoria Immigrant and Victoria Refugee Center Society (VIRCS) has connected over 15,000 immigrant workers to thousands of local employers over the last twenty years.”

– Viet, Director Employment Transitions & Coaching Program

“Welcome to Vancouver Island. We love the Island and think you made a great choice in coming here. the future looks bright for the skilled trades in this region and we at the Skilled Trades Employment Program (STEP) have helped hundreds of new arrivals find meaningful work here. If you’re interested in any of the 140 Registered Trades in British Columbia or have questions about trades employment, please don’t hesitate to call us. We have Trades Employment Specialists in a number of locations on the Island and encourage you to call our Victoria office to be put in touch with the one nearest you.”

– Lee, Regional Manager

Welcome! “The Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA) has been welcoming immigrants to the beautiful Capital Region and working with community partners to build a welcoming and inclusive community since 1971. Newcomers can attend English classes and access orientation and settlement information and support in a mutiltude of languages.”

– Jean, Executive Director

Meet Estela

Meet Estela

My Community: Victoria Phillippines Languages spoke: Tagalog, English Video ( English) Written Testimonials >
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Meet Vadim

Meet Vadim

My Community: Victoria Immigrated from: Russia Languages spoke: Russian, English Written Testimonials >
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Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District (ACRD)

Meet Orlando

Meet Orlando

My Community: Port Alberni Chile Languages spoke: Spanish and English Video ( English ) Video ( Spanish ) Written Testimonials >
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Meet Tom

Meet Tom

My Community: Portal Alberni Grew up on Vancouver Island ( although returned recently from living in Mid Western States) Video ( English )
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Mount Waddington Regional District

Many communities around Vancouver Island are in need of doctors, to learn more, visit  VIHA

Family Physician

Name: Dr. Susan Booth My Community: Alert Bay, Commorant Island Immigrated/Migrated fromImmigrated/ Migrated From: United Kingdom Languages spoke: English View Full Profile

Strathcona Regional District

Odika Cafe

Name: Marina My Community: Gold River Immigrated/Migrated fromGabon in West Central Africa Languages spoke: French/ Myenie, English View Full Profile

Nanaimo Regional District

LK Consulting

Name: Laurie Kersten My Community: Nanaimo Immigrated/Migrated fromUSA Languages spoke: English View Full Profile

Outsider, the Outdoors Store Ltd.

Name: Michael Addiscott My Community: Qualicum Beach Immigrated/Migrated fromScotland Languages spoke: Accented English View Full Profile

Cafe Francais Restaurant

Name: Gilles Le Patezour My Community: Nanaimo Immigrated/Migrated fromFrance Languages spoke: French View Full Profile

Cowichan Valley Regional District

Cherry Point Estate Wines

Name: Xavier Bonilla My Community: Cowichan Valley Immigrated/Migrated fromColumbia/West Vancouver Languages spoke: Spanish, English View Full Profile

Life Matters

Name: Isabela Seabra My Community: Cowichan Valley Immigrated/Migrated fromBrazil Languages spoke: Portuguese, English View Full Profile

Wedderspoon Organic Inc

Name: Sebastien Martin My Community: Cowichan Valley Immigrated/Migrated fromFrance Languages spoke: French, English View Full Profile

Comox Valley Regional District

Marigold Natural Pharmacy Ltd.

Name: Rudy Sanchez My Community: Courtenay Immigrated/Migrated fromVancouver Languages spoke: English, Filipino View Full Profile

Capital Regional District

Martinus, the fine art of jewelry making

Name: Martin Ebbers My Community: Salt Spring Island Immigrated/Migrated fromHamburg, Germany Languages spoke: German, Englsih View Full Profile

Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District

P.Y. Marine Ltd.

Name: Paul & Elizabeth Yuen My Community: Port Alberni Immigrated/Migrated fromHong Kong Languages spoke: Cantonese, English View Full Profile

Mount Waddington Regional District

Many communities around Vancouver Island are in need of doctors, to learn more, visit  VIHA

Dr. Susan Booth

Family Physician

Name: Dr. Susan Booth My Community: Alert Bay, Commorant Island Immigrated/Migrated fromImmigrated/ Migrated From: United Kingdom Languages spoke: English View Full Profile

Strathcona Regional District

Marina

Odika Cafe

Name: Marina My Community: Gold River Immigrated/Migrated fromGabon in West Central Africa Languages spoke: French/ Myenie, English View Full Profile

Nanaimo Regional District

Laurie Kersten

LK Consulting

Name: Laurie Kersten My Community: Nanaimo Immigrated/Migrated fromUSA Languages spoke: English View Full Profile

Michael Addiscott

Outsider, the Outdoors Store Ltd.

Name: Michael Addiscott My Community: Qualicum Beach Immigrated/Migrated fromScotland Languages spoke: Accented English View Full Profile

Gilles Le Patezour

Cafe Francais Restaurant

Name: Gilles Le Patezour My Community: Nanaimo Immigrated/Migrated fromFrance Languages spoke: French View Full Profile

Cowichan Valley Regional District

Xavier Bonilla

Cherry Point Estate Wines

Name: Xavier Bonilla My Community: Cowichan Valley Immigrated/Migrated fromColumbia/West Vancouver Languages spoke: Spanish, English View Full Profile

Isabela Seabra

Life Matters

Name: Isabela Seabra My Community: Cowichan Valley Immigrated/Migrated fromBrazil Languages spoke: Portuguese, English View Full Profile

Sebastien Martin

Wedderspoon Organic Inc

Name: Sebastien Martin My Community: Cowichan Valley Immigrated/Migrated fromFrance Languages spoke: French, English View Full Profile

Comox Valley Regional District

Rudy Sanchez

Marigold Natural Pharmacy Ltd.

Name: Rudy Sanchez My Community: Courtenay Immigrated/Migrated fromVancouver Languages spoke: English, Filipino View Full Profile

Capital Regional District

Martin Ebbers

Martinus, the fine art of jewelry making

Name: Martin Ebbers My Community: Salt Spring Island Immigrated/Migrated fromHamburg, Germany Languages spoke: German, Englsih View Full Profile

Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District

Paul & Elizabeth Yuen

P.Y. Marine Ltd.

Name: Paul & Elizabeth Yuen My Community: Port Alberni Immigrated/Migrated fromHong Kong Languages spoke: Cantonese, English View Full Profile
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