ICA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) took place on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 where we welcomed new board members, said fairwell to others, and acknowledged the hard work of the community over the past year.
Some of the highlights discussed at ICA’s AGM include becoming a Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH) under Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to assist with the private sponsorship of refugees alongside community members interested in forming Constituent Groups. ICA also became a Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP) provider and helped with the resettlement of over 180 government-assisted Syrian refugees to Victoria since February, 2016. ICA was acknowledged by Federal Minister, Hon. John McCallum who presented our CEO, Jean McRae, with a commemorative coin for our efforts towards Canada’s resettlement of 25,000 Syrian refugees.
Ongoing work continues in the Community Partnership Network (CPN), a growing network of more than 200 businesses, agencies, and organizations in Greater Victoria dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion in workplaces and communities. Building on the work of the CPN, ICA also continued to develop the Greater Victoria Local Immigration Partnership (GVLIP). Now in its second year, the GVLIP’s goal is to develop broad community-based partnerships and create a regional immigration strategy for Greater Victoria.
Additionally, despite the many challenges ICA faced regarding expanding our capacity and meeting new programming demands, we had a successful financial year with a modest excess of Revenues over Expenses.
A busy year and much to be thankful for! Cathy Hunter, ICA’s President of the Board summarized the fiscal year by reporting, “it has been my pleasure to serve the organization over the past business year. I am proud and privileged to have represented our Members as the President of the Board during this challenging, rewarding and exceedingly successful year of operations.”