After a thrilling trip in last fall, the ICA Youth and Family Services team set sail again while also helping to keep our oceans clean for future generations. On a blustery Monday morning, twenty-five youth, parents and volunteers gathered at Fisherman’s Wharf to set sail on Eagle Wing Tour’s sturdiest vessel, 4 Ever Wild.
The year was 1971. Underneath the soaring canopy of Crystal Gardens in downtown Victoria, Alan Yuen was helping set up a stall selling chow mein and fried rice to raise money for his local Chinatown Lion’s Club. On the other side of the event space, he couldn’t ignore the loud music and a few dozen people dancing.
Bob first landed in Edmonton in 2013 while Lathika took care of their children back home. Through Bob’s work on cruise ships before moving in Canada, he had the chance to visit Victoria and believed it would be the best place to raise their two children.
ICA proudly presents the 2021 Diversity Scholarship award winners to one undergraduate, graduate, and one high school student. Thanks to the generous support from anonymous donors and the Canadian International Council, we are able to award $6,500 in scholarships this year.
Through a strategic partnership with leaders in four primary community sectors, Governance, Healthcare, Education and Housing the GVLIP conducted its first community survey and consultation on racism.. The information gathered was presented to key GLVIP partners and stakeholders on May 7, 2021.
The year was 1991 and a small immigrant settlement agency won a contract to become Victoria’s hub for the Language Instruction for Newcomers in Canada (LINC) program. ICA now supports over 500 students in Victoria, the LINC program remains an essential part of ICA’s support to our newcomer community.
I came to Victoria in 2018 from Turkey with my three children while my husband, who was in Germany arrived here in 2019. We were separated for almost 4 years after we fled Syria due to the civil war there. I arrived in Canada thanks to my wonderful sponsors who welcomed me, provided support, and showed us beautiful places.