Community Leadership & the Migrant Experience

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MOSAIC Headquarters

5575 Boundary Road

Vancoucver, BC V5R 2P9

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Community engagement plays a leading role in the well-being of individuals and communities.

MOSAIC is hosting a public forum on supporting immigrants and refugees in leadership opportunities in their communities.

Panelists: Regina Valverde, Kristi Pinderi and Sharmarke Dubow


Current Situation

Immigrants are socially, politically and economically vital to Canada. Approximately 22% of Canadians are immigrants, the highest its been in almost a century. Almost 30% of British Columbians are immigrants, and those numbers continue to rise. It is imperative that we include the voices of immigrants in civic engagement.

Of the 2274 leaders studied in a research reportled by the Diversity Institute and SPARC BC, only 12% come from a visible minority background. The lowest representation of visible minorities is in the elected officials sector: visible minorities comprise 26% of elected leaders. From the voluntary sector, only 13% of senior leaders come from a visible minority background.

As immigration growth continues, the need for inclusion of diverse voices will become more necessary to facilitate strong community attachment and overall equity in local politics, non-profits and businesses.

Solution & Next Steps

MOSAIC is working to increase community belonging by making civic and social engagement accessible and diverse.

Our goal is to provide information, training, mentorship and assistance with applications and nominations for positions on tables, committees, boards etc.

MOSAIC aims to lead the way to equity-based civic engagement for newcomers who have settled in the Lower Mainland.

To learn more, please visit mosaicbc.org/engagement.

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MOSAIC Headquarters

5575 Boundary Road

Vancoucver, BC V5R 2P9

Canada

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