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Everyone is Welcome

A Burnaby Community Celebration

Join us for a morning of learning & sharing resources for newcomers. Lunch will be served!

UPDATE: Registration for this event is full. Thank you for your interest!

This half-day event is to celebrate the conclusion of two Burnaby-based research projects investigating the experiences of newcomers.

With presentations by the Burnaby Primary Care Networks and the Burnaby Intercultural Planning Table, this event will explore issues of racism, stigma, social isolation, and how Burnaby is now focused on addressing communication barriers experienced by newcomers.

Arabic, Farsi, Mandarin and Tigrinya live translation will be available!

Please note, photos will be taken at this event. 

Registration for this event closes on Monday, October 31 — don’t miss out!

Do you have a toddler who won’t be in school that day?

Child care for ages 18 months to five years is available upon request. Please indicate if you require on-site child care in the registration form. 

Are you taking transit to the event?

Limited number of transit subsidies available. Rides will also be available to the Ismaili Centre from the nearest bus stop. Please indicate in the registration form if you need transportation assistance. 

9:00 AM – 1:00 PM


9:00 AMCheck-in
9:30 AMWelcome & Opening Remarks
9:45 AM
Social Connectivity in the Time of COVID-19
Presentation of a community-based research project from the Burnaby PCN Social Isolation Working Group, presented by Azra Bhanji and Catherine Trudeau, SFU Master of Public Health program
10:30 AMShared Care: Facilitated discussion on Newcomer Experience Accessing Healthcare
Conducted in English, Tigrinya, Farsi, Mandarin, and Arabic
11:30 AMAnti-Racism in Burnaby
Presentation by Ana Maria Bustamante, Burnaby Intercultural Planning Table & Burnaby Together
12:15 PMClosing Remarks

Session Details

Social Connectivity in the Time of COVID-19

Presented by:

Azra Bhanji, Burnaby Primary Care Networks
Catherine Trudeau, Burnaby Primary Care Networks

This research project looks into the impacts of social isolation on newcomers. By using photography as a research tool to spark group discussions, newcomers in Burnaby explored how COVID-19 has affected social connection, and the roles community organizations can have to help us feel more connected. The project has engaged English, Tigrinya, Farsi, and Chinese language groups so far, providing insights into how Burnaby community organizations can address barriers to connectivity, and how they can build on the opportunities discussed by the community members to ideate innovative and sustainable solutions.

With funding from Vancouver Foundation and SFU’s Community-Engaged Research Initiative, and additional support from the Burnaby Division of Family Practice, Burnaby Primary Care Networks, Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISSofBC), Burnaby Neighbourhood House, and YWCA Techlink.

Anti-Racism in Burnaby

Presented by:

Ana Maria Bustamante, Burnaby Intercultural Planning Table & Burnaby Together: Coalition Against Racism & Hate

This presentation will cover a series of anti-racism projects and events put on by Burnaby Intercultural Planning Table and Burnaby Together: Coalition Against Racism & Hate. This work included education and training on identifying and responding to racial discrimination, and building understanding around issues of identity, power, white privilege, prejudice, bias, discrimination, and oppression. 

Ana Maria will also speak to initiatives that celebrated the heritage of Chinese Canadians in Burnaby — addressing the history of discriminatory policies against residents of Chinese descent and taking steps towards equity and redress.

With funding from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and Resilience BC and additional support from Burnaby Family Life.

Facilitated Discussion on Newcomer Experience Accessing Health Care

This session will facilitate discussion related to a new Shared Care project in Burnaby exploring communication barriers in health care. For this session, we would want to hear from you your thoughts around communication barriers experienced by doctors and newcomers, with a focus on women’s health. These sessions will take place in English, Tigrinya, Farsi, Mandarin, and Arabic, and will help guide Burnaby to better deliver culturally safe and effective care. These discussions are open to all genders, with no obligation to share your personal experiences.

A partnership between Shared Care and the Burnaby Division of Family Practice.

This event was made possible with support from Immigrant Services Society of BC, Burnaby Intercultural Planning Table, Burnaby Together: Coalition Against Racism & Hate, Burnaby Neighbourhood House, Burnaby Primary Care Networks, Burnaby Division of Family Practice, and Shared Care.