Impact North Shore is a for-purpose, social impact organization standing strong on the scenic shores of North and West Vancouver. Every year, we touch over 8,500 lives, including im/migrants, volunteers, partners and staff, providing comprehensive and innovative services and community engagement opportunities that cater to the unique needs of im/migrants.
With over 30 years of experience creating transformative change, we have supported thousands of newcomers in their journey to make Canada home. Our work is collaborative, focusing on strengthening the fabric of our community, making it a more inclusive and equitable space for all.
We envision an inclusive and equitable North Shore
We aspire to create communities that are places everyone feels they truly belong. We see a future where every person, regardless of background, can thrive. It’s a future that reflects the beauty of the North Shore, a landscape as diverse and welcoming as the community we envision.
We are dedicated to offering comprehensive and innovative services for newcomers and to strengthening inclusion and equity.
We offer comprehensive and innovative services that respond to the needs of im/migrants, helping them set up a new life in Canada. We also actively engage with organizations, governments, and businesses, facilitating their crucial role in ensuring our communities are welcoming and barrier-free for im/migrants.
Our Vision of Change
Our Vision of Change
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Our Impact: Integrated Services
Immigrant Service Centre
Making Canada Home
Impact North Shore provides a variety of comprehensive services for 7,000+ im/migrants through our Immigrant Service Centre. We offer resources, information and skills training to support their unique im/migration journeys.
Our services include settlement and employment services, school support, community connections and English language learning opportunities, as well as specialized programs for families, women, youth, and seniors.
Over 500 Ukrainian newcomers and their families accessed services at Impact North Shore this year. Fleeing from war conditions, Ukrainian families are facing multiple challenges to establish a sense of comfort and continuity to make a home in our local communities.
Our new Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS) program supported 95 youth, between the ages of 15 – 30, to access personalized employment counselling and mentorship services.
Our Impact: Community Engagement
Collaborating for Equity
Impact North Shore centers the voices of racialized im/migrants to create spaces that build equity through interactive, community-led activities and projects. We lead research, development and innovation projects and convene individuals and organizations to find accessible and adaptable solutions to improve inclusion.
Building relationships and connections between local service providers, long-term residents and im/migrants offers meaningful opportunities for learning, listening and reducing barriers to belonging.
For nearly two decades, our youth diversity and anti-racism programming has created safer spaces for tough conversations for over 10,000 newcomer and resident youth, to explore diversity, inclusiveness, and belonging in a safe and interactive environment.
The North Shore Anti-Racism Network, funded by the Province of British Columbia, engaged 20+ partner organizations to develop the North Shore Racism Response Protocol.
Last year, our focus on holistic health contributed to building healthy individuals, families, and communities. Over 3,000 im/migrants enhanced their skills to navigate the Canadian health system and increased their knowledge of local health resources.
With our commitment to centering people, staff health and wellness is a priority for Impact North Shore. Our adoption of the Guarding Minds @ Work ™ assessment tool allows us to determine a baseline measurement on the psychological health of our organizational culture.
At Impact North Shore we use innovative approaches to bring people together to build connection and understanding. The Cultivating Connection through Art project brought together 22 im/migrants, from diverse backgrounds, to reflect on their experiences of im/migration.
The Our Words, Our Wisdom: Addressing Linguistic Racism project explores new ways to align English language learning with equity and de-colonized approaches.
Over 360 people increased their understanding of how the concept of Canadian work experience (CWE) negatively affects both racialized im/migrants and employers in the labour market. Extensive research resulted in key recommendations for how employers can enable more equitable hiring practices.
The North Shore Immigrant Inclusion Partnership (NSIIP) undertook a strategic review and renewal process that engaged 70+ community partners, our Immigrant Advisory Council, and newcomers to identify strategic priorities to guide collective work to create an anti-racist and inclusive North Shore.
Over the last year we have leaned into defining the scope of our operational environment, improving our suite of services, and staff education and training.
Our organization is committed to upholding the fundamental rights, value, and dignity of all people, striving to respect and honor all backgrounds and identities in our work.
Financials & Acknowledgements
The financial statements have been reviewed and approved by the Finance Committee and the Board of Directors.
It is through generous partnerships and commitment from the following individuals and organizations, in addition to staff and volunteer efforts, that make the work of Impact North Shore possible.
- Yang Wang, Chair
- Laurence Wang, Vice Chair & Treasurer
- Andy Krawczyk, Past Chair
- Joan Coert, Secretary
- David Walker, Board Member
- Zubin Daruwala, Board Member
- Koml Kandola, Board Member
- Anne Mooi, Board Member
- Fariba Daraghi, Board Member
- Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
- Department of Canadian Heritage
- Department of Employment and Social Development Canada
- Ministry of Municipal Affairs
- Ministry of Municipal Affairs, Community Gaming Grants Branch
- Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction
- Ministry of Children and Family Development
- City of North Vancouver
- District of North Vancouver
- District of West Vancouver
- North Shore Unitarian Church
- Welcoming New Canadians Fund – Canada Helps
- Zubin Daruwala
- David Dungey
- Christine Lyons
- African Descent Society
- BC Housing
- Canadian Mental Health Association
- Capilano Canyon Suspension Bridge
- Capilano Community Services Society
- Capilano University
- City of North Vancouver Fire Department
- City of North Vancouver-Park Stewards
- Enhance West Van
- Family Services of the North Shore
- Hollyburn Family Services
- Immigrant Employment Council of BC
- Immigrant Services Society of BC
- International Services for Students at SFU
- Legal Aid BC
- Lighthouse Park Preservation Society
- Maplewood Flats
- MONOVA: Museum & Archives of North Vancouver
- North Shore Black Bear Society
- North Shore Community Resources Society
- North Shore Emergency Management
- North Shore Neighbourhood House
- North Shore Restorative Justice Society
- North Shore Women’s Centre
- North Van Arts
- North Vancouver RCMP
- North Vancouver Chamber
- North Vancouver City Library
- North Vancouver District Public Library
- North Vancouver Foundation
- North Vancouver Recreation & Culture Commission
- North Vancouver School District
- Parkgate Community Services Society
- Parks Canada
- Polygon Gallery
- Presentation House Theatre
- Providence Health Care
- Reconciliation Canada
- Silver Harbour Seniors’ Activity Centre
- Skilled Immigrant Info Centre
- Squamish First Nation
- Squamish Lilwat Cultural Centre
- St. Andrews United Church
- Tenant Resources Advisory Centre
- The Foundry
- Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture
- Vancouver Coastal Health
- Vancouver Community College
- Vancouver Public Library
- Village of Lion’s Bay
- West Vancouver Art Museum
- West Vancouver Community Foundations
- West Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services
- West Vancouver Foundation
- West Vancouver Memorial Library
- West Vancouver Police Department
- West Vancouver School District
- West Vancouver Youth Hub
- Westside Senior’s Hub
- YMCA Employment Services
- YWCA Employment Services