Our sincere gratitude goes to VanCity for providing funding for the SVNH Dialogue Circle Leaders' Mentorship project. Without this generous grant donation the project would not be possible.
Elaine Kennedy, Branch Manager, VanCity presents
cheque to Koyali Burman, BWIN Co-ord., SVNH
South Vancouver is a community that has undergone dramatic demographic changes in the last twenty years. Our area now consists of a large immigrant population combined with pockets of high socioeconomic need. This project will focus on building the self reliance and wealth of community members by enhancing their skills and knowledge of social and economic rights: financial literacy, housing, health and employment.
Eight community members will be trained as facilitators to strengthen their skills and knowledge of resources and services in south-east Vancouver. These new facilitators will then hold ten dialogue circles in the community. The circles will be held at locations such as SVNH, schools, libraries, Family Place, BC Housing, community centres, transition houses, etc. As many as two hundred low income families living in south Vancouver from immigrant and refugee populations, aboriginal communities, single parents, seniors, youth and others will be invited to participate in dialogues to identify and strengthen their skills and abilities to navigate services and resources in the city and know their social and economic rights.