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From 12:00 pm until 1:00 pm

At KPU Richmond - Student Commons 1300

Kwantlen Polytechnic University / [email protected]

KPU Multi-Faith Centre's 3rd Annual UN World Interfaith Harmony Week presents a free speaking event with Chris Friesen, director of settlement services with Immigrant Services Society of B.C. 

As a veteran of the refugee and immigrant settlement sector for over 30 years, Chris Friesen is a frequent speaker, media spokesperson and research collaborator on immigration related policy and program areas. For over two decades, Mr. Friesen has worked with ISSofBC one of Canada’s largest multicultural immigrant serving agencies.

Chris was one of the key leaders and media spokeperson for Operation Syrian Refugee resettlement initiative in BC. Mr. Friesen designed and implemented immediate reception, temporary and permanent housing for Syrian government assisted refugees destined to BC. Mr. Friesen was also instrumental in the concept and design of the recently opened social purpose built facility -- ISSofBC Welcome Centre in Vancouver. The Welcome Centre is the first facility of its kind in the world, bringing together various services, agencies, private and public institutions under one roof in support of the settlement and integration of refugees, with or without legal status, and immigrants.

Mr. Friesen is presently the Chair and a founder of the Canadian Immigrant Settlement Sector Alliance- Alliance canadienne du secteur de l’établissement des immigrants (CISSA-ACSEI). He also co-chairs along with Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada, the National Settlement Council –a tripartite body with F-P-T and settlement sector representatives that examines policy and program areas that impact newcomers to Canada. In 2013 under Canada’s leadership Chris co-chaired, as the NGO focal point, the UNHCR Annual Consultation on Refugee Resettlement in Geneva, Switzerland.

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