NIC, Immigrant Welcome Centre support new residents

Front row, left to right: Jim Brennan, executive director of the Multicultural and Immigrant Services Association, Layne Marshal, the association’s board president, John Bowman, NIC president and Mark Herringer, NIC’s executive director of international education sign an agreement to support new residents. Back row: MISA vice president Lisa Blackburn and NIC & MISA board member Cathy Reyno.

NIC and the Multicultural and Immigrant Services Association of North Vancouver Island (MISA) are joining forces to support the needs of some of the region’s newest residents.

NIC and MISA signed a Memorandum of Understanding Sep. 25, to serve immigrants in their shared service area, which includes Campbell River, the Comox Valley, Port Hardy, Port McNeill and communities in the Mount Waddington region.

“In many ways, NIC and MISA have the same goals – we empower individuals to achieve their full potential across the region,” said Layne Marshal, president of MISA’s board of directors. “This partnership will help build welcoming and sustainable communities across the region and provide individuals with opportunities to connect and settle successfully in their communities.”

The Multicultural and Immigrant Services Association of North Vancouver Island, which operates the Immigrant Welcome Centres, provides professional services to immigrants in the region, including information and orientation, needs assessments and referrals, employment-related services, community connections and more.

North Island College is committed to the education and training needs of adults in the region by providing high-quality education and skills training, in collaboration with its community partners.

The two organizations already work together, with the Immigrant Welcome Centre hiring co-op students, welcoming international students to the Comox Valley and Campbell River this fall and providing long-term settlement support to international graduates who choose to become permanent residents.

“The role of a community college is really to serve all our residents’ learning needs,” said NIC President John Bowman, whose 2017 sabbatical focused on building stronger ties between the college and community organizations.  “Education and community colleges can play a vital role in connecting community members, helping people achieve their academic and career goals through education and welcoming them to their new homes. I’m very proud to formalize our partnership with the Immigrant Welcome Centre today.”

For more information, or to read the agreement, visit

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