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Events & Media

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Media mentions

For inquiries from the media, please contact:

Mariam Bouchoutrouch
Executive Director
mbouchoutrouch@pirs.bc.ca
604.298.5888 ext. 27


Service Recognition Staff Award – Amea Wilbur, Pacific Immigrant Resources Society (PIRS)
Amea Wilbur, Manager of Programs at Pacific Immigrant Resources Society has worked in the settlement sector for 20 years. She completed her doctorate at UBC with research that looked at how government-funded language learning can be more inclusive for adults particularly for newcomers to Canada who have experienced trauma.
Amea helped to develop several programs for newcomers such as LISTN’s Beyond Trauma: Language Learning Strategies for New Canadians Living with Trauma, and PIRS’s trauma-informed English as an Additional Language (EAL) program for refugee women.
Congratulations to the recipients of this year’s awards! Awards will be presented at AMSSA’s Annual General Meeting on September 22.
AMSSA, The Insider, August 2017

Elizabeth Bishop interviews Amea Wilbur and Diana Jeffries during a Serving Consciously Panel discussion, Contact.Radio.com, 24 February 2017.


Bal Brach reports about PISR’s trauma-informed English course for immigrant and refugee women on CBC Radio Canada on Friday’s World at Six program, CBC Radio Canada, February 3, 2017.


Dr. Amea Wilbur talks with Minelle Mahtani on Roundhouse Radio 98.3, Vancouver on the radio program “Sense of Place”,  January 10, 2017.


Dr. Amea Wilbur is a graduate of the UBC EdD program and Manager of Programs at Pacific Immigrant Resources Society. Her article: “In Face of Trump, Let Canada Stand for Refugee Inclusion. Let’s take pride in our efforts and expand them, in defiance of fearful rhetoric,” appeared in The Tyee, November 26, 2016.


Metro Vancouver is home to nearly 2,000 newly arrived Syrian refugees, but some of the community groups that could be helping them get settled are hamstrung by a lack of government funding, according to Vancouver East MP Jenny Kwan. Burnaby Now, August 05, 2016, Vancouver Sun, August 5, 2016 and The Province, August 05, 2016


There is not enough space to list all the achievements and honours accumulated by social worker and women’s rights activist Patsy George since she came to Canada from India 50 years ago. Vancouver Sun, August 03, 2016


2016 City of Vancouver Awards of Excellence honour Pacific Immigrant Resources Society. The Georgia Straight, July 05, 2016

City of Vancouver Award


Annual Events

We regularly organize events to ensure that PIRS Members, Friends, Participants, Volunteer and Staff will gather and connect in a friendly setting.

We have two regular events:

  • International Women’s Day
  • PIRS Annual General Meeting