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Scotiabank Charity Challenge run 2018

Join us for our 2018 Scotiabank’s Charity Challenge! This is a great community event that brings together our staff, Board Members, volunteers, and program participants. Register here to walk or run together:

The early bird rate applies to your registration. Select 5K or Half Marathon and be sure to choose: Pacific Immigrant Resources Society. Check that your charity code (see below) is applied before final payment.

PIRS charity codes:
5K code: 18PIRS5K
Half marathon code: 18PIRS21K

Photo from our 2017 Scotiabank Charity Challenge

Empowering Stories: Women Building Bridges to Belonging – 30 May 2017

Join us and our host, Bal Brach for an inspiring evening of storytelling about belonging. Tickets include dinner at the New India Buffet and a charitable donation to support PIRS programs. Tickets start at $50 ($20 covers the cost of dinner and the rest is a donation that will be receipted.) Donations of $60, $75 & $100 will be greatly appreciated. <more>

Scotiabank Charity Challenge run 2017

Will you join the PIRS team?  Fundraise as a #WomenLeadTheWay runner or walker AND make a huge difference. All fitness levels are welcome!  A family walk, an easy jog or competitive run, it is your choice. You can help us reach our 2017 goal to raise $5,000 for essential support and training for women like Annabelle and her children.

Make a difference this June 25 with PIRS! Run, walk, stroll, fundraise and donate to the PIRS #WomenLeadTheWay team.

Thank you to the 21 walkers and runners who participated in our first ever Scotiabank Charity Challenge! Together we raised $5,800.  Special thanks to our top fundraiser, Feneda Au Young.  <more>


For more information on how to register: Vancouver Half-Marathon & 5K

PIRS 40th Anniversary

PIRS celebrated its 40th Anniversary at Hycroft Manor on November 9, 2015. Our celebration was attended by founders, staff and community supporters in Hycroft’s gracious reception rooms.


Mary Affleck Award

Congratulations to Chava Glouberman, who received the 2017 Mary Affleck Award. Chava is originally from South America and has experienced the barriers of a newcomer settling in a new country. She began her work in communications because it was one of the first opportunities she found in Canada.
Chava joined PIRS as a volunteer in 2015. Since then, she’s been working wonders with PIRS’ communications materials. With her artistic background and talent for design, she is our webmaster and desktop publisher. She volunteers her time to PIRS, as she describes it as “a very warm, welcoming and fair immigration agency that offers great services to newcomer women of Vancouver.
We are grateful to have Chava on our team as she happily continues her volunteer work at PIRS, “It provides me with a strong sense of belonging to an amazing group of dedicated women to a great cause. Mary’s spirit lives on. <more>

Bright Lights Awards

PIRS Bright Lights Awards is created to identify and honour women who have come and become an inspirational leaders in their adoptive home, Canada. They have encouraged others through their social, personal and professional contributions in eliminating some barriers in their own community and their community at large. <more>