Recognition and Awards

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As a result of tireless work of PIRS staff, volunteers, Board Members and all our supporters, PIRS has been recognized as a pioneer and leader in the community and has received numerous awards over the years:

2021 Canada’s Premiers Award

in recognition of outstanding achievement in literacy from the Council of the Federation Literacy Awards 

2020-2021 Riasat Ali Khan Diversity Award

from AMSSA

2021 Top Innovation Award

in recognition of innovation and delivery of adult or adult-integrated literacy programming by a community organization in Canada by ABC Life Literacy Canada

2020 Breaking Barriers BC Multiculturalism & Anti-Racism Award

from the Province of British Columbia 

2020 Carol Matusicky Distinguished Service to Families Award

from BC Council for Families

2019 Carol Matusicky Distinguished Service to Families Award

Honourable Mention, from BC Council for Families

2016 AIDS and Health Education Fund Award

from the TEAL Charitable Foundation

2016 Award of Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion

from the City of Vancouver

2013 Best Practices Awards

Honourable Mention in Community Development for Existing Service with a Gender Lens from Women Transforming Cities


Pacific Immigrant Resources Society

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Women and children served

Since 1975, PIRS served 17,716 women and 9,116 children and counting.

Newcomer Support

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Women trained

84 women completed training programs in 2023 to become more effective leaders in their communities.

Women Leadership & Training

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Food hampers distributed

448 people continue to be served weekly through the emergency Food Hub.

Social Innovation & System Change

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We need donors like you to help newcomer women and their children thrive in Canada.