THANK YOU to everyone who attended the Welcoming Communities Summit 2016! With your help, the event was a great success.

A Welcoming Communities Summit hosted by the South Okanagan Similkameen Local Immigration Partnership Council.

Integration is a two way process.  It involves commitment on the part of the immigrants and refugees to adapt to life in Canada and a commitment from Canadians as individuals, employers, educators, and community, to welcome and embrace new population and cultures.

The Welcoming Communities Summit is a step in this process.  Our goal is to build an inclusive environment for learning, discussion and growth.  

The Summit is an opportunity to reach out to the community with information and directives that we can all influence.  There will be keynote speakers, breakout sessions and cultural celebration. Dialogue will range from employment strategies, to regional history, to future directions of government immigration.

This will be a signature inclusive event that will contribute to uniting our community in our future. 

The SOS Local Immigration Partnership Council is a collaboration of 50 community leaders working to increase the pace of social and economic integration for new immigrants to our region.  The LIP Council is led by South Okanagan Immigrant & Community Services with funding from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.