Multi-cultural facility discussed

Plans are building to possibly address a need for a hub for immigrants in Vernon

  • Sep. 22, 2013 6:00 p.m.

Plans are building to possibly address a need for a hub for immigrants in Vernon.

Members of the community interested in a multi-cultural facility in Vernon will have an opportunity to participate on an advisory group as part of a Welcome BC initiative hosted by the Social Planning Council for the North Okanagan.

“We are developing a feasibility plan that will investigate short, intermediate, and long-term opportunities. Community representation is desired to help advise the process,” said Annette Sharkey with the Social Planning Council.

Carol Wutzke, with Vernon and District Immigrant Services, says their agency has identified a need for, “an informal space for new Immigrants to meet, develop friendships and share their cultural experiences.”

The feasibility study will explore how to meet this gap in the short term but also look at other partnership opportunities for a longer-term plan for a multi-cultural facility.

An information meeting is planned for Sept. 25 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Vernon Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library. The meeting is open to anyone interested in learning more about the project and who may be interested in being part of an advisory group.

To reserve a seat at the meeting, call the Vernon and District Immigrant Services Society at 250-542-4177 or email

The feasibility study is one of seven projects funded locally through the province of B.C.’s Welcome BC program.


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