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Mayor’s Talk, Volunteer Training and Appreciation

Mayor’s Talk, Volunteer Training and Appreciation
Mayor’s Talk, Volunteer Training and Appreciation

(Photo Credit: Pengling He, Mellissa Ma and David Tong) The National Volunteer Week (April 16 to 22) theme for 2023 is Volunteering Weaves Us Together.

Mayor Mike Hurley, City of Burnaby
Mayor Mike Hurley, City of Burnaby

With the generous support of City of Burnaby, the “Mayor’s Talk, Volunteer Training and Appreciation” event was successfully hosted at the stunning beautiful cherry blossom City Hall on April 21, 2023.

Mayor Hurley’s immigrant experience was very relevant and relatable to many of us. His sharing inspired and educated all our volunteers especially the youth. He helped us to learn from his successes and failures, and encouraged us to pursue our goals.

The topics Mayor Hurley shared at the event include but not limited to his personal and professional experiences, challenges he has faced, how he overcame them, as well as advice on leadership, community involvement, volunteering, job seeking, and pursuing our passion.

All our volunteers were very engaged and focused on Mayor’s talk. All our volunteers especially youth asked many questions and engaged with Mayor Hurley, as this provided valuable insights and guidance for our own lives.

After hearing Mayor Hurley’s inspiring sharing, all the volunteers were kept saying that we learned a lot, that we are taking actions based on what we have learned: setting new goals, becoming more involved in our communities, and pursuing our passions with more determination and resilience.

Our heartfelt thanks to City of Burnaby for the great support of this event, our heartfelt thanks to Mayor Hurley for his inspiring wisdom sharing. We truly appreciate his commitment to our community. His support helped us to provide our volunteers with a memorable experience, and it showed us that our contributions are highly valued and deeply appreciated.

Grateful to have such a caring mayor and local government, grateful to have all the supportive volunteers, and grateful to have such nice communities where we feel so welcome, valued, connected, supported one another, and where we can thrive and grow as individuals as well as groups.

As scheduled, more details of the WS Volunteer Project on Homeless People 2023 has been shared with City of Burnaby and will be shared online.

As time limited, all the volunteer appreciation certificates will be presented at the:

  • 9th Greater Van Asian Heritage Month and Mother’s Day Celebration 2023 at Riverway Clubhouse on May 14; or

  • 9th Canada Multicultural Creative Festival 2023 & the 18th Giving Heart Community Feast 2023 in October; or

  • Mayor's Talk, Volunteer Training and Appreciation in Oct, 2023.

Volunteer Appreciation Certificate sample
Volunteer Appreciation Certificate sample


Once more let's enjoy the breathtaking cherry blossom at Burnaby City Hall.


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WS Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society (WSIMS) is an incorporated non-profit organization and a volunteer-based group. Over the decades it has been providing immigrant and refugee settlement services as well as intercultural services including free language and computer training, free support for seniors, women, children, youth, Indigenous people, people with disabilities, vulnerable people and other groups experiencing marginality. We also have been planning, organizing and hosting hundreds and thousands cross-cultural events, workshops, seminars, conferences, book launches, Discover World Culture series and more to create awareness, understanding and appreciation of multiculturalism, to build happier families, healthier communities and to foster intercultural harmony.

WS Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society (WSIMS) est une organisation à but non lucratif constituée en société et un groupe de bénévoles. Au fil des décennies, il a fourni des services d'établissement aux immigrants et aux réfugiés ainsi que des services interculturels, notamment une formation linguistique et informatique gratuite, un soutien gratuit aux personnes âgées, aux femmes, aux enfants, aux jeunes, aux Autochtones, aux personnes handicapées, aux personnes vulnérables et aux autres groupes en situation de marginalité. Nous avons également planifié, organisé et accueilli des centaines et des milliers d'événements interculturels, d'ateliers, de séminaires, de conférences, de lancements de livres, de séries Discover World Culture et plus encore pour créer une prise de conscience, une compréhension et une appréciation du multiculturalisme, pour construire des familles plus heureuses, des communautés plus saines et favoriser l'harmonie interculturelle.

文思移民与多元文化服务协会(WSIMS)作为正式注册的非营利组织和志愿者组织,始终以 “怀大爱、做小事” 为宗旨,秉承 “点燃激情、放飞梦想、感悟人生、分享美丽” 的理念,积极推动民族文化的传承、多元文化的融合及创新,激励人们实现各自的人生梦想。十多年来,一直提供力所能及的移民和难民安顿服务以及跨文化服务,包括免费语言和计算机培训、翻译服务、并为长者、妇女、儿童、青少年、土著人民、残疾人、弱势群体和其他处于边缘地位的群体提供公益服务;策划、组织和举办成百上千的跨文化活动、研讨会、鉴赏会、庆祝会、新书发布会、探索世界文化系列讲座等,以进一步提高对多元文化的认识、理解和欣赏,帮助建立更幸福的家庭、更健康的社区和进一步促进多元文化和谐发展。

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