Immigrant Services Society of BC

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with ISSofBC!

Some of the volunteering opportunities available include Workshop Assistant, Interpreter/Translator, Conversation Circle Facilitator and Settlement Mentor.Please click on the city name you would like to volunteer to see current volunteer opportunities and description of the roles. 

Thank you for your interest and we wish you a rewarding and enjoyable volunteer experience with us. 


January 17th, 2022


ISSofBC Mandatory Vaccine Policy Announced

Please be advised that ISSofBC is introducing a Covid-19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy, effective Monday January 17th, 2022.

As you may be aware, many employers in BC have started to implement Covid-19 vaccination policies for employees, volunteers and contractors. At ISSofBC we are committed to providing a safe workplace, as well as protecting you and members of the public who may use our services. This vaccination policy further supports our commitment.

Significant consideration has gone into this decision by the Senior Leadership Team, and the policy has been formally endorsed by our Board of Directors. It is aligned with the guidance from the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) and with many of the measures that are being implemented by the federal and provincial public service and other social service providers. It is an additional measure in the ongoing health and safety measures that we have implemented in response to the pandemic to ensure our workplaces are as safe as possible.

Under the new policy volunteers will be required to have at least partial (first) vaccination by January 31st, 2022 and be fully vaccinated against Covid 19 by April 11th, 2022.

As a reminder, you are considered fully vaccinated if you have received a full series of a Covid 19 vaccine approved by Health Canada. This includes 2 (two) doses of any combination of Moderna Spikevax, Pfizer – BioNtech Comirnaty or AstraZeneca Vaxzevria (including CoviShield or 1 (one) dose of Janssen (Johnson & Johnson).

For information on how to get your Covid-19 vaccination in BC, visit:

For general information about COVID-19 vaccination and direction regarding trusted sources for information about vaccines, visit BC Centre for Disease Control:


Our Mission Statement and Core Values

Our Mission

Helping immigrants build a future in Canada

Our Core Values

  • We believe that every person has the basic, natural right to be treated with dignity.
  • We believe that an inclusive society is a strong society; by promoting acceptance and mutual respect, we are helping build immigrants’ futures while also building a stronger future for Canada.
  • We are committed to creating a welcoming, hospitable environment for immigrants which facilitates their integration in Canada.
  • We believe that each individual’s path to integration and self-sufficiency must be based on a recognition and acceptance of that person’s unique needs and aspirations.