This project aims to map places and resources in Metro Vancouver which may be particularly useful for incoming Syrian refugees and recent immigrants. It is available both online and in print maps. We hope that it helps you find the resources you need to thrive here and sends a message of welcome from us.
We are a team of 50 volunteers who worked together to create these maps over the course of a month in November and December of 2015. We consist of a lot of planning students from UBC, Arabic speakers, and professionals from around the city. Here are some of our bios:
Jennifer Rae Pierce is a PhD student at the School of Community and Regional Planning at UBC and is new to Vancouver. She is the team leader on this project and was inspired to create a map by the last two years living abroad so that newcomers would feel more welcome in metro Vancouver.
Carmela Mendoza is a UBC alumna (Sociology 2010) who has also done Pastoral Studies at Campion College and the TESL certificate program at UBC. She is passionate about helping those who need her the most. Her blog is at: http://fatherslittlehelper.blogspot.ca/
Jennifer Wilson is a teacher and researcher who coordinated data collection and interviews for the project. She moved to Vancouver in early 2015 after spending time in Amman, Jordan meeting Syrians and Palestinians living as refugees. She hopes this map will send a message of community solidarity to other newcomers to the area.
This project was funded by donations from the Varshney Capital Corp and supported by UBC.