Community Leadership & Migrant Experience

Community engagement plays a leading role in the well-being of individuals and communities.

MOSAIC is hosting a public forum on supporting immigrants and refugees in leadership opportunities to shape public policies in their communities.


Event Details

Friday, May 24, 2019
6 – 8 pm
Cost: Free

MOSAIC Headquarters
5575 Boundary Rd., Vancouver

Co-facilitators: Ninu Kang & Jorge Salazar

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Regina Valverde


Kristi Pinderi

Sharmarke Dubow

Solution & Next Steps

MOSAIC is working to increase community belonging by making civic and social engagement accessible and diverse.

Our goal is to provide information, training, mentorship and assistance with applications and nominations for positions on tables, committees, boards etc.

MOSAIC aims to lead the way to equity-based civic engagement for newcomers who have settled in the Lower Mainland.

Contact Information

For more information, or to partner with us, please call 604 254 9626 or email


Current Situation

Immigrants are socially, politically and economically vital to Canada. Approximately 22% of Canadians are immigrants, the highest its been in almost a century. Almost 30% of British Columbians are immigrants, and those numbers continue to rise. It is imperative that we include the voices of immigrants in civic engagement.

Of the 2274 leaders studied in a research report led by the Diversity Institute and SPARC BC, only 12% come from a visible minority background. The lowest representation of visible minorities is in the elected officials sector: visible minorities comprise 26% of elected leaders. From the voluntary sector, only 13% of senior leaders come from a visible minority background.

As immigration growth continues, the need for inclusion of diverse voices will become more necessary to facilitate strong community attachment and overall equity in local politics, non-profits and businesses.


Community belonging is a key factor explaining differences among Canadian communities in their average levels of life satisfaction. It is also the key reason why lives in large cities are generally less happy than in smaller communities, where tighter connections occur more naturally. To create that sense of belonging in larger cities is possible, but it requires rethinking how spaces are designed, services delivered, and how individuals treat each other.Dr. John Hellowell, Economist and Editor of the World Happiness