MOSAIC Hosts Forum on Inspiring Participation in Canadian Elections

On August 15, MOSAIC hosted the “2019 Elections: Inspiring Participation” public forum to provide information on how to be civically engaged. The forum’s keynote speakers, former Canadian Member of Parliament (MP) Libby Davies, and former BC Premier Ujjal Dosanjh, captivated our participants by sharing how they became involved in activism.

Miley Leong from Apathy is Boring, a non-profit organization that promotes active citizenship, presented the ‘What, Where, When and Why’ of elections, after which participants were asked for their feedback on the current situation of civic engagement in their communities.

Breakout Session Highlights

Mariam Bilgrami, event organizer and MOSAIC’s Coordinator of Social and Civic Engagement noted: “MOSAIC is providing pathways to equitable engagement opportunities, moving beyond settlement and working towards creating a sense of belonging.”

Through this event and other projects, MOSAIC is working towards increasing access for newcomers to civic and social leadership positions. Our goal is to give them the opportunity to have their voices heard and partake in the decision making processes that affect them, their lives and their communities.

In 2019, MOSAIC has undertaken a number of activities aimed to increase awareness on social and civic engagement opportunities for newcomers in British Columbia. To learn more please visit mosaicbc.org/engagement.

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If you have any questions or suggestions regarding the work MOSAIC is doing for social and civic engagement please Mariam at mbilgrami@mosaicbc.org.


MOSAIC has been providing service to newcomers in British Columbia for the past 42 years. These services include pre-arrival online settlement services, in-person settlement assistance, English language training, employment programs, interpretation and translation, counselling services, and community outreach for families and individuals. To learn more, please visit mosaicbc.org/about