About this project
SCENE (Social and Civic Engagement for Newcomers and Immigrants) provides newcomers and immigrants with pathways to equitable social and civic engagement voluntary opportunities through training, mentorship, nomination support, access to open positions, and guidance post-placement.
This is an opportunity to get involved in the community, strengthen leadership skills, give back to others, and collaborate with people of all walks of life.
For more information, and if you are interested in:
- Diversifying your board, committees, tables
- Mentoring a SCENE cohort member
- Joining our SCENE Network (Community of Practice)
Phone: 604 254 9626 Ext: 1080
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 recent 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.