A community forum brought together different organizations and communities to see how best to help incoming Syrian refugees.
Mohammed Khan is the program director of the Islamic Society at Port Coquitlam, one of the groups represented at today’s forum.
His non-profit is trying to help government sponsored refugees as they are particularly vulnerable.
“Sponsored refugees have got individuals helping them, these people coming through the government assisted program that do not really have acquaintances, family friends and so on.”
Vancouver-Kensington MLA Mable Elmore hosted the community forum.
“I just thought it was important because so many individuals were coming to me and asking me questions.”
Elmore says she’s heard from people on both sides of the issue.
“These refugees are fleeing for their lives, right? Having said that, we have to mindful of the challenges here, not only affordable housing for refugees, but for people in Vancouver.”
Elmore said the forum – the first, she hopes, of many – will allow community members and organizations to build connections.
Vancouver is expected to welcome 4,100 refugees by the end of next year.