Ten individuals with over 200 years’ collective experience supporting the needs of immigrants, refugees and their families will be honoured at this year’s Volunteer Recognition event organized by ISSofBC (Immigrant Services Society of BC).

Receiving the commemorative Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal on November 6th for their outstanding contributions to Canadian society are: Dr. Cheryl Anderson, Shashi Assanand, Adassa Brooks, Marian Dewitt, Marguerite Egan, John Halani, Omar Isley, Nicolas Lozovsky, Naomi Staddon and James Tallman.

Anderson, a founding member of the Midwives Association of BC and a former board member of ISSofBC, has devoted much of her volunteer efforts in the areas of maternal, infant and refugee health care both within and outside of Canada. Assanand, founder and executive director of the Vancouver & Lower Mainland Multicultural Family Support Services Society, is a much sought-after speaker and tireless advocate for victims of domestic violence.