PICS honored to accept in-kind donations in the amount of nearly $100,000 from IKEA Canada.

Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society (PICS) honored to accept in-kind donations in the amount of nearly $100,000 from IKEA Canada. On May 26, 2020, Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society (PICS) was honored to accept in-kind donations in the amount of nearly $100,000 from IKEA Canada. This initiative is part of IKEA’s commitment to provide approximately $2.3M in product and supply donations to support local communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. These products will support vulnerable communities, including newcomers, refugees, children and seniors to ensure they have a safe and comfortable home during these challenging times. Since 2018, PICS has been working closely with IKEA as part of IKEA Canada’s Refugee Employment Program. During this pandemic, PICS and IKEA are working together to provide 400 home furnishing kits to those in need. “At PICS, our vision is to promote harmony and intercultural understanding for the purpose of building a more inclusive society. [...]

2020-05-29T20:35:17+00:00May 29th, 2020|

Our Response During COVID-19

To Our Community: In order to protect the health and safety of our clients and staff we have decided to temporarily close our Non-Housing offices effective March 23, 220. However, our staff will be working from home and continue to provide services and support to clients by phone and/ or email. Please follow our social media & website for future updates. In the meantime, we are urging everyone to follow all public health advisories, stay home & maintain social distancing. If we work together as a team we can flatten the curve. Thank you. Following the announcements by our Prime Minister, B.C. Health Minister and Provincial Health Officer, to protect and safeguard the health of our clients , stakeholders and staff, and in-line with the procedures implemented by many other community organizations, effective immediately, we will not be accepting any walk-in clients into our PICS Head Office (located at Unit [...]

2020-06-02T21:25:57+00:00March 19th, 2020|

PICS is Now Offering Health Care Assistant Training Program

Heritage Community College will be offering a free and fully funded PBLMT Health Care Assistant Diploma in collaboration with Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS). There is a critical shortage of  Health Care Assistants across the province and according to a WorkBC Labour Market Outlook, there is an anticipated annual employment growth of 2.7% in this field. Further, the health care sector is facing huge staffing shortages in nursing care in general and as such , persons certified as Health Care Assistants have the possibility of building upon their skills at a later date to fill other roles in the field. ADMISSIONS INTAKE PROCESS  Step 1: Attend an information session conducted by the PARTICIPANT COORDINATOR During information sessions, ALL program admissions requirements/processes will be clearly presented to all interested applicants Applicants unable to attend an information session are welcome to email directly to the PARTICIPANT COORDINATOR for more information ALL inquiries and [...]

2020-01-28T22:57:04+00:00January 28th, 2020|

PICS Society is Looking for a Board Member

PICS Society is looking for an individual with exceptional fundraising experience and community connections to fill one vacancy on the PICS Board to help with fundraising for the PICS Diversity Village project - a 125 bed long-term care facility to be built in Cloverdale. Our target is to raise $500,000 in the next three months and $5 million over the next three years. If you are interested to join our team of current Board members (as listed below) and can commit to volunteering about 5-7 hours every month for Board work, please email your resume and cover letter to by January 15, 2020. Board members have to be either a lifetime member ($5,000 donation) or a regular member in good standing for at least one year. List of current Board members: Paul Dosanjh Businessman and Volunteer Puneet Khaira Lawyer Arvinder Bubber Accountant (CPA) Dr. Tina Purewal Dentist and Professor Harry [...]

2020-01-02T20:05:24+00:00December 31st, 2019|

PICS – Foreign Credential Recognition Program Expanding to Serve Accounting, Law and Other Sectors

  PICS Surrey, Nov 22 – We are pleased to announce that Foreign Credential Recognition (FCR) Program is expanding its scope to support more Internationally Trained Professionals (ITPs) by starting to accept clients from Accounting, Law and Other sectors, in addition to the existing sectors of Health, Education and Technology.  The Program has also changed its loan program to provide multiple loans up to $15,000, to cover the cost of credentialing and other career needs of ITP’s to assist them in getting back to their original profession in Canada. “I am delighted to see that PICS continues to look for opportunities to assist more newcomer professionals transitioning into their profession of choice,” said Satbir Cheema, CEO of PICS. The Foreign Credential Recognition Loan Program helps ITPs, who are Permanent Resident, Canadian citizen or Refugee with legal documents representing working status in BC. The FCR Program helps ITPs to complete their credentialing process, [...]

2019-11-28T21:48:17+00:00November 28th, 2019|

Golden Glam-Ma Pageant 2019 Was A Resounding Success!

PICS Golden Glam-Ma Pageant 2019 organized by Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society (PICS), in support of PICS Diversity Village, a complex care home to be built in Cloverdale was a resounding success as over 500 people attended the event held at Taj Park Convention Center in Surrey. PICS Society was able to raise over $200,000. The fundraiser beauty pageant consisted of three rounds with 14 senior women as participants. The two judges were Tarana Kaur and legendary Bollywood Diva, Ms. Zeenat Aman. The guests of honour at the event were Consul General of India, Abhilasha Joshi; Mayor, City of Surrey: Doug McCallum; and Minister of Health: Adrian Dix. Other dignitaries in attendance were Provincial Ministers: Bruce Ralston and Harry Bains; MLAs: Jagrup Brar, Jinny Sims, Rachna Singh, and Anne Kang; City Councillors: Doug Elford, Allison Patton, Mandeep Nagra, Laurie; MPs: Sukh Dhaliwal, Randeep Sarai and Don Davies. There was a strong [...]

2019-11-22T20:03:26+00:00November 22nd, 2019|

PICS Receives 5th Inclusive Employer Awards

The 5th Annual Inclusive Employer Awards, organized by the Rotary Club of Surrey, was held on October 24th at the Surrey Arts Centre. PICS was recipient of the 2019 Inclusive Employer Award in the Not-for-Profits category. It was a celebration in recognition of employers who are making a difference in inclusive employment. Four awards were given out to businesses in Surrey, Delta and White Rock who go above and beyond to hire people with disabilities. Staff members take pride in winning this award. Together, we have helped create a culture of inclusiveness at PICS. The kindness and the support provided by PICS staff to employees and volunteers who have disabilities, is to be commended. PICS takes pride in creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for their colleagues of any gender, sexual orientation, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. PICS Case Manager, Career Path for Skilled Immigrants Program, Maninder Sanghera nominated PICS and a [...]

2019-10-28T20:31:11+00:00October 28th, 2019|

Migrant Worker’s Program Celebrates Thanksgiving

How do you teach someone about a much-loved national holiday in Canada? You take a pie, some whipping cream and let ‘em go at it! The migrant workers in the Wednesday English class were absolutely delighted with the whole idea of Thanksgiving especially, “punkin” pie and whipping cream that sprays out of a bottle.

2019-10-21T18:22:32+00:00October 21st, 2019|

PBLMT Participants Graduated from the 1st Cohort! Congratulations!

8 Participants from the 1st cohort of the Immigrant Public Works Technician Training Project graduated on October 4, 2019. Participants from this Project Based Labour Market Training Program (PBLMT) received training from Kwantlen Polytechnic University(KPU), support from ASTTBC, as well as work experience in occupational skills related to: public works, working safely, use of tools and equipment, environmental best practices as well as maintaining and repairing roads and sidewalks, water systems, sanitary and storm sewer systems, building maintenance, parks and recreation facilities and fire protection systems. Many thanks to PICS staff for putting this together and staff from the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction for attending as well. Click Here for Video : IMG_9544 About PBLMT: Immigrant Public Works Technician Training Project is a 17 week- Project Based Labour Market Training Program (PBLMT), Participants will receive training from Kwantlen Polytechnic University(KPU) as well as work experience in occupational skills [...]

2019-10-08T00:05:40+00:00October 7th, 2019|

Migrant Worker’s Program’s first Meet & Greet

On September 23rd, a number of service providers from the Lower Mainland met at PICS for the Migrant Worker's Program's first Meet & Greet. Our speaker was Mr. Masud Azar, Program Manger at Salvation Army's Grace Mansion and expert on Human Trafficking. He emphasized that this is (akin to unjust servitude )and that we all had a part in making this a safe work place for all Canadians.   What is the TMW Program?   The Government of Canada’s Migrant Worker’s Program Support Network program spearheaded by ESDC is a pilot project aimed at informing and supporting Migrant Workers from economic exploitation and misinformation. This program will educate and support migrant workers and employers about their rights and responsibilities. Throughout the program, customized workshops will be conducted on legal issues, safety in the workplace, employment standards and other social services that the TMW are entitled to but do not access for [...]

2019-10-08T23:17:14+00:00October 7th, 2019|