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|

Annual Akhand Path at the PICS Seniors Housing Was a Tremendous Success!

Every year PICS Senior House residents and staff organize Akhand Path (the continuous, front to back, reading of the Siri Guru Granth Sahib)at the PICS Senior Housing Facility. The Akhand Path lasted for 3 days and the staff and residents volunteered these 3 days to prepare the langar (free meal served to all the visitors, without distinction of religion, caste, gender, economic status or ethnicity. The free meal is always vegetarian). This year PICS organized the Akhand Path  from September 6th to September 8th 2019.  This event was attended by hundreds of people not just belonging to the seniors housing but many of the friends, relatives and families of our clients and staff.  Dignitaries also showed their support, including: Adrian Dix- MLA for Vancouver-Kingsway, Harry Bains-Minister of Labour, Katrina Chen-Minister of State for Child Care, Anne Kang-MLA for Burnaby-Deer Lake, Rachna Singh- MLA for Surrey-Green Timbers, Sukh Dhaliwal- MP - Surrey [...]

2019-09-20T22:21:44+00:00September 20th, 2019|

PICS Mega Job Fair, A Job Fair to Remember!

PICS Mega Job Fair in Surrey was tremendously successful. We had a great turnout with over 2000 enthusiastic visitors and 81 exhibitors. The crowd was consistently bigger with each passing hour and the employers were very busy taking in resumes. The City of Surrey Councillors, MLAs and MPs also joined us to show their support. We achieved massive success and it wouldn't have been possible without the job seekers and exhibitors participation. Thank You! We also want to thank our staff and volunteers for their hard work in making this event successful and dignitaries for their continuous support.  

2019-08-28T17:49:40+00:00August 28th, 2019|

Opening Doors to Employment for Young Adults

Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training, Melanie Mark visited Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society head office on May 23, 2019 to make an announcement regarding the funding provided to PICS.  PICS Society will receive an annual funding over the next two years to deliver skills training programs and supports to young adults and young adults at risk, including former youth in care. The two programs at PICS are among 39 programs in BC that started on April 1, 2019. These programs are providing training and employment support programs for people aged between 18 and 24 years, regardless of their employment insurance availability. The types of programs vary by service provider, but typically include skills training, mentorship and other supports to help participants overcome employment barriers. These barriers could include lack of work experience or occupational skills, as well as involvement in the criminal justice system, incomplete high school [...]

2019-07-12T22:26:00+00:00May 27th, 2019|

Consul General of India, Vancouver visits PICS Seniors’ Housing Facility

Her Excellency Smt. Abhilasha Joshi, Consul General of India, Vancouver visited PICS Senior Housing Facility today, May 8, 2019 at 11:30 AM. Consul General was pleased to see the quality of services being provided to seniors and congratulated PICS staff for their work at the facility. Greeting the seniors, she said “if you have any problems or concerns, our staff will always listen to you and please feel free to let us know if there is anything we could do for you” Abhilasha Joshi, Consul General. The Consulate office provides variety of services to Non- Resident Indian, the services are as follows: PassportVisaPIOOCINRI CertificateAttestationPolice Clearance CertificateLife CertificateSurrender of NationalityCertificate of Date of BirthTimingsFormsImportant NoticeAdvisories for travellers to IndiaRegistration of birth of a Canada born child of Indian parentsNew Visa fee with effect from 1 April 2017Registration of death and transportation of ashes/dead body to India Since the seniors have difficulty attending [...]

2019-05-29T18:42:04+00:00May 9th, 2019|


PICS Society is hosting its very first Walk For A Drug and Gang Free Surrey at Surrey City Hall on May 18, 2019, from 9 am to 12 pm. PICS is leading this community initiative by following its vision to build a healthy and just society. The objective is to create awareness about the rise of gang violence and drug abuse in Surrey and the importance of providing programs, services and support systems to tackle this problem.   There is an urgent need for this kind of movement in our community: according to data released by the B.C. Coroners Service Today, 174 people died of a drug overdose in Surrey last year (2017). That’s up from 122 in 2016, 76 in 2015, 44 in 2014 and 36 in 2013. Province-wide, 1,422 people died of an overdose last year, which is 43 percent higher than the 993 deaths in 2016.” Children as [...]

2019-05-13T17:22:07+00:00April 25th, 2019|

Creating culturally sensitive care homes

CBC Radio One visited our Guru Nanak Niwas Assisted Living facility in Surrey to see how culturally sensitive care homes matter today. By now you’ve heard the news, Canada’s population is aging. Recent numbers from Statistics Canada show that for the first time seniors outnumber children under the age of 14. And as Canada’s population growth is increasingly driven by immigration, delivering care to seniors that is culturally sensitive is an emerging issue.

2019-01-09T22:31:18+00:00January 9th, 2019|

PICS Seniors Housing organize Akhand Path

Seniors Housing , Management and Residents of PICS Assisted Living organized their annual Akhand Path (continuous recitation of the Sikh Holy Book, Sri Guru Granth Sahib) from August 4 to August 6, 2017. Thank you to all those and especially all MPs, Ministers, MLAs and prominent members of the community who took time out of their busy schedules to visit us.  Thank you management, staff,  residents and volunteers for working tirelessly day and night and making the event a great success.

2019-07-12T19:31:22+00:00January 3rd, 2019|