Immigration Issues

November 17, 2005 :: Sarah Amies
Moderated by Austin Fennell

SACPA Thursday, November 17, 2005
Immigrant Settlement Experiences in Lethbridge

Issues of settlement, as experienced by recent immigrants to Lethbridge,
will be discussed at the November 17 session of the Southern Alberta
Council on Public Affairs.

Lately, immigrant populations are arriving in Lethbridge from the Sudan
and Afghanistan. Both groups embrace traditions and cultures that are
significantly different from those which are experienced here in
Lethbridge and, as a result, the settlement process can pose challenges
and barriers to be overcome in order to achieve an eventual and active
full participation in the Lethbridge community.

Sarah Amies, Program Director for Immigrant Services with Lethbridge
Family Services, will present cultural profiles of the Sudan and
Afghanistan, describe the available, local settlement services and will
talk about the challenges, barriers and successes experienced by the
immigrant population in Lethbridge.

Speaker: Sarah Amies. Sarah Amies has lived, worked and raised a family
in Lethbridge since 1982. She graduated from the University of
Lethbridge (’BA – Distinction) in 1988. For the next 13 years, she
worked as the Applied Studies program coordinator and as an Arts and
Science Academic Advisor for the U of L.

In January 2001, Sarah started working with Lethbridge Family Services
as the Program Director for Immigrant Services department. In this
capacity, Sarah is involved in community development and educational
initiatives as well as overseeing the daily operations of the settlement
office. Sarah is very dedicated to working with the city of Lethbridge
and its citizens in order to develop a community that is increasingly
supportive of and welcoming to our newest neighbours.

Moderator: Austin Fennell

Location: Sven Ericksen''s Family Restaurant, 1715 Mayor Magrath Drive S.
Time: 12:00 Noon to 1:30 p.m. / Cost: $8.00 includes lunch

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