ISSofBC receives $800 grant at the 2017 Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge

On Saturday September 09, 2017, during the Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge event, ISSofBC (Immigrant Services Society of BC) received this year’s Coquitlam Community Diversity grant of $800. The grant will be used to organize a career fair for immigrant and refugee job seekers in Coquitlam and the surrounding communities. There will be booths of service providers showcasing all the services available to immigrants and refugees; Intercultural competency training to increase cultural awareness; and company booths allowing employers to meet participants and to provide job opportunities.

ISSofBC will be inviting local employers who are hiring various kinds of positions. ISS has connections with some employers who specifically would like to give those opportunities to newcomers. A tentative date has been set for November for the job fair to take place.

The Community Diversity grant, which is administered by the Coquitlam Foundation, was started in 2010 when founders of the grant, Laurel Lawson and Alexander Bell started the Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge as a fundraiser for the fund. Through the Coquitlam Foundation, the fund provides community grants to organizations operating in Coquitlam that undertake projects that promote the social or economic integration of any one of the eight diversity dimensions: Ages, Faiths, Cultures, Sexual Orientation, Mental and Physical abilities, Gender, Socio-Economic Level and Ethnicity.

The Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge is now in its 8th year. Since its first year the event has continued to grow and in 2016 the Nothin’ Dragon Masters, a dragon boat team from the Dogwood Seniors Society joined in to help grow the event even larger. The Nothin’ Dragon’s support diversity through their activities operating a senior’s team and two local youth teams. These teams are important for the social integration and well being of these two age groups. The money raised through the Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge now goes to support both the Nothin’ Dragons and the Community Diversity Fund.

The 2017 event was proudly supported by  New Earth Marketing, 98.7 The Point CKPM FM radio, Vancity; City of Coquitlam, snapd Tri-Cities, Yellow Dog Brewing, Body by Brandt, Eagle Ridge GMC, Shutter Up & Shoot, Thrifty Foods, Starbucks Coffee, Pasta Polo,  Kangho Hapkido Martial Arts Academy, 3D Basketball Academy, and Shaunnessy Veterinary Hospital.

The Coquitlam Crunch ‘Diversity’ Challenge is an annual event founded by Tri-City’s resident Alex Bell, which celebrates diversity and supports the Nothin’ Dragon Masters senior dragon boat team and their community programs, and the Coquitlam Foundation’s ‘Diversity’ Fund. The event started in 2010 and takes place at the Coquitlam Crunch hiking trail in B.C., Canada. The Challenge features a Stair Master competition; the Make It Or Break It 4-hour competition; and a Recreational category. Learn more at

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