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about us

We are a Victoria-based not-for-profit organization whose members are dedicated to helping newcomers transition into their adopted communities through cultural literacy education, language development, community mentorship, and cultural exchange.

Our print and digital magazine provides a platform for newcomer voices and experiences and delivers community resources and information in an accessible format to help eliminate the real and perceived barriers for newcomers as they adjust to their new country and culture. Here! Magazine has established itself as a positive messaging platform celebrating the Canadian multicultural mosaic, diversity, and inclusive communities.

 

our mandate

  • to give newcomers the opportunity to see themselves and their newcomer experiences reflected in the media
  • to make language and cultural literacy accessible to newcomers
  • to build cross-cultural awareness by sharing the norms, traditions and stories of all cultures
  • to introduce newcomers to their adopted communities and accessible opportunities
  • to exchange, engage, and empower through community mentorship and the sharing of experience

 

our 2017-18 Board of Directors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the editorial team

Fiona Bramble | Editor in chief: Fiona  began her professional career as an Adult Educator teaching English as a Second Language. The seeds of Here! Magazine were sown in the ESL classroom, where adult students often shared their struggles to connect meaningfully in their new communities, to be “visible” to the established community, and to be perceived as positive, contributing members of the wider community. Fiona is also active in related volunteer work, including serving as Co-Chair of the Stewardship Group of the Greater Victoria Alliance for Literacy and as a Design and Organizing Team member for the Greater Victoria Local Immigration Partnership Strategy. She is a second-generation French-Irish-Scottish Canadian.

Contributing editors, writers, illustrators, and designers: Editorial content is developed in collaboration with community members, organizations, and service providers. Regular contributors and current columnists include: Christy Sebelius, Kedsanee Broome, Alex Creighton, Hyeyoung Jeon, Nofel Sheleeg, and Nadia Tapia. We welcome and provide media mentorship for newcomer and immigrant writers. The Here! team is also happy to partner with the Professional Communications Program at Royal Roads University to provide practicum and internship opportunities for their undergraduate and graduate students.

Contact us at community@heremagazine.ca

 

 

Fiona Bramble

PRESIDENT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heidy Lopez

TREASURER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pam DeVito

DIRECTOR

Hyeyoung Jeon

VICE-PRESIDENT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ali Basiri

SECRETARY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alfred Black

DIRECTOR

Jakelina Listes

DIRECTOR PARTNERSHIPS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eric Bramble

DIRECTOR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simona Sbardelotto

DIRECTOR

Here! Magazine is created by and for newcomers to Canada to give newcomers the opportunity to see themselves and their experiences reflected in the media.

 

Here! Magazine is a diverse community, building cross-cultural awareness by sharing the norms, traditions and stories of all cultures and introducing newcomers to their adopted communities through the sharing of experience and fostering meaningful community connections.

 

We welcome your voice!

 

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