MOSAIC: Center for Non-English Speaking Immigrants and Citizens
Organization profile published 1976

Year Published:  1976  
Resource Type:  Organization
Cx Number:  CX921
Inactive/Defunct Organization
MOSAIC was formed in 1976 as a society from the amalgamation of two former 1972 Local Initiative Projects geared to the needs of non-English speaking immigrants in Vancouver: Language Aid for Ethnic Groups, offering various social services, and Multilingual Social Service (originally Project Contact), focusing on the immigrant community in the Grandview-Woodland area of the city.

Abstract:  MOSAIC was formed in 1976 as a society from the amalgamation of two former 1972 Local Initiative Projects geared to the needs of non-English speaking immigrants in Vancouver: Language Aid for Ethnic Groups, offering various social services, and Multilingual Social Service (originally Project Contact), focusing on the immigrant community in the Grandview-Woodland area of the city. It serves the Greater Vancouver area.

The Association now has ten language workers on staff involved in the provision in sixteen languages of a wide variety of social services, including information, referral, escort, interpretation and various forms of counselling.

Their Volunteer Service has two dimensions: 1. Community translation, covering twenty-seven languages and providing written translation services to groups and individuals at a nominal cost three cents per word; 2. Emergency translation, available via the city 911 emergency telephone number, in nineteen languages, which it hopes to augment.

While an immigrant may now become a citizen in three years, MOSAIC recognizes that this is an arbitrary period. Not all immigrants can be expected to fully adjust to a new lifestyle in that short a time.


This organization no longer exists.

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