Host Lucky Budd sits down with Jean McRae, CEO of the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA), to talk about her time working in the immigrant and refugee services sector since 1982. McRae reflects on the experience of supporting the full integration of newcomer immigrants and refugees into the Capital Region and the role the ICA plays. She also talks about the community’s support over the years and how individuals and organizations can better support newcomers in Greater Victoria.
Vital Signs Issue Area
In the 2021 Vital Signs Report, survey participants gave ‘Getting Started’ a grade of D+. This issue is connected to Sustainable Development Goals 8 and 16, ‘Decent Work and Economic Growth’ and ‘Peace and Justice.’
Episode 3 Guest
Jean McRae is the Chief Executive Officer of the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA) and has been working in the immigrant and refugee services sector since 1982 inclusive of three years working with refugees in Central America. Her experience also includes co-chairing the Western Region Working Group and serving on the Executive Committee of the Canadian Council for Refugees, among many other roles.
Episode 3 Resources
Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria: https://www.icavictoria.org/
ICA ‘Anti-Racism at Work’: https://www.icavictoria.org/community-services/anti-racism-at-work/
Racial Equity training for Greater Victoria organizations: https://www.vicnews.com/news/racial-equity-training-available-this-fall-for-greater-victoria-organizations/