Welcome to the Sierra Leonean Community of British Columbia (SLCBC), a dynamic and inclusive organization dedicated to enriching the lives of Sierra Leoneans living in British Columbia, Canada. SLCBC proudly identifies as a B3 organization, acknowledging our Black leadership, our service to the Black community, and our focus on addressing the unique needs of the Black diaspora in British Columbia. We strive to be a guiding force, providing resources and advocacy for our community members.
Established in 2015, SLCBC emerged in response to the growing number of Sierra Leoneans and Africans immigrating to British Columbia in the mid-1990s. Since its inception, the organization has played a crucial role in advocating for the rights of its members and has developed a robust network of partnerships with other organizations, businesses, and government agencies to meet the evolving needs of the community.
SLCBC envisions building an inclusive and caring community that promotes a sense of belonging, integration, growth, and contribution to the larger Canadian society. We aspires to be a beacon of support and a cultural bridge, fostering understanding and unity among diverse communities.
At SLCBC, our mission is to empower the Sierra Leonean community and the black community in British Columbia to become active and engaged members of Canadian society while preserving our rich cultural identity. We are committed to fostering a sense of community, celebrating diversity, and providing essential services to facilitate the successful integration of newcomers, refugees, and immigrants.
We advance education and increase the public's knowledge and appreciation of the art, culture, history, languages, and traditions of Sierra Leoneans and the black diaspora in BC.
We provide education, and other support services to immigrants and refugees in need, including employment training, job search activities, translation services, citizenship courses and information programs on Canadian culture and life.
We support activities that strengthen the African/Black community through capacity building to identify and eliminate barriers to full participation in Canadian society.
We help to address socio-economic challenges, reduce hunger, and create a positive impact on both our community and the broader society through our Community Kitchen Social Enterprise initiative with the goal of fostering community well-being, promoting food security, and empowering individuals and families through culinary enrichment.
It takes a unique mix of people to make us who we are. We value the different perspectives and backgrounds that we all bring. This makes Canada and British Columbia, in particular, a unique and flourishing place to call home.
Community – We support a healthy and welcoming community that encourages everyone's sense of belonging, personal development, and contribution.
Diversity – We support and empower all people, regardless of their background, social position, gender, orientation, race, culture, or ethnicity.
Excellence – In all we do, we are dedicated to providing high-quality services and continuous learning.
Relationships – We put people first. We establish bonds by treating each other with respect, decency, and tenderness.
Sacredness of Life – Life is sacred to us; we consider all life valuable and deserving of nurturing.
Stewardship – For the benefit of the community, we use all resources in an accountable and responsible manner.
"There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about." – Margaret J. Wheatley