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Programs & Services

SLCBC offers a range of programs and services to meet the diverse needs of our community. From settlement assistance and language classes to cultural programs and community events, we are here to support you in your journey to navigate Canadian life and culture.

Arts and Culture

  • We organize cultural festivals and events that showcase traditional music, dance, and art forms of Sierra Leone and the African community in British Columbia (Small-size indoor cultural events and an annual festival - Heritage Day Festival and Variety Show). These events include music performances, dance performances, art exhibitions, cultural workshops, and traditional food tastings.

  • We organize workshops on traditional arts, including drumming, dancing, and visual arts, to the general public of all ages and skill levels. 

  • We engage in advocacy and outreach efforts to teach the value of cultural diversity and the importance of preserving cultural heritage within African communities and throughout Canadian society.

Sierra Leonean Community of BC

"A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots." - Marcus Garvey

New Immigrant Integration Programs
  • We support new immigrants with job training programs to help them acquire new skills and knowledge for employability.

  • Legal and immigration support: We support immigrants and refugees access to legal and immigration resources to help them navigate the complex legal system and integrate into Canadian society.

  • We provide access to health and mental health services, resources, and information to help immigrants and refugees maintain their physical and emotional health.

  • We advocate for the rights and needs of immigrants and refugees and building a strong community network to provide support and resources.


“We have become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.” - President Jimmy Carter

Community Capacity Building

  • We organize seminars, workshops, and mentorships to help our people improve their communication skills, gain expert knowledge, network with others and renew motivation and confidence.


"Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it." - Marian Wright Edelman

Community Kitchen Social Enterprise

  • Community Cohesion: Beyond nourishment, our initiative seeks to build a sense of community by creating a shared space for individuals to come together, share meals, and engage in meaningful social interactions. We believe that a connected community is a thriving community.

  • Culinary Empowerment: The Community Kitchen serves as a platform for culinary education and skill development. We aspire to empower individuals with the knowledge and expertise to prepare healthy meals, fostering self-sufficiency and promoting a sense of accomplishment.

  • Reducing Hunger and Poverty: By offering free meals to those facing economic challenges, our social enterprise endeavours to alleviate hunger and break the cycle of poverty. We believe that access to nourishing meals is fundamental to personal development and community resilience.

  • Promoting Food Security: Our Community Kitchen aims to alleviate food insecurity by providing nutritious and culturally diverse meals to individuals and families in need. Through affordable and accessible food options, we strive to contribute to the well-being of our community members.

Sierra Leonean Community of British Columbia

"The need for connection and community is primal, as fundamental as the need for air, water, and food." - Dean Ornish

Community Family Support

  • We assist families in working towards a stable and healthy foundation for the home environment.

  • We support families struggling with parenting by arranging alternative babysitting schedules,

  • Grief support,

  • Workshops and counselling on domestic violence, conflict resolution, and life skills.


“Without community service, we would not have a strong quality of life. It's important to the person who serves as well as the recipient. It's the way in which we ourselves grow and develop.” – Dorothy Height

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