Immigration is a crucial factor in fostering growth and maintaining the economic and social health of countries around the world. Immigrants provide essential contributions to society and yet they often face disproportionate barriers to accessing social services and supports. For older’ immigrants, multiple factors (e.g., cultural differences, working conditions and health factors etc.) can affect their ability to actively engage in family and community activities.
As the Provincial Director, Government Relations and Population Health of United Way of British Columbia with extensive background in non-profit leadership and community development, Mr Kahir Lalji’s passion in working with underserved populations has driven his success in supporting community-based programs and services across the province. Given the knowledge specifically of the ever-changing composition of older adult immigrant populations, and their diversity of values, social support systems, and beliefs, the IFA is honored to invite Mr Kahir Lalji to be our Global Café speaker.