The ambassador to Canada, Orlando Viera-Blanco, gave an account of the services and steps that the Venezuelan Embassy has fulfilled to Venezuelan-Canadians living in Vancouver and Victoria, in the Province of British Columbia.
It was a good occasion to hear the achievements of various interest groups and NGO’s in this vast province of western Canada. The ‘Venezuelan Canadian Society’ [VCSBC] is a foundation that together with TFV has focused on connecting different communities to learn about the Venezuelan reality and channel funds for humanitarian programs. Similarly, the ‘Better Venezuela Society’ has dedicated itself to saving children in a situation of malnutrition, while ‘Action for Venezuela’ has served soup kitchens and care centers for infants and the elderly, rescuing them from the threshold of malnutrition. These NGO’s work in solidarity in the realization of numerous fundraising events -both cultural and ‘costumbristas’ (customs, traditions)- for our most vulnerable in Venezuela and our refugees abroad.
Some of them, in coordination with UNHCR, have been able to learn how to obtain sponsorship from private Canadians, supporting medicine programs, remittances, food and emergencies such as cancer operations and other serious diseases.
‘Buses of Hope’ has also played a prominent role in helping fellow citizens in vulnerable situations. It is made up of two Venezuelans, an Ecuadorian and a Colombian, which is an expression of the brotherhood of our nations. Their collaboration with our walkers on the Virgen Del Valle trail that goes from Ecuador to Peru is well known.
Bristish Columbia is one of the three most productive provinces in Canada, rich in mining, lumber, livestock, technologies, academic centers such as British Columbia University, environmental and ocean protection. Many Venezuelans have settled between Vancouver and Victoria Island, where they have managed to live, prepare and stand out, while involving and informing Canadians, corporations, authorities and British Columbia parliamentarians, of the serious humanitarian emergency that we are experiencing in our country.
The Venezuelan Ambassador to Canada Orlando Viera-Blanco, appointed by President Juan Guaidó, thanked everyone for their noble solidarity with our compatriots and encouraged the work to continue, raise our voice, demand vaccines for Venezuela, and keep up the motto “I am also Venezuelan” for the life, freedom and dignity of our people “because it smells like the end and it will be a happy ending of reunion, return and rebound as never seen in Venezuela.”