This site and Facebook page have been created by the Institute of Community Engaged Research at UBC Okanagan in collaboration with Kelowna Community Resources using a program very generously donated by Geolive.

We have created a mapping website that allows people who want to share information about household items, employment opportunities, services, housing, and volunteering that might be used by incoming Syrian refugees. Information shared through the map will be accessible to sponsors of refugees and others who are working directly with refugees in their transition to Canada. The site is moderated, and access to information shared can be limited.

If you want to donate something, register and log in to the map, drag and drop the appropriate marker to the correct location, and fill in the information boxes. You can choose to make the information available to everyone (that is completely public), or only to yourself and coordinators from the various groups sponsoring refugees in the Valley. More details are below.

The map covers the whole of the Okanagan, so if other groups in the Okanagan want to have their own Facebook pages automatically included and updated with information added to the map, please email us and we will send you details on how to subscribe to the map.

Groups working with facilitating the transition of refugees want to access the private information on the site, please contact us and we will help you with this.

Users instructions:

1. Users will need to first register on the map site (okrefugee.geolive.ca) using the green login button on the top right hand side of the website. The registration process uses Facebook credentials. Users can also register directly on the site without using their Facebook details by clicking on the ‘Create an account’ button.

2. To add information to the map, drag and drop the marker that corresponds to household items, employment opportunities, services, housing, and volunteering, from the top right hand side of the website onto the relevant location on the map. When you ‘drop’ the marker on the map a pop up window will appear. You can zoom into areas on the map using the + and - buttons on the left hand side of the webpage.

3. Users will then type in the details about the item, service or volunteering they want to contribute in the Title and Description fields on the pop up form.

4. At the bottom of the pop up window, users will select whether they want the information to be only viewable by themselves, website administrators and organizers with the Sponsorship Agreement Holders (“coordinators”), or whether they want the information to be public and viewable by everyone.

5. When users click on the submit button, the marker will appear on the map and a link with the relevant information will automatically be posted a private Facebook page (only accessible to themselves, website administrators and organizers with the Sponsorship Agreement Holders). If users have selected that the marker be made available to everyone, their information will also be posted to the public Facebook page.

6. If users have registered for the site using their own Facebook credentials, they can select and open the marker they have added and share the marker by clicking on the Facebook, Twitter or Google plus icons on the bottom of the window.

The components of this project.

There are three parts to this project:

1. The map website: This is accessible at okrefugee.geolive.ca. You add information to the map, this information will then appear on the Facebook page below.

2. The Facebook public page: To stay in the loop, 'like' us on Facebook at Okanagan Refugee Community Resources Geolive Map or click the link:http://ow.ly/VbhCR

 

3. The Facebook private page (for administrators): To join our private group (to keep your information safe): friend us on our 'Geo Map' Facebook profile at: http://ow.ly/VbhPQ and we will then invite you so that you can view the private information.