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Immigration and Social Justice

 

Mason stands out as a leader of integrity and skill on human rights issues, especially for refugees and immigrants. He is a Vice President of AMSSA (Affiliation of Multicultural Societies & Service Agencies of BC), an affiliation of over 80 Member Agencies that provide immigrant settlement and multicultural services in over 25 communities throughout BC. Mason provides leadership in advocacy and education in BC for anti-racism, human rights, and social justice, and supports its members in serving immigrants, refugees and culturally diverse communities.

Mason throughout his professional and service life, is seen by the community as one who has extensive knowledge and experience on immigration issues.  Mason has been a volunteer at S.U.C.C.E.S.S., one of the largest immigration and social service agencies and community organizations in Canada for over 25 years. Mason was Chairman of its Board from 1994 to 1998, the longest continuous service of leadership in its history. He has fought for social injustices over the years, including the push for investigation into police brutality and wrongdoings involving immigrant citizens and the tightening of police code of conduct to protect the public.

Mason assisted new immigrants in landing and settlement; provided employment training, and was instrumental in building the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Seniors Care Home. He also contributed to the development of the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Social Service Centre (now the Head Office of S.U.C.C.E.S.S) and to the establishment of the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation. In all of these endeavours, he promoted social justice and racial harmony. Mason was the first Chair of the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Board to visit officially the Canadian Immigration offices in Taiwan, Hong Kong and China. By studying the situation in this way, he was able to make valuable recommendations to the Minister of Immigration on ways to improve the policies and procedures of the department.