Governor General celebrates MOSAIC's 40th anniversary

Governor General David Johnston joined dozens of immigrants and refugees in celebrating MOSAIC's 40th anniversary

Governor General David Johnston meets with immigrants and refugees at resettlement agency

Canada's Governor General David Johnston arrives at MOSAIC to celebrate the immigrant and refugee settlement agency's 40th anniversary. (Bal Brach/CBC News)

Governor General David Johnston and his wife Sharon met with immigrants and refugees during MOSAIC B.C.'s 40th anniversary celebration in Vancouver.

"We're here to learn and celebrate this remarkable organization," said Johnston.

"What's interesting about your service is that it's practical and timely."

With 27 locations, the non-profit organization is the primary settlement and employment services agency in Metro Vancouver.

Part of the Governor General's visit included a round table discussion with stakeholders and community leaders. 

Mohamad Ali worked as a doctor in Syria and is now trying to get his credentials recognized in Canada. (Bal Brach/CBC News)

After the meeting, Johnston met with immigrants and refugees like Mohamad Ali — a Syrian refugee who arrived in Canada last year. 

 "What Canada gave us is a lot really — no other country gave the Syrians [as much] as Canada gave," said the former Syrian doctor. 

As Ali works to get his credentials recognized in Canada, the Governor General said he'd like to see that process improved. 

"I think what we need to do is see those stories here and spread them across the country, so all of us can be influenced by them and do an even better job of welcoming of refugees, particularly focused on the recognition of foreign credentials where if we look at a comparative basis, we don't do as well as other countries."