Best Practices Symposium: Refugee Health and Resettlement Services

Access Alliance conducted key informant interviews to document how health, settlement and community agencies in Toronto, Peel and Kitchener-Waterloo regions planned and delivered services to Syrian refugee families. The goal of the symposium is to share results from our study, and discuss best practices in terms of planning, coordinating/collaborating and delivering services to refugee families, particularly when large cohorts of refugees arrive within short span of time.

The symposium will begin with presentation of study results by Access Alliance research team. We will also screen a short film that captures lived experience perspectives from Syrian clients across the GTA. This will be followed by a panel discussion on the implications of the study findings, and a facilitated conversation on best practices in providing effective and equitable services to refugee families.

A panel discussion will follow to respond on the key findings, as well as sharing learnings on Syrian refugee resettlement from a cross-sectoral perspective.

Panelists will include:

  • Bayan Khatib, Co-Founder and Board of Director, Syrian Canadian Foundation
  • Kim Cook, Vice President of Community Health and Chief Professional Practice, Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities
  • Elaine Ebach, Health Promotion Specialist, Toronto Public Health
  • Director (TBD), COSTI

A short video will also be shared highlighting stories from Syrian clients across the GTA.

Date: Wednesday, 28 June, 2017

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Toronto City Hall, Committee Room #4, 100 Queen Street West

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact event lead Meriem Benlamri at

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