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Many sponsored refugees still have family members in their homeland and wonder how they can be brought to Canada.

However, family reunification is far from being an easy task.

In an attempt to simplify things, the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) is organizing a webinar.

The following topics will be covered:

  • The definition of family according to IRCC
  • Adult children
  • De facto dependants
  • Accompanying and non-accompanying family members
  • One year Window Opportunity Provision
  • Q & A

Date: Friday, 23rd November  2018

Time: 4:00 p.m EST

To register for this webinar, please click here

 


Posted: 11/22/2018 - 14:36

CBC - Khaled and Aveer Sultan and their six young children arrived at the Ottawa International Airport Tuesday to cheers, tears and hugs from their sponsors, who pinned tiny maple leaves to the newcomers' lapels. 

The sponsors will act as guides, translators and an extended family to the Sultans as they adapt to their new life in Brockville.

"This family is like my brother, like my family," said sponsor Omar Alahmed.

The five sponsor families have their own worries about relatives left behind in precarious circumstances, but say they decided to open their arms to strangers because of the way Canadians welcomed them. 

"Canadian people did not know me, but they helped me," said sponsor Ahmad Alkafrei, who arrived as a refugee in January 2017.

The sponsorship program the families are taking part in is administered by the Refugee Hub at the University of Ottawa and funded by two charitable groups, The Shapiro Foundation and The Giustra Foundation, as well as six other donors in Canada and the U.S.

Together, they're donating  $3.5 million dollars to 150 sponsor groups across the country to support the resettlement of 685 refugees, drawn from a list compiled by the United Nations.

Kailee Brennan, an outreach officer with the Refugee Hub, first met the families in August at a recruitment event in Brockville. They came hoping to bring their own relatives to Canada, Brennan said, but soon learned that's not how the program works.

"Of course, many of them had left family behind, and it's always so difficult to explain that." Brennan said.

After a prolonged discussion in Arabic, the translator, Brockville businessman Ahmad Khadra, declared the group had decided to open their arms to a family they didn't know.

"I told them, 'You are not a refugee anymore. You are now 100 per cent Canadian, and Canadians love to do something good,'" said Khadra, who came to Canada from Syria in 1995.

To read the full article, please click here

 


Posted: 11/22/2018 - 14:22

Sponsoring a refugee can be emotionally draining.

To help you recharge, the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) is organizing a workshop.

The following topics will be covered:

  • What is emotional fatigue and why self-care is essential

  • Strategies to reduce stress daily

  • How to cope with stress through exercises

  • Tips and activities to take care of oneself

Date: Wednesday, 28th November 2018

Time: 2:00 p.m to 4 p.m 2018

Location: 3660 Hurontario St

To register for this event, please click here


Posted: 11/22/2018 - 11:50

Pioneering Canadian Refugee resettlement program, private sponsorship can still be a bit confusing for people considering it.

To simplify things, the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) is organizing an information session.

This will be your opportunity to shoot questions and also benefit from the free legal clinic, an initiative of the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program.

Participants will also have the opportunity to know more about Groups Of Five and Community.

In addition to familiarizing themselves with forms to fill and the process.

This session will be delivered both in English and Tigrinya.

Date: Thursday, 29th November, 2018

Time: 6:00 p.m

Location: Hintonburg Community Centre, 1064 Wellington Street West, Ottawa

To register for this event and for more information, please click here


Posted: 11/22/2018 - 11:45

What are the last things that you should check before the refugee you sponsored lands in Canada?

Is there anything that is missing from your checklist?

To avoid unforeseeable events, the Office For Refugees, Archdiocese of Toronto (ORAT) is organizing a last preparatory information for private sponsors who received a notice of Arrival Transmission.

Date: Friday, 30th November 2018

Time: 1:30 to 3:00 p.m

Location: Office for Refugees Archdiocese of Toronto, 1155 Yonge Street, Room 4A (4th floor), Toronto

For more information or to register, please click here


Posted: 11/22/2018 - 11:22


Maybe private sponsorship of refugees is  still fuzzy.

To simplify things, the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) is organizing an information session.

This session will be delivered simultaneously in Amharic and English.

This will be an opportunity for people interested in private sponsorship to learn more about the Private Sponsorship of Refugee Program, Groups Of Five, and Community Sponsors.

Moreover, participants will also be walked through the process and which form to fill.  

Date: Friday, 30th November, 2018

Time: 6:00 p.m to 8:30 p.m

Location: Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization, 945 Wellington Street West, Ottawa

To register for this event or for more information, please click here


Posted: 11/22/2018 - 10:51

The PSR Program: Preparing for Month 13 - 22nd of November

Month 13 is a transition milestone for sponsored refugees.

Before they brace themselves to rely less on their private sponsors, it is important to prepare them for what lays ahead.

To help you prepare them, the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program is organizing a webinar.

The following topics will be covered:

  • When should sponsors start preparing for Month 13
  • What to consider when preparing newcomers for Month 13
  • Services available for sponsored newcomers in Month 13
  • Evaluating the sponsorship
  • The post-sponsorship relationship

Date: Thursday, 22nd of November 2018

Time: 3:00 p.m to 5:00 p.m EST

To register for this event, please click here.

Posted: 11/19/2018 - 10:22

Ottawa Global Shapers in coalition with Love Without Borders is organizing a night of art, performances, and food for a good cause.

Love Without Borders empowers traumatized refugees living in refugee camps in Greece, by inspiring them to express their emotions through painting.

These artworks have been exhibited all over US, Europe, and Asia.

The revenues garnered through that night of art will be given back to the refugees  based in refugee camps to fill their immediate and unmet financial needs.

The remainder will go to a contingency fund for the family of Syrian refugees that the Ottawa Global Shapers are sponsoring through the Blended Visa Office-Referred (BVOR) Program.

Date: Wednesday, 21st of November, 2018

Time: 6:00 p.m to 10:00 p.m

Location: House of Common Studio, 11b Fairmont Avenue, Ottawa

To register for this event or for more information, please click here


Posted: 11/19/2018 - 10:15

Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) is organizing a workshop aimed at front-line workers.

The goal is to equip front-line workers with skills and best practices to work effectively with LGBTQ+ immigrants and refugees.

Participants will also have the opportunity to engage in an honest discussion revolving around LGBTQ+ issues.

Relevant resources will also be given to participants.

Date: Tuesday, 20th November 2018

Time:  1:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m

Location: Carizon Family and Community Services, 645 Westmount Road West, Kitchener

For more information and to register for this event, please click here


Posted: 11/19/2018 - 10:07

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program is organizing a webinar to simplify things for you.

The following topics will be covered:

Maybe your responsibilities as a private sponsor are still a bit fuzzy. But rest assured!

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program is organizing a webinar to simplify things for you.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Recap of sponsors’ settlement and financial responsibilities under the PSR program
  • The importance of connecting newcomers with a settlement agency
  • Managing expectations
  • Power Imbalance
  • Ethical considerations

Date: Thursday, 20th November 2018

Time: 3:00 p.m to 5 p.m

For more information and to register for this webinar, please click here

Posted: 11/19/2018 - 09:55

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