Events & Articles

August 16, 2016

The Information Session 2: Settlement Training Workshop is a seminar for sponsors/parishioners who are in the process of planning in expectation of the refugee's arrival to Canada.

Parish refugee volunteers and sponsors learn more about budgeting, the needs of refugees and the best way to manage their expectations, while building trust and setting the rules of support.

The workshop is a training opportunity for refugee committees to develop effective tools to integrate newcomers successfully in their church communities.

August 15, 2016

CBC News Kitchener Waterloo - With school just a few weeks away, many Syrian refugees in the Region of Waterloo will be getting ready to start their first-ever school year in Canada.

Because of the war, many adolescent refugees have large gaps their formal education resulting in limited literacy skills both in their mother tongue and in English.

August 15, 2016

National Post Calgary - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his gratitude Friday for Canada’s response to the refugee crisis, praising citizens who extended “caring, warm hands” to people who had nowhere else to go.

August 15, 2016

CBC News Nova Scotia - How sweet it is when a dream comes true. 

It's just that Assam Hadhad never thought it would happen in a tiny shed in Antigonish, N.S.

Seven months ago Hadhad was a desperate Syrian refugee and now he is the proud owner of Peace by Chocolate which is housed in that tiny shed.

Picking up where he left off

Hadhad was once a successful chocolate maker in Damascus, Syria. 

August 15, 2016

CBC News Windsor - The pictures tell the story. Pictures of tanks, guns and bombing fighter jets, all drawn by young Syrian teens.

They are the scenes etched in the memories of kids, aged 13-19, attending a summer camp for recent Syrian immigrants who landed in Windsor.

It's helping them adjust to life here and at the same time helping them work through the lasting trauma they experienced overseas.

August 09, 2016

The London Free Press - After arriving in London last winter from war-torn Syria, former bus driver Yousef Alzayad couldn’t wait to get behind the wheel again to support his family of 11 – but speed bumps were fast approaching. “The use of a computer is one of the world’s highest demands,” said Alzayad through an Arabic translation.

August 08, 2016 - Thousands of Syrian refugees are starting life from scratch in a new country with a new language here in Canada, but they’re not alone.

Several Canadian organizations, families and individuals have given their time and effort to help new Canadian families adjust from a life of war to a life of peace.

August 08, 2016

CBC - A Calgary summer camp for kids new to Canada is in high demand this year, largely due to an influx of refugees from Syria.

The Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth said it's been inundated with calls and has had to turn some children away.

Last year, 445 children were enrolled in the day camp. Of the 585 kids enrolled this year, 128 are Syrian refugees.

The Bridge Foundation helps subsidize camp costs for low-income families.

August 02, 2016

Bay Today - The City of North Bay welcomed North Bay’s third Syrian family tonight at Jack Garland Airport.  

Deputy Mayor Sheldon Forgette confirmed the news on the Syrian family that included a Mother, Father and three young boys. 

August 02, 2016

CBC Hamilton - Manahel Al Shareef and her family have lived through horrors most Canadians couldn't imagine.

She came to Hamilton as a refugee from Syria back in February, trying to escape the unrest that has enveloped the country that she still loves.