Events & Articles

July 26, 2016

The Huffington Post - Valerie Taylor's usual commute home sent her on an unexpected detour powered by a collective act of kindness.

Taylor, a Toronto-based psychiatrist, was commuting out of the city on GO Transit during rush hour when she was met a family of seven who had just arrived from Syria four months ago, she writes in a now-viral Facebook post published Wednesday.

July 26, 2016

Hamilton The Spectator - On Saturday, at a parched Woodlands Park on Barton (isn't everything aching for water these days?), some new Hamiltonians shone proudly under the stately shadows of the old city, represented by the Westinghouse building on one corner and the handsome old Livingston United Church on the other.

July 26, 2016

Niagara This Week - Efforts to resettle families from war-torn Syria in Niagara got a big boost on July 21, with Regional Chair Alan Caslin presenting $50,000 to two community agencies helping to bring people from that far-off land to a new life in Canada.

The Syrian refugee resettlement committees at St. Ann Parish in Pelham and the Armenian Community Centre in St. Catharines each received $25,000.

July 25, 2016

Are you based in Ontario, sponsoring a refugee through the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program, and need help completing the application forms?

RSTP Ontario is hosting a free application forms clinic for Ontario based sponsors on Monday July 25th 2016 from 6pm to 8pm 

July 22, 2016

The Star Toronto - A year after its launch, the university’s refugee resettlement effort raised $4.5 million, formed 102 sponsorship groups and supported 150 refugee families.

When Wendy Cukier first challenged her colleagues and students at Ryerson University a year ago to step up and help sponsor Syrian refugees to Canada, her goal was modest: forming 10 sponsorship teams to bring in 10 families.

July 22, 2016

National Post Sundridge Ontario - The Alkurdi sisters are Syrian. They came to Canada in mid-February with their parents, Hisham and Bareaa, as privately sponsored refugees. On their second day in the country, they built a snowman. Now it is July and they are at an all-girls camp about three hours north of Toronto.

July 21, 2016

Syrian Family Links Initiative was launched in January 2016 to respond to the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis.

The program aims at matching Syrian refugee families residing in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan with Canadian private sponsors.

The webinar is intended to provide an overview of the program and the profiles of the families registered with us (only non-identifying information would be provided).

Please note that the facilitator will not be able to answer case specific enquiries during the webinar.

July 21, 2016

This workshop which will be conducted by Toronto Refugee Sponsorship Support Initiative (Toronto RSS) is intended for the private sponsors of refugees and will explore various themes including:

July 19, 2016

CBC News Manitoba - People around the world come together to put on jerseys and cheer for their favourite teams but in Winnipeg a soccer camp used the love of sport to help refugee children feel at home.

The sounds of laughter, shoes hitting the ground, and soccer balls flying into the back of the net filled the University of Winnipeg's Axworthy Health and RecPlex on Saturday as about 100 kids, mostly from Syria, took part in a soccer camp.

July 19, 2016

Calgary Metro - Assma Yassin had one dream: to meet Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. And on Saturday, her dream finally came true.

The 17-year-old Syrian refugee, who arrived on the plane from Lebanon carrying a portrait of her hero, met him at Calgary Centre MP Kent Herh’s pancake breakfast.

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