Events & Articles

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.

August 02, 2016

CBC P.E.I. - All 11 members of a Syrian refugee family arrived on the Island Thursday morning.

The family was originally supposed to arrive from Turkey, where they had been staying in a refugee camp, on July 19 but their arrival was delayed.

August 02, 2016

Edmonton Metro - Glengarry School has been a hub of activity this summer, as Syrian kids aged 6 to 12 assemble to paint, play sports and get a jump on some academic work before they start school in the fall.

It’s one of nine summer programs for Syrian newcomers, made possible by $245,000 in funding from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

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.