Updates

OCASI - Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants in partnership with RSTP - Refugee Sponsorship Training Program is pleased to offer webinar on Transitioning from Refugee Sponsorship to Month 13 for Refugees Sponsored under the GAR, BVOR and PSR programs.

For Managers

This webinar is designed for managers at settlement organizations. It will provide information on how service providers can assist refugees and sponsors with planning for the transition to “Month 13” (the post-sponsorship period).

Date: Thursday, February 9, 2017
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

To register please click here

For more information, please email Sanaa at sali-mohammed@ocasi.org

Posted: 02/08/2017 - 10:57

OCASI - Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants in partnership with Refugee Sponsorship Training Program is pleased to offer a webinar on The Roles and Responsibilities of Sponsors.

For Frontline Staff

This webinar is designed for the frontline staff at settlement organizations. It aims to clarify the role of sponsors under the PSR and BVOR programs. This is so that front line workers have a better understanding of how to support refugees during initial settlement in Ontario.

Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

To register please click here

For more information, please email Sanaa at sali-mohammed@ocasi.org

Posted: 02/08/2017 - 10:43

Family reunification - How to Sponsor Syrian Refugees (conducted in Arabic).

This session will cover:

  • Who can be sponsored?
  • Who can sponsor?
  • How to to sponsor?
  • Family reunification under One Year Window and proof of refugee status recognition

Date: Saturday, February 25, 2017
Time: 11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
Location: West Neighbourhood House, 248 Ossington Ave. Toronto

To register please contact Siham Abosita at 416-931-7719 or e-mail: sihamab@westnh.org

Posted: 02/08/2017 - 09:51

Ryerson University, Project Welcome, invites newcomer Syrians to a free financial literacy workshop (Conducted in Arabic).

The event is targeted towards newcomer Syrians in Arabic on basic financial literacy.

Topics include:

  • Banks vs. Credit Unions
  • Chequing vs. Savings Account
  • Criteria to Consider when Selecting an Account
  • Tap Banking
  • Bank Interest and Other Incentives
  • Other Bank Services
  • Saving for the Future
  • Mobile Banking Applications
  • Opening a Bank Account
  • Fees and Service Charges
  • Newcomer Banking Packages
  • Line of Credit 
  • Protecting your Bank Account

Date: Tuesday Februrary 21, 2017
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Student Learning Centre, 341 Yonge Street, Toronto.

To register please click here

Posted: 01/30/2017 - 12:11

CBCNews Kitchener Waterloo - 'My life's completely changed,' says Syrian refugee Tareq Ibrahim

One month after sharing his story with CBC News, Tareq Ibrahim has landed a job in his field with Cambridge insurance company Gore Mutual.

Ibrahim arrived in Kitchener in September 2015, but despite being fluent in English and having worked as a finance manager for multi-national corporations, he struggled to find work that matched his skills. 

Companies wanted to see Canadian experience, Ibrahim told CBC's The Morning Edition in December. 

Ibrahim's story resonated with people, in particular because he refused to apply for Ontario Works or accept government support until he exhausted his savings. 

Catherine Leclair heard that interview on her drive to work.

"[I] thought it was very compelling," said Leclair, the vice president of human resources for Gore Mutual. 

"But along with it was that sense of honour he has, and his integrity."

She said she arrived at work that morning to learn the company's chief financial officer had also heard the interview, and together they decided to reach out to Ibrahim. 

Posted: 01/25/2017 - 14:12

The Kingston Wing - The KEYS Job Centre is giving Syrian refugees new to Kingston a shopping experience.

KEYS Kingston is one of 31 centres across Canada that are taking part in the Canadian government’s Refugee Assistance Program and it has so far welcomed 24 Syrian families and one family from Burundi with more to come.

Nationally over the past year, approximately 35,000 Syrian refugees have arrived with the government program, with private programs bringing the total to more than 50,000 new refugees to Canada.

For the past few months, about a dozen KEYS volunteers, led by Emma Jackson, have solicited donations of other necessary household items such as pots, pans, plates, cutlery, coffee cups, glasses, linens and small appliances including toasters, coffee makers and blenders.

By appointment, the families can go there and “shop” for their needed items. They can choose the items they need but do not have to go through the final phase of shopping: paying for the items. They’re free, Jackson said.

“We’re calling it shopping because we’re trying to keep some dignity about the process and [families] being able to approve of they want instead of us just guessing and showing up with some items that might not be appropriate.”

“This whole place is run on volunteer power,” Jackson said.

Posted: 01/24/2017 - 16:00

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) is conducting a workshop and discussion group in Toronto on Month 13 Planning for private sponsors.

 Sponsors will learn about:

  • When to start preparing newcomers for Month 13
  • The role of sponsors during the "transition period", including important tasks to consider
  • The post-sponsorship relationship.

 A representative from Toronto Employment and Social Services will also be in attendance to answer questions that sponsors may have about applying for social assistance (Ontario Works).

Date: January 17, 2017
Time: 5:45 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Danforth/Coxwell Library, Meeting Room, 1675 Danforth Avenue, Toronto (Danforth Ave & Coxwell Ave).

To register please click here

 Light refreshments will be provided. These events are co-sponsored by the Toronto Public Library.

Posted: 01/11/2017 - 12:27

Project Welcome - Enactus Ryerson invites Newcomer Syrians to a free Financial Literacy Workshop: Budgeting and Goal Setting (Conducted in Arabic).

The event is targeted towards newcomer Syrians in Arabic on basic financial literacy.

The module on January 19th, 2017 introduces the participants on Budgeting and Goal Setting.

Topics include:

  • Imporance of Budgeting
  • Benefits of Budgeting
  • Components of a Budget
  • SMART Goal Setting
  • Storing Financial Records

For those who attend all 5 sessions will receive a financial literacy certificate. Please do not forget to sign in at he registration desk upon arrival.

Please note that this event will be led in Arabic.

Media may be present.

Date: Sunday January 22, 2017
Time: 3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m
Location: Student Learning Centre: Launch Zone (3rd Floor) 341 Yonge St. Toronto

To register please click here

If you need more information, please email us at: projectwelcome@enactusryerson.ca

Posted: 01/11/2017 - 11:54

OCASI - Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants in partnership with Refugee Training and Sponsorship Program is pleased to offer webinar on The Roles and Responsibilities of Sponsors.

For Frontline Staff

The Roles and Responsibilities of Sponsors

This webinar is designed for the frontline staff at settlement organizations. It aims to clarify the role of sponsors under the PSR and BVOR programs. This is so that front line workers have a better understanding of how to support refugees during initial settlement in Ontario.

Date: February 2, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

To register please click here

Posted: 01/11/2017 - 10:11

OCASI - Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants in partnership with St. Michael’s Hospital is pleased to offer Intermediate Trauma-Focused Care: A Training for Settlement Workers Serving Refugees.

The training will help you to:

  • Increase knowledge about the specific mechanisms of trauma
  • Improve competency with identification and assessment
  • Use a specialized Tool-Kit to facilitate support
  • Increase your strategies in managing individuals in need
  • Provide structured referrals to reduce waiting-time for specialists

Note: This training is best suited to settlement workers with some pre-existing knowledge of or training in mental health and trauma. Space is limited, and we will endeavour to provide equal opportunity to all agencies in the area.

All participants who complete the course will receive a certificate of completion from OCASI.

Funded by Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

Date: February 6, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Dixie Bloor Neighbourhood Centre 3650 Dixie Rd, Mississauga

Registration deadline: January 23, 2017 (or once registration fills up).

To register please click here

Posted: 01/11/2017 - 09:56

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