Updates

OCASI - Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants in partnership with Refugee Training and Sponsorship 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: January 18, 2017

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

To register please click here

Posted: 01/11/2017 - 09:45

OCASI - Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants in partnership with Refugee Training and Sponsorship Program is pleased to offer webinar on Demystifying Misconceptions about Refugees and Syrian Refugees.

For Managers

This webinar is designed for managers at settlement organizations. It will provide information on Syrian refugees, the demographic of resettled Syrian refugees, the differences between refugees and other immigrants, and the differences between sponsored Syrian refugees and in-land refugee claimants. The webinar will clarify some of the misconceptions about resettled Syrian refugees so that settlement organizations are able to better assist Syrian refugees.

Date: January 23, 2017
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

To register please click here

Posted: 01/11/2017 - 09:18

Syrian refugees, as with many refugee populations resettling in Canada, have a diverse range of religious or spiritual backgrounds and practices. As a counsellor, how might you incorporate clients’ religious practices when assisting them with their mental health problems to? Is this recommended if you, as a counsellor, have different religious beliefs or practices from the client?

In this CAMH Refugee Mental Health Project webinar, Gilan Abdelaal, Clinical Counsellor at COSTI Immigrant Services, will discuss the benefits, issues and strategies around the inclusion of spiritual or religious practices in counselling a refugee client.

Presenter:

  • Gilan Abdelaal, Clinical Counselor working with the Syrian refugee population at COSTI Immigrant Services.

Learning objectives
By the endof this webinar you will be able to:

  • Describe the benefits of including elements of a client's religion or spirituality in counselling setting
  • List ways to approach and learn about a client's religious beliefs and practices
  • Recognize some of the client-centred religious practices that could be incorporated into treatment

Date: December 14, 2016
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

To register please click here

Posted: 12/06/2016 - 10:08

Canadian Council for Refugees - One year after Syrians began to arrive in Canada as part of a major resettlement movement, newcomer-serving and private sponsorship organizations take the opportunity to salute and thank the countless Canadians who individually and collectively contributed to sponsoring and welcoming refugees.

Canada’s warm response to refugees depends on everyone doing their part: all levels of government, institutions, community organizations and individual citizens.

While sadly in many countries Syrians and others fleeing persecution are increasingly finding doors closed to them, Canadians are expressing gratitude to the Governments of Canada and Quebec, as well as to all provincial governments, for welcoming refugees to our country. In fact, many Canadians are disappointed that the government is not bringing more refugees more quickly, both from Syria and from elsewhere.

A highlight of the past year has been the close collaboration of governments at all levels, settlement sector, and voluntary and business sectors. We hope we can build on that collaboration for the future, so that we offer all newcomers the best possible chance of quick and full integration.

Posted: 12/05/2016 - 14:59

Are you a private sponsor of refugees looking for tools and information to improve the sponsorship experience? Do you wish you knew more about successful communication across cultures, or do you wish you could talk to other sponsors, sharing what you’ve experienced and learning from each other?

Refugee 613 presents a free, one-day forum designed to give Ottawa sponsors an intensive learning and sharing opportunity, featuring our partners from the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP), the Coalition in Ottawa for Refugees (COR) and Local Agencies Serving Immigrants (LASI). This event is also open to volunteers working to provide government-assisted refugees with social and practical support.

A unique, interactive space for dialogue and learning will be provided for refugee sponsors. There will also be the opportunity to attend workshops, including two that will be delivered by the RSTP team, noted below:

  • Transitioning out of Sponsorship: Financially, Practically and Emotionally
  • Managing Expectations: Understanding the Ethical Dynamics of Sponsorship

The afternoon will include facilitated discussion and an information fair featuring Ottawa agencies providing key services.

Date: Saturday,December 3rd, 2016
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Terry Fox Canadian Youth Centre 1805 Gaspé Avenue, Ottawa

To register please click here

Posted: 11/30/2016 - 09:44

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP), in partnership with Refugee 613, is hosting a workshop for settlement agency staff based in Ottawa. The workshops will equip settlement agency staff, including settlement workers, managers, directors and other frontline workers, with training intended to support the services provided to privately sponsored refugees and work with refugee sponsors.

The workshop will cover the following topics:

  • The role of settlement workers in private refugee sponsorship;
  • Common post-arrival challenges for privately sponsored refugees; and
  • Best practices for settlement workers when working with sponsors and privately sponsored refugees.

The workshop is open to all settlement agency staff based in Ottawa. Attendees are kindly requested to register in advance,as space is limited. Light refreshments will be provided.

Date: Thursday December 1, 2016
Time:
2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location:
OCISO, 945 Wellington St. West, Ottawa

To register please click here

If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Scott (RSTP Trainer) at mscott@rstp.ca

Posted: 11/29/2016 - 16:52

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) and Toronto Public Library invite all Toronto-based private sponsors to attend an upcoming discussion group to share lessons-learned, challenges, successes, resources, and helpful tips about sponsorship.  

To register please click here

For more information, please contact Nadine at 416-290-1700, ext. 404 or email: torontorss@rstp.ca.  

Date: Tuesday November 29, 2016
Time: 5:45 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Where: Runnymede Library, 2178 Bloor St. West, Toronto (Bloor St. W & Runnymede Rd)

Posted: 11/22/2016 - 15:22

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) and Toronto Public Library invite all Toronto-based private sponsors to attend an upcoming discussion group to share lessons-learned, challenges, successes, resources, and helpful tips about sponsorship.  

To register please click here

For more information, please contact Nadine at 416-290-1700, ext. 404 or email: torontorss@rstp.ca.  

Date: Monday December 5, 2016
Time: 5:45 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Where: Northern District Library, 40 Orchard View Boulevard, Toronto (Yonge St & Eglinton Ave)

Posted: 11/22/2016 - 15:10

Project Welcome - Enactus Ryerson invites Newcomer Syrians to a free Financial Literacy Workshop: How to Write a Resume or CV (Conducted in Arabic)

If participants have resumés of their own, we kindly ask them to bring it with them to the session.

Topics include:

  • What is a CV or Resume?
  • General Guidelines
  • The Master CV – Your first draft
  • Common CV Components
  • Sample Resumes

Date: Monday November 28, 2016
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Launch Zone - 3rd Floor Student Learning Centre 341 Yonge St. - Toronto

To register please click here

Posted: 11/15/2016 - 16:00

The RSTP invites you to a webinar on Exit Visa Issues.

Presenter:

  • Ahmad Fahim from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Ottawa

Ahmad will talk about exit visa issues, including the usual requirements to get an exit visa and challenges observed with obtaining an exit visa and their impact on resettlement of refugees.

He will also give some specific examples and answer your questions. 

If you have specific questions, please send us in advance and we can ask Ahmad to address them during the webinar.

Date: November 9, 2016
Time: 2:00 p.m.

To register, please click here

Posted: 10/31/2016 - 15:31

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