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The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program invites you to a webinar, The PSR Program: Preparing for Month 13.

This RSTP webinar would cover topics such as:

  • when should sponsors start preparing for Month 13
  • what to consider when preparing newcomers for Month 13
  • services available for sponsored newcomers in Month 13
  • evaluating the sponsorship
  • the post-sponsorship relationship 

Date: June 29, 2018

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m

To register please click here

Posted: 06/18/2018 - 12:38

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program invites you to a webinar, The PSR Program: Supporting Settlement and Integration.

This RSTP webinar would cover topics such as:

  • recap of sponsors’ settlement and financial responsibilities under the PSR program
  • the importance of connecting newcomers with a settlement agency
  • managing expectations
  • power imbalance
  • ethical considerations

Date: June 27, 2018
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m

To register please click here

Posted: 06/18/2018 - 12:33

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program invites you to a webinar, The PSR Program: Adding Dependents Post-Submission and Updating Applications.

This RSTP webinar would cover topics such as: the importance of keeping IRCC up-to-date with any changes in circumstances; who to contact and when; and, how to add dependents post-submission. 

Date: Monday, June 25, 2018
Time: 1:00 p.m. CDT

To registrater, please click here

Posted: 06/14/2018 - 16:06

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program invites you to a webinar, The PSR Program: How to Prepare and Submit a Successful Application Package.

This RSTP webinar would cover topics such as: an overview of the application process; recent updates and changes to processing; who can be included on one application package; what supporting documents need to be included in the application package; completing the forms for Groups of Five; completing the forms for Community Sponsors; proof of funds requirements; and, completing the refugees’ forms.

Date: Friday, June 22, 2018
Time: 1:00 p.m. CDT

To registrater, please click here

Posted: 06/14/2018 - 16:02

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program invites you to a webinar The PSR Program: Who Can Sponsor and Who Can be Sponsored.

This RSTP webinar would cover topics such as: an overview of the application process; recent updates and changes to processing; who can be included on one application package; what supporting documents need to be included in the application package; completing the forms for Groups of Five; completing the forms for Community Sponsors; proof of funds requirements; and, completing the refugees’ forms.

Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Time: 1:00 p.m. CDT

To registrater, please click here

Posted: 06/14/2018 - 15:58

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program RSTP invites you to a webinar: Introduction to Canada’s Refugee Sponsorship Programs.

This webinar provides an overview of Canada’s refugee sponsorship programs; the history and launch of the PSR program; and, the PSR program as part of global resettlement efforts.

Date: Monday, June 18, 2018
Time: 1:00 p.m. CDT

To registrater, please click here

Posted: 06/14/2018 - 15:53

Hamilton The Spectator - Suad Badri knows the frustrations of being a refugee, but she would never complain. She is extremely grateful to be here. She chuckles now, at having to wait more than a year for security clearance to qualify for permanent residency. But it wasn't easy.

Badri has a PhD in geography, a masters in environmental studies, and a bachelor of engineering. She has 25 years of academic and professional work in environmental studies and renewable energy.

In 2013-14, Badri won a fellowship at University of California, Davis, which included working in Washington, D.C. on a U.S. aid project on energy in Africa.

But on returning to Sudan, she was interrogated, ordered to stay in the country, and to check in with officials every two months.

"That was terrifying for my family," she says. It was "not like a gun pointed at your head," but the family felt "the situation could escalate out of control."

The "goodwill" her university had among the people, however, provided a safe passage in 2014 to Canada, where she was granted refugee status.

In Hamilton, she immersed herself in the community, becoming a Hamilton Urban Core Community Health Centre board member in 2015, a city advisory committee member on refugees and immigrants in 2016, and in 2017 a community adviser in a McMaster University research project on technology-based ESL programs.

She is now enrolled in the Leadership in Community Engagement course at McMaster's downtown centre for continuing education, thanks to a $5,000 Western Union scholarship.

Michael Barker-Fyfe, a manager with Western Union, which transfers money internationally for foreign students among other things, found Badri's story of helping other newcomers inspiring.

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Posted: 06/14/2018 - 10:23

Lifeline Syria and WelcomeHomeTO are hosting an information session about the lessons learned from the private sponsorship and what to expect when sponsoring a refugee.

This session will focus on the lived experience of both newcomers and sponsors, including the day to day challenges and rewards of the first three months and up to Month 13, when sponsorship commitments end.

Topics to be explored:

  • The type of sponsor training/pre-arrival resources available
  • Managing expectations and sponsorship ethics
  • How to interact with Settlement Sector
  • Cultural awareness and building trust
  • Matching sponsors/refugees
>This event is for:

  • Members of sponsorship groups with lived experience of sponsorship
  • Members of agencies and advocacy groups dealing with refugees
  • Newcomers to Canada
  • Sponsors who wish to take part in a new sponsorship

Guest Speaker

  • Shamim Ahmadi (Founder, Ahmada Development Organization and refugee from Afghanistan)

Panelists:

  • Tina Aseffa (Communications Director, Al-Qazzaz Foundation)
  • Malaz Sebai (Treasurer, Lifeline Syria)
  • Sara Shahsiah (Projects Coordinator, Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants)

Moderator:

  • Rania Younes (WHTO Director and Co-Founder)

Date: Thursday June 28th, 2018.
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: 18th Floor of 400 University Avenue. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

To register, please clikc here

Posted: 05/31/2018 - 14:29

The Refugee Sponsorship Traning Program invites you to a webinar: Preparing for Month 13.

Topics covered:

  • when should sponsors start preparing for Month 13
  • what to consider when preparing newcomers for Month 13
  • services available for sponsored newcomers in Month 13
  • evaluating the sponsorship
  • the post-sponsorship relationship

Date: May 29, 2018
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EDT

To register please click here

Posted: 05/25/2018 - 11:55

UCObserver - Soon after moving to Canada, Ousama Alkhatib helped launch an arts program for Syrian newcomers in Toronto that also gives back to refugees still in camps. 

One thing had been on Ousama Alkhatib’s mind since he first got to Canada - helping those he had “left behind”.

Alkhatib is a Syrian refugee who moved to Toronto under the sponsorship of Fairlawn United in July 2016. This past winter, he created an arts program for Syrian newcomers, and helped organize an art show that collected nearly $1,500 for Syrian Eyes.

The not-for-profit organization runs a children’s art program at a refugee camp in Al-Fares, Lebanon, where Alkhatib volunteered.

“When I arrived in Canada, I wasn’t the type of person who considers themselves lucky, and leaves (their) people behind for nothing,” says Alkhatib. “It’s not about us being lucky here, it’s about us doing something for the people there. I decided to do something here”.

The program was launched this January thanks to ArtHeart offering their space free of charge, and a donation from Fairlawn United to help pay for art supplies. About 15 participants, all Syrian and Palestinian-Syrian refugees, attended weekly workshops at ArtHeart until March, where they received art classes offered by volunteers, and created everything from collages to large paintings.

“This program had no strict rules. It was freestyle art. Whatever you want to paint, whatever you want to use, just go and use it,” says Alkhatib. “That was my hope for the project. To have people feel free, and express themselves the way they want. I totally believe in art therapy. Painting and singing, music are huge tools for healing people.”

Alkhatib had witnessed the healing power of art first-hand. While volunteering with Syrian Eyes in Lebanon, he says he saw children’s paintings change over time – from bombs, tanks and people dying, to houses, butterflies and rainbows.

“It helped heal them from the trauma that they had. They started to expand their dreams from drawing repeatedly. Started drawing children (who are) doing normal things,” he says.

Participants at Alkhatib’s workshop in Toronto sold some of their pieces at Our Art, Our Stories – an exhibition held in April 2018 to celebrate the end of the program. Alkhatib also managed to coordinate the sale of children’s artwork he received from Syrian Eyes.

Over 150 people filled the show’s venue, and collectively amassed nearly $1,500. All proceeds were sent to the organization.

“Some of the participants had done art back in Syria, and have had to give it up because of the war, and then having to flee. This was an opportunity to integrate them into an arts community,” says Tranquada.

“Others had never done art before, but this was a chance to try something new, meet some new people, and do something different rather than just schooling or work”.

Tranquada and Alkhatib hope the project will be ongoing, and that it can start up again in the fall. Our Art, Our Stories will be showcased in Toronto this summer.

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Posted: 05/25/2018 - 11:11

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