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The Guardian - Basel Alrashdan could speak little English when he first arrived to P.E.I. as a refugee in late December 2015.

Now less than two years later, the 12-year-old Charlottetown resident is preparing to share his family’s story at the U.N.

Alrashdan and his family were among the first families to arrive on P.E.I. under the federal government’s promise of resettling 25,000 Syrian refugees.

Having learned to speak English fluently since he arrived, Alrashdan described his new surroundings as “perfect.”

“I’m proud to be a Canadian and I’m proud for coming here,” said Alrashdan, who lives with his parents, seven-year-old sister, six-year-old brother and a newborn brother who was born in Canada. “I really like living here.”

Alrashdan will tell the story of his family’s journey to the 193 members states at the U.N. Headquarters in New York on World Children’s Day, Nov. 20, provided he can get the required documents to travel.

Staff members with the P.E.I. Association for Newcomers to Canada (P.E.I. ANC), with support from Charlottetown MP Sean Casey, are currently assisting Alrashdan in the process of obtaining his travel documents.

The address will help raise awareness of displaced children living in desperate situations.

Staff from the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) interviewed Alrashdan and his family in June while filming a documentary on refugee immigration to P.E.I.

The documentary makers were impressed by Alrashdan’s ability to share his story and invited him to share his first-hand experience

“I was born in Syrian and I think the war started when I was six. After two years we moved to Jordan. I lived there for three years (before coming to Canada),” he said, adding that it was difficult to leave behind friends and family members.

However, the experience has been worth it.

Alrashdan said his future plans are to improve his English writing. He also hopes to eventually study to become an electrical engineer.

“It’s better and safer (in Canada). The people here are kind and it’s been good for my parents,” said Alrashdan, who also thanked the P.E.I. ANC.

“They were the ones who helped us when we first came with furniture and everything.”

Posted: 10/30/2017 - 16:28

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) and the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program (Refugee SSP), are hosting a free workshop in Toronto for Groups of Five and Community Sponsors interested in sponsoring Eritrean refugees.

Attendees will learn about:

  • How they can sponsor as a Group of Five or a Community Sponsor
  • The requirements for refugee sponsorship
  • What refugee status documents are required to sponsor Eritrean refugees; and
  • The application process

Translation in Tigrinya and Arabic, along with light refreshments, will be provided.

During the workshop, attendees will have an opportunity to discuss individual cases with a pro bono lawyer from the Refugee SSP.

Sign-in will start at 5.30 pm, and the workshop will startpromptly at 5.45 pm.

Space is limited and attendees are kindly requested to register.

Date: Monday 30, October, 2017
Time: 5:30p.m - 8:15 p.m.
Location: Annette Street Toronto Public Library, 145 Annette Street, Toronto, ON M6P 1P3

To register please click here

Posted: 10/20/2017 - 15:46

Are you a mother taking care of a child with special needs?

Are your emotions addressed?

Join us for a discussion about challenges and solutions

Session will be run by: Nouma Hammash Social Worker Volunteer at OCASI

Taghrid Abdulrahim Disabilities Settlement Counselor Arab Community Centre of Toronto

The session will be in Arabic

If you have any dietary needs or you need child-minding please contact us at 647-771-7547

Refreshments will be served, TTC tokens will be provided

Date: Saturday December 16, 2017
Time: 1:00p.m -3:00 p.m.
Location: Islamic Institute of Toronto 1630 Neilson Road, Scarborough, Ontario M1X 1S3

Posted: 10/20/2017 - 14:50

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program - RSTP is organizing a free webinar: Private Sponsorship of Refugees: Supporting Settlement and Integration.

This webinar will cover:

  • Sponsors’ responsibilities
  • Connecting with Settlement Services for Newcomers
  • Ethical Considerations in Sponsorship
  • Managing Expectations
  • Preparing for Month 13 

Date: Wednesday October 25, 2017
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

To register, please visit this link

Posted: 10/19/2017 - 15:56

Refugee Sponsorship Training Program - RSTP is organizing a free webinar on the common mistakes made on G5 applications that led to return or rejection by ROC-O, some examples collected from correspondence between RSTP and the sponsoring groups (names will be withheld) will be used during the webinar. 

The purpose of the webinar is to prevent applications return or rejection by avoiding the reason leading to such results. 

Date: Monday October 23, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

To register, please visit this link

Posted: 10/19/2017 - 15:48

The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program, in collaboration with York University's Centre for Refugee Studies and Syria Response and Refugee Initiative, invites you to a workshop  for new and experienced sponsors on Month 13 Planning.

Attendees will learn about:

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

During the workshop, Karen Anderson, from Toronto Employment and Social Services (TESS), will answer questions that sponsors may have about applying for Ontario Works (OW) and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).

Date: October 17, 2017
Time:
12:15 p.m.
Location:
Room 519, 5th Floor, Kaneff Tower,
York University Keele Campus, Toronto

If you have any questions regarding the event, please contact John Carlaw at carlaw@yorku.ca

To RSVP, please click here

Posted: 09/25/2017 - 10:18

Refugee Sponsorship Training Program invites you to a free webinar: Private Sponsorship of Refugees: Supporting Settlement and Integration.

This webinar will cover:

  • Sponsors’ responsibilities
  • Connecting with Settlement Services for Newcomers
  • Ethical Considerations in Sponsorship
  • Managing Expectations
  • Preparing for Month 13

Date: October 25, 2017
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

To register please click here

Posted: 09/22/2017 - 14:53

Refugee Sponsorship Training Program invites you to a free webinar: Private Sponsorship of Refugees: Group of Five and Community Sponsor.

This webinar will cover:

  • Overview of G5 sponsorship (eligibility criteria and requirements for sponsors)
  • Overview of CS sponsorship (eligibility criteria and requirements for sponsors)
  • Who can be sponsored?
  • Application forms for G5 and CS
  • Application forms for refugee applicants
  • Sponsorship process

Date: October 19, 2017
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

To register please click here

Posted: 09/22/2017 - 14:41

Refugee Sponsorship Training Program invites you to a free webinar: Introduction to PSR.

This webinar will cover:

  • Launch of PSR program
  • Program evolvement over the years
  • PSR as part of Resettlement
  • Eligibility criteria for sponsors and refugee applicants
  • Sponsorship process

Date: October 6, 2017
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

To register please click here

Posted: 09/22/2017 - 14:37

Refugee Sponsorship Training Program invites you to a free webinar on calculating the sponsorship costs for Groups of Five as this is one of the areas of some complexity for many G5 groups and it one of the main reasons G5 sponsorship applications get returned/rejected by IRCC.

Some Group of Five sponsorship applications have been returned/rejected by IRCC due to discrepancies in cost calculations on the application forms ( Financial Profile Form (IMM 5373B) and Settlement Plan and Financial Assessment (IMM 5373A)) and this webinar aims to illustrate how to budget for G5 sponsorship and where to reflect numbers on the said forms.

There will be an exercise during the webinar and registrants are encouraged to ask for the case scenario(s) before the webinar so they can practice beforehand and score their results during the webinar when numbers start making sense.

What do you need for the exercise?

The case scenario (s)

Date: October 16, 2017
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

To register please click here

Posted: 09/22/2017 - 14:23

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