Updates

The RSTP will be conducting a Training Workshop for Private Sponsors.

  • Managing Expectations
  • Sponsorship Ethics

Please note that this workshop is open to Private Sponsors in Sarnia, Ontario.

Date: Wednesday September 28, 2016
Time: 1:30 p.m. EDT
Location: 150 North Christina Street - Lambton Shared Services Centre - Training Room #2-3

Posted: 09/27/2016 - 11:36

CBCNews NewBrunswick - Some old farmland outside of Fredericton is being used to help about 10 Syrian refugee families learn how to farm in Canada and to give them work experience and a little extra food at the table.

Twelve hectares of donated land in Keswick Ridge is being used as a training ground, known as the Tula Farm Project, aimed at teaching new farmers how to work Canadian soil.  

The land, made up of a pair of fields and old forest, was donated to the Conservation Council in the 1980s. This summer it was used by 10 families from Syria, growing several different types of crops

That was the intention of Jim and Kay Bedell when they donated that land," said MacLean.

"They were peace activists and they wanted the land to be used for sustainable, community farming." 

MacLean, who used the land when working on her masters the University of New Brunswick studying agroecology, considers this year's harvest a success.

MacLean said the ultimate goal of the Tula Farm Project is to get young farmers to the point where they can make a living from the land. 

Posted: 09/23/2016 - 11:13

Sackville N.B. Tribune-Post – For their tireless work in ensuring three refugee families will eventually call this community home, members of the Sackville Refugee Response Coalition (SRRC) have earned Renaissance Sackville’s 2016 Citizen of the Year Award.

“This award is presented to people who bring to life the vision that Renaissance Sackville sees for the town. The Sackville Refugee Response Coalition has not only helped make our town of Sackville a more vibrant, caring friendly and gracious community, they have helped make the world a more caring and gracious place. They have made a local Sackville contribution to an urgent global humanitarian concern.”

Accepting the award on behalf of the group during Friday’s ceremony was SRRC chair John Perkin.

“I’ve had many people congratulate me over the course of several months. I’m always humbled by these congratulations because they should be extended to so many other people. So this recognition by the town of Sackville this evening is deservedly recognition of a coalition and truly the whole town.

Posted: 09/23/2016 - 10:43

Canadian Immigrant - With the arrival of 25,000 Syrian refugees last year, one immigrant entrepreneur wanted to do his part by promising to hire 100 in 365 days. That was Paramount Fine Foods president and CEO Mohamad Fakih who made an ambitious promise. We’re at the half waypoint, and the numbers are in.

Paramount partnered with Magnet and Ryerson University Lifeline Syria Challenge (RULSC) to help connect newly arrived Syrian Canadians to appropriate jobs. The partnership with the organizations, included Paramount Fine Foods funding employment support counsellor to work at the RULSC; their job includes searching for job opportunities for new Syrian Canadians.

Finding a job for Syrian refugees

“Finding a job, after finding a home, is a priority,” says Fakih. “I am proud of how far we’ve come, and I have no doubt we will exceed our goal. There is a lot that needs to be done here and I will continue to encourage other fellow entrepreneurs to get involved.”

“I feel like I owe Canada a lot,” says Fakih, “you’re never big enough in business to forget about the community.”

Posted: 09/15/2016 - 16:17

CHCH Hamilton - While many Syrian refugees settling in Canada are struggling to find work, three women in Hamilton are finding success through cooking. Rawa’a, Dalal, and Manahel are so busy filling orders, they couldn’t even stop to do an interview. They’re preparing some traditional Syrian dishes.

Back home, Dalal used to teach kindergarten, Rawa has a degree in agricultural engineering and Manahel had her hands full raising 7 children. That was before things got bad. “One day an airplane came and bombed our house and we took my husband from underneath the destroyed house. He remained disabled.”

Now they are starting from scratch, by cooking from scratch and looking forward to the future in Canada. Karam Kitchen officially launched as a business last Thursday. Since then the orders have come pouring in.

It’s a success story in the making, but many Syrian refugees are still struggling to find work. Paramount Fine Foods has promised to hire at least 100 Syrian refugees this year. “So far we’ve hired about 70 and the numbers keep coming.”

Over 30 000 Syrians have resettled in Canada but it’s unclear how many have been able to find work.

 

Posted: 09/15/2016 - 16:05

Halton Community Legal Services is hosting free workshops to refugee sponsors, groups and organizations supporting refugees.

Come and learn how to improve your advocacy skills to assist refugees in their resettlement.

The workshops will also explore how to overcome a lack of Canadian experience in job seeking and what is available if financial independence is not established by the end of the sponsorships.

The legal clinic Mental Health Community Support Worker will lead a session on strategies to support refugees to meet the demands of settlement when they are dealing with the trauma of their recent experiences and are worried about family reunification.

Representatives from the Halton Newcomer Strategy will also be present to share resources.

Dates: Sept. 15, 22, 29 & Oct. 6, 2016
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Oakville - Halton Regional Administration Centre, 1151 Bronte Rd.

The Workshop is free, however registration is required. Register by calling Halton Community Legal Services at 905-875-2069 or by emailing Sarah at stewarts@lao.on.ca

Posted: 09/14/2016 - 11:16

Halton Community Legal Services is hosting free workshops to refugee sponsors, groups and organizations supporting refugees.

Come and learn how to improve your advocacy skills to assist refugees in their resettlement.

The workshops will also explore how to overcome a lack of Canadian experience in job seeking and what is available if financial independence is not established by the end of the sponsorships.

The legal clinic Mental Health Community Support Worker will lead a session on strategies to support refugees to meet the demands of settlement when they are dealing with the trauma of their recent experiences and are worried about family reunification.

Representatives from the Halton Newcomer Strategy will also be present to share resources.

Dates: Sept. 10, 17, 24 & Oct. 1, 2016
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Burlington- Alton Library Branch 3040 Tim Bobbie Dr.

The Workshop is free, however registration is required. Register by calling Halton Community Legal Services at 905-875-2069 or by emailing Sarah at stewarts@lao.on.ca

Posted: 09/14/2016 - 11:10

The Record Kitchener - Thousands of Waterloo Region's Muslims celebrated one of biggest holidays in the Islamic calendar at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium on Monday, with a special embrace for their newest Syrian additions.

With bouncy castles, a kids' train, rock climbing, basketball battles and games of bean bag toss, the Eid celebrations had a carnival atmosphere. Excited kids zigzagged through the crowd, hopped up on cotton candy, snow cones and popcorn.

But the celebrations, marked by a diverse local Muslim community that has roots in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and beyond, had an especially Syrian touch this year — a deliberate attempt to welcome the region's 1,200 new Canadian Syrian refugees.

For many of them, this would be their first or second Eid celebration in Canada.

"If you're standing at Homer Watson and Ottawa, you wouldn't even know it's Eid. So we hoped this would help them feel a little bit of 'back home' in their new country," said Faisal Raja, a spokesperson for this year's festivities.

"If you're a newer person, and not quite integrated, you could feel quite lonely for the holiday."

Organizers brought in Canadian-Syrian acts to complement other performers in the daylong variety show — which included standup comedy, trivia, a reptile show, songs by Ilyas Mao, a Canadian singer of Somali heritage, and Fatima Attia, a spoken-word artist from Wilfrid Laurier University.

When Syrian folk dance group A'rada took the stage, the crowd danced and clapped and pulled out their phones to record the performance. Syrian teen group Sham also had people on their feet.

A sponsorship program organized through the local chapter of the Muslim Association of Canada covered the costs of admission for Syrian refugee families, and gave them free food and drinks, said organizer Nabila Zizi.

Posted: 09/14/2016 - 10:06

The Star.com - Moose Jaw, SASK. - A number of Syrian refugees are helping out with a community harvest in Moose Jaw, Sask., saying it is a way of giving back to the country that has taken them in.

The second annual Mosaic Community Food Farm harvest is a collaboration between the potash mining company and advocacy groups such as Hunger in Moose Jaw, Riverside Mission, Moose Jaw and District Food Bank and Tree Canada.

The food farm, located in Moose Jaw’s Wakamow Valley, was created to help sustainably feed vulnerable populations in the city.

This season, it yielded just over 1,300 kg of potatoes and carrots, among other produce.

Celeste Geisbauer, Mosaic’s senior community investment specialist, says it’s been a real bonus to have the Syrian refugees take part and learn what kind of vegetables can be grown in Saskatchewan.

Farming is nothing new for refugee Mohammed Aboukhir.

“I have farmed in (Syria) before, and I worked more than 20 years - all week and weekend - at my farm,” said Aboukhir. “All my family likes to farm.”

Having arrived in Saskatchewan just six months ago, Aboukhir was eager to find ways to give back.

“Canada gave me a lot of things for me and my children,” he explained. “Now, (I’m trying) to do something for Canada.”

That’s a sentiment echoed by Ahmad Alkhaldi, who also comes from Syria.

“It’s very important for us at least to show the people that we are able to do something - make a difference,” said Alkhaldi.

He said being in the garden also reminds him of home.

Posted: 09/09/2016 - 14:31

The event is targeted towards newcomer Syrians in Arabic on basic financial literacy. This workshop will be the fourth (out of 5) of our Arabic financial literacy series.

The module on September 7th, 2016 introduces the participants to Paying For School in Canada.

Paying for School:

  • Scholarships and Awards
  • Government Student Loans
  • Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)
  • How to Apply for OSAP
  • Interest Rates on OSAP
  • Loans vs. Grants
  • Eligible Loans and Grant Programs
  • Canada Student Grants
  • Other Sources for Grant
  • Student Loan Repayment
  • Repayment Assistance Plan

The event will ensure that Syrians are accommodated by providing a child care room during the event. The childcare room will have fun activities for the Syrian kids such as arts and crafts, snacks, games, food, and etc. There is also a room booked to provide for Syrians who are looking to pray after the workshop is completed.

Free food will be served!

Registration for the event begins at 6:00 p.m.

For those who attend ALL 5 of our sessions will receive a financial literacy certificate! Please do not forget to sign in at the registration desk upon arrival.

Please note that all of these events will be taught and led in Arabic.

If you need more information or the eventbrite details in Arabic to show the Syrian families what is listed on this eventbrite, please email us at: projectwelcome@enactusryerson.ca

Date: Wednesday, 7 September 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (EDT)
Location: Student Learning Center (SLC), Room: Launch Zone 3rd Floor - 341 Yonge Street, Toronto.

To register please click here

Posted: 08/25/2016 - 16:42

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