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May 15, 2015
St. John’s welcomes between 140-160 new refugees each year. Unfortunately, not all family members are able to join them on their new journey. Husbands, wives, siblings, parents, and even children are left behind in refugee camps and conflict zones, hoping to eventually reunite with their families.
Through the Association for New Canadians’ Private Refugee Sponsorship Program, we hope to reunite refugees in the province with family members who remain in dire situations abroad, including in refugee camps and conflict zones. In order to provide assistance and support to those who wish to reunite with their loved ones, the ANC is appealing to the community in the hope that the generous nature of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians will help make the dream of family reunification a reality. Donations to our Private Sponsorship Trust will help offset the financial burden of resettlement and ensure a stable and supportive introduction to life in Canada.
If you are interested in donating, or would like more information on ways that you or your organization can help, please contact Ken Walsh at 709-726-6885 or firstname.lastname@example.org...
May 06, 2015
The Association for New Canadians was proud to host Judith Fox-Alder, sister of Terry Fox and International Director of the Terry Fox Foundation, on Wednesday, May 6th, 2015, at its ESL Training Centre in St. John's. Students and staff had the opportunity to listen to personal stories about her brother Terry and what it was like to have a brother who taught us all that anything is possible if we try. On behalf of the ANC, we would like to express our sincere thanks to Judith for her presentation, and for all the hard work she has done around the globe to raise funds for cancer research.
Please visit our "Gallery" to view photos from the event...
April 30, 2015
The Association for New Canadians held a Soup for Nepal fundraiser at its ESL Training Centre and Main Office on Thursday, April 30, 2015. Students and staff prepared soups for those in attendance and we are happy to say that over $700 was raised! All proceeds will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross Nepal Region Earthquake Fund. If you wish to donate, please visit www.redcross.ca.
Please visit our "Gallery" to view photos from this event
April 29, 2015
On the morning of April 25, 2015, a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit outside the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu. This is the worst earthquake to hit the area in 80 years.
Please help by donating now. These charities are actively supporting relief efforts.
The country has declared a state of emergency, with the death toll reaching more than 4,000 in the first 48 hours. The earthquake also triggered multiple avalanches on Mt. Everest, where at least 13 bodies were found at a climbers’ basecamp and dozens of people were confirmed injured. Deaths have also been reported in neighbouring India, Bangladesh and Tibet. The number of deaths and injuries will inevitably rise as search and rescue efforts continue.
In Nepal, buildings, homes, streets, squares, an ancient temples collapsed. UNESCO World Heritage temples at Basantapur Durbar Square and the Dharara tower have crumbled. An estimated 250 people may have been at the Dharara tower at the time of the quake.
Rescuers continue to search through the rubble hoping to find survivors.
Your donation can do even more: The Government of Canada will match personal donations made between April 25th and May 25th to charities providing assistance to the people of Nepal. Canada is also deploying a DART assessment team to Nepal and will contribute $5 million towards relief efforts.
Please donate to help the people of Nepal. Visit the CanadaHelps Crisis Relief Centre to find and support the charities aiding in relief efforts...
April 28, 2015
This week, participants in the ANC Women’s Group took part in a Newfoundland Dance Workshop facilitated by Tonya Kearley Russell and her talented fiddle player. Everyone learned the basic Newfoundland square dance – an important part of the local culture and music scene! This event also marked International Dance Day – a day to celebrate the importance of dance all over the world. Please visit our "Gallery" to view photos from the event
April 21, 2015
Many thanks to Christine Caines and Peakaboo Beans Clothing for their very generous donation of new children's clothing to the Association for New Canadians! Check them out at www.peakaboobeans
April 13, 2015
March 21st marked the United Nations' International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. To commemorate this day, the Association for New Canadians held an essay contest for junior and senior high school students. The theme for the 2015 competition was "Racism and Discrimination," and students were encouraged to use this theme in their submissions. The ANC would like to congratulate Monique McGrath, a grade 8 student at Holy Trinity High School, and Israel Mohammed, a grade 11 student from Holy Heart of Mary High School, for their winning essays. Monique and Israel were presented with a cash prize by Ken Walsh, and their essays are shared with you here...
March 25, 2015
On March 25th, 2015, participants of the ANC's Women's Group took part in a Cooking Together session facilitated by the Association for New Canadians, MUN Medical Gateway Program, and St. Mark’s Church. Everyone helped to make a delicious meal of falafels with homemade salad and tzatziki sauce. While the food was being cooked, those in attendance took part in a grocery cart game. A great time was had by all! Please visit our "Gallery" to view photos from the event
March 20, 2015
The Association for New Canadians invites you to participate in a one day forum:
Newcomers to Canada - Trauma and Integration: Guidance for Professionals
This event will provide front-line service workers, community organizations and other individuals with practical skills and guidance to support refugees who have experienced trauma and/or are living with mental health issues. Through sessions and presentations on Cultural Competence, Working with Interpreters, and Trauma Informed Care, participants will gain a better understanding of the refugee experience in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Guest speakers at the event will include:
Dr. Pauline Duke, a family physician, professor at Memorial University's Faculty of Medicine and co-founder of Gateway, an ANC/MUN Medicine partnership linking refugees with family physicians in St. John's
Jim Oldford, MSW, RSW, a clinical social worker at the Janeway Family Centre and participant in Harvard University's Global Mental Health: Trauma and Recovery Certificate Program...
March 18, 2015
Students and staff at the Association for New Canadians' ESL Training Centre are celebrating Newfoundland and Labrador Multiculturalism Week 2015 by making use of all the snow on the ground! The morning of Wednesday, March 18th was spent building snow sculptures representative of students' countries of origin and/or cultural backgrounds. On Thursday, March 19th, the ANC hosted a Multicultural Festival that included a potluck of traditional foods, a display of written prose by newcomers to Canada, as well as a number of musical and dance performances. A wonderful time was had by all in attendance! Thank you to the Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism for providing support for these events! Please visit our "Gallery" to view photos from the day...