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December 19, 2016
One year on: newcomer serving and private sponsorship organizations thank Canadians for welcoming Syrians
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.
For those of us that work with refugees, the generosity of the public has been humbling. Whether it is high school students preparing welcome baskets, seniors knitting hats and scarves, individuals donating time and money to privately sponsor refugees, neighbours taking newly arrived children to hockey practice, or people, businesses, unions, faith and cultural communities, and social groups offering all manner of support, Canadians have shown once again that we are at our best when we reach out to welcome our future fellow citizens.
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.
Three decades ago, in 1986, the people of Canada were awarded the Nansen Medal for our efforts to welcome Vietnamese, Cambodian and Laotian refugees, including through private sponsorship. Now, another generation of Canadians, including former refugees, is embracing the opportunity to enrich their own lives and Canada’s diversity by welcoming refugees, in communities big and small right across Canada.
As with earlier refugee populations, newly arrived Syrians have been mainly focused on learning English or French, which is key to economic and social integration. Children are integrating into local schools.
Refugees are selected for resettlement to Canada on the basis of a need for protection. Many have arrived with special needs, as did previous refugee populations. It is important to recognize that the settlement and integration process takes time and, for some, income support is necessary. These investments will pay off over time as the newcomers will make significant contributions to Canadian society, as did past generations of newcomers.
The signatories are umbrellas of organizations serving newcomers and private sponsorship organizations across Canada. The umbrellas have a combined membership of over 600 organizations with approximately 40 years’ experience and expertise in welcoming newcomers, including both government assisted and privately sponsored refugees.
Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR)
Canadian Refugee Sponsorship Agreement Holders Association
Affiliation of Multicultural Societies & Service Agencies of British Columbia (AMSSA)
Alberta Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies (AAISA)
Saskatchewan Association of Immigrant Settlement and Integration Agencies (SAISIA)
Manitoba Association of Newcomer Serving Organizations (MANSO)
Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI)
Table de Concertation des organismes au service des personnes Réfugiées et Immigrantes (TCRI)
Atlantic Region Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies (ARAISA)
Multicultural Centre of the Yukon
Canadian Immigrant Settlement Sector Alliance - Alliance canadienne du secteur de l’établissement des immigrants (CISSA-ACSEI)
Janet Dench, Executive Director, Canadian Council for Refugees, (514) 277-7223, ext. 2, firstname.lastname@example.org
Brian Dyck, Council Chair of Canadian Refugee Sponsorship Agreement Holders Association, email@example.com
Katie Rosenberger, Executive Director, Affiliation of Multicultural Societies & Service Agencies of British Columbia, (604) 718-2780, KRosenberger@amssa.org
Milton Ortega, Provincial Manager, Alberta Association of Immigrant Settlement and Integration Agencies, (403) 273-2962 ext. 2753, firstname.lastname@example.org
Henri de la Garde, President, Saskatchewan Association of Immigrant Settlement and Integration Agencies (SAISIA), email@example.com
Vicki Sinclair, Executive Director, Manitoba Association of Newcomer Serving Organizations (MANSO), (204) 272-0872, firstname.lastname@example.org
Debbie Douglas, Executive Director, Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI), (416) 322-4950, ext. 229, email@example.com
Stephan Reichhold, Executive Director, Table de Concertation des organismes au service des personnes Réfugiées et Immigrantes, (514) 791-2455, firstname.lastname@example.org
Gerry Mills, President, Atlantic Region Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies (ARAISA), (902) 423-3607, email@example.com
Darlene Doerksen, Chief Executive Officer, Multicultural Centre of the Yukon, firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Friesen, Chair, CISSA-ACSEI, (778) 995-3009, chris.friesen@issbc...
December 10, 2016
Participants in our Youth Group had a fantastic time at the annual St. John’s Mummer’s Parade and were sporting some great masks that they made at Friends of United Nations (FUN) Club just for the occasion!
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December 06, 2016
In partnership with the MUN Med Gateway Project and St. Mark’s Church, participants in the ANC’s Men’s Group enjoyed a Cooking Together Session to learn how to cook halal spaghetti
December 06, 2016
Please note that the ESL Evening Classes scheduled for Tuesday, December 6 are the final classes until January 2017 (date to be determined)
December 02, 2016
The Association for New Canadians would like to extend its sincerest congratulations to Rukiya Jelal Yusuf for being named the recipient of the 2016 Fred Coxworthy Scholarship!
Fred Coxworthy was a longstanding and dedicated volunteer with the Association for many years, and his impressive knowledge, immense kindness, and everlasting dedication contributed much to what the organization is today.
This $500 annual scholarship was established in 2013 to honour Fred and to highlight the hard work of a student attending the ANC’s Language Training Centre. Indeed, Rukiya’s success in the Association’s ESL Program and the Adult Basic Education (ABE) Programs at Rabbittown and Academy Canada is a true testament to her hard work since arriving in Canada in 2014 as a Government-Assisted Refugee from Sudan.
Rukiya is currently completing Level 3 ABE at Academy Canada and plans to attend Memorial University to study nursing. She is certainly a highly ambitious and dedicated woman and is a very deserving recipient of this award...
December 01, 2016
The ANC would like to sincerely thank everyone who has contributed donations for the Children’s Christmas Party so far. While your generosity will certainly go a long way, we are still seeking donations of NEW toys for the following age ranges:
• 6-9 (e.g., Legos, Remote-control cars, Race tracks [hot wheels], Board games, Jewellery sets [e.g., for making beaded jewellery], Coloring/drawing sets/materials)
• 10-12 (e.g., Basket balls/soccer balls, Board games, Woodworking sets, Gift cards, Painting sets/materials, Vanity Sets, Cosmetic bags/accessories [no makeup])
Donations can be dropped off at the ANC’s Main Office at 144 Military Road or the ESL Training Centre on Smithville Crescent (next to St. Patrick’s Mercy Home). For more information, please contact Jon at (709) 579-9172 or Marlene at (709) 726-6848
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the closure of the facility, we are no longer accepting donations at the Booth High School Donation Centre. We are seeking a new space for our Donation Centre and will inform the public once a new location has been confirmed...
December 01, 2016
Last Tuesday, participants in the ANC’s Women’s Group enjoyed a tea party and a night of craft-making. A big thanks to the generous volunteers who helped deliver this event – your efforts are truly appreciated!
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November 21, 2016
The Association for New Canadians would like to extend our sincerest thanks to Deloitte for including us in the Impact Day activities
November 14, 2016
Thanks to the generous support from The Rooms, TD Bank, and the Nova Scotia Art Gallery, participants in the ANC’s Women’s Group were treated to a watercolor class followed by a guided tour of The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery and Museum.
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November 09, 2016
Our Fall 2016 Newsletter is now available HERE!...