Salvation Army Accepting Donations

The Guelph Salvation Army is accepting clothing donations, winter coats, and food for the refugee families.  The public can also drop off items such as toys and household items such as kitchenware’s and household furniture that is very good condition.

These items can be dropped off at 210 Victoria Road South from Monday-Friday 9am-4pm.

Frequently Asked Questions on Donations

Are knitted items and gently used clothing accepted?

Is this the best place to drop off donations for refugees arriving in Guelph?

Is there an estimated timeline for arrivals of refugees to Guelph, so donations can be ready before hand?

One family arrived in June 2015. Other refugee families will be arriving by the end of December 2015 and early in 2016.

Today’s Media Coverage

Below is a short list of the numerous articles that were released by Canadian media today.


LIP Comes Out in Support of Refugees

Thursday, November 25th, the Guelph Wellington Local Immigration Partnership published a statement in support of welcoming refugees into Guelph and the surrounding regions.A full list of their members can be found here.
The full statement is below.

The Guelph Wellington Local Immigration Partnership is a coalition of organizations and individuals who strive to create a caring and equitable community that is welcoming of immigrants. We believe that the current situation involving refugees should be of utmost importance to people in Guelph and Wellington County. Through the generosity of our neighbours, Guelph and Wellington is poised to welcome as many as 50 refugee families through private sponsorship.

The GWLIP does not subscribe to the belief that refugees are a security concern as there is no evidence of any links between refugees and Canadian security. Further, recent events in Paris and elsewhere do not require any change in Canada’s approach to Syrian refugees, since ensuring a thorough security check has always been a mandatory part of the plan.

The GWLIP asserts that, in fact, refugees bring a tremendous amount of benefit to the community in terms of experience, skills, and passion, and are part of this region’s long and rich history. Because of decades of supporting refugees in the community, there are some helpful services for refugees already in place. We offer our support to connect and convene those working on refugee issues, along with other leaders in the community, to ensure that our communities are ready to support and welcome refugees with open arms.

Imagine having to leave your home for fear of your family’s safety, living in refugee camps, and making a perilous journey across the ocean to a new community. Now imagine this community is Guelph and Wellington County.  What a beautiful final destination to start a new life.  Together, let us make sure that all refugees get the best start possible.

Guelph Wellington Local Immigration Partnership

Jim Estill providing support to 50 Refugee families

For those of you who attended the Refugee Sponsorship Forum last night, Sara Sayyed of the Muslim Society of Guelph (MSOG) shared this information and how MSOG is working with Jim Estill to bring 50 families to Guelph.

For those who were unable to attend, check out the Guelph Mercury Article: Guelph businessman funds 50 Syrian refugee families.

Also, here is Jim’s interview on CBC November 26.


Ontario Preparing to Welcome Syrian Refugees Province Partnering with Federal Government to Settle and Integrate Refugees

Province Partnering with Federal Government to Settle and Integrate Refugees

Ontario is a welcoming and inclusive society and is working to ensure seamless, co-ordinated and appropriate support for the refugees who will arrive in this province.

Today, the federal government announced its plans to welcome Syrian refugees to Canada. In addition to collaborating with the federal government, Ontario has also been working with municipal governments and across ministries to mobilize and identify provincial resources to support the settlement of refugees.

The remainder of the news release can be found here.

Training Webinars

Although the first webinar was today, you may be interested in the following webinars put on by the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program and Settlement and Education Partnership in Toronto.


The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) and Settlement and Education Partnership in Toronto (SEPT) Programs at Catholic Crosscultural Services (CCS) are organizing a series of webinars on sponsorship and settlement of refugees to promote an understanding of refugees, their unique challenges and resources available to them. In addition to general challenges, we will be sharing information on challenges specific to the Syrian refugees as Canada prepares to welcome 25,000 Syrian refugees over the next few months. The webinars will be offered over three consecutive Wednesdays starting November 25, 2015. To facilitate participation, we will be offering each webinar twice a day, once in the morning and once in the afternoon. These webinars are open to service providers and school board staff.
To secure your spot and to register, please select the links given below. Spaces are limited.
Who is a refugee? Who are resettled to Canada? What are the various resettlement programs? How many refugees are resettled globally and in Canada?  Where does refugee resettlement fall in the overall immigration to Canada? What are the common myths about refugees and resettled refugees? Which refugee populations are mostly resettled and sponsored into Canada?
Date: Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Option 1
 Time: 9:30 -10:30 am (Toronto time)-to register for this session go to this link:

Option 2
 Time: 3:30 -4:30 pm (Toronto time)- go to the link below to register:
How can you sponsor refugees?  What role can you as individuals and institutions play in sponsorship and settlement of refugees? What are the usual settlement challenges that sponsored refugees face? What resources are available to support sponsored refugees?
Date: Wednesday, December 02, 2015
Option 1
 Time : 9:30 -10:30 am (Toronto time)- to register for this session go to this link:
Option 2
 Time: 3:30 -4:30 pm (Toronto time)- go to the link below to register :
How Syrian refugees are resettled to Canada? From where they are being sponsor? What do we anticipate in term of the composition, family size and needs of Syrians who will be resettled?  What should we know about culture and customs of Syrians? What experiences Syrian refugees might have gone through and their possible impacts on their settlement?

Date: Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Option 1
 Time – 9:30 -10:30 am (Toronto time)- to register for this session go to this link: 
Option 2
 Time – 3:30 -4:30 pm (Toronto time)- go to the link below to register :
 If you have any questions, please email
SEPT Program @

Ontario Forms Ministers’ Ad Hoc Committee on Refugees

Province Coordinating Efforts to Support the Federal Government’s Plan to Settle Refugees
November 19, 2015 8:30 A.M.

Office of the Premier

The Ontario Government has established a Ministers’ Ad Hoc Committee on Refugees in order to support its commitment to help settle thousands of refugees before the end of the year. Ontario stands ready to support the federal government’s strategy, and will work to increase the capacity of settlement and integration services to meet the needs of the refugees who will be settled in Ontario.

For the full article follow the link –

Events November 22-29

Upcoming events for the week of November 22-29
Sunday, November 22, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
St. George’s Anglican – 99 Woolwich Street
Ticket cost: $40 (includes $20 tax receipt)
Tuesday, November 24, 7:30 p.m.
First Baptist Church – 255 Woolwich Street
Open to the public, no charge
Wednesday, November 25, 7:00 p.m.
Hallman Room located in Dublin Street United Church
Open to the public, no charge
Thursday, November 26, 5:30 p.m.
Centre Wellington District High School
Tickets at the door: $20 adults | $7 youth | $5 children