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

Health Care Services for Refugees

Guelph Community Health Centre (GCHC) are prepared to provide Primary Heath Care to Syrian Refugees when they  arrive. GCHC has a team of health care providers; cultural interpreters, dieticians, nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers (experienced in PTSD and Trauma); Family Physicians, health promoters and Health Guides (individuals who support patients with walking with people through the social services and health related services) .
Please see the Refugee Information Sheet on the Resources page.

St. Cecilia Day Benefit Concert – 4 p.m. November 22 – St. George’s Anglican

The news has been full of images of refugees, scrambling for safety in a precarious world. As a church, we have a chance to respond to this crisis by sponsoring a Syrian refugee family. Money raised will help support our sponsorship of this family.  Our commitment as a church is to justice, peace and love for all people. We are thrilled with this opportunity, and thank you for your support.

When: SundayNovember 22, 2015
Time: 4 pm
Where: St. George’s Anglican Church – 99 Woolwich Street, Guelph
What: a musical celebration & reception
Benefit: to support our sponsorship of a Syrian Refugee family

Where to get tickets:

Ticket cost:

$40 (includes $20 tax receipt)

For additional details –

Supper for Syrians – Thursday, November 26 – Centre Wellington District High School

Syrian-themed Menu – Proceeds to the Red Cross to aid refugees from the Syrian conflict.

A Centre Wellington Community Collaboration featuring:

  • CWDHS students, Chef Jess and The Food School
  • Resa Lent of the Desert Rose Café
  • Nishin Nathwani, recent UNHCR worker
  • Project Welcome

Centre Wellington District High School
Thursday, November 26
Doors open at 5:30; Dinner at 6:00
Tickets at the door
$20 adults | $7 youth | $5 children
Take-Outs Available

Supper for Syrians poster

Information session – Our new Syrian neighbours: Wednesday, November 25th at 7 p.m. – Dublin Street United

Our new Syrian Neighbours: Understanding their past; Supporting their future.
Information night hosted by Dublin’s Justice and Outreach Committee – Nov. 25, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the Hallman Room located in Dublin Street United Church. University of Guelph History Professor Renee Worringer will speak on the historical legacies in Syria leading to the current situation and her experiences living in Damascus. Mitra Salarvand, Peer Parent Coordinator at Onward Willow Community Centre, will present ways we can welcome and get to know immigrants to enable them to take ownership of their futures in Canada. Open to the public, no charge.