Dear UCM Family,
I am thrilled to announce that the first Syrian refugee family we have agreed to sponsor has been approved by Quebec Immigration! Now we must wait for Canadian Immigration to approve the family as permanent residents of Canada. We understand that this process may take anywhere from three to eight weeks.
This means that our family could arrive sometime between mid-March and mid-April. We have a lot to prepare!
So please join me this coming Tuesday night, March 1, 7:00 p.m., for a special program about Syrian culture and the refugee experience. (This is the second in a series of events that we are asking all volunteers who will work with the family to attend.)
Syrian Refugee Roundtable:
Syrian Culture and the Refugee Experience
Tuesday, March 1, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Unitarian Church of Montreal
5035 de Maisonneuve Ouest, Montreal
The evening will begin with a Syrian Cultural Guide presented by Adnan Al Mhamied, followed by personal reflections about Syrian refugee experiences.
Adnan Al Mhamied fled Syrian in 2014 and is now a student in McGill’s International Community Action Netowrk (ICAN) which brings together people from the Middle East studying social work and law to develop rights-based community practices to help empower citizens and foster peace.
Waseem Ramli immigrated from Syrian to Montreal many years ago and is currently helping Syrian refugees to come to Quebec. He will be joined by a recent refugee and their sponsor.
Jasmine Van Deventer is co-director of Singa Quebec, an organization dedicated to welcoming refugees “comme à la maison”.
I hope to see you Tuesday night,
Dear UCM Family,