Refugee Sponsorship Training Program

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RSTP has trainers located across Canada to help with your questions about the private sponsorship of refugees. Please click on the nearest province for your local trainers’ contact information.


Anoush Newman, Calgary
Tel: 403.515.5868,
c/o CCIS office
1111 – 11 Ave, SW
Calgary, AB
T2R 0G5

Christina Hamer, Edmonton
Tel: 780.851.9133,
c/o CSS office
8212 – 118 Ave,
Edmonton, AB
T5B 0S3

British Columbia (services in English and French)

Michelle Ndizeye (English and French)
Tel: 604-283-9337; Toll-free: 1.877.290.1701 x2424;
c/o, MOSAIC Head Office
5575 Boundary Road
Vancouver, BC
V5R 2P9

Ekaterina Pak, Training Manager
Tel: 604.283.9319; Toll-free: 1.877.290.1701 x2418;
c/o MOSAIC Head Office
5575 Boundary Road,
Vancouver, BC
V5R 2P9


Hilina Shiwaye
Tel: 204.977.1000 x298,
c/o Welcome Place
521 Bannatyne Ave,
Winnipeg, MB
R3A 0E4

New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island (services in English and French)

Kendra Ball
Tel: 506.300.1309 | Toll free: 1.877.290.1701 ext: 2423;
c/o Multicultural Association of Fredericton
28 Saunders St,
Fredericton, NB
E3B 1N1

Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador

Evelyn Jones
Tel: 902.932.9474,
c/o Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS)
Suite 2120,
6960 Mumford Rd,
Halifax, NS
B3L 4P1

Ontario (services in English and French for Ottawa and Eastern and Northern Ontario)

Greater Toronto Area Lead Trainer: May Amouri, x2407,

Ottawa, Eastern and Northern Ontario Trainer (French and English): Gabrielle Jacobs, x2417,

Groups of Five and Community Sponsor Lead Trainer: Said Nixon Bangura, x2412,


Helen Smith-McIntyre
Tel: 306.343.8303 x107,
c/o Newcomer Information Centre,
106 – 129 3rd Avenue North,
Saskatoon, SK
S7K 2H4


The following staff are responsible for national programs:

National Trainers

BVOR (Blended Visa Office-Referred) Program Trainer: Parastoo Aznavehzadeh, x2403,

National French-Speaking Trainer (Formatrice francophone): Lidia Jarmasz, x2408,

Online Course Coordinator: Serena Richardson, x2416,

Senior Trainer: Suneet Kharay, x2414,

Refugee Sponsorship Support Program (SSP) Coordinator: Sathya Thillainathan, 416-757-7010 ext. 2231,


RSTP’s main office is housed at:

Catholic Crosscultural Services:
55 Town Centre Court, Suite 401
Toronto, ON M1P 4X4

Tel: 416.290.1700
Toll-free: 1.877.290.1701

Regular office hours: 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday


Please note that the RSTP offers training and information to private refugee sponsoring groups and interested members in the community. As such we are only able to respond to inquiries related to the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program. Our program does not handle refugee sponsorship applications and cannot match you with a sponsoring group, help you form a sponsoring group or release specific contact information of organizations that sponsor refugees. Unfortunately, we cannot offer assistance to people who do not have a representative within Canada. Please contact the nearest UNHCR office in your country of asylum for assistance.

The Frequently Asked Questions page contains a number of answers to common questions. If you cannot find the answer to your question, contact us at or by using the form below.

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