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  • Family Reunification – How to Sponsor Refugees Info Session (in Arabic & English)

    Date: Wednesday July 5, 2017
    Time: 7:00 pm — 9:00 pm EDT
    Where: Whitby Central Library 405 Dundas Street West, Whitby, ON L1N 6A1
    Description: This session will cover: Family reunification through refugee sponsorship; Who can be sponsored? What is proof of refugee status? Who can sponsor? Steps in the sponsorship process and One Year Window applications. For registration, please call Ana Fabroa 905-420-3607 or email afabroa@unemployedhelp.on.ca before June 28, 2017
  • Private Refugee Sponsorship: Group of Five & Community Sponsor

    Date: Tuesday June 27, 2017
    Time: 1.00 pm – 3.30 pm MDT
    Where: Mennonite Central Committee Alberta, 2946 32 St NE Calgary, AB T1Y 6J7
    Description: This free workshop is for new sponsorship groups and interested community members who wish to form a Group of Five or submit an application as a Community Please register by June 16 via the link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/group-of-5-sponsorship-training-session-by-rstp-tickets-34987898747 or by contacting the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program at mnewman@rstp.ca - (403) 515-5858.
  • Private Refugee Sponsorship

    Date: Saturday June 24, 2017
    Time: 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm MDT
    Where: Calgary Catholic Immigration Society, 315 - 1111 11 Ave SW Calgary, AB T2R 0G5
    Description: This free workshop is for new sponsorship groups and interested community members who wish to form a Group of Five or submit an application as a Community Sponsor.  Please register by June 16 via the link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/group-of-5-sponsorship-training-session-by-rstp-tickets-34921176178 or by contacting the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program at: mnewman@rstp.ca - (403) 515-5858.
  • Supporting Settlement and Integration

    Date: Tuesday May 23, 2017
    Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm ADT
    Where: St. Thomas University, 825 Montgomery St in the Brian Mulroney Hall (Room 103), Fredericton NB
    Description: This free workshop is designed for experienced sponsors, sponsors new to private refugee sponsorship, sponsors waiting for the arrival of the family they have sponsored and sponsors nearing the end of their sponsorship period are invited to attend. The workshop will discuss the following themes of settlement and integration support: Settlement challenges and best practices: What are some approaches and tools to plan for the successful settlement support of sponsored newcomers? Ethical practices for sponsoring groups: How do power imbalances affect the relationship between sponsors and newcomers, and how can this be minimized? Managing expectations: What expectations do sponsors and newcomers have of each other, and how can expectations be managed to avoid potential conflict, and facilitate successful sponsorship? (Refreshments will be provided) Sponsors can register for the workshop by visiting the following link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/private-refugee-sponsorship-supporting-settlement-and-integration-registration-34658925780  
  • Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program – Post-Arrival Settlement and Integration Matters

    Date: Thursday May 18, 2017
    Time: 5.00pm – 8.00pm PDT
    Where: Christ Church Cathedral (CNJ room upstairs); 930 Burdett Ave, Victoria BC
    Description: The session will cover a number of post-arrival sponsorship matters, including: The Role of Sponsors in the Sponsorship Process; Ethical Considerations in Sponsorship; Preparing for the End of Sponsorship: when to start and what to consider?; and Programs and Support available to Sponsored Newcomers throughout the Sponsorship Period and starting with Month 13.  Please register by following the link: https://rstptrainingmay18.eventbrite.ca or by contacting the RSTP at epak@rstp.ca or 604-254-9626 x 517.  
  • How to Sponsor Syrian Refugees (Arabic)

    Date: Wednesday May 10, 2017
    Time: 12:30 pm – 14:30 pm EDT
    Where: Beasley Community Centre, 145 Wilson St, Hamilton, ON L8R 1E4
    Description: The RSTP will be presenting in this workshop session organised by Wesley Urban Ministries Inc, Hamilton ON.  The topics that will be covered include: Who can be sponsored?, Who can sponsor?, How to sponsor? Sponsorship process, Financial and Settlement Responsibilities, Family reunification under One Year Window, and Proof of refugee status recognition.  
  • Supporting Settlement and Integration

    Date: Monday April 24, 2017
    Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm ADT
    Where: Visions United Church, 1270 Gorge Road, Stilesville, NB E1G 3E5
    Description: This free workshop is designed for sponsors new to sponsorship, and experienced sponsors alike! Please feel very welcome to advertise widely to any sponsors that you are in contact with that may be interested in attending. Themes of settlement and integration support that would discuss in this workshop include: Settlement challenges and best practices: What are some approaches and tools to plan for the successful settlement support of sponsored newcomers? Ethical practices for sponsoring groups: How do power imbalances affect the relationship between sponsors and newcomers, and how can this be minimized? Managing expectations: What expectations do sponsors and newcomers have of each other, and how can expectations be managed to avoid potential conflict, and facilitate successful sponsorship? Sponsors can register for the workshop by visiting the following link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/private-refugee-sponsorship-supporting-settlement-and-integration-tickets-33471976583
  • Supporting Settlement and Integration

    Date: Saturday April 22, 2017
    Time: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm ADT
    Where: Captain William Spry Community Centre, 16 Sussex Street, Halifax NS (in the Community Multi-Purpose room)
    Description: This free workshop is designed for sponsors new to sponsorship, and experienced sponsors alike! Please feel very welcome to advertise widely to any sponsors that you are in contact with that may be interested in attending. Themes of settlement and integration support that would discuss in this workshop include: Settlement challenges and best practices: What are some approaches and tools to plan for the successful settlement support of sponsored newcomers? Ethical practices for sponsoring groups: How do power imbalances affect the relationship between sponsors and newcomers, and how can this be minimized? Managing expectations: What expectations do sponsors and newcomers have of each other, and how can expectations be managed to avoid potential conflict, and facilitate successful sponsorship? Sponsors can register for the workshop by visiting the following link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/private-refugee-sponsorship-supporting-settlement-and-integration-tickets-33339260626
  • Private Refugee Sponsorship – Supporting Settlement and Managing Expectations

    Date: Saturday March 18, 2017
    Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm MDT
    Where: Yellowknife United Church (Northern United Place, 5403 - 50 Avenue (Franklin Ave) Yellowknife, NT
    Description:   Anyone who is interested in Private Refugee Sponsorship Program is encouraged to join this free workshop that will focus on the subject of post-arrival settlement and integration support. We will discuss the following topics: Settlement preparation: What are some approaches and tools to plan for successful settlement of sponsored refugees? Settlement resources: What resources are available in Yellowknife that will assist in preparing for successful settlement? Managing expectations: What are sponsors’ and refugees’ expectations of each other and how can expectations be managed to avoid potential conflict? Power imbalance: How do power imbalances affect the relationship between sponsors and refugees and how can this be minimized? Preparing for the end of sponsorship: When should sponsors start preparing for the end of sponsorship period? How to conduct evaluation of achievements?  Please register by following the link: https://rstpworkshopmarch18.eventbrite.ca or by contacting the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program at epak@rstp.ca or 604-254-9626 x 517.  
  • Information Session and Discussion on Private Refugee Sponsorship Program

    Date: Friday March 17, 2017
    Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm MDT
    Where: Yellowknife United Church (Northern United Place, 5403 - 50 Avenue (Franklin Ave), Yellowknife NT
    Description: In this session, participants will learn more about the Private Refugee Sponsorship program, how it works, eligibility criteria, and how to get involved.  Topics that will be explored, including: What is Private Refugee Sponsorship Program? Eligibility Criteria for Sponsors and Applicants Application Processing Times Sponsors' Responsibilities.  Please register by following the link: https://rstpinfosessionmarch17.eventbrite.ca or by contacting the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program at epak@rstp.ca or 604-254-9626 x 517.


Pre-registration to attend any of these information sessions and workshops is required. Please contact the RSTP to pre-register for any of these events.

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