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  • Private Sponsorship Workshop

    Date: Wednesday September 28, 2016
    Time: 1:30 pm EDT
    Where: 150 North Christina Street - Lambton Shared Services Centre - Training Room #2-3, Sarnia ON
    Description: The workshop is open to private sponsors in Sarnia ON and will cover topics on Managing Expectation and Sponsorship Ethics.
  • Information Session on Private Refugee Sponsorship

    Date: Monday, September 26, 2016
    Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm ADT
    Where: ISANS, Classroom #10 (6960 Mumford rd, Suite 2120, Halifax NS
    Description: RSTP and Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) are hosting a free workshop on supporting settlement and managing expectations for refugee sponsors Topics covered: • Roles and responsibilities of sponsors • Ethical sponsorship and empowerment • Settlement tasks, tips, and available local resources • Managing expectations Interested sponsors can please register by emailing RSTP Atlantic Trainer, Laura Hambleton, at lhambleton@rstp.ca.
  • Managing Expectations & Ethics in Refugee Sponsorship

    Date: Thursday October 20, 2016
    Time: 2:30 pm—5:00 pm EDT
    Where: Room 519, Kaneff Tower, York U Keele Campus, Toronto ON
    Description: The workshop will explore various themes, including: Managing mutual expectations and avoiding potential conflicts; Code of ethics and ethical practices for sponsoring groups; and Working to minimize power imbalances. York event contact: John Carlaw, carlaw@yorku.ca RSTP contact: Nadine Nasir, torontorss@rstp.ca, Tel: 416-290-1700 ext 404
  • Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program: Supporting Settlement and Managing Expectations

    Date: Saturday September 24, 2016
    Time: 10:00 am – 3:30 pm MDT
    Where: Margaret Chisholm Resettlement Centre, 23 McDougal Court NE, Calgary AB
    Description: This training session is intended for the private sponsors of refugees and will explore 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 Calgary 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? • Code of ethics for privately sponsoring groups: What are some ethical practices that private sponsors may wish to consider? • Power imbalance: How do power imbalances affect the relationship between sponsors and refugees and how can this be minimized? Interested participants are invited to register by September 19 via the link: https://rstpsept24.eventbrite.ca
  • Private Refugee Sponsorship as a Group of Five or Community Sponsor

    Date: Friday September 23, 2016
    Time: 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm MDT
    Where: Calgary Immigrant Educational Society, 3820 32nd St NE, Calgary AB T1Y 7L9
    Description: A free information session for new sponsorship groups and interested community members who wish to form a Group of Five or submit an application as a Community Sponsor. Join us and learn about requirements for group members, eligibility criteria for sponsored applicants, sponsorship process and timelines, and how to complete sponsorship application forms. Interested participants are invited to register by September 21 via the link: https://rstpsept23.eventbrite.ca
  • Private Refugee Sponsorship: Supporting Settlement and Integration

    Date: Saturday September 17, 2016
    Time: 10:00am to 3:30pm PDT
    Where: Hills of Peace Lutheran Church, 695 Robson Drive, Kamloops, BC
    Description: This training session is intended for sponsorship groups who have submitted their applications and are currently waiting for the sponsored newcomers to arrive, or those who have recently welcomed sponsored newcomers. The session will cover the following topics: - The role of sponsors - Stages of Settlement and Cultural Adjustment - Practicing ethical considerations - Managing unrealistic expectations - Phasing Out and Preparing for Long-Term To register for the training, please click on the link: http://trainingsep17.eventbrite.ca
  • RSTP Round Table in Lunenburg NS

    Date: Sunday September 11, 2016
    Time: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm ADT (Refreshments provided)
    Where: Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
    Description: RSTP in partnership with Liz MacBeth, coordinator of Open Harbour Refugee Association, and Fern Jordan of Lunenburg Friends are offering a workshop and round table discussion for private sponsors in the South Shore region of Nova Scotia. Registration is full.
  • Private Refugee Sponsorship: Community Sponsor

    Date: Wednesday August 31, 2016
    Time: 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm PDT
    Where: DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society 13455 76 Ave, Surrey, BC V3W 2W3
    Description: This workshop is for new and existing sponsorship groups and interested community members who wish to learn more about sponsoring as a Community Sponsor. Join us and learn about requirements for sponsorship groups, eligibility criteria for sponsored applicants, sponsorship process and timelines, and how to complete sponsorship application forms. To register, please follow the link: http://rstpcommunitysponsor.eventbrite.ca
  • Private Refugee Sponsorship: Group of Five

    Date: Tuesday August 30, 2016
    Time: 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm PDT
    Where: DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society 13455 76 Ave, Surrey, BC V3W2W3
    Description: This workshop is for new sponsorship groups and interested community members who wish to form a Group of Five to engage in private refugee sponsorship. Join us and learn about requirements for group members, eligibility criteria for sponsored applicants, sponsorship process and timelines, and how to complete sponsorship application forms. To register, please follow the link: http://rstpgroupfive.eventbrite.ca.
  • Private Refugee Sponsorship: Supporting Settlement

    Date: Monday, August 22, 2016
    Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm (refreshments provided)
    Where: Rath Eastlink Community Center, Community Room, 625 Abenaki Rd, Truro, Nova Scotia
    Description: The topics that would be covered in this workshop include: • Settlement challenges & best practices • Boundaries & ethical aspects of sponsoring & volunteering • Cultural sensitivity • Managing expectations • Working together and conflict resolution • Empowerment and self-determination. More information can be found in the attached flyer. To register, please email: lhambleton@rstp.ca.


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.

To request a workshop, information session or training for your group or organization, contact the RSTP.