What churches learned about refugee sponsorship

In this webinar we will catch up on the latest developments with private refugee sponsorship in Canada, but even more importantly, speak to Canadians who have worked directly with incoming refugee families in the last 18 months to help them settle into Canadian life. What have they learned? What would they do differently? What do churches who are just starting this journey need to know? And, we want to hear from you during the webinar. Do you have tips to share? Lessons learned? Be ready to send them to us during the live webinar and we will share those too.

About our guests: 
Brian Dyck has been the migration and resettlement program coordinator at Mennonite Central Committee Canada since February 2015. Before that he was refugee assistance program coordinator at the MCC Manitoba office for seven and a half years. His primary work at MCC has been helping churches think about refugee sponsorship and the broader issues around forced displacement. Since May 2012 he has also been chair of the Canadian National Refugee Sponsorship Agreement Holder Association, a national organization that meets with the Canadian government to help form Canadian policy on refugee resettlement.

Kathy Mercer is the coordinator of welcome and settlement for the Port Perry Refugee Support Group, a consortium of churches and individuals in the Port Perry, Ont., area who have welcomed four Syrian refugee families in the last 18 months. Mercer was an occupational therapist until she retired and has filled her time with the helping the new families.

Jacqueline Derrah has been involved with refugee sponsorship with the Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada since 2015. The Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada are a Sponsorship Agreement Holder and have helped to facilitate numerous sponsorships over the past 20 years. 

Time: 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

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