Refugee Sponsorship Experiences What I Wish I Had Known

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Join Amnesty International and the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) for a panel discussion on refugee sponsorship. Refugees and sponsors will share their experiences, including expectations, the preparation process, and life after arrival in Canada. This will be followed by a Q&A. Whether you are a refugee sponsor, a community member or a professional working with resettled refugees, the panel will allow you to hear directly from refugees and sponsors about lived experiences and learn how to support refugee sponsorship in your community.

• 7:00 pm Tuesday April 12 at Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St.

Panelists include:
Azaria Wolday, who came to Canada as a refugee claimant seven years ago, and now manages the refugee sponsorship program at Northwood Neighbourhood Services.

Stella Savage, whose experience with refugee sponsorship started in 1991, when the Holy Trinity Refugee Committee sponsored refugee families from Cambodia and El Salvador. Since then, the Committee has gone on to sponsor more than 120 refugees from many countries.

A Rwandan refugee, who spent over six years in Uganda waiting for resettlement to Canada. She was a teenager when she arrived in Canada in 2006.

A Palestinian-Syrian social worker who lived in Yarmouk refugee camp, and documented human rights abuses in Syria. After a terrible ordeal, she and her three daughters fled Syria to Beirut, Lebanon, where they had to live illegally for almost three years.
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By: Amnesty International Toronto Organization