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Associates in the Maritimes Are Involved with the Resettlement of Syrian Refugees

Marjorie Allison-Ross

In early January, we asked associates to let us know if they were part of any preparations to receive the Syrian Newcomers to Canada. We heard from a few groups.

In Woodstock, NB, 2 associates are part of the Planning Committees for their local areas (Finance and Health & Wellness). The overall Planning Committee is a partnership of churches, organizations and individuals working together to submit applications to receive approximately 6 families in Carleton County. Many associates have donated money, clothing and household items. Some have assisted with sorting clothing donations. One of the homes that a Syrian family will be living in is the former Congregation of Notre Dame Convent where sisters lived for 27 years. Some of the associates have been asked to clean it and prepare it to be ready to receive the new family. One picture shows volunteers sorting the clothing donations. Other photo is the Convent on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the Congregation of Notre Dame Mission in Woodstock in 2003. The Committee has just been informed that it may be March before the families arrive.

 

In Summerside, PEI, Associates have made financial donations to support a family that the United Church is sponsoring. They expect to be asked do more volunteering when the family actually arrives.

In Halifax, NS, Associates are making financial, used clothing and household items donations and offering prayers for the Syrian Refugees/Newcomers in that city.

 

In Sydney, NS, at the Marguerite Bourgeoys Parish, a fundraiser was held one weekend to support the application for a family to come to Sydney. There are 100 volunteers from that Parish and 1 member is an associate. Many associates have made financial donations for this project. 

 

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