What We've Been Up To

In pursuing our mission to connect services in a dynamic and integrated way, WelcomeHomeTO has become a go-to partner for groups and agencies.

WHTO in the Community

Speaking Engagements

Events We've Participated In

Events We've Supported

Thought Pieces

Why We Remember

Why We Remember The AfD (Alternative for Germany) started in 2013 as a eurosceptic party, opposed to the single currency, but has shifted further to the right, gaining success in state parliaments over the past year through its anti-immigrant rhetoric amid the influx...

Active Citizen Social Enterprise Summit 2017

Active Citizens Social Enterprise Summit  Representing WelcomeHomeTO, I was invited to be 1 of 15 youth, who traveled to Ottawa to attend the Active Citizen Social Enterprise Summit (ACSE) held on Parliament Hill. I had attended the ACSE training in Montreal during...

Understanding and Empowering Grassroots Refugee-Support Move by WHTO co-founder Rania Younes

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No New Money: A Call for Civic Action

At the recent Canadian Council for Refugees Refugees Welcome Here: Awareness, Advocacy and Action consultation, the Canadian government made it clear – there is no new money for refugee sponsorship and settlement efforts. If any money is allocated to new...

Masjid Toronto

    Yesterday I attended prayer services at Masjid Mosque in downtown Toronto.  I was there at the invitation of a friend of mine, a newcomer who came to Canada from the Middle East as a refugee. The inspiration for this visit was a chat about Ramadan and...

Where do we go from here? How to respond to hate and xenophobia in a post-factual world

PREFACE: I’ve been reflecting quite a bit about the events of the past few months because it’s been resurfacing a lot of memories and thoughts that I had while doing research on the rise of right-wing populism in relation to refugee policy in Europe. Initially, I...

St. Stephen Church

There’s a big crowd waiting at St. Stephen’s door when I arrive. Before long, the crowd has morphed into a line-up that stretches to the end of the block and around the corner. Most of the people who have come out are private sponsors of Syrian refugees; chatter in...

The Canadian Project

Let’s be honest with ourselves; we are all New Canadians. Only Canada’s First Nations have legitimate claim of being first to the party. And while it is crucial we acknowledge and reconcile Canada’s colonialist past and the ongoing, systemic barriers...

Update: recent activities at WelcomeHomeTO

I started coming to Civic Tech Toronto meet-ups just over a month ago and joined the Welcome Home TO team – and in that short amount of time, the team has been remarkably busy! Over the past few weeks, one of our main goals has been working on getting this very...

The Plaza Hotel

“Marhaba,” I say. “Ish mi Craig.” “Is mi,” my teacher corrects me. “Not ish, is.” I say it again – marhaba, hello. Is mi Craig; my name is Craig. My new Arabic teacher is Khaled, a 10 year-old new Canadian with an infectious smile and a great deal of patience....

WHTO Impact

iamsick.ca partnership

Information Sessions for Engaged Citizens

Syrian Salad Club

Volunteer Toronto partnership

Network Weaving

Settlement System Consulting