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Upcoming Events

Join us on Thursday, June 21 for the next event in our Panel Discussion Series.

The Navigating Pathways to Meaningful Employmentdiscussion will focus on the following questions:

  • What challenges do newcomers and employers face in establishing the meaningful connections that make stable, professional careers possible?
  • How can we better prepare newcomers for the Canadian labour market? How do we support employers to hire them?
  • What are some innovative ways to address employment barriers such as non-recognition of international certification and a lack of local experience?


– Bassel Ramli (Refugee Jumpstart Program)

– Sylvia Marcos (Branch Manager, Royal Bank of Canada)


Rania Younes (WHTO Director and Co-Founder)

The discussion will be held in the 3rd Floor Lounge at CSI Regent Park. Doors open at 6:30PM.

Join us on Thursday, June 28 for an information session on What to Expect as a Private Sponsor.

This session will focus on the lived experience of both newcomers and sponsors, including the day to day challenges and rewards of the first three months and up to Month 13, when sponsorship commitments end.


  • The type of sponsor training/pre-arrival resources available
  • Managing expectations and sponsorship ethics
  • How to interact with Settlement Sector
  • Cultural awareness and building trust
  • Matching sponsors/refugees

This event is for:

  • Members of sponsorship groups with lived experience of sponsorship
  • Members of agencies and advocacy groups dealing with refugees
  • Newcomers to Canada
  • Sponsors who wish to take part in a new sponsorship

Guest Speaker

Shamim Ahmadi (Founder, Ahmada Development Organization)


Tina Aseffa (Communications Director, Al-Qazzaz Foundation)

Malaz Sebai (Treasurer, Lifeline Syria)

Sara Shahsiah (Projects Coordinator, Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants)


Rania Younes (WHTO Director and Co-Founder)

The discussion will be held on the 18th Floor of 400 University Avenue. Doors open at 5:30PM.