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Thanks to everyone who helped organize and run last night’s WelcomeHome.to discussion on Language barriers (and for those of you who came and participated too!)

We heard over and over last night “put yourself in their shoes”, so I am sharing this all time favorite video of mine, a creative submission by youth in the Middle East called dining table…..moments in the shoe of a refugee.

Since we were talking about language training last night, and as Mounir Nasri pointed out yesterday, communications is possible in many forms, not just language. I guarantee you will NOT need the sub-title translation, just walking in their shoes and following the music and vocal tone will tell you what it is all about.

A big shout out to our amazing panel, Judith Fisher, Cyril Ayeobore, Mustafa Fadel and Mounir Nasri. Mustafa and Mounir, it’s always a pleasure being in the same space as you are, as a Canadian Arab I am always proud of the ideas and energy you bring to any conversation. Judith and Cyril, your insight and contributions were amazing and we look forward to collaborate with you on various fronts moving forward.


Special thanks to our sponsors Centre for Social Innovation and MCIS Language Solutions for their continuous support and efforts to create space for such dynamic conversations.

Thank you to our innovation partners who have never failed us and bring impact ideas and solutions to our beautiful Canada everyday: On the Spot Language LoveArabic 

Thanks to the wonderful women of the ACCT New Canadians Kitchen for the delicious food! And to Nermine Zohdi, Roula and Shadi Shami for making it happen!


Last but not least, to our volunteers and supporters (whom I can’t even start listing cause it will take forever!) and to the WHTO effective disruptors and my partners in crime Craig C-E Derakhshan Q A Andrew Simpson Kitty Shephard

Hope you like the video, and remember,

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,

Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

– the fabulous Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

Rania Younes is a co-founder of Welcome Home TO