1) Introduction to Canada’s Refugee Sponsorship Programs - Friday March 1, 2019 - 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM EST
Topics covered: an overview of Canada’s refugee sponsorship programs; the history and launch of the PSR program; and, the PSR program as part of global resettlement efforts.
Registration URL: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8250812617753164556
2) The PSR Program: Who Can Sponsor and Who Can be Sponsored - Tuesday March 5, 2019 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EST
Topics covered: who can sponsor under the PSR program; who can be sponsored; refugee status documents: what are they and who needs them; and, an overview of sponsors’ financial and settlement responsibilities under the PSR program.
Registration URL: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4228484623023039244
3) The PSR Program: How to Prepare and Submit a Successful Application Package - Friday March 8, 2019 - 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM EST
Topics covered: an overview of the application process; recent updates and changes to processing; who can be included on one application package; what supporting documents need to be included in the application package; completing the forms for Groups of Five; completing the forms for Community Sponsors; proof of funds requirements; and, completing the refugees’ forms.
Registration URL: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2737240092014664716
4) The PSR Program: Adding Dependents Post-Submission and Updating Applications - Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT
Topics covered: the importance of keeping IRCC up-to-date with any changes in circumstances; who to contact and when; and, how to add dependents post-submission.
Registration URL: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5591636049395599628
5) The PSR Program: Supporting Settlement and Integration - Friday March 22, 2019 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EST
Topics covered: recap of sponsors’ settlement and financial responsibilities under the PSR program; the importance of connecting newcomers with a settlement agency; managing expectations; power imbalance; and, ethical considerations.
Registration URL: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8788375947200858892
6) The PSR Program: Preparing for Month 13 - Tuesday March 26, 2019 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EST
Topics covered: when should sponsors start preparing for Month 13; what to consider when preparing newcomers for Month 13; services available for sponsored newcomers in Month 13; evaluating the sponsorship; and, the post-sponsorship relationship.
Registration URL: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8558319631763163404
Are the news stories of those displaced by war, famine, flood, and political persecution leaving you feeling helpless, dismayed, or hopeless? There are some concrete ways that you can help these people.
The Archdiocese is looking for two to three volunteers to help develop a refugee sponsorship program resource. The time commitment is one month, mid Jan. to mid Feb. 40-50 hours (flexible, but might include evenings and weekends). You would be asked to interview, write, and edit a comprehensive document to help parishes and community groups discern and understand the sponsorship process.
If you have excellent writing, critical thinking and organizational skills and an interest in this area please think about applying. A knowledge of refugee sponsorship is not a requirement. In fact, this process would provide a great opportunity to learn. Being able to provide an fresh perspective will prove incredibly helpful in better enabling us to welcome our sisters and brothers to our beautiful archdiocese.
Contact Tashia Toupin at (306) 352-1651 ext. 222 or ttoupinarchregina [dot] sk [dot] ca for more information or to apply.
General information http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/refugees/index.asp
Kinds of Sponsorships
Refugee Sponsorship Report
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the Parishes who participated and contributed funds to sponsor the Shamaya family from Iraq and to those who were unable to do so at the time. I also would like to update you how the refugee sponsorship is progressing within the different Parishes.
I have met the social justice group from St, Gerard in Yorkton early this year and the group has sponsored a family of from Eritrea. I have also met the social committee of St. Martin here in Regina. They are interested in sponsoring a refugee family however, they are at the beginning stage of raising funds for that purpose.
I have been in communication with the head of the social justice Chris Gillen from Resurrection Parish here in Regina. They are ready to sponsor an Iraqi or a Syrian refugee family. They want To speak to a group from any Parish who has done full sponsorship. I have recommended Agnes from Holy Child Parish in Regina. Holy Child Parish is also about to do for a single refugee from Congo except they are waiting for the paper work.
There are other Parishes who are interested from Esterhazy, Weyburn, and Assiniboia. At this point we have completed 8 family connected sponsorships as we allotted only 10 for 2015. The two are for Kenya visa office and are already spoken for.
I hope this report could be of some help to those who are interested in sponsorship.
Abdul Ali, Refugee field worker
Archdiocese of Regina
Page URL: http://archregina.sk.ca/social-justice/refugees