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Canada’s One Year Anniversary of Refugee Resettlement Celebrated with Stories of Success

December 5, 2016   (0 Comments)
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DECEMBER 2, 2016



Canada’s One Year Anniversary of Refugee Resettlement Celebrated with Stories of Success


TORONTO, ONTARIO - A year since the Canadian Government welcomed refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria, Lifeline Syria and Volunteer Toronto have partnered to share and celebrate the stories of Torontonians that supported refugee sponsorship and resettlement efforts.


The series of stories and photographs, published here, documents the efforts of five people, from all walks of life, who joined many other Canadians to respond to the humanitarian refugee crisis. “As the Syrian conflict escalated, Canadians responded, demonstrating to the world that helping those forced to flee their homeland, due to war and conflict, is a shared responsibility,” said Lifeline Syria Executive Director, Lesley Brown.


 “In keeping with Canadian values of compassion, kindness, and generosity, Lifeline Syria worked with Torontonians who came forward to donate their time and money and opened their hearts and homes to help resettle displaced and persecuted refugees. Today we celebrate the extraordinary efforts of those, who, through their work with us since June 2015, have helped to resettle refugees in the Greater Toronto Area,” said Ms. Brown.


But as Lifeline Syria continues its efforts to offer a sponsorship program that allows Canadians to help Syrian refugees resettle in Canada, there continues to be a decline in sponsorships. “Lifeline Syria reached out to us as there are still many refugees that continue to need help; but they have seen a decline in the amount of sponsorships over the last several months.  We wanted to help bring attention to the need along with celebrating those who have given so much” said David Allen, Executive Director of Volunteer Toronto.” There are 2000 Syrian refugees who are currently waiting to be resettled in Canada, but cannot have their cases submitted to the government until willing sponsors are found.


As a result of the conflict, there are approximately 7 million people displaced in Syria, and 4 million refugees outside Syria who have little hope of returning safely. Half of those uprooted are children, who have been traumatized by war, robbed of an education, forced from their homes and now live in exile in appalling conditions. If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, Lifeline Syria needs your help sponsoring refugees in any way that suits your abilities. Click here to learn how you can form or join a sponsor group through Lifeline Syria.


For more information, contact Lifeline Syria at 647-943-6300 or


About Lifeline Syria: Lifeline Syria is committed to helping Syrian refugees settle in Toronto, Canada and works to provide opportunities to Canadians to respond to the crisis in Syria through refugee sponsorship and resettlement in the GTA.


About Volunteer Toronto: Volunteer Toronto is Canada’s largest volunteer centre with over 40 years of experience connecting volunteers to the organizations that need them. Their services support local volunteers in finding opportunities to make a positive difference in their community. Through in-person and online training, they also educate and help non-profit organizations and community groups run successful volunteer programs.

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