refugee-clipart-refugeesCall for materials! We are ready to collect items for the family’s new home.

We are busy preparing for the arrival of the family within the next four to six weeks. Liisa Repo-Martell did a great job of gathering many of the items we need to help the family start off in their new apartment, however, there are still some things we need.

If there is anything on the list posted on our Resources Page that you would like to contribute, please contact Sarah Morris Lang at

We are moving furniture into the unit on Wednesday, August 17.  Anything you can contribute can be dropped off until 8:00 pm on Tuesday, August 16. Contact Sarah Morris Lang at for the drop off location.

For any bulky items that you cannot transport yourself, we may be able to arrange pick up on Wednesday, August 17 when we rent a moving van.

After that point, we can coordinate a later date and time for pick up or drop off.

Thank you for your support!


On Monday, August 8, AURA is offering a training exclusively for our sponsor group. Training represents one of two steps required to qualify for providing settlement support for the family.

For those who have already completed AURA training, this is an opportunity for a refresher and to ask questions specific to our sponsorship.

All are welcome but we do require your RSVP for planning purposes. The location (currently TBD) will be disclosed to all those who RSVP.

Please RSVP to


We are making great strides to prepare for the family’s arrival. Please join us on Thursday, July 28th at 7 pm for an update on our progress to prepare for the arrival of the Karen family we are expecting at the end of August, 2016. All are welcome. Please RSVP to

The meeting will help you identify how you can assist with the family’s transition to life in Canada and we will provide updates on the following:

  • Housing
  • Material donations
  • Access Alliance
  • Interpreters – language acquisition
  • Family’s arrival

Our most critical need at the moment is to grow the number of volunteers able to assist with settlement support. These individuals would visit the family and assist them with their day-to-day activities such as a grocery shop, a dental appointment or an outing to the park.

As per AURA protocols, anyone working directly with the family must obtain a police clearance letter and complete a two-hour AURA resettlement training.

  • Police clearance: Apply online and notify us at when you receive yours.
  • AURA resettlement training: The next scheduled training is September 12 and registration is open. If you have not yet completed your AURA training, please book a spot in this session as soon as possible.

We hope to see you on the 28th! The location for the meeting is the basement of St. David’s Towers at 51 Donlands Avenue.

welcome-refugees-croppedAt our Orientation Meeting on July 7, 2016 we reviewed our readiness to welcome the Karen family we are expecting at the end of August, 2016.  Mie Tha Lah, a Karen Canadian who came to Toronto as a refugee in 2008 and is now working as a settlement worker, graciously joined us.  Mie Tha gave us some great insights from his own experience and we developed a list of priorities to ensure our readiness.

Number one of these, was housing.  We are looking for a minimum two-bedroom rental unit in, or very close to, the Wilkinson school catchment area, for September 1, 2016.  If you know of anyone who is renting a property that fits these specs, please send an e-mail to

Secondly, we need to grow the number of volunteers able to assist with settlement support.  While we have a strong base of individuals who have the required prerequisites, we are anticipating that we will need a bigger roster of folks we can call upon as time goes on to, for example, assist with a grocery shop, a dental appointment or an outing to the park.

As per AURA protocols, anyone working directly with the family must obtain a police clearance letter and complete a two-hour AURA resettlement training. The police clearance letter is easy to apply for. Simply notify us at when you receive yours.

The next scheduled AURA resettlement training is in September (date TBA). If there is enough interest in a training, we can ask AURA to schedule one for our group. Please notify us at if you would like to participate in a two-hour AURA resettlement training.

Our next meeting is scheduled for July 28, 2016 at 7pm, 51 Donlands Avenue, St. David’s Towers.  All are welcome.  Please RSVP to


We are excitedly preparing for the arrival of the Karen family with whom we have been matched.  They will likely arrive late August, give or take a couple of weeks.  There is much to be done.  Find out more about Karen refugees from Burma on our resources page.

Our core group met with AURA’s Ian McBride on June 27, 2016.  At this meeting, Ian relayed that our group was matched with this family because we have shown patience, perseverance and we have the backing of both the school and Church communities.  Our assignment to help this family settle well here in Toronto will be no small task.  We will need your help.


When: July 7, 2016, 7pm
Where: 51 Donlands Avenue – St. David’s Tower

If you are unable to attend in person, but would still like to help out, please contact us.


TRAINWRECK_banner_141122.001You are invited to dance the night away with Trainwreck, East End Toronto’s hot new party band, while supporting a good cause. All proceeds go to Wilkinson-St. David’s Refugee Sponsorship Group.

Saturday, 18 June 2016 at 8:30 PM
Eton House – ETON HOUSE, 710 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J 1L1

Book your ticket to the Trainwreck Night Out! in advance and you are guaranteed entry to this special event at a reduced rate.

Join us for a wrecking good time!


The Wilkinson-St. David’s Refugee Sponsorship Group is having an

THURSDAY MAY 19th 2016 – 7:30 pm-9pm
St. David’s Anglican Church, 49 Donlands Ave, Toronto.

Our agenda includes updates on:

  • The impact of recent policy changes on private sponsor groups – Ian McBride, AURA
  • Wilkinson-St. David’s Refugee Sponsorship Group fundraising campaign
  • The Khalaf family’s adjustment to life in Canada with support from Wilkinson-St.David’s via the Welcome Project

It will be a great meeting. It will inspire you, answer your questions, and highlight what you can do now, through your advocacy efforts and direct support, to help Syrian and Iraqi families displaced by the war.


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