In the fall of 2015, a couple of Wilkinson P.S. parents responded to the 1000 Schools Challenge by gauging interest in the school community to sponsor a Syrian or Iraqi family in light of the intense media coverage of the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe and the Middle East.
The Wilkinson-St.David’s Refugee Sponsorship group was subsequently formed.
We are a collective of more than 50 interested parents, teachers and members of the congregation of St. David’s Anglican Church who, like many other Private Sponsorship Groups, want to try to make a positive difference for a family in need.
We represent a partnership between the Wilkinson school community, the congregation of St. David’s Anglican Church (our Constituent Group) and our Sponsorship Agreement Holder, the Anglican United Refugee Alliance (AURA).
To our surprise, in June 2016, we were matched with a family despite worries about the Federal government’s slow-down in processing refugee applications. The family we are excitedly expecting, however, is not from Syria or the Middle East, but is instead from another war ravaged country – Myanmar (formerly Burma).
This family of six, like others in the refugee camp where they have been living for years, were facing pressure to either return to an unstable home country where human rights atrocities continue or immigrate to a new country to try to rebuild their lives. They chose Canada.
If you would like more information about our group, or if you would like to participate, we encourage you to contact us at info @ wilkinson-sponsors.ca.