We are pleased to offer an update on our group’s progress and status given recent developments.

First, thanks to the generosity of the Wilkinson/St. David’s community, we have raised $7,000 and continue to work towards our goal of $35,000. If you haven’t already, please make an online donation (www.wilkinson-stdavids.ca).  All money collected will be safely held in a dedicated account managed by our Constituent Group (St. David’s Anglican Church) to provide financial support to the family for one year after they arrive.

Second, despite media coverage last week about the Federal Government slowing down the processing of Syrian refugee applications, we remain committed to our cause.  Our Sponsorship Agreement Holder, the Anglican United Refugee Alliance (AURA), assures us that, while it may take longer for us to get a match, we will still be assigned a refugee family in need of settlement assistance. We may be waiting until 2017, but we are in this for the long run.

Third, we are also focusing our efforts on advocacy to the Federal Government that Canada needs to continue to respond to the Syrian refugee crisis (see our Resources page for information about how you can advocate too).  Two of our group members attended last Wednesday’s invigorating meeting led by former mayor John Sewell at a packed west-end Church.  Our members reported back to us that we are not alone in our unwillingness to accept the government’s decision to ‘slow-down’ after reaching their set target of 25,000.

Fourth, we are also looking into how we can provide practical, non-monetary, support to a government-sponsored Syrian refugee family who is already here.  Many of these families who are not privately sponsored do not have on-the-ground help to find housing, a doctor, or to register kids in school etc.  We will update you further on these efforts soon.

Lastly, we wanted to comment on the Wilkinson school assembly for grades 4, 5 and 6 students last Friday.  The approximately 30-minute presentation about the Syrian refugee crisis consisted of watching a short video clip of a 10 year old Syrian girl talking about life in the Domeez refugee camp followed by 25 minutes of Q & A with a young Syrian refugee woman who has been in Canada for about three months.  The kids were engaged and their questions were sensitive and curious.

Many asked the young woman about her experience of Canada to date.  She told them Canada is unique and that she has never felt so welcomed by another country before.  She also told the group about her experience of war in Syria and why she had to leave her native country.  She explained she was worried her nieces and nephews would starve to death.  She answered one young girl’s question about whether anyone in her family has died during the war.  When our speaker said her brother had been killed, the young girl immediately, and sympathetically, responded that she was sorry for her loss.  After the assembly, one grade four girl said that she and her friend wanted to do something.  Another said that she realized her experience of breaking her leg was nothing in comparison to that of the speaker’s niece who had been shot in the shoulder.  Needless to say, the presentation seemed to strike a chord and the kids were thinking about the circumstances of others beyond their own border.  We would like to acknowledge the great work of teacher Sophie Barbier for putting this moving assembly together!

We encourage you to contact us should you have any questions or concerns and to visit our Events page for information about upcoming opportunities to contribute.


Wilkinson Community Sponsorship Group will be available to receive your donations at school this THURSDAY, April 7, and FRIDAY, April 8, between 8:30-9:00 am.

We will have a table set up in front of room 3 in the foyer.

Donations of more than $20 are tax-receiptable. Please ensure you give us your name, address and phone number. If you lost the form sent home with your child we will have extras.

See you there!


When: Saturday, June 18, 2016, 8:30 pm
Where: The Eton House, 710 Danforth Avenue (www.etonhouse.ca)
Who: TRAINWRECK (www.rickmiller.ca/trainwreck)
Cost:  $15 in advance online, $20 at the door – ticket sales to start soon
What: We are delighted to invite you to enjoy an evening of live music on Saturday, June 18th – all for a good cause!

trainwreckFrom Elvis (Presley) to Elvis (Costello), from ABBA to ZAPPA, TRAINWRECK aims to delight and surprise with every song they play. A guaranteed ‘wrecking’ good time!

Fronted by Dora and Gemini Award-winning actor Rick Miller, TRAINWRECK features a talented ensemble of East Toronto musicians who play pretty much anything to shake the house down. For three years, they have played the New Year’s Eve party at their favourite local pub, The Linsmore, plus many gigs at festivals, fundraisers and events across the GTA and in Montreal.

TRAINWRECK features Pete Gray on keys, Don Macdonald and Tait Sala on bass, Mark Franco on drums, and Robin Vaughan on guitar & sax, plus THE WRECKETTES: Karen Dalton (vocals & sax), Stephanie Baptist (vocals & glockenspiel), and Victoria Wickett (trumpet). TRAINWRECK specializes in up-tempo rock covers.

You can find Trainwreck on Facebook or watch them perform on YouTube.

CupcakesDate: Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Place: Room 3
Time: Morning recess & lunch hour

Donate Your Baked Goods

Can you donate baked goods to the Bake Sale?  If yes, please bring your items by 9:00 am on the morning of April 13 to Room 3. Someone will be there to receive all donations.

Please be mindful that baked goods should not contain nuts or nut products and please mark if items are non-halal*.

If you can help out in any way, please let us know by sending an email to Raihana Ingar at raihanaingar@gmail.com.

*Note: Halal food items should not contain gelatin or lard. Lecithin should be of vegetarian variety, such as soya lecithin.  Both butter and margarine are Halal.


Wilkinson Community Sponsor Group has partnered with St. David’s Anglican Church, Donlands
which allows us charitable status. Any donation over $20 will get a tax receipt.


You can also make a cheque out to

and mail to:
c/o Armour Valve Ltd
126 Milner Avenue,
Toronto, ON M1S 3R2

Friday February 19th, 2016
8pm til 9pm
St. David’s Anglican Church
49 Donlands Ave, Toronto, ON

Downstairs in the parish hall, use the side door to the right of the main apartment building entrance.

General meeting for all Wilkinson parents, students, teachers, staff and alumni, community and St. David’s and St. Andrew’s Church.

We’ll talk about our Memorandum Of Understanding, banking, police checks and fund raising.

We are all still meeting each other and planning. But fund raising is coming soon!

See you there!


Thursday January 28th, 2016
7pm til 9pm.
Wilkinson P.S.
Staff Room, second floor
53 Donlands Ave, Toronto, ON

General meeting for all Wilkinson parents, students, teachers, staff and alumni, community and St. David’s and St. Andrew’s Church.

There will be a talk by experts from the refugee charity AURA

You can meet other interested people, join a committee, ask questions and GET ANSWERS!

See you there!