St Philip Neri parish has been involved in Refugee support for over 40 years and have sponsored over 65 individuals in their resettlement in Canada from many countries: Eritrea, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Vietnam, Sierra Leone, DRC and Pakistan. Now in 2020, we have two families in their settlement year, plus 7 families that have been applied for and expected to arrive any time within a few months up to couple years from now.
Our committee is active in fundraising, for the financial support of our work. Our most popular fundraiser is the Tomato and Pepper plant sale that we host in May of each year. We also host Fair Trade sales several times a year (originally in collaboration with Ten Thousand Villages) and, during the Christmas season, Poinsettia plant sales.
Volunteers to assist with this committee’s work are welcome. The work involved could be assisting with settlement of refugees into their new home, working with refugees to assist them with medical appointments, learning English or finding employment, or assisting with our fundraising work.
The Father April Refugee Bursary Fund was established in summer of 2017 to assist previous refugee newcomers with educational needs, to aid them in finding employment. Our committee is involved in the administration of the bursary. Over the past year, the Bursary Sub-committee made five awards to assist previous refugees with their education.