Update for the Week of May 22-28

Next week, the Al Salkhadi family will move into their apartment on Queen Mary Drive. There is a need for a number of volunteers to assist with the move. Four people are needed on Friday, June 2nd to help load the truck between 6-9 PM. Two people are needed on Saturday, June 3rd, from 10 AM – 1 PM to help move furniture into the apartment.
If you are able to volunteer, please contact George Duross.
Email: duross.george@gmail.com Phone: 905-484-8593

Update for the Week of May 15-21st

The Al Salkhadi family have settled in and teams of drivers have been busy getting the family to school and to ESL classes. The boys started soccer this week and all the children have settled into school. The family will move to the apartment on Queen Mary Drive in June and there are still a few needs for the apartment. Primarily they will need two small dressers for the boys. If you have a small dresser that can be donated, please contact the chair of the Housing Committee Noreen Duross email: duross.noreen@gmail.com phone: 905-582-9798

April 26th Update!

refugee family arrival at airport

The Al Salkhadi Family are welcomed at Pearson Airport by our Team!

The Al Salkhadi Family have been busy since their arrival on April 5th! Ibrahim and Rabea, along with their three children, were hosted by Ann Mulvale for the first 2 weeks and then moved temporarily to a townhouse in North Oakville that was made available by another Refugee sponsorship group. The family will remain there while acclimatizing to life in Canada and then will move into their own apartment on Queen Mary Drive on June 1st. Thanks to the wonderful work of the Housing Committee for arranging all of this so that the family’s adjustment to life in Canada would be as smooth as possible. In addition, the Committee has also coordinated household furniture and supplies, as well as clothing.


The children are now attending school! The Education Committee have visited each of the schools, attended meetings with each school’s staff and have ensured that the children have the most positive initial experiences in their new school environments. The boys are adjusting well and are also registered to play soccer with the Oakville Soccer Club. The youngest member of the family, the five year old girl, is thrilled to be attending school and seems determined to take on every challenge! They are all showing a daily improvement in their grasp of English.


The Education Committee have also coordinated Ibrahim’s and Rabea’s attendance at English as a Second Language classes, a first major step to becoming independent. The Settlement Committee have been hard at work, and, along with the work of the Transportation Committee, pickups and dropoffs at school, ESL classes, doctor’s and dentist’s appointments, and shopping trips have been coordinated. The Halton Multicultural Council Connections have also been so very helpful, providing information, resource people as well as translators for important meetings and trips. The family will also be learning how to use the Oakville Transit system as they become more independent.


The team of volunteer drivers have been very busy! If you are able to assist with Transportation as a driver, please contact Janine Maxwell, the chair of the Transportation committee. The need is greatest between now and June 1st, when the children will be able to begin walking to school. Drivers, and anyone else who wishes to volunteer in roles where contact occurs with the family, do require a current Vulnerable Sector Police Check. Information about how to get your Police Check is available on the Refugee to Newcomer Blog.


There are other opportunities to volunteer. How can you help? All committees continue to recruit new volunteers. Please click the Contact Us page above where you will find the names, email and phone numbers of each of the committee chairs. Please contact us for further information or to volunteer!

New York Times Article- “Canadians Adopted Refugee Families for a Year. Then Came ‘Month 13’ “

Here is the link to the recent article in the New York Times mentioned at today’s volunteers’ meeting. The article provides some thoughts on how we can best assist our newcomer family for success. Click this link: “Canadians Adopted Refugee Families for a Year. Then Came ‘Month 13.’ “

Respond, if you wish, by clicking on the Comment bubble above right and type your comments.

How to Use Google Translate on a Apple or Android Smartphone

If you have a Smartphone or Tablet such as an iPhone, iPad or Android device, you can download the Google Translate App and use it to assist with translation when communicating with our Newcomer family. Below is a tutorial from Youtube created by an Ontario teacher on how to use the Google Translate App to translate between English and Arabic that you may find helpful. It’s a great way to get started using Google Translate. You can stop and start the video as needed.

To download the App on an Apple/iOS device, visit the Apple App Store on your device. To get Google Translate on your Android device, visit the Google Play store.

Click to play the video:

Safe Arrival! We welcome our Newcomer Family!

welcome to canadaAfter a long journey from Amman, Jordan through Frankfurt, Germany, the St Simon’s and St Jude’s Refugee to Newcomer Team welcomed the Al Salkhadi family upon their arrival at Pearson International Airport on Wednesday afternoon. Tired from their lengthy journey, they were thrilled to be received by some of the volunteers on the team, an interpreter from the Halton Multicultural Council and The Rev Rob Fead, representing the clergy. The family and the children were welcomed with signs in English and Arabic and the children were given gifts, including puzzles and Lego!
They were transported to a hotel for rest and Middle Eastern meals. The next few days will be busy for them as there are numerous trips planned to register for school and other the processing of other necessary documentation. More news to come!
An important reminder! There will be an All Hands On Information Meeting Saturday, April 8th at St Simon’s Church from 10 am to noon. New and current volunteers are welcome to join us! You will receive updates from each of the committees on our current and future planning needs, now that our Newcomer Family has arrived.

All Team Meeting for New and Current Volunteers! Saturday, April 8th

Everyone is invited to an All Team Meeting to be held 10 am to noon, Saturday, April 8th at St Simon’s Church1450 Litchfield Rd. Oakville (click for map!).
The purpose of this meeting will be to update all committee members on planning and preparations and to seek new volunteers for the Project. There is a lot to be done once the family arrives. There will be short presentations by each organizing team (Finance, Housing, Settlement, Education, Transportation and Communications), an opportunity to ask questions as well as a guest speaker from Halton Multicultural Connections.
There are many ways you can assist, some small and some requiring more commitment. Perhaps you’d like to be an occasional volunteer driver or deliver supplies to the family? A reminder that all volunteers that wish to assist the family directly must have a Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC)  through the Halton Police Department. If you have a PVSC for another purpose, and it is less than 3 years old, it’s still valid. Click here for more information on how to apply for your PVSC. You can get further information about PVSCs at the meeting or by visiting the Halton Police Website.