Newcomers Sponsorship Committee

March 14, 2016

It’s been a very dynam­ic time with­in the spon­sor­ship com­mit­tee.
On Feb 29 the fam­i­ly land­ed at Stan­feild Air­port, to fan­fare and news cam­eras.
For the past two weeks they have been host­ed at the Otley res­i­dence, and if all goes well, will be in their own apart­ment in Clay­ton Park the week of March 14.
Activ­i­ty on the fam­i­ly side has includ­ed out­ings for win­ter cloth­ing, sight­see­ing, mosque vis­it, fer­ry and bus ori­en­ta­tion, doc­tors appoint­ments and set­tle­ment admin­is­tra­tion.
Back­stage, the group has made all the nec­es­sary plans for the tran­si­tion to an apart­ment, ser­vice con­nec­tions, insur­ance, fur­nish­ings, kitchen and bed­room sup­plies and mov­ing-in assis­tance. Addi­tion­al­ly, the two old­er chil­dren are reg­is­tered with CSAP and employ­ment and train­ing options are being reviewed for Mamoun.
Should you like fur­ther infor­ma­tion on this spon­sor­ship, the com­mit­tee, or wish to con­tribute, please con­tact the Parish Office.

Feb 29, 2016

Evening post; words of Ekhlas Alloh… ‘my chil­dren are hap­py for the first time in 5 years and now they have hope for a good future, thank you, every­one!’

Feb 29, 2016

Today, St. Paul’s Angli­can Church wel­comes the Mamoun Almasalmeh and Ekhlas Alloh Fam­i­ly to Hal­i­fax. Please join us at the Air­port at 1PM.

Feb­ru­ary 14 , 2016   From our Parish Refugee Spon­sor­ship Com­mit­tee

We are pleased to report that, on Jan­u­ary 12, the father had a suc­cess­ful inter­view with the Cana­di­an embassy and, also, that the fam­i­ly have had their med­ical exam­i­na­tion. We have since learned that Cana­di­an Immi­gra­tion have now received the med­ical reports and are await­ing their approval.  Once they are approved, the family’s flight will be booked! Please con­tin­ue to keep them in your prayers as they pre­pare for their new life in Cana­da. For more infor­ma­tion on house­hold goods need­ed, or to make oth­er con­tri­bu­tions, please con­tact the parish office.

Jan­u­ary 8, 2016   From our Parish Refugee Spon­sor­ship Com­mit­tee

We are hap­py to announce that, as the result a request for assis­tance made to Andy Fill­more, MP,  we have learned that the father has an inter­view with Cana­di­an author­i­ties on Tues­day, Jan­u­ary 12.  This is a nec­es­sary step pri­or to the family’s being approved for a flight to Cana­da.  This is very hope­ful news, how­ev­er, as was announced in church a week ago, the fam­i­ly also has an inter­view sched­uled (date unknown) with the French embassy with a view to their being accept­ed as refugees by France. Let us con­tin­ue to keep the fam­i­ly in our prayers, ask­ing that God will watch over them and keep them safe in the days ahead … wher­ev­er they even­tu­al­ly end up!


Here is a list of house­hold items need­ed to set up a suit­able liv­ing space as sug­gest­ed by ISANS.  The Com­mit­tee at St. Paul’s will have access to some stor­age space for small items. Arrange­ments may be pos­si­ble for larg­er fur­ni­ture items that are being donat­ed but can­not be held by the donor until we have found suit­able hous­ing.

Please con­tact Mar­tine Osler (via the Parish Office
with infor­ma­tion regard­ing any items you would like to donate.
It will be help­ful if you are able to send along a pho­to and mea­sure­ments of pieces of fur­ni­ture.

On behalf of our Com­mit­tee, Thank you!

Decem­ber 04, 2015   From our Parish Refugee Spon­sor­ship Com­mit­tee

Since it’s mid Octo­ber for­ma­tion, the St. Paul’s Refugee Spon­sor­ship Com­mit­tee has met three times. The out­come: an appli­ca­tion was sub­mit­ted, and Sun­day Novem­ber 29th, we were informed that a fam­i­ly could be with us by the end of the year.

The pace of the week picked up, as not­ed in this weeks Com­mit­tee com­mu­ni­ca­tion

Much has hap­pened in the few days since our announce­ment last Sun­day.  For var­i­ous rea­sons, main­ly logis­ti­cal, we have learned that it will be three or four months before we receive our refugee fam­i­ly.  The good news, how­ev­er, is that: a) we now have the names of the Fam­i­ly we will be wel­com­ing and b) we will have more time to pre­pare for their arrival. We hope to be put in touch with them in the next few weeks.  More details will be pro­vid­ed as they become avail­able.”

We are wel­com­ing a Fam­i­ly of five, and direct com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the Fam­i­ly has been ini­ti­at­ed.

If you would like to con­sid­er mak­ing a dona­tion to the St. Paul’s Refugee Spon­sor­ship pro­gram, please click here Pledge Form or call the Parish Office.


St. Paul’s Angli­can Church (Hal­i­fax) Refugee Spon­sor­ship Com­mit­tee- sent to the mem­bers of the three lev­els of gov­ern­ment in whose con­stituen­cy St. Paul’s Church is locat­ed.

Nov 3, 2015
Good morn­ing,
I am writ­ing to you on behalf of St. Paul’s Angli­can Church, Hal­i­fax, and its Refugee Spon­sor­ship Com­mit­tee.
Like many in our com­mu­ni­ty and, indeed, across Cana­da, the con­gre­ga­tion of St. Paul’s Angli­can Church has been moved to respond to the ongo­ing tragedy in Syr­ia in some prac­ti­cal fash­ion.  At an extra­or­di­nary meet­ing of Parish Coun­cil on Tues­day, Octo­ber 13, 2015, the fol­low­ing motion was passed unan­i­mous­ly: ’That Parish Coun­cil both endorse and ful­ly sup­port the estab­lish­ment of a com­mit­tee with the man­date to engage with the Spon­sor­ship Agree­ment Hold­er and to raise funds as required, select and spon­sor a refugee fam­i­ly or fam­i­lies to set­tle in Hal­i­fax, and to pro­vide sup­port as required to per­mit the estab­lish­ment of a fam­i­ly home’.  [In our case, the Spon­sor­ship Agree­ment Hold­er (SAH) is the Angli­can Dio­cese of Nova Sco­tia and Prince Edward Island].
As required by the SAH, with and through whom we will be work­ing, St. Paul’s Church has estab­lished a Refugee Spon­sor­ship Com­mit­tee, with the Rec­tor, the Rev’d Dr. Paul Friesen, as Hon­orary Chair.  Already, over $23,000 has been raised in cash and pledges from our con­gre­ga­tion.  Our com­mit­tee has wide rep­re­sen­ta­tion from the con­gre­ga­tion, includ­ing our youth, and has received com­mit­ments for greater involve­ment on the ground once the fam­i­ly or fam­i­lies arrive.
Our pur­pose in writ­ing to you now is: a) to inform you of this ini­tia­tive by the con­gre­ga­tion of St. Paul’s Church, and b) to solic­it your assis­tance, should this be nec­es­sary, in expe­dit­ing the process of bring­ing in and set­tling a refugee fam­i­ly or fam­i­lies.
We look for­ward to keep­ing you updat­ed peri­od­i­cal­ly on our progress.
Bill Lord,
St. Paul’s Angli­can Church Refugee Spon­sor­ship Com­mit­tee

Update from Parish Coun­cil and St. Paul’s Refugee Spon­sor­ship Steer­ing Com­mit­tee
18 Octo­ber 2015
On Tues­day evening, 13 Octo­ber, St. Paul’s Parish Coun­cil unan­i­mous­ly approved in prin­ci­ple the pro­pos­al of the Refugee Spon­sor­ship Com­mit­tee to pro­ceed with plans to bring a refugee fam­i­ly to Hal­i­fax. The motion (found in today’s leaflet) was cou­pled with com­mit­ment and sup­port for the task.
We have all become aware of the plight of refugees in sev­er­al nations, but most espe­cial­ly from Syr­ia, now in the fifth year of a bru­tal civ­il war. The UN tells us that there are 4 mil­lion refugees out­side the coun­try with lit­tle hope of return­ing to Syr­ia safe­ly. Half of these uproot­ed are chil­dren who have been trau­ma­tised by war, robbed of an edu­ca­tion, forced from their homes and liv­ing in exile.
We can­not look away. We along with many faith com­mu­ni­ties in the city will do what we can to help. Our present plan is to work through our Dio­cese which is a Spon­sor­ship Agree­ment Hold­er with Cit­i­zen­ship and Immi­gra­tion Cana­da. Our involve­ment would require the sup­port – finan­cial­ly and phys­i­cal­ly, of our con­gre­ga­tion. While the process can last many months there two stages. The first requires fundrais­ing ($15,000) so that we can make appli­ca­tion (see gift/pledge form). In addi­tion to fundrais­ing, the sec­ond phase will require much more engage­ment: prepa­ra­tions for the family’s arrival and all that entails as well as assist­ing them through the first year in a new home. We look for­ward to that time.
For more infor­ma­tion on mak­ing a con­tri­bu­tion, please con­tact the office.

Pledge Form


The St. Paul’s Refugee Fam­i­ly Spon­sor­ship Com­mit­tee Struc­ture:

Hon­orary Chair– Paul Friesen, Rec­tor

Derek Houn­sell — Co-ordi­na­tor and Trea­sur­er

Sec­re­tary — Bill Lord

John Osler — Asst. Co-ordi­na­tor