Wisal and family settle in!

Wisal and her five children (Rama, the sleeping Ibrahim, Hashem, Mohamad and Abdelhay) enjoy time together in their new home in Saskatoon. The Syrian refugee family arrived in Saskatoon on September 18. Rama is enrolled at Mount Royal, while Hachem, Mohamad and Abdulhai attend Lester B. Pearson School. Wisal’s family has relatives in Saskatoon. Continue reading Wisal and family settle in!

Maureen honoured!

Long-time Nest member Maureen McPherson was recognized for her community outreach and leadership on October 26, when she was inducted into the Saskatoon Women’s Hall of Fame. Maureen has worked with many refugee families in the city over the last two decades. She also assists with Rainbow 50 Plus program at St. Thomas Wesley United Church and is active in St. Martin’s United Church. Maureen … Continue reading Maureen honoured!

Shout-out to the Shapiro Foundation

Nest extends its appreciation to the Shapiro Foundation and the University of Ottawa Refugee Hub for spearheading a new fund to support the settlement of 1,000 UNHCR refugees to Canada in 2018. Nest was able to submit two more sponsorship applications this month with the support of this fund: One is for an Eritrean woman with six children and the second is for a single … Continue reading Shout-out to the Shapiro Foundation

Look who is coming:

Nest submitted two more refugee sponsorships this month with the support of a special fund established by the University of Ottawa Refugee Hub and the Shapiro Foundation. One sponsorship is to bring an Eritrean refugee woman with six kids and the second is for a refugee man from Burma who has friends in Saskatoon. Both sponsorships are through the Canadian government’s Blended Visa Office Referral … Continue reading Look who is coming:

Three more families on their way!

Nest is expecting to greet three more families before the end of the year. They are: Saleem and Shakeela and family:¬†This family of five from Pakistan fled to Malaysia in 2011 to escape religious persecution. They applied for asylum in Malaysia, but like the majority of Pakistani Christians, they were denied refugee protection by the UNHCR. Nest offered to sponsor the family in 2016. They … Continue reading Three more families on their way!

Ready for Halloween

They only arrived in Saskatoon last month. But the Al Salloum family are ready for Halloween.¬† Superman, Spiderman and Ninja are originally from Syria. When they are not fighting crime, the trio go to Lester B. Pearson school. The three boys, along with their mother and two other siblings, arrived in the city on September 18 to an emotional reunion with their relatives in the … Continue reading Ready for Halloween