Weekly Updates Oct 17 – 23, 2016

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A report of recommendations to help the next wave of Syrian refugees settle in Canada was released October 18 highlighting outcomes of a first-of-its-kind Syrian refugee youth consultation and community forum that explored challenges and successes of the first eight months of resettling in Canada.

Other resources updated to the Refugee Readiness Hub include a list of not for profit dental clinics in BC, cultural sensitivity and educational resources for educators and school staff, and an adult soccer drop-in schedule for Victoria published by the community integration coordinator.

In the news this week, young Syrian refugees in Vancouver are worried about housing and education, B.C. kindergarten student is still recovering from war wounds, Syrian refugees and sponsors are invited to lunch with the manners Lady, and sponsors are still needed for many more Syrian refugees.

One unique event starting this week at UBC in Vancouver is Breaking the Cycle: Canada’s Refugee Record on the Global Stage, alongside an opera and an art exhibit titled The Consul in order to stimulate discussion on the global refugee crisis.

The Refugee Readiness Hub is also celebrating a number of success stories this week including inside some of Vancouver’s refugee sponsorship groups, members are getting ready to welcome LGBT newcomers.

Also for the past nine weeks, Osama Saed has been working for the City of Dawson Creek, filling a vacancy at a summer job position after a student left the program early. But with that position ending, councillors voted to create a full-time labourer job for Saed Oct. 3 that will last until March 2017.

Lastly, in the last year, more than 300 Syrian refugees have settled on Vancouver Island.