Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
District 16 York Region

Update on D16's Syrian Refugee sponsored family

Update - Great News

Four years ago we came together and committed to being part of the solution to the humanitarian crisis in Syria.  We worked together to raise funds and tirelessly lobbied for the sponsorship of a family fleeing violence in their homeland.  On Friday, August 23rd the Al Haresh family finally landed in Toronto.

After almost 20 hours of travel, Sarya (dad), Raghad (mom), Joud (9 years old) and Julia (1 year old) were buzzing with excitement as they walked out of the arrivals gate at Pearson.

In the last 3 weeks, we have quickly managed to find an apartment, started furnishing the space and Joud has started school.  He loves his new school and can’t wait to try out for the basketball team.   

In the coming weeks we will be planning an event so that all D16 members can meet the family that we have been working hard to bring to Canada.

It would be impossible to fully convey the immense gratitude our family feels for the work you have all done to bring them to Canada.  When we announce the details of our welcome event in the coming weeks, I highly encourage all of you to come out and meet the individuals whose lives you have changed forever. Please see the video from the family to D16 members - click here to watch the video.

We stopped our fundraising efforts two years ago when our sponsorship application encountered delays so either contributions to the sponsorship account at the link below or gift cards would be greatly appreciated.  They have a Freshco across the street from their apartment so gift cards from that grocery store would be very helpful.

In the meantime how you may continue to help?

1)  Donate online by selecting the Paypal link below.

2)  Send in to the D16 Office gift cards to Freshco

If you have any questions about our sponsorship of the family or for more information about how you can help please contact Muna Kadri at muna.kadri@osstfd16.on.ca