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Funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and carried out by OCASI - Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants, the first phase of the project looked at challenges and opportunities related to a high number of Syrian refugees arriving in a short timeframe in Ontario. Based on the findings and recommendations submitted in a report to IRCC, the second phase features a professional development webinar series. For more information, please contact project coordinators Lorraine Hudson and Sara Shahsiah at {{em|refugeesettlement@ocasi.org}}.
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Funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and carried out by OCASI - Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants, the first phase of the project looked at challenges and opportunities related to a high number of (Syrian) refugees arriving in a short timeframe in Ontario. Based on the findings and recommendations submitted in a report to IRCC, the second phase features a professional development webinar series. For more information, please contact project coordinators Lorraine Hudson and Sara Shahsiah at {{em|refugeesettlement@ocasi.org}}.
  
 
==Phase 1==
 
==Phase 1==
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==Phase 2==
 
==Phase 2==
 
(April - September 2017)
 
(April - September 2017)
*Webinar series
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*Webinar series (see below)
 
*Peer consultation pilot (time permitting)
 
*Peer consultation pilot (time permitting)
 
*Roundtable discussion between sponsors and service providers (time permitting)
 
*Roundtable discussion between sponsors and service providers (time permitting)
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===Best Practices Webinar Series===
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Each webinar will start off the discussion around best practices with a presentation. There will be an equal amount of time allocated to questions, answers and discussion following the presentation.<br><br>
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'''Working in Partnership with Refugee Sponsors'''<br>
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Thursday, May 11, 2017, 12:30-1:30PM<br>
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Speaker: Lucine Tchakerian, Armenian Community Centre<br>
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Frontline service providers may not be clear whether and to what extent to include refugee sponsors in their work with refugee clients. Join us to hear how Lucine Tchakerian navigated such dilemmas and effectively partnered with sponsors to better meet the needs of refugee clients. Share your own experiences and strategies during the discussion portion of this webinar.<br>
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Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/481884442548493058<br><br>
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'''Handling a Client’s Disclosure of Domestic Violence'''<br>
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 12:00-1:00PM<br>
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Speakers: Fatima Filippi, Rexdale Women’s Centre &  Sidrah Maysoon Ahmad, OCASI<br>
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An interactive discussion with practical knowledge about how to respond to a client’s disclosure of domestic violence. Share your own experiences and strategies during the discussion portion of this webinar.<br>
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Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6080549272520807426<br><br>
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'''Working with Refugees in Remote or Rural Areas'''<br>
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Thursday, June 8, 2017, 12:30-1:30PM<br>
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Speaker:  Orlando Ferro, Quinte United Immigration Services<br>
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Assisting with the settlement of refugees in rural and remote areas that are under-resourced can be a challenge for frontline service providers. Orlando Ferro will be sharing some of the creative ways in which local organizations are addressing such challenges. Share your own experiences and strategies during the discussion portion of this webinar.<br>
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Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5223890076795180034<br><br>
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'''Handling ‘High Expectations’'''<br>
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Monday, June 12, 2017, 12:30-1:30PM<br>
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Speaker:  Maryam Rahat, Wesley Urban Ministries<br>
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We have heard from frontline workers that resettled refugee clients can have heightened or unrealistic expectations of the type or amount of support they should be receiving from their sponsors and/or service providers in Canada. In this webinar we focus on how frontline service providers can respond to ‘high expectations’.<br>
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Register:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8386691349492849921<br><br>
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'''Please stay tuned for additional topics and dates.'''

Revision as of 12:35, 4 May 2017

Funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and carried out by OCASI - Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants, the first phase of the project looked at challenges and opportunities related to a high number of (Syrian) refugees arriving in a short timeframe in Ontario. Based on the findings and recommendations submitted in a report to IRCC, the second phase features a professional development webinar series. For more information, please contact project coordinators Lorraine Hudson and Sara Shahsiah at refugeesettlement@ocasi.org.

Phase 1

(November 2016 - March 2017)

Sharing Our Findings presentation - April 24, 2017

Phase 2

(April - September 2017)

  • Webinar series (see below)
  • Peer consultation pilot (time permitting)
  • Roundtable discussion between sponsors and service providers (time permitting)

Best Practices Webinar Series

Each webinar will start off the discussion around best practices with a presentation. There will be an equal amount of time allocated to questions, answers and discussion following the presentation.

Working in Partnership with Refugee Sponsors
Thursday, May 11, 2017, 12:30-1:30PM
Speaker: Lucine Tchakerian, Armenian Community Centre

Frontline service providers may not be clear whether and to what extent to include refugee sponsors in their work with refugee clients. Join us to hear how Lucine Tchakerian navigated such dilemmas and effectively partnered with sponsors to better meet the needs of refugee clients. Share your own experiences and strategies during the discussion portion of this webinar.
Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/481884442548493058

Handling a Client’s Disclosure of Domestic Violence
Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 12:00-1:00PM
Speakers: Fatima Filippi, Rexdale Women’s Centre & Sidrah Maysoon Ahmad, OCASI
An interactive discussion with practical knowledge about how to respond to a client’s disclosure of domestic violence. Share your own experiences and strategies during the discussion portion of this webinar.
Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6080549272520807426

Working with Refugees in Remote or Rural Areas
Thursday, June 8, 2017, 12:30-1:30PM
Speaker: Orlando Ferro, Quinte United Immigration Services
Assisting with the settlement of refugees in rural and remote areas that are under-resourced can be a challenge for frontline service providers. Orlando Ferro will be sharing some of the creative ways in which local organizations are addressing such challenges. Share your own experiences and strategies during the discussion portion of this webinar.
Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5223890076795180034

Handling ‘High Expectations’
Monday, June 12, 2017, 12:30-1:30PM
Speaker: Maryam Rahat, Wesley Urban Ministries
We have heard from frontline workers that resettled refugee clients can have heightened or unrealistic expectations of the type or amount of support they should be receiving from their sponsors and/or service providers in Canada. In this webinar we focus on how frontline service providers can respond to ‘high expectations’.
Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8386691349492849921

Please stay tuned for additional topics and dates.