Regional Chair Alan Caslin Announces Niagara Region Support for Syrian Refugees Fund Recipients
Niagara Region – Today, Niagara Regional Chair Alan Caslin announced that the Syrian Refugee Resettlement Committee of St. Ann Parish, in the Town of Pelham, and the Syrian Armenian Refugee Committee of the Armenian Community Centre in the City of St. Catharines were the successful applicants to the Niagara Region Support for Syrian Refugees Fund.
The Niagara Region Support for Syrian Refugee Fund Management Committee, created in early 2016, reviewed a number of applications and was pleased to endorse St. Ann Parish and the Armenian Community Centre each receiving $25,000 from the fund.
In December 2015, Regional Chair Caslin presented $25,000 to MCC Ontario on behalf of Regional Council to match $25,000 that Niagara residents had contributed to MCC Ontario to support the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the Niagara Region. The Niagara Region Support for Syrian Refugee Fund Management Committee included individuals from the Anglican Diocese, Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Center, Welland Heritage Council and Multicultural Center, Niagara Catholic District School Board, MCC Ontario, and the Office of the Regional Chair. The Management Committee considered financial plans, availability of volunteer support, and refugee sponsorship experience as key factors in their decision.
“Our Regional Council is excited to support these two organizations that are providing services and assistance to Syrian refugees living in Niagara region. Through the generosity of Niagara residents’ fundraising efforts, these organizations will help new families integrate as they make Niagara their home,” stated Regional Chair Alan Caslin.
Gary Kavazanjian, Manager of the Armenian Community Centre in St. Catharines, was pleased that his organization was a recipient of the funds, noting that “to succeed, sponsored refugees need people supporting them and housing arranged for them and these funds will enable our organization to achieve that goal.”
Members of St. Ann Parish have experience resettling refugees and the Syrian Refugee Resettlement Committee has 20 core members dedicated to supporting two related Syrian refugee families in Niagara. Committee Member Joan Crowther highlighted that “this funding will assist our committee to welcome the new refugee families to Niagara and ensure that they have appropriate support for successful integration into the local community.”
For further information, please contact:
Director of Communications, Office of the Regional Chair
(905) 980-6000 x3371