Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 8:30am to 3:00pm


We have just received confirmation that Jean-Nicolas Beuze, UNHCR's Canada representative, will be joining our conference as an additional keynote speaker! Mr. Beuze brings more than 19 years of international humanitarian and human rights experience, having worked with various United Nations Agencies around the world. Most recently, he served in Lebanon as the UNHCR Deputy Representative for Protection, leading the Inter-Agency Coordination for the refugees and resilience response plan between the Government of Lebanon, UN agencies, NGO partners, and donor countries. You will have the opportunity to hear a dynamic and inspiring talk on the global refugee crisis.

Please note...if you registered for the April 14 event you MUST register again.

Attend this conference to learn more about how we can respond to the current refugee crisis through the Blended Visa Office Referred Refugee Sponsorship program.

Keynote speaker Ann Voskamp, noted blogger and passionate refugee sponsorship advocate, will share her refugee sponsorship experience. Named by Christianity Today as one of fifty women most shaping culture and the church today, Ann knows unspoken brokenness and big country skies and an intimacy with God that touches wounded places. Millions do life with her at her daily photographic online journal, one of the Top 10 most widely read Christian sites:

Other presenters include Barbara Treviranus, former field worker for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, representatives from Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada, Brian Dyck, MCC National Migration and Resettlement Program Coordinator, Moses Moini, MCC Ontario Refugee Program Coordinator, and Kaylee Perez, MCC Ontario Refugee Resettlement Associate.


Sponsoring Refugees: A Global Perspective

Join Barbara Treviranus, an experienced former field worker for UNHCR for a first-hand account of how the refugee program referral to Canada works.

BVOR 101: From Matching to Landing

Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) is the agency responsible for the training of private refugee sponsors and the management of the BVOR program in Canada. Parastoo Aznavehzadeh Refugee Resettlement Project Worker will speak to the process and the support provided by RSTP to both MCCO and its Constituent Groups.

Joys and Challenges of Sponsorship

MCC National Migration and Resettlement Program Coordinator Brian Dyck and MCC Ontario Refugee Program Coordinator Moses Moini will facilitate an open and honest conversation about the joys and challenges of sponsorship.

The W5 of Settlement Services

Learn about some of the settlement supports available to constituent groups and ways to collaborate well in support of the sponsored newcomers. Representatives from local agencies will be on hand to answer questions and provide insights.

Register Today

Space is limited so register today to confirm your choice of workshops.

With thanks to our sponsors, there is no cost to register for the event. There will be a free-will offering to help offset the cost of lunch.

Presented in partnership with the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement