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Since the Syrian civil war broke out in 2011, 11 million Syrians have been displaced, or about half of the entire country. Four million of them have fled across Syria’s borders, and 75% are women and children.

Canada banned Italian immigration in 1929, Jewish immigration in 1933. Neither group was admitted again for the next 15 years. The painful memory of that failure prompted us to accept Hungarian refugees in the 1950s and 50,000 Vietnamese refugees in 1979.

It is possible to resettle large numbers of people in this country.

Refugee Children

So far Canada has managed to admit around 25,000 people from Syria and will accept many more. The government will sponsor 40 for every 60 privately sponsored.

PEC Syria is sponsoring a Syrian Refugee family through the Ryerson University Lifeline Syria Challenge.   ryerson.ca/lifelinesyria

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Celebrating one year in Canada for Adnan, Suhaila, Hwaya, Ahmed, Aboudi and Nasr. With Ian, Rick and many fabulous volunteers and friends. ...

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Congratulations Ahmed, on getting your G1. And thanks to Debi for all her help and courage! ...

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Register today! A fun evening of crafting, food & drink, in support of PEC Syria. All materials provided including your take-home planter and pot. ...

Macrame Workshop in Wellington

March 1, 2017, 6:00pm - March 1, 2017, 7:00pm

Soup Opera Market Bistrot

Forget Me Knots & Honey Pots presents ... ... a macrame workshop and social in support of PEC Syria. We will be making a 100% Cotton rope Macrame plant holder, which will house your The Parlour Studio low-maintenance house plant, along with your locally made wheel thrown porcelain pot, donated to you by the fabulous Cailin of Cylinder Studio. Food and drinks will be provided by the amazing people of Soup Opera Market Bistrot, while the macarme workshop will be lead by Alison Kelly and Melanie D'Amboise Dailey. Food, Drink, Macrame Supplies, Plant, and Pot is included in the $75 price, with a percentage of your payment go towards our friends at PEC Syria. Adanced registration is required by Februay 15, and can occur by email Alison at alison@alisonkellyinc.com. There is limited spaces, so don't wait too long to secure your seat!

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Syrian FamiliesThe Al Jasem family enjoying the ‘spring’ County weather. The father of the family, Abdel Malek who is pictured here with other family members, sends this brief message on behalf of all their families:

“We would like to thank all of the people who have helped our family. We are happy to be here and look forward to getting to know the community. The children are very excited to go to school.”