Incoming Syrian Refugees

November 30, 2015

Before the end of February 2016, 200 - 250 Syrians who have been living in refugee camps for many years in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon will be coming to Red Deer. Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools is excited to welcome Syrian refugees families into our schools and are working collaboratively with Central Alberta Refugee Effort (C.A.R.E) and Catholic Social Services to support the refugee transition to Red Deer. As Christ-centred schools, we are prepared to embrace and support these students into our inclusive classrooms  and school communities.

To learn more about the refugee screening and refugee process, please visit the Government of Canada or speak to your local Member of Parliament.

How is the Division planning on supporting the Syrian refugees families?

With English as a Second Language (ESL) Lead Teachers, School Counsellors and Family School Enhancement Counsellors in each school we are prepared to support these families as they join our safe and caring neighbourhood schools.

Want more information on Syrian refugees coming to Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools?

An information session will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas Middle School (3821 39 Street, Red Deer, AB T4N 0Y6) on December 8 from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. on refugee resettlement in Red Deer, and our Division’s plan to support this process.

A representative from C.A.R.E and Catholic Social Services will be present. Information will be shared to help support Syrian refugee resettlement in Red Deer.

How can I help out?

Central Alberta Refugee Effort (C.A.R.E) is currently looking for volunteers and Arabic Interpreters. Please contact Melissa Duran, Volunteer Coordinator, at 403-346-8818 ext. 348 or by email at melissa.duran@care2centre.ca if you are interested in volunteering to support these families.

Here are other ways to assist these families and students:

  • Continue to speak in favour of accepting these people as this has been a well established Canadian tradition
  • Consider donating household items and clothing once housing has been established
  • Consider working with local groups (ie. St. Vincent de Paul, etc) to support these new Canadians
  • Support local groups like Central Alberta Refugee Effort (C.A.R.E) to help integrate the Syrian refugees will be important

On the provincial level:

  • Continue to advocate with provincial government officials with regards to adequate funding to support these people

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