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Welcome Place hires 25 staff to help Syrian refugees

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Welcome Place is an extremely busy place these days. So busy in fact it has hired an additional 25 people, says executive director Rita Chahal. “We have increased our settlement and housing teams because of the housing situation. We need to have more people out looking for housing,” said Chahal, “because the federal government requires we have …

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Welcome House staff work overtime to settle refugees in Winnipeg

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Staff at Winnipeg’s Welcome Place have been running off their feet for the past week, going back and forth to the Richardson International Airport — sometimes several times a day — to bring Syrian refugees to their new home. Some 130 government-sponsored refugees arrived in Winnipeg between Dec. 28 and Jan. 1, said Rita Chahal, executive director of the refugee …

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‘You are home now’: Manitoba’s Syrian refugees get official welcome

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Applause, handshakes and a Cree drum song officially welcomed Manitoba’s Syrian refugees to Winnipeg during a ceremony Monday morning. “Our home is your home. We’re very pleased to have you here,” Premier Greg Selinger told Yaser Albakar and his family during the event at Welcome Place, a temporary apartment complex for newly-arrived refugees. “The …

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Welcome Place ready to house Syrian refugees in Winnipeg

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The Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council says it’s ready to take in Syrian refugees, as a group bound for the province is set to land in Toronto today. The group of 17 includes nine refugees who are headed for Altona, Man., and eight who are expected to stay in Winnipeg. At …

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Schools teach child refugees more than their ABCs

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By the time he was eight years old, Salah Alaid could recall four distinct chapters of his life: the home his father built in Damascus, an escape to Jordan, some “boring” years in a refugee camp, and then starting school at Rose Avenue Junior Public School in downtown Toronto. He …

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Manitoba social agencies gear up for Syrian refugee arrival

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Social services providers who help refugees in Manitoba are bracing for a surge of newcomers, with at least two organizations not allowing vacation time for their staff until Canada’s response to the Syrian crisis is complete. Newcomers Employment and Education Development Services (NEEDS Inc.) and Welcome Place have made the move in response to an anticipated influx of refugees …