November 6, 2015 – An Update from the Lifeline Syria Cape Breton Steering Committee to Lifeline Syria Cape Breton Volunteers

Good day Lifeline Syria Cape Breton volunteers,

You are receiving this email because you expressed interest in remaining connected with the Lifeline Syria campaign here in Cape Breton. We would like to take this opportunity to offer a sincere thank you for showing interest in helping. Please be assured that we are working diligently on this endeavour, and your name has been added to our volunteer database so that when the time comes we will be reaching out to you to help.

As you may suspect, we have been waiting for our Federal Government to take form in order to better understand how the department of immigration plans to facilitate the welcoming of 25,000 Syrian asylum seekers into Canada by the end of 2015.  In the coming days we expect to hear a statement from the Federal Department of Citizenship and Immigration which should clarify our path forward. Locally, the Lifeline Syria – Cape Breton steering committee is meeting with local MPs next week to discuss what these new changes in government will mean for bringing refugees into Cape Breton. In addition to plans from the Federal Government, and local governments, we are in talks with Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) on how best to receive and serve  newcomers throughout our province.

Once again we want to thank you for showing your support, and for having patience throughout this process. You can expect to be contacted again over the next few weeks based on how you answered your Lifeline Syria questionnaire, so that you may assist in ways best suited to your skills. I hope that when the time comes that you will show your continued support so that we may show a good Cape Breton welcome to our newcomers.


Lifeline Syria Cape Breton  Steering Committee

October 14, 2015 – CBC interview with Lifeline Syria Co-Chair, John Malcom

Lifeline Syria Cape Breton gets boost to help refugees

October 5, 2015 – Update from Lifeline Syria Co-Chair, David Wheeler

Dear Friends,

Please find below the minutes from our first Steering Committee meeting.  last Wednesday.

Conveners of sub-groups have been encouraged to begin developing strategies with those who volunteered to help.  These strategies are likely to include reference to i) federal, provincial and other partners with whom we will need to coordinate; ii) the objectives for each sub-group; and iii) the resources required (human, financial etc).

Advocacy – Ian MacNeil

Fundraising – John Malcom

Communications – Irene Khattar

Family Support/Settlement – Andre Gallant

Community Liaison/Administration—Amanda McDougall


David Wheeler and Amanda McDougall will work to identify a Canadian aid worker on the ground who we can begin to build a relationship with in order to start the refugee matching process.  We will try to identify someone who can come to Cape Breton to do a lecture tour for a week or two to raise awareness among schools, churches and other social groups.

David will also try to secure some pro bono support for setting up a web site and identify which organisation(s) are going to lead on receipt of donations (including issuing of tax receipts).

Amanda will complete the inventory of volunteers and expertise working from the forms received so far (from the Cedars meeting, the on-line survey and the rally on Saturday).  We will then circulate the inventory.  We will also come up with a way to give all the volunteers something of significance to do.

We will be hosting a Lifeline Syria CB meeting with interested members of the CBU community on Thursday, September 24th at 5:00 pm in the Sydney Credit Union Room (CE265). Discussion will centre on what roles our staff and faculty see themselves taking on pertaining to the Syrian refugee crisis; some may be interested in dedicating research efforts, helping with fundraising or even facilitating community workshops and forums. Should you like to attend, you are more than welcome. Refreshments and a light supper will be provided. Please RSVP at your soonest convenience to Amanda McDougall.

In coming days we will communicate again with details of when and where the next steering committee meeting will occur, and we will liaise with sub-group coordinators on how we will stay aligned in the next week or so.

Thank you for your continuing interest and commitment.  This is important work

Andrew Lynk

John Malcom

David Wheeler

(Interim Steering Committee Co-Chairs)

Lifeline Syria: Cape Breton Steering Committee
September 16th, 2015
Cape Breton University

Meeting Minutes: Lifeline Syria CB – Sept 16 Mtg Minutes

September 16, 2015 – Compassion grows, action to follow (Cape Breton Star)

Compassion grows action to follow

September 16, 2015 – Rally for refugees set for CBU (Chronicle Herald)

Rally for refugees set for CBU

September 11, 2015- Refugee road blocks (Information Morning Cape Breton)

Refugee Roadblocks (Information Morning Cape Breton)

September 10, 2015 – Refugee Crisis Prompts Local Response (Cape Breton Post)

Refugee crisis prompts local response

September 9, 2015 – Syrian refugee meeting (Information Morning Cape Breton)

Syrian Refugee Meeting

September 8, 2015 – Meeting confirms desires of Cape Bretoners to host Syrian refugees (Cape Breton Post)

Meeting confirms desire of Cape Bretoners to host Syrian refugees 

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