Monthly Archives: January 2016

Less than $13,000 to go!

Our fund-raising efforts have continued though the month of January.  After a very generous, anonymous donation of $2,500, the latest tally now puts us at $37,700. That leaves us with less than $13,000 to go to reach our goal of $50,000.

There’s still time to give if you haven’t already!  Go to to donate to find out how. 

We are still hoping to receive matching funds from the Anglican Diocese of Toronto; but the more funds we have when we apply for our matching grant, the more funds can potentially be matched.  And the more funds we have at the end of our fundraising campaign, the more refugees we can help.

If, for example, we raise in excess of $50,000 – say, $75-$80,000 – then we will be in a position to help more than one family.  Full disclosure: we would not attempt to do two simultaneously; rather, we would look at the possibility of sponsoring a 2nd family after the first one has settled into a new home, the kids are in school, ESL classes have begun, etc.   But wouldn’t it be great if we could do that?


Our first fundraising concert is not to be missed!

Valery Lloyd-Watts (Piano)

April 15th, 8:00pm, The Church of St. Mary Magdalene

This is musical event for all ages!  Valery Lloyd-Watts, internationally acclaimed Canadian pianist, and one of the world’s most influential music educators, will introduce and perform masterpieces from the classical piano repertoire. Her unique way of relating to audiences makes music come alive, even for first-time listeners.


We are also very honoured that the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, the 28th Governor-General of Canada will introduce the concert with her own reflections on why projects like ours are so important.


Want to make an evening of it?  How about dinner before the concert?

Two marvellous local restaurants – Campagnolo and The Harbord Room – have offered concertgoers a 15% discount on the night of the concert. To take advantage of this offer, you need to get you tickets in advance. Click the following button to reserve your tickets:

Eventbrite - Valery Lloyd-Watts, Piano - A Fundraising Concert for Refugee Resettlement


A New Year, and some great new developments!

Happy New Year to you all!

Since our last update to you, our focus has largely entered around fundraising.  And we have good news on this front!pls give

  • As of January 20th, we have raised over $31,000.  We had a big bump in donations in December as a result of our pre-holiday fundraising campaigns. Thank-you to everyone who contributed!
  • If you have not yet donated, please do so now.  Donations made by Jan 31 will be matched the by Anglican Diocese of Toronto. To donate, go to Also, please share this information with those you know who might  be interested in supporting us.
  • We are planning several fundraising events in the upcoming months, including:
    • A concert series to be held at SMM.  Our first confirmed Valerydate is April 15. Internationally renowned pianist and educator Valery Lloyd-Watts will present a musical event for the whole family. Valery’s unique approach to concerts makes serious classical music accessible to all, particularly to younger people. It’s an evening not to be missed. Tickets for this pay-what-you-can event will be available for advance purchase online very shortly.
    • A silent auction to be held on May 3, also at SMM. We are looking for collector quality auction items, for example, a first edition book, original artwork, or those that offer great experiences and unusual access, for example: a week at a lakefront cottage or a house in the countryside in France, a dinner party prepared by a chef, tickets to professional sports, or performing arts, garden design advice from a landscape gardener and a gift certificate for plants. If you have something like this to offer, please contact [email protected]. Donations to the auction are tax deductible (conditions apply).

As far as preparing for our family’s arrival, we are moving forward on that front, albeit more slowly.

  • We are required to attend sponsorship training before we can officially apply to sponsor a family.  Some of us have  completed our training already; the rest of us will complete it by the end of this month.
  • Everyone has had the required police background checks done and submitted to AURA .
  • We think we have temporary accommodation lined up for our family. Since we might have as little as one week’s notice of our family’s arrival, having temporary accommodations is imperative.
  • Currently, we are still aiming for our family to arrive between early and mid-spring.


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