In early September 2015, St George’s established a Refugee Sponsorship Team with the approval of the Parish Council and the Social Justice and Outreach team with the objective of sponsoring a Syrian refugee family to come to Canada. The creation of the team was a result of the concern for the Syrian families fleeing their war torn country in thousands. As a result of a series of events, a general meeting was held in late September which was attended by 40+ people from the parish. Many of these attendees have volunteered to help in the various tasks required to bring and support a family for a period of twelve months. St George’s has had a long history of sponsoring refugee families through the Refugee Committee of the Anglican Diocese.
The Steering Team, under the co-chairs, David Stuart and Jennifer Handley, was formally established in mid-October 2015. Other members of the Team include Cedric Trueman, Jeanette Muzio, Donald Fisher, Ginny Glover and The Rev. Canon Richard LeSueur.
On February 10th, 2016, the Team welcomed The Barhoum/Belal Family, a wonderful Syrian family of six, and have since been assisting them on a daily basis as they settle into their new surroundings. The family consists of two parents and four children (2 boys – ages 17 and 10, and 2 girls – ages 14 and 2). They are living in a three-bedroom apartment in Esquimalt, and all the children are attending school. They have been extremely grateful and all the members of the Refugee Team have reported that the family is a delight to assist.
Please see our Refugee Sponsorship News page for updates on the family and information about fundraisers and events.