Including residents of Perth, the Townships of Tay Valley, Lanark Highlands & Drummond North Elmsley and others who come on board


Since our inception in the fall of 2015, the many CARR volunteers have made a difference to the lives of people fleeing war and conflict. Along our on-going journey, we have learned, grown and been personally enriched as we share our time, talents and treasures.

So far, the CARR has welcomed two refugee family into our community, the first in mid-February 2016 and the second in early September 2016. Both of these families were government assisted (BVOR) refugee families. In addition, we have submitted applications for two more families on a Private Sponsorship basis and we are eagerly waiting for news on their arrival in 2017 or early 2018. While they are currently Refugees in desperate need of a new home, we hope they will soon come to us as Permanent Residents of Canada and of this community.

 People in this community have put their hands up in amazing numbers to help us make the new families we have already received, as well as those we are expecting, feel welcome in their new home. We are so fortunate to have this incredible pool of talent and experience to help us in this endeavour.  While we initially established separate teams to handle the various discrete jobs that needed doing, we have transitioned to setting up small family support teams to handle all of the needs of each family. We realized that we needed to establish knowledge, trust and friendship among the family members and the volunteers who are assisting them to integrate, so smaller teams were ideal from that perspective. On each team we attempt to have people who are responsible for such functions as ESL instruction, financial mentoring, shopping assistance, health and safety, documentation, transportation, housing and clothing needs, children's education, job training, etc. In addition, the team members are encouraged to drop in for social time and just to be there for them whenever they need you. 

We still have some volunteers who have not yet been assigned to a specific team, but we  may well need lots more help down the road in all areas, so please continue to indicate your interest in volunteering. It would be particularly helpful if you could indicate the functions  that relate best to your experience and expertise and also include your telephone number. We are particularly interested in finding volunteers who are able to communicate in Arabic or who may have a Syrian connection, as well as anyone with ESL experience.

Please let us know if you are interested in volunteering and whether you have an area of interest and expertise, by clicking here and please include your telephone number. Or please contact any of the members of the Executive for further information or just to discuss a possible future role for you.

The CARR Executive

Chair Ann Munroe
Vice-Chair, Settlement Coordinator Gordon Munroe
Secretary, Volunteer Coordinator Elsie Stresman
Financial Management, Webmaster Colin Stephenson
Communications Coordinators Jennifer Dickson & Krista Hearty McLean
Fund-Raising Coordinator Margo Bell

You may contact any of the above people through our webmail.

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