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 four refugee families into our community, the first in February 2016, the second in September 2016, the third in May 2018 and the fourth in July 2018. The first two families were government assisted (BVOR) refugee families, while the last two were privately sponsored families.

 People in this community have put their hands up in amazing numbers to help us make the new families we have received 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 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.

Volunteers do not necessarily have the time;
they just have the heart!

~ Elizabeth Andrew

The CARR Executive

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

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

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