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Newcomers and volunteers working together to build more welcoming communities.

Meet Western University Researcher Maria Besselink!

In 2019, Finnish-Canadian Social Psychology Masters student Maria Besselink began the early stages of her evaluation of the Together Project Welcome Group program. With the support of her Western University thesis advisor, Dr. Victoria Esses, Maria set out to examine how Canadian volunteers’ perceptions and attitudes towards refugees would change over a six-month match with a refugee newcomer household.

However, just as she was about to begin her study, the COVID-19 pandemic changed everything, and she ended up breaking new ground in social psychology with her study of our Welcome Group Program.

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5 World Refugee Day Events

Every year, World Refugee Day falls on June 20th to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees. For World Refugee Day 2022, we’ve found 5 virtual and in-person events for you to show your support.

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5 Ways for Newcomers to Get Outside This Summer

June 5th is World Environment Day! To celebrate, we’ve found 5 fun ways for newcomers to enjoy the fresh air and meet new friends in Toronto, Ottawa, and Surrey.

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Thank You Tendril!

Together Project’s corporate partners help volunteers welcome refugee newcomers to Canada in so many ways.

Today, we want to feature and thank founding donor Tendril, who has been integral to Together Project since day one.

Through their commitment to diversity, inclusion, and civic engagement, they’ve been instrumental in helping us develop our visual storytelling and brand identity.

From our logo to our brand assets to our professional photography, Tendril has helped us find incredible supporters like Frontier, Lisa Kanakko, and Emilie Muszczak to help us along the way!

And of course, a special thanks goes out to Tendril COO, Kate Bate.

As a Together Project Co-Founder, donor, steering committee chair, and current steering committee member, Kate has always been instrumental in showing us the power of storytelling.

Please enjoy this video of a Together Project newcomer family made through Tendril’s generous support!💛 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦

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A Volunteer on Welcome Groups and Mental Health: “It’s had a huge positive impact”

How does being in a Welcome Group support refugee mental health?

For Mental Health Week, we’re featuring Together Project volunteer, Joyce Edem!

With her fluency in over 7 languages and 3 dialects, Joyce loves connecting with newcomers as they settle into their new Canadian lives.

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“This positive energy is like a battery for me”: An Aspiring Physician on Being a Welcome Group Volunteer

Why would an aspiring physician volunteer with Together Project? 

For National Volunteer Week, we’re featuring Arad and his passion for inclusive healthcare, and why volunteering is his battery.

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