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Newcomers and volunteers working together to build more welcoming communities.

Together Project Co-Directors Speak with Social Impact Advisors About Building Newcomer Social Connections

How do we build more welcoming communities? How do we support newcomer efforts to create social connections, acquire social capital and find meaningful work in Canada?

Together Project Co-Directors Anna Hill and Andrew Lusztyk speak with Sally Fazal of Social Impact Advisors about how community volunteers can support refugee integration.

Click here to listen to the full podcast!

Interview with Kelly Cavanaugh – Communications Volunteer

“Offering friendship to new immigrants is rewarding,” said Communications volunteer Kelly Cavanaugh.

“It feels good to be helpful and make friends with people that are from a different culture. I just want to continue to be friends with these newcomers and help when I can. The Together Project is such a great outlet for this.”

For more of her story, click the link below!


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Interview with Sawsen AlFaraj – Welcome Group Volunteer

“I have always loved volunteering and I often seek volunteer opportunities wherever I go,” said Welcome Group volunteer Sawsen AlFaraj.

“When I moved to Toronto in the summer of 2017, I was looking for oppurtunities where I could be most useful and when I found that Together Project often services Syrian refugees, I knew that I could offer translation and interpretation since I’m fluent in both English and Arabic. Also, as a newcomer myself, I thought that my personal experience may, in some way, be relatable and in some way, it was.”

For more of her story, click the link below!


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Interview with Hanen Nanaa – Event Volunteer

“I thought that if I volunteered at places like that, it would be helpful for the newcomer but at the same time helpful for me because I would learn from the newcomer and Canadians as well,” said Hanen Nanaa.

For more of her volunteering experience, click below!

#TogetherHello (Photo: Hani Al- Moulia)

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Interview with Lisa Kannakko – Volunteer Photographer

“I think that Together Project offers the gift of friendship and that’s a pretty amazing gift,” said Lisa Kannakko. “Everybody needs friends, everyone needs to be honoured and cherished. That’s what friendship is— it’s a group of people celebrating you for who you are.”

For more of our interview with Lisa, click below!

#TogetherHello (Photo: Derek Shapton)

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Together Project Welcomes Jean-Nicolas Beuze, UNHCR’s Representative in Canada

Inspiring words from UNHCR’s Representative in Canada, Mr. Jean-Nicolas Beuze, at our Together Project event:

“Ready to make a difference in the life of refugees? Equally ready to change your own life by welcoming refugees? Get involved with Together Project. We can all make a difference and get engaged!”