M4r & st. Paul’s centre

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In the early summer of 2015 Dick Johnston spearheaded the formation of a group with the goal of resettling a Syrian family in Orillia. Recognizing the plight of the people of Syria and surrounding countries Dick simply said “I cannot stand by and do nothing”.

Over the summer several meetings took place. A steering committee was formed to move the project forward with the support of a larger group of Mariposa (Orillia) citizens. The steering committee met regularly working out the logistics and planning required to resettle a family. Several meetings took place with the larger community group. There were presentations by Rob Jenkins, a former Orillian who manages the Humanitarian Response & Development Programme of UNICEF in Jordan, and another by Ian McBride from the Anglican United Refugee Alliance, who will act as the sponsorship agreement holder for M4R.

Mariposans For Refugees is proud to announce it has built a relationship with St. Paul’s Church and is now part of their Eco-Justice Ministry. St. Paul’s will play an important role in managing the financial logistics of, and providing a home for M4R. 

The M4R Steering Committee consists of :

Co-chairs - Gill Tillmann & Daphne Mainprize

Vice-chairs - Wendy & Dick Johnston

...Barb & Doug Christie, Betty Noganosh, Ted Sasaki, Margaret Ford & Christine Hager.

"Like Operation Lifeline with the boat people 35 years ago, Canadians then as now had the opportunity to demonstrate their incredible leadership in directly assisting humanitarian efforts to save thousands of lives. The current Syrian refugee crisis is real and in many ways larger than the boat people. Governments in Canada and elsewhere can not solve this problem alone. Community sponsorship efforts are the key. Canadians are up to the challenge.” 

Hon. Ron Atkey Minister of Immigration 1979-1980

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