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Tuesday, February 2, 2016 — 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM EST

Event will bring musicians and guest speakers to help raise awareness as well as funds

poster for eventThe Renison community is coming together to raise $10,000 for refugees in Syria through the Mennonite Central Committee’s (MCC) S.O.S for Syria campaign. The money will provide more than 1,000 men, women, and children with urgently needed items like towels, bandages, soap, and shampoo. As part of the fundraising efforts, Renison is hosting an awareness event on Tuesday, February 2 from 6:00-7:30 pm in the Renison Atrium that will feature several keynote speakers who will share their perspective on the refugee crisis. They include:

  • Kristin Fox: Kristin is a graduate of both Renison’s Social Development Studies and Bachelor of Social Work programs. She notes that these programs fostered critical thinking, which enabled her to better serve people by identifying gaps in services and thinking up innovative solutions to these problems. This led to the creation of her current position, Intake Coordinator at the Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre. Kristin is the first point of contact for newcomers to Canada, such as immigrants and refugees, meeting with them to assess their needs and help them to achieve their goals.
  • Leonard Ilunga Honore: Leonard spent 20 of his 22 years in a Malawi refugee camp, but today he is working towards an undergraduate degree at the University of Waterloo and living at St.Leonard Paul’s. He is being sponsored through the University of Waterloo’s and World University Services of Canada’s (WUSC) Student RefugeeProgram. Leonard was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but his family left when he was 2 years old because of ethnic clashes. “The camp is the only life I know,” he says. “But I could tell from my parents that it was not a good life.”
  • Nauroz Tanya: Nauroz is a musician from Kurdistan. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in music from the Kurdistan Fine Arts Institute, and a music diploma from The Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg, Sweden where he lived for several years. He is currently a Composition Major student at naurozWilfrid Laurier University here in Waterloo where he is studying with world-renowned Canadian composer Glenn Bhur. Nauroz’ music has been played in France, Holland, Germany, and Sweden, and his compositions have been broadcast in Armenia, Turkey, The Czech Republic, Denmark, and the United States. He is a long time volunteer for different agencies of the UN such as the WFP and the WHO.
  • Le Luong: Le is a business professional with more than 20 years of experience in event management, sales and marketing strategy and project management and is the Managing Director of Goals Business Solutions. Le has served on the Board of Directors for the LuongVietnamese -Canadian Professional Association and was the Vice-President of External Affairs of the Vietnamese, Association, Toronto and the VP of External Relations of the Canadian Multicultural Council of Asians in Ontario and the Communications Director for the Vietnamese Canadian Voting and Advocacy Association. In 2012, Le was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her dedication and community involvement. Le is currently the Co-Chair of Vietnamese Canadians for Lifeline Syria, a project that is spearheaded by VOICE Canada. Our mission is to raise $100K and to sponsor three Syrian refugees families and to raise awareness for the Syrian refugee crisis.

The money is being raised in support of families that are being forced to flee their homes and seek shelter in nearby towns. When the fighting moves there, they must flee again, with nothing but their official papers and the clothes on their backs. These families need safety, shelter, and basic essentials. The MCC will assemble relief kits in their Kitchener warehouse before shipping them to Syria to be delivered to individual families.

There is no RSVP to attend. If you would like to make a donation, you can do so online.

Cost 
Free
Location 
REN - Renison University College
Atrium
240 Westmount Road North

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G4
Canada

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