Dundas Coalition 4 Refugee Support

$10,981 of $35,000 goal

Raised by 33 people in 19 months

We are the Dundas Coalition for Refugee Support, a group of residents in North and South Dundas. Our community has a storied history of helping those in need.

Our primary goal is to help a Syrian refugee family settle in our rural region.

Our efforts are currently focused on preparing the refugee application and fundraising. We hope to have our family arrive this year or early 2017.  We will then focus our efforts to help them settle in the Winchester area and become successful Canadians.

A picture of some of our members celebrating the submission of our application with coffee and italian soda.


We have already identified a refugee family of five with a rural background  whom we believe will integrate well in the Dundas county area.

They fled their home in Syria in 2013 and have been living in temporary accomodations ever since.

To respect the privacy and safety of "our" family, we feel it is prudent not to publish any personal information on-line, but donors will receive period updates should you request to join our mailing list.

Illustration by Charlotte Bracho.


With the exact timeline for arrival unknown, we have secured an initial house for our family to reside in Winchester until permanent accommodations can be found.

We have partnered with the House of Lazarus to offer furniture, clothing, and household goods for the family.

Volunteers have stepped forward to assist with language training, health care, education, transportation, and employment assistance.

We are now approaching service clubs, businesses, and residents to fundraise and support our family for a 1-year period. As a valued donor you will receive periodic newsletters and updates on our fundraising e orts and on our family once they arrive in Dundas County.


Citizenship and Immigration Canada suggests that refugee sponsors have $27,000 for a family of four for one year after their arrival. This includes housing rent and utilities, clothing, food, school start-up costs, and incidentals. Your donations will go to fund these items directly.

Dundas County residents have already stepped forward to offer temporary housing and provide many in-kind services and donations to bridge the funds required.

CRITIAL DETAILS (aka. the fine print)

The following information is included in order to protect donors from fraud and help make our campaign as transparent and successful as possible.

Active committee members:
Aaron Dellah (GoFundMe contact), Winchester, ON
Moira Law, Chair,  Mountain, ON
Eric Duncan, Vice Chair, Winchester, ON
Lorna Driscoll, Secretary, Mountain, ON
Patricia Moussette, Treasurer, Winchester, ON
Eric Pietersma, Fundraising, Chestervilke, ON
Jack Hoogenboom, Housing,  Mountain, ON
Brenda Windmill, Language Training, Winchester, ON
Jean-Pierre Leduc, Housing, Mountain, ON
Rachelle Eves, Education, Williamsburg, ON
Christine Lowson, Merrickville, ON
Ab Carr, Chesterville, ON
Andy Driscoll, Mountain, ON

None of our commitee members have  a familial relationship with the refugee family.  However, Moira, Patricia, Jack, Lorna and Eric P. are the "Group of 5" that have applied to sponsor the family.  We keep constant contact with the family through email and texting and, on occaision, via Skype.

The funds raised through this campaign will allow us to support the family for one year with expenses designated as follows:
Clothing: $400
Furniture: $200
Household goods: $200
Food (initial): $500
Utilities (hook-up): $300
School supplies (initial): $600
Housing/rent: $10,800
Transportaion: $720
Living expenses: $20,000

All funds raised through this campaign will be transferred to the Committee's BMO(Winchester branch) bank account whose signatories are Patricia Moussette and Eric Duncan.  Both signatories are required to approve any withdrawal from the account.

Once the family arrives, start-up funds will be transferred (by cheque) to the family as required, followed by monthly allowance cheques.  Transfer of funds to the family will be done in conjunction with teaching the family money management as it relates to Canadians. (How to pay bills, use of bank cards, writing of cheques, etc).
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GREAT NEWS! We have tentative arrival dates!

Hold on to your hats ladies and gentlemen, our sponsored family have been given tentative travel dates between February 15 and 25, 2018.

After 18 months of waiting for paperwork and security checks, our family is currently in the process of completing their medical exams and taking a mandatory (one day) course on Canada and Canadian culture.

Also in the past 18 months, the family have been brushing up on their English skills....because as we know, Google translate has it's limitations.

We are shifting into high gear to get everything lined up from toothbrushes to transportation. Stay tuned!
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No News is No News

I hope your summer has been going well, in spite of the amount of liquid sunshine that has been pouring down on us.

I would like to update you with all the news about our refugee family, but sadly there is as yet very little to tell. As you know, they were interviewed in March and we were hopeful of meeting them in person soon. Since then, all has been very quiet. We are aware that some of their references have been checked since the interview. Our family did contact the Canadian embassy once to ask about progress but were simply told that their file was still in process with no other information.

Daughter (name withheld) has had a small problem with her gums and the family was able to arrange to have her seen by a dentist. Minor surgery was required and she is recovering well. Mother (name withheld) has found an English class that is free and is attending with much enthusiasm. She has practised with Moira and has asked her to look over her homework. It seems like an excellent class, although there are more than 30 students. Son (name withheld) has done well in school and father (name withheld) continues to work long hours for 6 and even 7 days a week.

Let us hope we have concrete positive news soon.
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Almost a year after submitting our application, we finally have an update!

We are exited to share the news that our family has been contacted by the Canadian Immigration office and have undergone a preliminary interview.

This doesn't guarantee any timelines, but at least we know the process is underway.

Stay tuned!
Update March 2017
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Raised by 33 people in 19 months
Created July 11, 2016
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Marleen Fawcett
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Wishing the family the very best. You have been blessed to be in this country.

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