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Fall 2010

  • Welcome to Canada – Mothers & Children:
    • A series of workshops to help make integration easier for newcomer mothers and children
    • Topics include:
      • Physical and mental health
      • Parenting
      • School settlement issues
    • The children’s program includes:
      • Story time
      • Songs
      • Finger puppet plays
      • Arts and crafts

Winter 2010

  • Welcome to Canada – Youth:
    • A youth-led initiative to provide new Canadian refugee youth a chance to learn about life in Canada
    • Each week will include physical activity, computer time, creative arts and a guest lecturer
    • Program schedule:
      • Week 1: Conflict Resolution
        • Guest lecturer: William Gentle
      • Week 2: School Integration
        • Guest lecturer: Lori Butler
      • Week 3: Anger and Stress Management
        • Guest lecturer: Gillian Wells
      • Week 4: Mental Health
        • Guest lecturer: Dr. Kathy Lawrence
      • Week 5: Physical Health, Nutrition and Substance Abuse
        • Guest lecturer(s): Dr. Chris Steingart and Adam Rauf
  • Muslim-Mennonite Dialogue:
    • As part of an ongoing Muslim-Mennonite Dialogue, MSS youth and Mennonite Youth come together each month at Mennonite Central Committee to pack medical, school and relief kits.
  • Story Times:
    • MSS welcomes refugee children age 5-7 to a series of Story Times sessions
    • Enjoy a warm welcome, inspiring stories, joyful songs, fun finger-puppet plays, and creative crafts!
  • Udhiya Program:
    • If you are planning to do udhiya locally this year, please consider donating a portion for the needy in our community
    • MSS will be distributing coupons to families in need
    • They will be able to pick up meat directly from local halal butchers
    • Each family will receive packages of 5 lbs or more, depending on the size of the family
    • The leftover meat will be donated to the House of Friendship’s Halal Meat Program or the Regional Food Bank’s Halal Meat Program