Welcome to Canada!

Posted May 2, 2018 2:16 pm

Prof. John Duncan, Provost Mayo Moran and Chaplain Andrea Budgey [far right] welcome Lama [centre] and her daughters.

In 2015, Trinity College responded to the humanitarian crisis in Syria by sponsoring the relocation and resettlement of a refugee family. We are thrilled to announce that the family arrived safely in Toronto last week.

As Lama and her two daughters Lana and Joud adjust to life in Canada, we would like to recognize the members of the Trinity community who came together to make this possible. Through fundraising, donations and volunteer efforts, so many individuals helped coordinate and support this resettlement process.

We would also like to recognize the efforts of Chancellor Bill Graham, Provost Mayo Moran, Humphrys Chaplain Andrea Budgey, Assistant Provost Jonathan Steels, Prof. Michael Kessler, Prof. John Duncan, Dr. Stephanie Silverman, Prof. Hilary Cunningham and Trinity Rolph-Bell Archivist Sylvia Lassam. This dedicated group has done so much to support Lama and her daughters, and will continue to volunteer their time to make this difficult transition easier.

The family is currently settled into a furnished temporary residence. Once permanent accommodations are found, we will be reaching out for furniture and household item donations. In the meantime, anyone wishing to donate to Trinity's refugee sponsorship project can direct the funds via our parish partner, the Church of Saint Stephen-in-the-Fields, with "Trinity refugee sponsorship project" in the memo line or comments. Donations may be sent by cheque to the

Church of Saint Stephen-in-the-Fields
365 College Street
Toronto, Ontario
M5T 2N8

Or online through CanadaHelps.