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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

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