New Westminster – In light of the ongoing conflict in Syria, the City of New Westminster is sharing information with residents, many of whom have expressed a desire to help but are unclear about the various actions they can take to assist those in need.
“The residents of New Westminster are very generous,” said Mayor Jonathan X. Coté. “The situation in Syria has shown there is an immediate need for humanitarian assistance which has given rise to a desire to reach out and make a difference.”
To provide residents with information on how they can help, the City of New Westminster has compiled a listing of international and local organizations that are working to address the needs of Syrian refugees. This resource also includes website links so that residents can learn more about organizations in order to make an informed decision.
The City has been actively addressing the needs of newcomers, including refugees, since 2007, establishing a Multiculturalism Advisory Committee and coordinating the Welcoming and Inclusive New Westminster Local Immigration Partnership Council. Both of these bodies are actively working to reduce barriers to integration and facilitate full participation in community life by newcomers.
“New Westminster is considered a leader in the area of welcoming and inclusive communities,” stated Councillor Chuck Puchmayr, Chair, Multiculturalism Advisory Committee. “All City facilities are designated as ‘Safe Harbour: Respect for All’ sites and the City and partner organizations are working on a comprehensive Settlement Strategy.
In addition to the above, the City of New Westminster is also exploring ways of participating in the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Task Force on Refugee Resettlement.
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