Refugee Update

Refugee Update issue #79 is ready!!! Some of the topics you can find in this issue are the following:

  • From:  Strengthening citizenship or weakening democracy?
  • From Kismayo to Canada: supporting older adults to age with dignity in their own homes.
  • Building Collaboration to Combat Human Trafficking: Summary report on the Roundtables
  • 2014 Youth Action Gathering
  • The tradition and the contradiction: fighting to stay with his Canadian family
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Wellnes Program

FCJ Refugee Centre is providing primary health care clinic, mental health clinic and self-care at their main location to meet the disenfranchised populations from diverse cultural backgrounds unique health needs. The very essence of the program is to focus on the holistic health care which is integrated approach to health that treats individual as “whole”.  The holistic model of care does not only provide primary health care but also focuses on, emotional, psychological and spiritual well-being. 

FCJ Refugee Centre identifies equity and culturally competent strategies and services as critical to improving and maintaining the health of the vulnerable populations.  The clinic focuses on illness prevention and health promotion.  This includes, Primary Health Clinic, Mental Health Counselling and Yoga.  It is a shift from illness to wellness so that prevention becomes a priority to help individuals to reach their optimum level of wellness and help prevent diseases.


Since the inception of the Primary Health Care Clinic it has experienced the influx of the individuals doubling the capacity due to IFHP cuts.

Dr. Jim Sugiyama is a family physician, who generously donates his valuable time on every other Saturdays to provide primary health care to the most marginalized populations.  Every other Saturday he manage to see children, women, families, youths and adults from diverse cultural backgrounds.


Ms. Salma Zafar coordinates our Mental Health Clinic.  The therapeutic counselling is offered in a holistic and client-centered approach to improve the mental health and well-being of the individuals.  It is offered in a supportive, non-judgemental, compassionate and caring environment.  Individuals are coming for short or long term counselling as a process of healing and recovery. 


FCJ Refugee Centre model of care is holistic focusing on improving mental, physical and spiritual health through yoga.  Individuals will learn gentle yoga postures as a relaxing techniques.  Yoga has enabled the FCJ Refugee service users to take control of their bodies, minds and lives thus improving their overall wellness.  The yoga therapist incorporates breathing and meditation techniques to help individuals to de-stress and helps them to cope with the challenges of living in a stressful environment.  The yoga classes are accessible to everyone, regardless of their ages every Saturdays at 10.00 a.m.

Clinics are open every Saturday except long weekends. If you want to book an appointment contact us 416- 469 9754.

Primary care  and mental health clinic

Acces to Health Care Workshops Iniciative

The workshops are an effort to offset surmounting challenges that refugees are facing in accessing holistic and timely healthcare.

Our goal is to   increase access for refugee women  to a holistic healthcare regime that highlights counseling and mental health, as well as greater knowledge sharing and dissemination of accurate and up-to-date information around promising self-care practices, community health resources, and changes to the Interim Federal Health Program.

This service provided by FCJ Refugee Centre is part of the Accessible Health for Uprooted Women Initiative.

 Access to Health Care Training for Agencies                          Health care flyer

Access to Education Film

The film explores some of the barriers and impacts experienced by precarious migrant youth populations in accessing secondary and post-secondary education in Ontario.

Through the film, different youth voices talk about the problems they are facing in continue their education. According to the video, there are, just in Toronto, around 200,000 youth population without access to education. There is a huge gap that keep youth population out of the school.

The FCJ Youth Network said that the film is addressed to everyone, but particularly to counselors, guidance and decision makers in the educational field. The goal of the presentation of the screening is that this sector receive the message and start to take action to face this situation.

After the film, there was a discussion of possible future resolutions.  Members of the FCJ Youth Network also talked about their frustrations after trying to get in school.

Employment Oppportunity

Transitional Housing Worker


Application deadline: May 2nd, 2014
Start date: May 12th, 2014
Salary and Hours: $15.50/hr, 25 hours a week for one year (52 weeks)

 Please Note: This position is supported by Toronto Social Services Investing In Neighbourhoods Program. To qualify for this position, candidates must meet the following criteria: Be in receipt of Ontario Works Assistance.

 The FCJ Refugee Centre can only consider applicants that meet all of the above criteria. If you are uncertain of your eligibility, please contact your Case Worker from the City of Toronto, Employment & Social Services.

Organizational Information:

FCJ Refugee Centre strives to meet the diverse needs of uprooted people in communities across Ontario. FCJ Refugee Centre attempts to address the problems of poverty and lack of resources, isolation, and discrimination through community-based programs which promote self-help, personal growth, community economic development and social justice.

The FCJ Refugee Centre has a mandate to:

§  Provide shelter and basic life necessities such as food, clothing and transportation for women and children.

§  Provide to refugees and other uprooted people education, counselling and support services, including translation interpretation services, referrals to legal assistance, employment training, programs on Canadian culture and life, and other educational workshops.

§  Assist refugees and other uprooted people to adjust to Canadian society.

Key Responsibilities:

·         Provide settlement services including crisis intervention, counseling and outreach supports to refugee women staying in the transitional houses and their children.

·         Complete assessment to identify settlement goals that will assist the residents to integrate into the community.

·         Provide coordinated case management with internal and external stakeholders, including liaison with Intake and Case Management Worker to include appropriate referrals, advocacy and ensure continued support and stabilization.

·         Coordinate and facilitate tenant meetings; support groups; social, recreational, and educational programming events.

·         Supervise and train volunteers and student placements.

·         Represent the organization at community activities, networks and coalitions.

·         Administer all aspects of residency in the transitional housing properties, including: selection and orientation of new tenants, tenancy agreements, rent collection, rent calculation, conflict management and other requirements.

·         Monitor management of the three properties through weekly visits of residents and visits with residents, including monitoring repairs and necessary orders.



·         Experience in non-profits, working with migrant populations

·         Excellent organizational and time-management skills

·         Self-starter with the ability to work in a cross-functional team

·         Ability to accomplish goals with minimal supervision

·         Excellent written, oral and interpersonal skills

·         Ability to work with confidential information

·         Experience working from an Anti-Racist, Anti-Oppression framework

·         Preference given to those with counselling experience

·         Must have a valid G driver’s license.

·         Physical effort: Some small repairs and minimal lifting required

·         Second language an asset

 As an employer who values diversity in its workforce, we encourage candidates to self-identify as members of the following designated groups: women, visible minority, aboriginal peoples, and persons with disabilities.

 Interested applicants are invited to submit a cover letter and résumé by email only (in word format) by May 2nd at 5:00 to:

 Loly Rico

FCJ Refugee Centre

208 Oakwood Avenue

Toronto, ON  M6E 2V4



We thank all applicants; however, due to the volume of applicants, only candidates who are selected for an interview will be contacted.

Official VIP screening of “No-Ledge” on MAY 8

 The FCJ Youth Network cordially invites you to the official VIP screening of “No-Ledge”. A film by:  Benjamin Cornejo.This video addresses the barriers  faced by non-status & precarious migrant youth when accessing secondary and post–secondary education in Canada.


For registration fill out the form below and click submit


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May 8,2014 -     Time: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The FCJ Youth Network cordially invites you to the official VIP screening of “No-Ledge”.A film by:  Benjamin Cornejo.This video addresses the barriers faced by non-status & precarious migrant youth when accessing secondary and post–secondary education in Canada.The screening will be followed by a panel discussion & cocktail reception.For more information contact: Destin Bujang :  Philip Ackerman : THIS IS A FREE EVENT !!!


United Steelworkers Hall
25 Cecil St
Toronto, M5T 1N1

Registration is closed for this event.
For more information or questions, please email:

Registration Anti-Human Trafficking Roundtable May 15


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May 15,2014 -     Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Join the members of the Toronto Counter Human Trafficking Network and prominent experts to continue the dialogue on human trafficking and discuss the elements of the Toronto anti-human trafficking response model. Objectives of the roundtable: •             Establish and foster relations between multi‐sector stakeholders, •             Continue to develop anti-human trafficking response model corresponding to the particularities of Toronto area Registration fee: $10.00 Lunch and  refreshments will be provided Subsidies are available Registration payment options: -By cheque  or  cash: pay at the door -PayPal Important Notice: In an effort to bring all stakeholders to the table for this important session, please note that the police, CBSA and other law enforcement will be present. Their attendance at this event is strictly based  on their capacity and desire to counter human trafficking. Should any participants be uncomfortable or afraid to interact with law enforcement officials, please contact the FCJ Refugee Centre and we will work together to find a suitable solution within your comfort level. For more information contact Varka Kalaydzhieva, Anti-Human Trafficking Project Coordinator at FCJ Refugee Centre: Phone number : 416-469-9754  ext 226 E-mail: Please fill out the registration form below and click the Submit button.


25 Cecil Street
Toronto, M5T 1N1

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