As President of COSTI, I am very proud of what our Board, volunteers, donors and staff have accomplished over the past year. Most significantly, our involvement in a historic and massive initiative that began in November 2015, when the Canadian government undertook a commitment to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by the end of February.
Toronto was the largest destination in the country. With the support of all three levels of government, foundations, service providers, local Syrian community organizations and generous Canadians, we were able to help 1,900 Syrian newcomers settle in their first home in Canada. While the work of resettlement has only just begun, we are confident that new and existing partnerships and the generosity of thousands of Canadians will continue throughout the coming years, helping not only Syrian newcomers, but all refugees and immigrants coming to Canada from around the world.
In addition to our work with Syrian newcomers, COSTI continued to expand our programs and services within the greater Toronto area, Ontario and overseas. Our Orientation to Ontario program launched the delivery of webinars to clients overseas in July 2015; Pre-arrival Services were enhanced to streamline services and provide effective coordination overseas; and a new partnership with the Calabrian Benevolent Association of Ontario was established to operate a Seniors’ Day Centre in Vaughan for seniors with mild dementia.
With the support of all three levels of government, foundations, service providers, local Syrian community organizations and generous Canadians, we were able to help 1,900 Syrian newcomers settle in their first home in Canada.
COSTI provides immigrants and refugees with knowledge, access and skills that accelerate their ability to engage broadly and deeply in all aspects of Canadian society. Our Vision could not be accomplished without the countless hours of commitment and dedication from our Board, volunteers and staff, and the generosity of hundreds of donors. Our thanks to everyone who has helped make the dreams of thousands of newcomers become a reality this past year.
Bruno M. Suppa