Summerland refugee group recognized by United Nations

UN recognize refugee group

The Summerland Refugee Sponsorship Group has been officially recognized by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) for signing its Statement of Solidarity. 

The Statement of Solidarity pledge recognizes that solutions to refugee crises start at the local level. 

In a letter to Summerland mayor Toni Boot, UNHCR Canadian representative Jean-Nicholas Beuze thanked the district and the group for its work to support refugees resettling into the community.

“We are deeply appreciative of Summerland's commitment to welcoming refugees through the various initiatives such as the Summerland Refugee Sponsorship Group," said Beuze.

“Signing the Statement goes further to show that Summerland stands with refugees and provides an example to other cities in Canada and globally that integrating refugees benefits positively local communities.”

Summerland is the tenth Canadian municipality to sign the Statement of Solidarity.

The group was formed in 2015 by a small group of residents wanting to act in the face of the global refugee crisis, and is now a registered non-profit charity with 130 volunteers.

It has helped two refugee families from Syria and one refugee family from Eritrea in northeast Africa adjust to life in Canada, and will soon be assisting a family of eight coming from South Sudan. 

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