The Student Refugee Program Open House on November 18 gave students at the University of Alberta the opportunity to meet Akol, the student they helped sponsor this year. Among the students that came to meet Akol were the Vice President Operations & Finance and the Vice President Academic of the Students’ Union.
We received a great deal of support from students, and for that we are thankful. Without the help of students at the UofA, we would not be able to sustain this program.
Quir is the latest student refugee to come to the U of A as part of the program. After arriving in Canada this past August, the 20-year-old is now studying for a Bachelor of Science degree.
“It is great that I’ve finally made it to Canada. It is a long process, and a long dream that you wait for a very long time,” Quir said. “It finally comes out of hard work and determination.”
While Quir joked that he sometimes feels like he’s going to freeze when he walks to class from International House, he’s dealt with tougher circumstances. When he was young, southern Sudan was in a state of chaos.
“Our village was attacked when I was about two-and-a-half years old. So I fled with my parents — and I didn’t know what was happening, but I could see dead people all around, houses were burning beyond recognition. So we fled,” Quir said.
Attached are some pictures from the event. Check out our Facebook Page for more pictures.
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Our next Local Committee Meeting will be Wednesday, November 3 at 6pm in Humanities 115.
This is an important meeting – we’ll be voting on changes to our constitution, and welcoming our new SRP coordinator Hussein, as well as discussing the upcoming SRP Open House!
Halloween night WUSC joined forces with Make Poverty History and Engineers Without Borders for Reverse Trick or Treat, distributing Fair Trade chocolate door-to-door! A big thanks to everyone that went and represented WUSC at this event. Another big thanks to Sheetal and Akol for presenting at the Red Cross’ Even Wars Have Limits speaker night on Thursday last week!
Reminder that we have our general meeting on Wednesday, October 20 at 6pm in Humanities 115. If you would like to make it but can’t, or have any questions about the meeting, email email@example.com
Meeting minutes from the Policy Committee and SRP Committee have been posted online. Hussein Mohamed has been elected as the SRP Coordinator for 2010/11 – Congratulations, Hussein!
If you watched CPAC on Sunday evening, you probably saw Mohamud Salat, Hussein and myself on Beyond Politics with Linda Duncan. CPAC hasn’t yet made the video available online, so when it does get online, I will post a link on our website.
Our LC drove to Banff over the weekend with the LC from Calgary. Check some more pictures out on our Facebook page.
WUSC’s Policy meetings are underway, every second Wednesday on non-general meeting Wednesdays. The first SRP committee meeting will be held tomorrow, as indicated in the last newsletter.
Today, October 13, 6pm – SGS Lounge
Tomorrow, October 14, 6pm – SGS Lounge
Important: If you would like to chair the SRP Committee this year and coordinate the Student Refugee Program for 2010/11, you must be present at the meeting tomorrow.
Today was our first events committee meeting. Missed it? Never fear! All of our meeting minutes are available at our website (www.ualberta.ca/~wusc) so you can keep up to date. If you are interested in being an event coordinator for one of our events or have a sweet idea for an event we could do in the future. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.