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Sixth annual Immigrants and Refugees Forum

Community and government leaders honoured

The sixth annual Social Services — Immigrants and Refugees Forum recently took place at Seneca@York attracting more than 350 attendees. This year’s forum focused on Canada’s response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis and also featured an art exhibition and various student performances. 

Crowd sitting

Numerous community and government leaders were honoured at the forum for their outstanding contributions in response to the ongoing crisis in Syria. Award recipients included The Honourable Michael Chan, Ontario’s Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade, who has been on the frontline of Ontario’s response to the crisis.

The Honourable John McCallum, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, was recognized for his substantial supports of new immigrants and refugees in Canada. Ahmed Hussen, Member of Parliament for York South — Weston, accepted the award on behalf of Minister McCallum.

A number of others were also recognized, including:

  • Sharry Aiken, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University, who is researching the impact of immigration and border security measures on asylum seekers and refugees.
  • El-Farouk Khaki, spirituality activist, human rights, social justice advocate and refugee lawyer.
  • Mennonite New Life Centre of Toronto, a community-based settlement agency.
  • Dr. Joseph Yu-Kai Wong, Canadian philanthropist and founder of the Action Committee for Refugees from Southeast Asia.

The Honourable Michael Chan

President Agnew with Ahmed Hussen

Federal Member of Parliament Ahmed Hussen, right, is presented an award on behalf of The Honourable John McCallum by President David Agnew

The annual forum is hosted by students and staff from the College’s Social Service Worker — Immigrants and Refugees program and Seneca International, with support from the First Peoples@Seneca and the Seneca Student Federation.