Syrian Refugee Family

Supported by Interfaith Community

Our Syrian Refugee Family has arrived as of Monday, December 21. The settlement team is thrilled that the family has finally arrived, and are excited to help them begin the transition to their new life in Canada.”
Those looking to support resettlement efforts in Oakville and the Halton region through donations can find more information through The Oakville Community Foundation.  
  • To see the welcome lunch provided, – click here.
  • To read Sandra Onufryk’s blog about private sponsorship, click here.

Maple Grove United Church, Shaarei-Beth-El Synagogue and the  Islamic Society of North America Mosque are partnering under the name Abraham’s Children Together (ACT) to sponsor a Syrian refugee family of seven who have just arrived in Canada. To read the Toronto Star article by Nicholas Keung (and see a lovely picture of Morar) – click here.

  • An active settlement team has been established but more financial donations to establish the family are required;
  • For more information contact Sandra Onufryk, Outreach Chair at

Abraham’s Children Together (ACT) is an interfaith community from across Oakville and Mississauga working together to help a Syrian refugee family immigrate and settle in our area. Oakville residents Sandra Onufryk and Katie Joaquim,  members of Maple Grove United Church, Shaarei-Beth El Synagogue Rabbi Stephen Wise, and Dr. Aliyah Khan, part of charity group Canadians in Support of Refugees in Dire Need (CSRDN) and a member of Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) are spearheading this project.

The MGUC Outreach Committee, under Sandra Onufryk’s leadership, have been working diligently with the Interfaith Council of Oakville to insure that all of the documentation and details for the sponsorship of a Syrian Refugee family to come to Canada are taken care of. Read the article “How the process of admitting Syran Refugees from Jordan Will Work.”

Jane Moffatt and Rachel Coley are working on the family clothing requirements.

We are also working to create partnerships with our community partners, including schools.

We are looking for winter clothing – new or gently used – for a family of 7:

  • A mother,
  • A father,
  • An 11 year old boy
  • Twins of 13 – a boy & a girl
  • A boy 18
  • A boy 19

To donate clothing, please contact Maple Grove United Church –

Winter Coats Collected for a Refugee Camp in Iraq

On Tue, Dec 22, 2015 at 7:32 PM, Catherine Bovaird wrote:

The 100 kilos of coats have apparently arrived in Erbil, Iraq last Saturday. This has been a fantastic initiative between the Clarkson Secondary School Muslim Students Association of Mississauga and Maple Grove United Church of Oakville.

Many thanks to all who participated. Our target was 100 kilos and we raised almost 200 kilos!  The extra coats will be presented to a group in our area supporting the refugees. God Bless the refugees in the ACTED Camps outside Erbil, Iraq.

We are thinking of you during our Christmas holiday season.


Catherine Bovaird

For more information, click here