Meet Our Muslim Neighbours

Fatah Islamic Centre Open House Poster


Al Falah Islamic Centre wishes to extend a warm invite to its ‘Open House’ event scheduled for Saturday, September 24th from 12pm to 4pm. Please join us for an afternoon of guided tours, informative displays and engaging conversations over an assortment of ethnic food.
We, at Al Falah, strongly believe that your participation at this event would help further the understanding of community values and concerns. Please visit us for more details.
Sincerely Yours,

Al Falah Outreach Committee


Indigenous Reconciliation

Tsuu_Tsina_paradeYou are invited to be part of an important moment in the United Church’s journey of reconciliation

On March 30 and 31, 2016, The United Church of Canada will participate in events marking our commitment—as a denomination and as part of the ecumenical community—to adopt the principles, norms, and standards of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as the framework for reconciliation. We do this in response to Call to Action #48 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. And we invite all United Church people to be a part of this important moment in the church’s journey.

How can you participate?

On Wednesday, March 30, Moderator Jordan Cantwell will join with other church leaders in Ottawa to release an ecumenical statement of commitment to this Call to Action. This group includes not just those churches and religious entities that ran the schools, but many more churches and organizations in the Canadian ecumenical community.

Please take the time to read and reflect on the statement, which will be posted on the United Church website after its release on March 30. You can also visit our ecumenical partner KAIROS’s site for footage of the event later in the week.

On Thursday, March 31, the United Church will release its own statement on the UN Declaration. Moderator Jordan Cantwell and representatives from the Aboriginal Ministries Council will deliver the statement at the opening of the Aboriginal Ministries Consultation, taking place in Alliston, ON, March 31–April 3.

The statement will be released beginning at 3:30 p.m. (Eastern), and will be live-streamed on the United Church YouTube channel. Please join us in this moment of witness and commitment that we hope will help guide us toward a transformed relationship.

For more information, please contact:
Sara Stratton
Reconciliation and Indigenous Justice Animator
416-231-7680 or 1-800-268-3781 ext. 2742

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

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