News from the Ukrainian Refugee Committee – Sutton as of May 20, 2022

Please read below the latest news from the committee:


Last Monday, May 16th, Erdem (the Dad) Tamara (the Mom) and children Arseniy (a 13-year-old boy) and Marat (a 18-month-old boy) arrived in Sutton.  A generous citizen is hosting the family. Our committee for Ukrainian refugees is doing its best to accompany them to ensure a quick integration.

Both the parents and the youngster will be working as soon as possible in businesses here in Sutton, or in Farnham. Right at the airport, they had been given all their official papers to allow them to work and to be independent here.

Temporarily, they will live with the host in Sutton until they can find appropriate lodgings of their own.  We will provide food as long as they need it, as well as clothing adapted to our climate.  They will probably need furniture and other goods once they move to their lodgings. Next week, French lessons will be organized with the MRC and the SERY of Granby.  We are hoping that these lessons can be taught on-line, or in person here in Sutton.

Three more families are awaiting their visas to come to Canada and establish a new life in Sutton. We are looking for cheap flights to Canada, hoping they can get on charter flights organized by the federal government.

In order to coordinate all the services for the Ukrainian refugees effectively, our committee would appreciate being advised as soon as possible of any private endeavours in the region.

How can you help?

Our funds are not without limit, and we continue to count on your generosity.  Here is how you can donate money to the cause:

Family Counter: Wednesdays and Saturdays, from 9 o’clock to noon, debit or cheques accepted
Office of the St André de Sutton Parish: Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m., cheques only

So far, we have accumulated $16,000 in donations from the 2 activities at L’Abordage, the Nathalie Bédard concert and donations from the Knights of Columbus and the Legion of Sutton.  We also regularly receive private donations from Sutton citizens. As our objective is $40,000, we are calling out to all citizens for cash donations.

Thank you for your generosity!

(Source : Comité Réfugiés ukrainiens – Sutton)

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