[PSRList] World Refugee Day- RSTP BVOR office message

Rachel McNally mcnallrk at gmail.com
Tue Jun 20 15:31:44 EDT 2017



I wanted to share our positive experience with the BVOR program here in Atlantic Canada. Amid the Syrian crisis, our SAH went from sponsoring around one family a year to sponsoring around 70 families at once. With a very small cap size due to a small sponsorship program, this large number of sponsorships was made possible through mostly BVOR sponsorships which have no limit. Many of these BVOR sponsors were first-time sponsors in rural areas who do not have the connections with family members in their area to pursue family-linked sponsorships. The BVOR program both financially and logistically allowed many sponsors to participate who otherwise would not be involved. For the past two years, our PSR caps have increased to 40+ people. Now we are getting many more requests for family-linked sponsorships than we can fulfill, so I echo the sadness about caps and limits on private sponsorship numbers. However, overall the BVOR program has been great for our SAH, and of course for the dozens of families we have been able to welcome.  


Rachel McNally


From: PSR [mailto:psr-bounces at list.rstp.ca] On Behalf Of shauna jimenez
Sent: June-20-17 1:12 PM
To: Parastoo Aznavehzadeh <paznavehzadeh at rstp.ca>
Cc: psr at list.rstp.ca
Subject: Re: [PSRList] World Refugee Day- RSTP BVOR office message


Hi Parastoo,

The big problem with the BVOR program is that these do not count for our very restricted number of allocations.

This means that if a SAH does mostly BVOR folks, they will limit and eventually lose the ability to sponsor PSRs.

My experience with the BVOR program is that it serves to limit our future ability to privately sponsor refugees and reunite families that are here and begging us to sponsor their families members.

A strength of the initial PSR program goals is that it allows us to reunite families.  Unfortunately, the BVOR program serves to prevent us from doing this due to the fact that BVORs do not get counted in our limited allocations.

The very destructive program of allocations and limits to the Private Sponsorship of Refugees program is indeed a very sad reality on this World Refugee Day,




On Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 9:55 AM, Parastoo Aznavehzadeh <paznavehzadeh at rstp.ca <mailto:paznavehzadeh at rstp.ca> > wrote:

Dear friends, 



On this World Refugee Day, we recognize the strength, resilience and courage of refugees all around the world. We also recognize the need for protection and resettlement for many who do not have another durable solution. 


Today, please consider sponsoring a refugee or refugee family through the BVOR Program. 


You can make a difference!


Please find attached a poster that can be shared amongst your network. 




Parastoo Aznavehzadeh Refugee Resettlement Project Worker| Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) Catholic Crosscultural Services| 55 Town Centre Court, Suite 401, Scarborough, ON M1P 4X4

Tel: 416-290-1700 Ext.403 <tel:(416)%20290-1700>  | Toll-free: 1-877-290-1701 <tel:(877)%20290-1701>   | Fax: 416-290-1710 <tel:(416)%20290-1710>   |paznavehzadeh at rstp.ca <mailto:paznavehzadeh at rstp.ca> , 

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