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<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-CA" style="color:black">Dear sponsorship community,<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-CA" style="color:black"><o:p> </o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-CA" style="color:black">I’m writing to share with you that the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP) is organizing multiple training sessions in Alberta later in September. We will be in Calgary delivering training
 sessions on Friday, September 23<sup>rd</sup> and Saturday, September 24<sup>th</sup> (see promotion sent September 13<sup>th</sup>). We would like to announce that we will also be
<b>in Edmonton </b>delivering training sessions<b> on Tuesday, September 27<sup>th</sup> and Wednesday, September 28<sup>th</sup>.
<o:p></o:p></b></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><b><span lang="EN-CA" style="color:black"><o:p> </o:p></span></b></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><b><span lang="EN-CA" style="color:black">We are pleased to invite you, your fellow sponsoring group members and anyone else in your networks interested in the private sponsorship of refugees to attend the training sessions we will be delivering.</span></b><span lang="EN-CA" style="color:black">
<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-CA" style="color:black"><o:p> </o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-CA" style="color:black">Please find the details of each session below:   <o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-CA"><o:p> </o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoListParagraph" style="text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo1"><![if !supportLists]><span lang="EN-CA" style="font-size:12.0pt;color:black"><span style="mso-list:Ignore">1)<span style="font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"">     
</span></span></span><![endif]><b><span lang="EN-CA" style="font-size:12.0pt;color:#C00000">Sponsoring Refugees as a Group of Five or Community Sponsor</span></b><span lang="EN-CA" style="font-size:12.0pt;color:#C00000"><o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoListParagraph"><span lang="EN-CA" style="color:#C00000">When:  </span>
<b><span lang="EN-CA">Tuesday, September 27<sup>th</sup></span></b><span lang="EN-CA">
<b>2016  5:45 PM - 8:30 PM</b> <o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoListParagraph"><span lang="EN-CA" style="color:#C00000">Where: </span>
<span lang="EN-CA">Edmonton Intercultural Centre, 9538 – 107 Avenue (McCauley School), Edmonton, AB, T5H 0T7<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoListParagraph"><span lang="EN-CA"><o:p> </o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:6.0pt;text-indent:.5in"><span lang="EN-CA" style="color:black">This training session is for new sponsorship groups and interested community members who wish to form a
<b>Group of Five</b> or submit an application as a <b>Community Sponsor</b>. <o:p>
</o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:6.0pt;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:0in;margin-left:.5in;margin-bottom:.0001pt">
<span lang="EN-CA" style="color:black">Join us and learn about:<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoListParagraph" style="mso-margin-top-alt:6.0pt;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:0in;margin-left:74.25pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo2">
<![if !supportLists]><span lang="EN-CA" style="font-family:Symbol;color:black"><span style="mso-list:Ignore">·<span style="font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"">        
</span></span></span><![endif]><span lang="EN-CA" style="color:black">Requirements for Group of Five and Community Sponsor group members;
<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoListParagraph" style="mso-margin-top-alt:6.0pt;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:0in;margin-left:74.25pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo2">
<![if !supportLists]><span lang="EN-CA" style="font-family:Symbol;color:black"><span style="mso-list:Ignore">·<span style="font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"">        
</span></span></span><![endif]><span lang="EN-CA" style="color:black">Eligibility criteria for sponsored applicants;<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoListParagraph" style="mso-margin-top-alt:6.0pt;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:0in;margin-left:74.25pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo2">
<![if !supportLists]><span lang="EN-CA" style="font-family:Symbol;color:black"><span style="mso-list:Ignore">·<span style="font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"">        
</span></span></span><![endif]><span lang="EN-CA" style="color:black">The sponsorship process for Group of Five and Community Sponsor applications;
<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoListParagraph" style="mso-margin-top-alt:6.0pt;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:0in;margin-left:74.25pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo2">
<![if !supportLists]><span lang="EN-CA" style="font-family:Symbol;color:black"><span style="mso-list:Ignore">·<span style="font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"">        
</span></span></span><![endif]><span lang="EN-CA" style="color:black">How to complete sponsorship application forms; and<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoListParagraph" style="mso-margin-top-alt:6.0pt;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:0in;margin-left:74.25pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo2">
<![if !supportLists]><span lang="EN-CA" style="font-family:Symbol;color:black"><span style="mso-list:Ignore">·<span style="font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"">        
</span></span></span><![endif]><span lang="EN-CA" style="color:black">Learn some of the most common reasons for applications being returned by the Centralized Processing Office in Winnipeg (CPO-W).<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoListParagraph" style="margin-top:6.0pt"><span lang="EN-CA"><o:p> </o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoListParagraph" style="margin-top:6.0pt"><span lang="EN-CA" style="color:black">Interested participants are<b> invited to register by Sunday, September 25<sup>th</sup>
</b>on Eventbrite at this link: </span><span lang="EN-CA" style="color:#2E75B6;mso-style-textfill-fill-color:#2E75B6;mso-style-textfill-fill-alpha:100.0%"><a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sponsoring-refugees-as-a-group-of-five-or-community-sponsor-tickets-27715339326?aff=utm_source%3Deb_email%26utm_medium%3Demail%26utm_campaign%3Dnew_event_email&utm_term=eventurl_text"><span style="color:#2E75B6;mso-style-textfill-fill-color:#2E75B6;mso-style-textfill-fill-alpha:100.0%">https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sponsoring-refugees-as-a-group-of-five-or-community-sponsor-tickets-27715339326?aff=utm_source%3Deb_email%26utm_medium%3Demail%26utm_campaign%3Dnew_event_email&utm_term=eventurl_text</span></a>.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:6.0pt"><span lang="EN-CA"><o:p> </o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoListParagraph" style="text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo1"><![if !supportLists]><span lang="EN-CA" style="font-size:12.0pt;color:black"><span style="mso-list:Ignore">2)<span style="font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"">     
</span></span></span><![endif]><b><span lang="EN-CA" style="font-size:12.0pt;color:#C00000">Managing Expectations for Refugee Sponsors<o:p></o:p></span></b></p>
<p class="MsoListParagraph"><span lang="EN-CA" style="color:#C00000">When: </span>
<b><span lang="EN-CA">Wednesday, September 28<sup>th</sup></span></b><span lang="EN-CA">
<b>5:45 PM – 8:30 PM</b><o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoListParagraph"><span lang="EN-CA" style="color:#C00000">Where: </span>
<span lang="EN-CA">Stanley A. Milner Library (Edmonton Room), 7 Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton, AB, T5J 2V4<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoListParagraph"><span lang="EN-CA" style="color:#C55A11"><o:p> </o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoListParagraph"><span lang="EN-CA" style="color:black">This training session is intended for the private sponsors of refugees and will explore the following topics:
<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoListParagraph"><span lang="EN-CA" style="color:black"><o:p> </o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoListParagraph"><span lang="EN-CA" style="color:black">•             <b>
<u>Managing expectations</u></b><u>:</u> What are sponsors’ and refugees’ expectations of each other and how can expectations be managed to avoid potential conflict?<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoListParagraph"><span lang="EN-CA" style="color:black">•             <b>
<u>Code of ethics for privately sponsoring groups</u></b><u>:</u> What are some ethical practices that private sponsors may wish to consider?<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoListParagraph"><span lang="EN-CA" style="color:black">•             <b>
<u>Power imbalance</u></b>: How do power imbalances affect the relationship between sponsors and refugees and how can this be minimized?
<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoListParagraph"><span lang="EN-CA" style="color:black"><o:p> </o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoListParagraph"><span lang="EN-CA" style="color:black">Interested participants are<b> invited to register by Monday, September 26<sup>th</sup></b> on Eventbrite at this link:
</span><span style="color:#2E75B6;mso-style-textfill-fill-color:#2E75B6;mso-style-textfill-fill-alpha:100.0%"><a href="http://www.eventbrite.com/e/refugee-sponsorship-workshop-managing-expectations-for-refugee-sponsors-tickets-27713353386?aff=utm_source%3Deb_email%26utm_medium%3Demail%26utm_campaign%3Dnew_event_email&utm_term=eventurl_text"><span style="color:#2E75B6;mso-style-textfill-fill-color:#2E75B6;mso-style-textfill-fill-alpha:100.0%">http://www.eventbrite.com/e/refugee-sponsorship-workshop-managing-expectations-for-refugee-sponsors-tickets-27713353386</span></a>.</span><span style="color:#666666"><o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-CA" style="color:black"><o:p> </o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-CA" style="color:black">Attached you will find promotional flyers for each of these training workshops. We would greatly appreciate if you could share them with everyone throughout your networks who might be interested in
 attending. <o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-CA" style="color:black"><o:p> </o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-CA" style="color:black">Please do not hesitate to contact me or my colleague Ekaterina (<a href="mailto:epak@rstp.ca">epak@rstp.ca</a>) if you have any questions. We look forward to offering these workshops in Edmonton and
 hope to see you there.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-CA" style="color:black"><o:p> </o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-CA" style="color:black">Best regards,<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-CA" style="color:black"><o:p> </o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-CA" style="color:black">Melissa<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="color:#1F4E79">M</span></b><b><span style="color:#1F4E79">elissa Scott</span></b> |
<span style="color:#1F4E79">RSTP Trainer</span> | Refugee Sponsorship Training Program<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal">Catholic Crosscultural Services | 55 Town Centre Court, Suite 401, Scarborough, ON  M1P 4X4<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal">Tel: <a href="tel:416-290-1700" target="_blank"><span style="color:blue">416-290-1700</span></a> Ext. 405 | Toll-free: <a href="tel:1-877-290-1701" target="_blank"><span style="color:blue">1-877-290-1701</span></a>  | Fax: <a href="mailto:416-290-1710" target="_blank"><span style="color:blue">416-290-1710</span></a>  |
<a href="mailto:mscott@rstp.ca" target="_blank"><span style="color:blue">mscott@rstp.ca</span></a><o:p></o:p></p>
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