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Settling in Saskatchewan: Sponsoring Refugees and Displaced Persons in Your Community
On February 24, Russia launched a large-scale invasion of the Ukraine. Since then, more than 5 million people have fled the country. Annually, millions of people are displaced from their homes as a result of wars, persecution, violence, human rights violations, and the effects of climate change.

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, global numbers for displaced persons exceeded 84 million in 2021.

Are you wondering on how you could welcome individuals or families who have been forcibly displaced from their homes to your community? Join us on May 17 at 10:00 a.m. for the SUMA webinar Settling in Saskatchewan: Sponsoring Refugees and Displaced Persons in Your Community. During this webinar we will be joined by presenters from Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada, Government of Saskatchewan, Ukrainian Canadian Congress of Saskatchewan, and Saskatchewan Association of Immigrant Settlement, and Integration Agencies to learn about the different processes and programs available for refugees, displaced persons, and newcomers settling in Saskatchewan.

As part of our Express Webinar Series, you will hear short presentations from each presenter, followed by more time for your questions. This webinar will be moderated by April Phillips, SUMA Director, Northeast Region.

If you can't make it to the live event, don't worry! A recording will be sent out to all registrants. If you have questions you would like answered during the session, put them in the Questions and Comments box below and we will ask them on your behalf.

Sponsored by SUMAssure, this webinar is free to all SUMA members. Non-members are invited to join us, free of charge, for this learning opportunity.
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Speakers

Shelley Kilbride
Director, Economic Immigration @Ministry of Immigration and Career Training (ICT)
Shelley Kilbride is the Director, Economic Immigration with the Ministry of Immigration and Career Training (ICT). ICT delivers the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP). Shelley has been with ICT in this role since 2019. Prior to taking on this role, Shelley led policy related research and development for a nonprofit association and was a sessional lecturer with the University of Regina’s Department of Sociology and Social Studies. Shelley has had a keen interest in the role of immigration on population growth, economic health and Canadian culture.
Doug Rain
Director of Programs and Partnerships @Ministry of Immigration and Career Training
Doug is employed by the Province of Saskatchewan as the Director of Programs and Partnerships in the Branch of Career Services in the Ministry of Immigration and Career Training. As well as coordinating job search and career development services, Doug’s team also helps coordinate settlement services for newcomers to the Province. He has been with the Ministry since 2007 after spending a few years as a consultant, and many years leading the career centre on the U of S campus. He is based in Saskatoon and coordinates a team of 30 staff in Career Services offices across the Province. Doug is a long time resident of the Province graduating high school in Moose Jaw and obtaining both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Saskatchewan.
Ahmad Majid
Executive Director @Saskatchewan Association of Immigrant Settlement, and Integration Agencies
Ahmad Majid is of Iraqi descent and his family came to Canada from Kuwait to escape the unrest during the First Gulf War in 1990. After volunteering at different settlement organizations such as the Saskatoon Open Door Society and Saskatchewan Intercultural Association, he found employment with the Saskatoon Open Door Society in the Employment Services Unit in 2014. During this time he performed the role of an Employment Counselor and a Team-Lead where he took pride in working directly with newcomers in their search for employment and as well guiding and supporting his staff to ensure the best service possible. He is been working as the Executive Director of SAISIA for the last two and a half years and is passionate about working collaboratively with all the settlement organizations in Saskatchewan with the collective goal of continuing to elevate the settlement services for newcomers in the Province.
Corinne Prince
Director General of the Afghanistan Settlement Branch @Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
Corinne first joined Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in 2008 as the Director General of the Foreign Credentials Referral Office (FCRO). Since then she has also served as the Director General for Settlement and Integration Policy Branch, Director General for Francophone Immigration and Official Languages Part VII, and in 2021 was appointed Director General of the Afghanistan Settlement Branch with a mandate to lead in-Canada (re)settlement activities for Afghan refugees by bringing together national resettlement operations and policy into a single integrated organization. Corinne grew up in northern Saskatchewan and now makes her home in the Ottawa Valley (Ontario) with her two children and her partner.
Danylo Puderak
Executive Director @Ukrainian Canadian Congress of Saskatchewan
Danylo Puderak is the son and grandson of post-World War II displaced person- immigrants who arrived to Canada in the late 1940’s and 1950’s. Danylo was born and grew up in Saskatoon. He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Degree in History and Ukrainian Studies. He later completed his CERTESL enabling him to teach English as a Second Language overseas, at the University of Saskatchewan Language Centre and the Saskatoon Open Door Society. Danylo’s connection to his Ukrainian Canadian identity is strong. He completed his university degree with a Ukrainian Studies major; he studied and worked in Ukraine; and, for the past 19 years, has served as the Executive Director of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress of Saskatchewan.