Charlottetown, May 31, 2016 – The Community Foundation of Prince Edward Island is pleased to announce a $25,000 contribution to the PEI Association for Newcomers from Community Foundation of Canada’s Welcome Fund for Syrian Refugees (Welcome Fund) in support of local settlement efforts. The Welcome Fund was seeded by Manulife, and quickly augmented by CN’s historic $5 million donation, as well as by generous support from GM and community organizations.
The Community Foundation of Prince Edward Island promotes and supports an Island of smart and caring communities. Our mission is to encourage and connect donors with community causes that enrich the quality of life of the residents of Prince Edward Island.
The PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada (PEI ANC) was incorporated in 1993 as a non-profit charitable organization. The organization’s mandate is to provide short-term settlement services, and long-term inclusion and community integration programs for new immigrants in the province of Prince Edward Island.
As Canadians join together in welcoming refugees from Syria, the Welcome Fund provides an important investment in their successful settlement in cities across Canada. Established to respond to an urgent gap in accessible and affordable housing, the Welcome Fund invests in community-driven solutions that enable recently arrived families to transition into suitable permanent housing.
“As of early May, more than 106 Government Assisted Refugees from Syria have arrived in Prince Edward Island,” said Craig Mackie of the PEIANC. “We are very pleased to receive these funds to support the integration of Syrian refugees into their new communities in PEI.”
“The Community Foundation of PEI is pleased to join the Community Foundation of Canada in extending the support of the Welcome Fund to the PEI Association of Newcomers to Canada,” said President Steve McQuaid. “This financial assistance will support their local settlement work with Syrian families who have recently come to PEI. Welcoming and supporting newcomers to our province is one of the important steps in community building and creating a sense of belonging.”
“Shifting refugees from temporary to more permanent homes is the first step in helping people and families to settle into their new lives in Canada,” said Andrew Chunilall, Chief Operating Officer at Community Foundations of Canada. “We thank CN, Manulife and other participating partners for their support, and invite other organizations to step forward to assist with our continued rollout of the Welcome Fund across the country.