The Beach Cares (TBC)


TBC is a tri-partite partnership of St. Aidan’s, Beach United and the Community specifically created to respond to the Syrian refugee crisis of 2015. As noted above, TBC has welcomed two families and a young woman to Canada. Following the one year of legal sponsorship, the group retains contact with the families and the individual to assist them in specific aspects of their adaptation to Canada. TBC has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Anglican United Refugee Alliance (AURA) to bring the five member of the young woman’s family to Canada. They are currently in Lebanon and are working their way, slowly, through the medical and security clearances necessary to come to Canada, hopefully in 2022. While most of refugees come to Canada under the Blended Visa Office-Referred (BVOR) arrangements whereby the Government of Canada shares 50% of most of the first year of settlement costs, the five family members coming in 2022 or 2023 will not have BVOR support and the committee will have to raise an additional $25,000 before they arrive. When they arrive, we will be looking for volunteers to help with various aspects of settlement. For more information contact Michael Van Dusen at