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Supporting Muslim Immigrant Families: Partnering with Service Providers and Diverse Communities
March 26, 2014
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2014 is the 20th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family – a good time to take stock of what families need, what we are doing well, and what we can do better so that all of us benefit. Join us this year for the International Year of the Family Speaker Series, sponsored by the University of Guelph's College of Social and Applied Human Sciences.

Date: Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 from 7-9pm

Location: Innovation Guelph Atrium at 111 Farquhar Street, Guelph, Ontario

Limited seating, please RSVP to [email protected] or register online. The event is free and open to the public. A light snack and beverages will be provided. For more information contact [email protected] or view the event poster.

Supporting Muslim Immigrant Families: Partnering with Service Providers and Diverse Communities

Featuring Dr. Lynda Ashbourne, Associate Professor in the Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition and Dr. Mohammed Baobaid, Executive Director of the Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration in London, Ontario

Dr. Ashbourne and Dr. Baobaid's talk will primarily focus on recent projects of the MRCSSI that are directed at providing culturally-integrated family safety responses to immigrant families in various communities, specifically:

  • The Safe Integration Project provided guidance and education to families and individual in order to overcome challenges that could affect family safety as they adjusted to life in Canada. This project also helped service providers effectively respond to the complex needs of these families.

  • The Shared Journeys Project extends the learning from this and other projects in London to working with service providers and diverse communities in Ottawa, Kingston, and York Region.

  • The recently launched Reclaim Honour project is coordinated by a group of 22 young Muslim women challenging "honour-related" violence and empowering community members by creating opportunities for dialogue and taking positive action.

They will also talk about lessons learned and supporting diverse families more generally