Dear Jusoor Friends and Family,
Our Fifth Annual Global Conference took place on October 14th in Toronto. Titled #RefugeesWelcome: Canada’s Response to the Syrian Crisis and the Road Ahead, it brought together a global community of organizations, companies, and individuals to share learning and exchange perspectives on what is working and where there are gaps in today’s response to the refugee crisis, with a focus on Canada.
Panel topics included: Social Integration and Inclusion through Higher Education, and Opportunities and Challenges to Economic Integration. Workshops featured thriving social integration solutions and case studies. And the Disruptor Labs, where qualifying startup teams presented their pitches, included tracks on Education and Learning, Career and Economic Development, and Policy Disruption. And we were honored to have Toronto Mayor John Tory as our keynote speaker.
We would like to congratulate the winners of our Disruptor Labs Competition: On the Spot Language innovative ESL program, and Destin virtual immigration advisor in Canada. And to thank all of our partners and supporters, whose contribution made the event a success: Conference Cloud, Deborah Network, Globesight, DMZ, Haykal Media, Next Canada, Startup Canada, Center for Social Innovation, and WHTO.
Syrian Bridges Award
The highlight of our Annual Gala Dinner, which took place on the evening of October 14th, was the first presentation of Jusoor’s Syrian Bridges Award to technology entrepreneur, executive, and philanthropist Jim Estill.
Estill is the CEO of Danby Appliances. In 2016, he sponsored 58 Syrian refugee families in Guelph, Ontario. The Financial Times, BBCNews, The Guardian, and Toronto Life have all covered his story. This June Jim received the Order of Ontario, the province’s highest honor.
We at Jusoor believe that youth in Syria should have access to profoundly better opportunities. We believe in a new generation and a country that will one day embrace democracy, respect human rights and the rule of law, and encourage free speech and the free exchange of ideas.
The Syrian Bridges Award is given to an individual who is working to transform and build a better world around them. They are a source of inspiration and compassion– an agent of change who demonstrates the utmost courage and respect towards all humanity. The award recipient has made a tangible impact on the lives of the Syrian people in Syria or in the diaspora. More…
100 Syrian Women, 10,000 Syrian Lives Mentorship Day
Our Canada-based “100 Syrian Women, 10,000 Syrian Lives” scholars met on October 15th at the DMZ at Ryerson University, Toronto, for a day of networking and mentorship. The program included coaching on strategies for academic and career success, a panel on utilizing resources on and off campus, and inspiring conversations with leaders in their fields who are women, including Rasha Katabi, Director at KREDITshare; Kirstine Stewart, Diply Chief Strategy Officer; and Pacinthe Mattar, Producer at CBC/Radio-Canada.
The 100 Syrian Women, 10,000 Syrian Lives scholarship program is open to Syrian women who have demonstrated exemplary social service with leadership, academic excellence, and civic responsibility, who have characteristics reflecting the importance of empathy, humility, courage and resilience, and who have potential to serve as global leaders. To date, 27 scholarships have been awarded to Syrian women pursuing studies at the bachelor and master levels across a wide range of disciplines at universities in the US and Canada.
Jusoor is hiring a Community Relations Manager!
This marketing role will invest in our current network and grow it to expand fundraising capacity, mainly through campaigns. The application deadline is November 7, 2017. For more information and to apply, click here. Please share this opportunity with those who may be interested.
Your continued support enables us to support others and start another admission cycle of the 100 Syrian Women, 10,000 Syrian Lives Scholarship Program. Stay involved by donating, volunteering, and spreading the word about Jusoor’s work.
Half of Jusoor’s annual operating budget is covered by individual donations, and the greatest number of these falls between $21 and $50. Yes, $21-$50 given by hundreds of individuals is what’s changing the lives of Syria’s children and youth.
The Jusoor Leadership Team
JP Chilazi, Boston
Dania Ismail, Dubai
Rami Zayat, Abu Dhabi
Leen Al Zaibak, Toronto
Iyad Duwaji, Dallas
Fadi Salem, Oxford
Aziza Osman, Dubai
Rania Succar, San Francisco
Director: Maya Alkateb-Chami, Philadelphia