Montreal City Mission receives
Citizenship award from Quebec
Paula Kline, Yolande James & Sylvain Thibault
The Minister of Immigration and Cultural Communities, Yolande James, awarded the ‘Jacques Couture Citizenship Prize 2010 for the Promotion of Intercultural Rapprochement’ to Montreal City Mission. At an awards ceremony on May 31st, Ms. James praised the exceptional contribution made by MCM to the development of Quebec.
The official photo
A well-deserved honour!
Three young members of EKC
After a stunning performance with the St. James choir, the EKC raised $600 through a bake sale at St. James United Church. Many thanks to the congregation members, Sunday School teachers, parents and EKC staff who donated the baked goods.
EKC at St James United Church
Later on in the month of May the EKC went on a visit to Cedar Park United to perform during their Pentecost service and to provide a music workshop to the children involved with the Kid Zone program. They raised another $180 to contribute towards the overall cost of the EKC program. Merci!
EKC at Cedar Park United Church
Guest Mitchell Daudier (right) with her son & St James UC member Kofo Dedeke
Mitchell Daudier, Percy Jackson, a member of St James, & artist Rousseau Denis
This year, Black History month came on the heels of the earthquake in
Paula with Mitchell & her son
MCM Refugee coordinator Sylvain Thibault organized an art exhibit by Project Refuge residents: Les Perles d’Haiti s’exposent. Some 400 visitors took in the show. Solidarity continues on the Montreal Presbytery Haiti committee under the guidance of chair Cindy Casey, as well as with our community of residents.
What better way to become acquainted with our fair city than an introduction to its history. With this in mind our partner Centre justice & foi took a group of Project Refuge residents on an unusual bus tour of l’Autre Montréal. The residents were fascinated by the social struggles and important landmarks that have forged
MCM exhibit - Under the Blue Sky, Between Exile and Asylum - was recently presented at UQAM ( March 29 – April 4th) to underscore Refugee Rights Day in
* One of the first Charter cases to be decided by the Supreme Court, the Singh decision applied section 7 of the Charter, which declares: “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of the person …...” The Court found that “everyone” includes refugees, and recognized that the refugee determination system must obey the principles of fundamental justice, since refugee claimants’ security of the person might be threatened if deported.
MCM Governing Body member, Claudette Cardinal (left),
& Rick Goldman, MCM supervising lawyer (right)
On May 18th, the general public was invited to a “Public consultation” on the proposed bill to reform the Canadian refugee determination system. The many alarming aspects of the proposed legislation were explained by a panel of
Sylvie Laurion, Kemeko, Rosemary Thomas & Sylvain Thibault
If passed, this bill will have a definite negative impact on people’s lives.
MCM reps Sylvain and Kemeko at the Standing Committee in
On May 27th, MCM refugee coordinator Sylvain Thibault and resident Kemeko spoke before the standing committee on Bill C-11. Our two advocates informed the parliamentarians how the proposed bill would dramatically alter the refugee determination process. We can only hope their words were heard and their request for changes heeded.