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Suggestions for support of Ukrainian Canadians, Ukrainians,
and for tips from educators on conversations at home
Country of Ukraine – Direct access to Ukraine’s Humanitarian Aid Website: https://help.gov.ua/en
Oeno Gallery Artists support the Ukraine. Noreen Taylor is donating the proceeds from the sale of her April show, “Tout est Possible”, into refugee related efforts. Dmitry Yuzefovich, born and raised in Kiev, is sending the proceeds from the sale of his oil on canvas painting, “The Red Tricycle”, to help people fleeing this terrible war. For more information, contact 613-393-2216 or email@example.com
Quinte Immigration Services is assisting local Ukrainians worried about their relatives and wanting to provide refuge from the war in Ukraine. Orlando Ferro, QIS executive director reached out to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada after receiving calls from members of the Ukrainian community interested in sponsoring refugees. Ferro encourages local Ukrainian families to contact Quinte Immigration at (613) 968-7723 if they are looking for assistance.
Canadian Red Cross Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal. Federal Government will match donations, up to $10 million, until March 18. Go to: www.donate.redcross.ca
The Humanitarian Coalition which brings together leading aid organizations a simple and effective way to help during international humanitarian disasters. Go to www.humanitariancoalition.ca
Canada’s Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) program allows Canadians help resettle refugees, individuals or families that qualify. Become a private sponsor.. Visit www.rstp.ca
Message from Katherine MacIver, Director of Education, Hastings Prince Edward: We denounce any acts of violence. School staff and community partners are already supporting students who are especially impacted, and will continue to do so. Often students want to do something tangible when a tragic event happens. This can include writing journal entries, using art as a medium to express feelings, music to calm, making cards, or creating a message of hope. We recognize that not all students will be aware of the situation in Ukraine so it is best to proceed with caution when talking about the Eastern Europe events as it could trigger students.
Mental health supports are available in schools for students/families having difficulties with the ongoing conflict. Speak with your school principal for more information and to request support.
Refer to this reference document, Ways to Support Students World Events (pdf), from School Mental Health Ontario. More tragic events resources for educators and families are available from SMHO.