Movie Screening: ORCA presents Salam Neighbor

Salam Neighbor

June 22 Film Screening: 'Salam Neighbor' 

Okanagan College-Kelowna Campus Rm B112
Thursday June 22, 7pm-9:30pm

Join us (Okanagan Refugee Coalition for Advocacy) for a movie screening of Salam Neighbor. There will be a Q&A session after the screening with members of Kelowna's Syrian community.

About the film: 
Salam Neighbor is an award winning film that connects the world to refugees. The film documents the experiences of two American filmmakers who lived for 30 days among 85,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan's Za'atari refugee camp, which lies seven miles from the Syrian border.

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URGENT: Housing required, time sensitive

Kelowna Community Resources ( is looking for affordable permanent housing in preparation for the arrival of refugee families in Kelowna. Ideally the homes should be on a bus route and close to schools and available June 1st or 15th.  Please send all leads to me at your earliest convenience.

  • a single man (budget is around 500$)
  • a family of 12 –father, mother and 10 children under the age of 15. This family will require at least 4 bedrooms  
  • a family of 7 – father, mother and 5 children. This family will require a minimum of 3 bedrooms
  • a family of 4 – father, mother and 2 children. This family will require a minimum of 2 bedrooms

If you have information that might help us to find housing for these individuals and families, please contact us via this form:

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Refugee support groups call for a resolution to the bus strike

The Refugee Sponsors Network, a Central Okanagan grassroots coalition of volunteer groups who have sponsored and support local refugees, calls upon the parties to return to the bargaining table and resolve this strike. The strike has the greatest impact on vulnerable groups such as the newcomers and other low income Canadians, the disabled, and students. It must end now!

The Kelowna transit strike is having a major impact on newcomers who are trying hard to integrate into our community. The Okanagan is home to about 20 recently arrived families that our groups – volunteers of all faiths and ages – are supporting with our time and with funding from our community and from our governments. Most of these 120 newcomers, who came to Canada as refugees, cannot afford vehicles and rely heavily on public transit to get to English classes, workplaces, grocery shopping and health and employment services.

We also call upon the Province of British Columbia and the City of Kelowna to put pressure on the employer, First Canada, and on the union, to settle their differences. First Canada is a private company funded by the Province of British Columbia through Translink, and by the City of Kelowna, to provide public transportation. These government entities have a responsibility to ensure that this service is restored as soon as possible.

The Refugee Sponsors Network is a Central Okanagan multi-faith forum that brings together members of a dozen sponsorship groups active in the Regional District of Kelowna. The Network meets regularly to share experience and best practices to welcome refugees; it organizes community events and advocates for newcomers. It was created around the arrival, in 2015-2016, of 20 privately and government sponsored families to Kelowna and its surroundings.


Francis Langevin
Acting Chair of the Refugee Sponsors Network (Central Okanagan)
Acting Chair of the Okanagan Refugee Coalition for Advocacy (