See You Tomorrow @ Refugee Campus!

It’s finally here!  Come by the UC courtyard tomorrow and Friday anytime between 9:30 and 4:30 to experience Refugee Campus 2015.

Stay tuned for exact times for tomorrow’s Refugee Lunch, also to be held in the UC courtyard.  Spin the trivia wheel and fuel up on rice and beans or pizza between midterms while learning some eye-opening facts about what life is like for the millions of refugees around the world.

Thank you to Brass Taps for their contribution of food and the trivia wheel!


“I Shall Not Hate” at UoG: A Man’s Inspiring Commitment to Peace in the Face of Unthinkable Tragedy


We want to help spread the word about what is sure to be an extremely moving and inspiring event on campus coming up during Peace Week.

Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish witnessed an Israeli bomb kill three of his daughters and his niece in his Gaza Strip home moments before he was scheduled to be phone-interviewed on live television.  Six years after that anguished voice call, Dr. Abuelaish will be speaking at the University of Guelph on how he responded to unimaginable grief with a mission of peace and forgiveness, as he calls for reconciliation between Palestine and Israel.

Dr. Abuelaish, who himself was raised in a refugee camp, has won numerous humanitarian awards around the world and is the founder of “Daughters for Life”, a charity which provides scholarships and educational support to girls in the Middle East.  All donations from this event will go to “Daughters for Life”.

“I Shall NOT Hate”
Peter Clark Hall (downstairs UC)
Monday, October 26th
7:00-8:30 PM

Suggested donation at the door:
$10 public
$5 students

(Hosted by UoG’s Multi-Faith Resource Team)

RSVP here.

Great Turn-out At WUSC’s 2015 New Members Meeting!

Thanks to everyone who came by our New Members Event in the Brass Taps Keg Lounge tonight!  Our President Angela kicked off an awesome meeting/chat/snack break with some great background info about WUSC and showed us a moving video which shows, through the story of a past SRG student and their WUSC support person, how incredibly valuable an impact WUSC can make in students’ lives.

See you at our next meeting!

Couldn’t make it out tonight?  Still wondering what SRG and WUSC stands for?  No worries!  WUSC is always happy to welcome new members.  Drop by one of our weekly meetings Mondays @ 5:30 PM in MacKinnon 308 – there won’t always be amazing free food, but there’ll always be our amazing members : D

SNAKES & LATTES with World University Services of Canada

Nothing says “university life” like good times and caffeine consumption.  Get in the school spirit by joining us for SNAKES & LATTES, WUSC’s first event of the semester.

Play board games, fuel up on coffee (always a good thing during O-Week!) and lemonade, and find out more about our club and how you can help educate and empower the world’s youth right here on campus.

Where:  MacKinnon, Room 310

When:  September 7th, 12-3 PM

Hope to see you there!

REFUGEE RIGHTS DAY APRIL 4TH – Group photo in the UC Courtyard at 12:30pm! #ProudToProtectRefugees

Hi all!

If you picked up a bright blue t-shirt from World University Service of Canada in support of our Refugee Rights Day in Canada Campaign, this is a friendly reminder to wear your shirt tomorrow on APRIL 4TH, REFUGEE RIGHTS DAY, so we can show the campus community how we are proud to protect refugees! 

We will be taking a group photo TOMORROW in the UC Courtyard at 12:30pm. Please meet us under the East Banner Space (opposite the Brass Taps) and then we can move to the best location for our photo. 

It shouldn’t take more than a few minutes! If you have more time, we will also also be taking individual photos, with a whiteboard to show people “To me, Protecting Refugee and Human Rights means …” “I learned that refugees …”, and other messages!  If you can’t make it to the group photo, no worries! Wear your shirt, talk to people about the day, and maybe even take a selfie! Tag any photos, tweets, or facebook posts with #ProudToProtectRefugees or #RefugeeRightsDay, and if you’re on twitter you can mention @WUSCGuelph or @ccrweb to help spread awareness! 

See our post below for more information about Refugee Rights Day!


  1. Tell people why April 4th is Refugee Rights Day if they ask you!
  2. Direct people to our website ( so they can access the Canadian Council for Refugees , the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers , and No One Is Illegal for detailed information about refugees in Canada, including problems with the Canadian system and what we want: fair, balanced, independent treatment!
  3. Share through social media!

Tweet: This #refugeerightsday I stand for a Canada that is strong on rights for #refugees. Join: #cdnrfg #cdnimm @ccrweb 

Tweet: I’m #ProudToProtectRefugees in Canada. Everyone has a right to freedom, dignity & respect. #cdnimm #cdnpoli @ccrweb 

Tweet: On #refugeerightsday we are proud to protect refugees through resettlement & education #SRP @WUSCGuelph 

REFUGEE RIGHTS DAY TALKING POINTS is a file with a bit more information for you to read and share, about refugees in Guelph, Canada, and around the world. We encourage you to check out AND SHARE these resources, debunking myths about refugees!

Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow! #ProudToProtectRefugees!

Tecla Van Bussel

Co-Chair, 2013-2014
University of Guelph Local Committee
World University Services of Canada


In support of the Canadian Council for Refugees “Proud to Protect Refugees” initiative leading up to Refugee Rights Day in Canada (April 4th, 2014), WUSC Guelph is running an information-spreading, knowledge-gaining, participation-encouraging campaign this week!

ON WEDNESDAY APRIL 2nd, we’re giving away t-shirts to be worn on Refugee Rights Day, FRIDAY APRIL 4th. 

Drop by THE UNIVERSITY CENTRE COURTYARD to pick up your shirt, meet the WUSC Guelph Local Committee, and find out more about refugee rights in Canada! A reminder will be sent out to participants on Thursday April 3rd, with more information about why this day matters to many Canadians, and how YOU can be proud to protect refugees in Canada.

On Friday April 4, don’t forget to wear your shirt and join us in Branion Plaza at 12:20 for a group photo!

We will be tweeting, facebooking, and talking about how Canada can do better for people who come here seeking safety from persecution, violence, and danger in their home countries. Some great links to get you started in your knowledge search:

Challenging The Myths: The Truth About Canadian Refugee Law

Canadian Council for Refugees: About refugees and Canada’s response

Did you know… ? Facts about refugees and refugee claimants in Canada

Canadian Doctors For Refugee Care: Issues with changes to the Interim Federal Health (IFH) program

Keep up with us on Facebook HERE! Don’t forget: April 2nd, come pick up your shirt, and April 4th, wear your shirt to help spread knowledge and awareness about refugee issues in Canada!

Click below the cut to see more about Refugee Rights Day …proud2protect

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