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

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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!

ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE: 

  1. Tell people why April 4th is Refugee Rights Day if they ask you!
  2. Direct people to our website (wuscguelph.wordpress.com) 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: http://bit.ly/PdcQJV #cdnrfg #cdnimm @ccrweb 

Tweet: I’m #ProudToProtectRefugees in Canada. Everyone has a right to freedom, dignity & respect. #cdnimm #cdnpoli http://bit.ly/Z53rsf @ccrweb 

Tweet: On #refugeerightsday we are proud to protect refugees through resettlement & education #SRP http://bit.ly/1i4v2wD @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

REFUGEE RIGHTS DAY IN CANADA CAMPAIGN – APRIL 2 TO 4

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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RECRUITMENT DEADLINE EXTENDED

World University Service of Canada Positions for 2014-2015

NOTE: application deadline for EXEC team members and Volunteer Support Persons has been extended to Monday March 10 at 5pm

If you are passionate about international development, refugee issues, and meeting new people, we want YOU to join our World University Service of Canada (WUSC) local committee for the 2014-2015 school year! WUSC’s Student Refugee Program (SRP) provides student refugees with an opportunity to pursue their education at a Canadian university and/or college, as permanent residents.  We are looking for applicants for both the Executive team as well as volunteers to welcome and support the sponsored students who arrive.

SEE OUR ATTACHED POSITION DESCRIPTIONS and send your resumer & cover letter for application, or any questions you may have, to wusc@uoguelph.ca

WUSC Executive Job Descriptions
Volunteer Support Person Job Description

Recruitment for 2014-2015 – WUSC Student Refugee Program Volunteers and Executive!

Are you a University of Guelph student who is passionate about international development, refugee issues, community engagement, and meeting new people? Are you looking for an opportunity to get involved on campus next year, or looking to augment your volunteer experience? If this sounds like you, we want YOU to join our team for the 2014-2015 school year!

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For more information about the SRP and WUSC’s programs, please explore the other pages of this website! As well, check out the national WUSC website HERE.

We are recruiting volunteers in 2014-2015 for:

1) The Executive of the Local Committee (LC) and
2) The Student Refugee Program (SRP) 

Timeline:

Monday, February 24th, 5:30pm (MACK 308) – Information Session! Come out to our WUSC Local Committee meeting to hear from our current SRP Volunteers and executive about their experiences, and to ask any questions you may have. Oh, and did we mention there will be free pizza!
Tuesday February 25th, 4:30pm – Application deadline for the SRP Coordinator
Friday February 28th, 4:30pm – Application deadline for Executive Team and Volunteer Support Person positions

Please note that the new SRP Coordinator will be hired before the other volunteer positions so that they can assist in interviewing for the other positions, as they will be working closely with the SRP Volunteer teams for 2014-2015. 

Please direct any questions, as well as a cover letter and resume for your application, to wusc@uoguelph.ca . If successful in your application, you will be asked to come for a short interview in person (or if that is not possible, via telephone or Skype), during the first week of March.

See more information below …