Kitchener -Waterloo April 2018 Update

Do you have any update about research activities in your city network?

Key informant interviews are being carried out with representatives from community and government organizations in KW. These interviews will assist the project team to better understand the extent of gender-responsive support for temporary migrants in the region, to highlight successful initiatives and identify gaps - particularly with respect to resources and services for women.

The KW network has also begun recruitment efforts for focus groups of men and women with temporary and non-status migrants (including high and low skilled temporary migrants, caregivers, international students, refugee claimants, non status). These will ask participants to reflect on the personal, economic and social challenges and strains they have encountered throughout their migration trajectory and how they have navigated such circumstances, including to what extend they have found support in the community. Participants will also be asked about their families and their migration intentions.

The KW network has welcomed two new student members from Mexico, who are working with Dr. Jenna Hennebry on resilience and development. They are assisting the team with international literature review, and will assist as necessary with focus groups.

Do you have any update on Knowledge mobilization activities(Publications, events) in your city network?

In early April Dr. Hennebry participated in  the third round of intergovernmental negotiations of the  Global Compact on Migration at the UN in New York ( She presented on her recent publication "For their own good? Addressing rights of women migrant workers in the global compact on migration " at a meeting organized by the IOM and the governments of Canada, Switzerland and the Philippines on "Sustainable Labour Migration. "

Do you have any external updates that you want to promote to the partnership(external events, call for proposals)

 “Faith & Settlement Partnerships Toolkit“ webinar (May 3, 12.00-1.00pm) – One of the outcomes of the Centre for Community Based Research’s Faith & Settlement Partnerships project is a toolkit that fosters dialogue between faith-based groups and settlement organizations. Register for this free webinar to dialogue with the authors and learn about the toolkit. See the attached flyer for more details and for more information about the project see

Community Based Research Excellence Tool (CBRET) Launch and Workshop (May 28, 10.00am-3.00pm) – CBRET is a reflective assessment tool for those involved in community-based research. It aims to assess the quality and impact of community-based research proposals and projects. It intends to challenge us to improve how research is done with communities. For more information about the tool and the workshop, or to register for the event see

Muslim Social Services Annual Fundraising and Awards Dinner (May 5, 5.30pm) – The evening will feature the Honorable MP, Iqra Khalid as the key note speaker and the recipient of the MSS Truth and Justice Award for standing against racism and systemic religious discrimination. They will be honoring our community partners and volunteers. For more information or to purchase tickets see

Mennonite Coalition for Refugee Support “Speak and Savour” Fundraising Event (Jun 6, 6.30pm) – MCRS is having their fundraiser at CIGI with food, video vignettes, Crossing Borders youth presentations, Q&A with clients/international friends, and guest speaker Dr Michael Stephenson from Sanctuary Refugee Health Centre. For more information and to purchase tickets see

Reception House Not Another Gala (Jun 28, 6.30-10.30pm) – Reception House is having their fundraiser at Victoria Park Pavilion with international cuisine, art and performances from refugee communities and prizes. For more information and to purchase tickets see