In my community of Kingston, Ontario there are many people interested in supporting immigrants to come to town and in supporting those overseas who need help. As an occasional host of the local cable television show DiverseCity, I have had the pleasure of meeting some of these interesting people, and interviewing them for the show.
Cross-Border Love - Can an American and a Canadian make a love connection? This is an interview with a cross-border couple who recount the trials and tribulations of convincing the immigration authorities they should be able to make their life together in Canada. This interview was recorded on January 7, 2016.
Fresh Start for Refugees – This is an interview with Carole Russell, one of five local women who together are sponsoring Syrian refugees to resettle in Kingston. They call themselves Fresh Start for Refugees. They are an example of the thousands of people across the country, including scores here in Kingston and area, who give their time and money to help others in need. This interview was recorded on February 4, 2016.
Kingston Grandmother Connection – AIDS has devastated Africa. This is an interview with Annette Weisberg of Kingston Grandmother Connection, a group of 200 Kingstonians who raise funds for two projects that address the problem. One is The Stephen Lewis Grandmother to Grandmother Campaign, which supports African grandmothers who are raising their orphaned grandchildren. The other is Help Lesotho, which cares for grandmothers in the small country of Lesotho located in the south of Africa. To learn more please visit their webpage here or their Facebook page here. This interview was taped on February 24, 2016.
Frontenac Refugee Support Group – This, another local group sponsoring Syrian refugees to Kingston, is comprised of residents from Kingston and areas on the periphery of Kingston, including Frontenac County and Wolfe Island. Here I interview Ruth and Carrie, two members of the group who are devoting substantial amounts of their time to the cause. To learn more, see their Facebook page here. This interview was recorded on March 7, 2016.
Refugee Assistance Program – After a substantial investment of time and a year of discussion the federal government awarded Kingston with a contract to bring government-assisted refugees to town. The application for a RAP facility here was made by Kingston Employment and Youth Services and the Kingston Community Health Centre, and representatives of both were in attendance to discuss the implications for the community. Also attending was Carey Bidtnes of the Kingston Economic Development Corporation. This interview was recorded on April 28, 2016.