Self-Care Strategies: Infographic & Toolkit

We would like to share a graphic we’ve created of self-care strategies generated by many of you at our symposium. It was so inspiring to see the diverse range of strategies we use to take care of ourselves and each other. Thanks to Farrah Khan for facilitating the session and to all of you for sharing your great ideas!

Please feel free to share and add other strategies or ideas in the comments section.

View it here: Self-Care Strategies Infographic

Check out the Artreach Toronto self-care toolkit presented at the forum: Self-Care-Toolkit (PDF file)

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Forum Presentations: Health Care, Self-Care & Community Care

Presentations from our April forum are now up! Check it >>

  1. Health Care and Immigration Status – Legal Issues by C Mazgarean (PDF file)
  2. Cuts to the IFHP by M Rashid (PDF file)
  3. Migrants and the Uninsured in Canada by M Spence (PDF file)
April Forum 2015

April Forum 2015

April Forum 2015

April Forum 2015

April Forum 2015

April Forum 2015

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Spring Symposium: Agenda

“Health Care, Self-Care & Community Care”
Spring Symposium
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The 519 Church Street Community Centre
~This 1-day symposium is for service providers, legal and medical professionals, advocates, students, and community members concerned with access to healthcare for women with precarious immigration status and their families~

AGENDA

9:30 a.m. Registration, Networking, Light Breakfast

10 a.m. Information Panel: Access to Healthcare
Featuring (see bios below):
— Legal Changes: Cornelia Mazgarean, CLASP, Osgoode Hall Law School
— Gendered Impacts: Melanie Spence, Health for All
— Case Studies: Dr. Meb Rashid, Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care
We will also have important updates from the Association of Ontario Midwives and the Justice for Migrant Workers collective.

12 p.m. Lunch, Networking & first annual Care Fair
— NEW this year: Participate in our first annual “Care Fair” where practitioners will share simple, practical techniques for improving self-care and community care in an expo-style format
— Featuring: expert facilitators on breathing and relaxation techniques, pressure points, nutrition & wellness, craft-making, bellydancing & more!

1:30 p.m. Workshop & Launch of Self-Care Guide
— Farrah Khan, co-Founder of the Pomegranate Tree Group (see full bio below) will be facilitating a workshop on vicarious trauma and self-care for service providers & advocates working with non-status women and their families. Participants will also have access to a new self-care guide published via Artreach Toronto.

2:30 – 3:00 p.m. Closing Remarks, Networking & Snacks

SPEAKER BIOS:

A law graduate from Romania, Cornelia Mazgarean also obtained a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School. While at Osgoode, she was a division leader and then a senior division leader at the Community and Legal Aid Services Programme (CLASP). She is currently an LLM candidate and a supervising lawyer at CLASP. Cornelia also has her own private practice, focusing on Criminal, Immigration and Mental Health Law. In addition, she does work as a duty counsel lawyer, advising people arrested for criminal or immigration matters. Cornelia is a member of a variety of professional organizations. Apart from file work, Cornelia often delivers public legal education workshops in both criminal and immigration law, and is involved in community outreach and advocacy.

Melanie Spence is a Toronto-based health and social justice activist. As a community organizer with the migrant justice group Health for All, Melanie has coordinated workshops for health and social service providers on refugee health care changes, interfaced with media on critical migrant justice issues, and is currently participating in the organization of a provincial campaign that seeks to secure access to health insurance for all people living in Ontario, regardless of immigration status. Melanie is also Co-Chair of the Advocacy Committee at the University of Toronto’s student-run IMAGINE clinic, serving clients in downtown Toronto without health insurance. She is currently completing her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Rashid is the medical director of the Crossroads Clinic, a medical clinic that serves newly arrived refugees in Toronto. He is a co-founder of the Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care, an organizations founded to advocate for refugees to access health insurance. He was on the steering committee of the CCIRH, a group that developed evidence based guidelines for the assessment of newly arrived immigrants and refugees. He also co-founded the Christie Refugee Health Clinic, a health clinic located in a refugee shelter. He has brought together clinicians across Canada with an interest in refugee health through a web based project called the Canadian Refugee Health Network and through a group called the Refugee Health Network of Southern Ontario. He is a recipient of an Award of Excellence from the Ontario College of Family Physicians. He is on staff at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto and is affiliated with the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto

Farrah Khan picked up a microphone to speak out about sexual assault as a teenager and has not put it down since. She has spent the last sixteen years working diligently to raise awareness of gender-based violence through art creation, education, counseling and community development. Farrah is a nationally recognized public speaker and educator on violence against women including forced marriage and “honour” related violence. She holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto and supports women who are survivors of violence as a counsellor and advocate at the Barbra Schlifer Clinic. An emerging leader in grassroots equity movements, Farrah has been presented with numerous awards, including the Toronto Vital People Award and the Canadian Council of Muslim Women. Currently Farrah is the coordinator of Outburst! Young Muslim Women’s Project, a movement of young Muslim women in Toronto who are breaking silence and speaking out about violence. It is an opportunity for young Muslim women to determine the ways in which they define and access safety. Outburst!, a awarding winning project by the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, works to address violence through training, arts programming, counseling and community based research.

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Spring Symposium on Health Care, Self-Care & Community Care: April 15, 2015

Join us for our spring symposium!

Health Care, Self-Care, Community Care: Access to healthcare for women with precarious immigration status

Forum Attendees - May 2014

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

9:30am to 3:00pm

The 519 Church Street Community Centre in Toronto

Registration $5 (free for students)

~ A light breakfast & lunch will be served ~

This 1-day symposium is for service providers, legal and medical professionals,
advocates, students, and community members who are interested in learning about healthcare for women with precarious status and self-care options for front-line workers.

Join us to:

  • Learn about the latest changes to the refugee and immigration system and its impact on access to healthcare, including its gendered effects
  • Network and share strategies for client advocacy, organizational change, and systemic change across the VAW, healthcare, legal, refugee and settlement sectors
  • Discuss the cumulative impact of changes on our work as service providers and advocates e.g. vicarious trauma, burn-out, and risks of PTSD
  • NEW this year: Participate in our first annual “Care Fair” where practitioners will share simple, practical techniques for improving self-care and community care in an expo-style format.

For directions and more information about the event or to RSVP

please see our event page:

[Spring Symposium RSVP]

Spaces are limited so please RSVP by April 8th

~ Thank you to our event sponsors ~

Factor-Inwentash School of Social Work at the University of Toronto

FCJ Refugee Centre

South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario

Springtide Resources

The 519 Church Street Community Centre

>> Share our flyer with your colleagues >> Spring Symposium Flyer

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Spring forum on Health Care, Self-care & Community Care: April 15 2015 ~ Save the Date!

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Save the Date!

Rights of Non-Status Women’s Network ~ Spring Symposium

Health Care, Self-Care, Community Care: Access to healthcare for women with precarious immigration status

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

9:30am to 3:00pm

The 519 Church Street Community Centre in Toronto

This one-day symposium is for service providers, legal and medical professionals, advocates, students, and community members who are interested in learning about healthcare for women with precarious immigration status and self-care options for frontline workers.

~ Details for registration will be posted soon ~

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Forum: Conditional Sponsorship & Gender-Based Violence

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Nov 20 2014 Forum Flyer

Join us for a special forum!

Conditional Sponsorship & Gender-Based Violence: Strategies for supporting survivors

Thursday, November 20, 2014

12:30pm to 4:00pm

The Lighthouse Centre

1008 Bathurst Street Toronto

Registration $5 (students are free)

~ A light lunch will be served ~

This forum is for service providers, advocates, students and community members who want to:

  • Stay informed about the rules for conditional permanent residence and legal exceptions in cases of abuse or neglect
  • Connect with other service providers for referrals and support
  • Share and discuss strategies for advocacy and systemic change

We will also feature new material by the Migrant Mothers Project:

  • Digital Story “Til Immigration Tears Us Apart”
  • Report “Unprotected, Unrecognized: Canadian immigration policy and violence against women, 2008–2013”

For directions and more information about the event,

or to RSVP

please see our event page:

http://RNSWNnovember2014.eventbrite.ca

Spaces are limited so please RSVP by Nov 17th

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Save-the-Date

Save the Date! Thurs Nov 20th at 12:30 p.m. at The Lighthouse Centre.

We’re hosting a special forum on #VAW support for women who have 2-year conditional spousal sponsorship.

Join us to learn how to refer your clients and to strategize with other service providers on how to navigate the legislative changes.

More details TBA this week!
http://lighthousecentre.ca/

Forum Attendees - May 2014

Forum Attendees – May 2014

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Resource Sheet on recent changes to Canada’s refugee & immigration system

Thank you to all those who attended our recent forum on May 7, 2014!

Check out our latest Resource Sheet for service providers & advocates (PDF link): RNSWN Resource List – May 2014

Description: Many of our network members have expressed concerns about the sheer volume of changes to Canada’s refugee and immigration system that have been introduced in the last 2-3 years alone.

We have begun compiling a list of practical resources on the most recent changes, which may be useful for front-line service providers and advocates working with women who have precarious immigration statuses.

To add your organization’s resources to this list, please contact rightsofnonstatuswomen@gmail.com

Forum Attendees - May 2014

Forum Attendees – May 2014

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Human Trafficking :Then and Now

Join us for an Open Forum!

Human Trafficking: Then and Now

Location: Friends House (Quaker Meeting House)
60 Lowther Avenue, Toronto, ON M5R 1C7
Date: Wednesday, November 16th, 2011
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

This open forum is a place for VAW workers, shelter workers, community health workers, students, activists, academics, and community members to discuss the issue of human trafficking in Canada from a historical and gendered perspective and the implications of this for service providers working in the area of immigration and non-status rights.

Space is fully wheelchair accessible.
Please let us know of any accessibility needs so that we can do our best to accommodate them.
Light lunch and snacks will be served.

Registration Fee (for operational cost) to be paid in cash at the door. A receipt can be provided

• All people: $5.00
• Students are free. Please bring your student I.D.

For further information please contact us at

rightsofnonstatuswomen@gmail.com

Please bring materials from your agency to display on
our resource table!

The Rights of Non-Status Women Network would like to thank our event sponsors for their generous donations:
The South Asian Community Legal Clinic of Ontario (SALCO)
AMFM Canada – Alliance of Multicultural Agencies against Forced Marriage

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Welcome to RNSWN

The Rights of Non-Status Women Network (RNSWN)
is an organized network of agencies and community members in Toronto.

Our mandate is to address barriers to services and resources faced
by non-status women, impacted by gender-based violence, through
coordinated public education and advocacy for the purpose of systemic
change.
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