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An important time to stand with refugees

What a hard week-end this has been. Adding to all the suffering in Paris is the concern about what kind of backlash is being directed at the Syrian refugees. Already there is significant hesitation about Canada accepting Syrian refugees from governments, politicians and social media campaigns. In this time of heaviness, it is important to stand in solidarity with the most vulnerable who are in danger of being further marginalized. Many of the Congregation of Notre Dame Sisters in Toronto are part of the Becoming Neighbours project which welcomes and supports refugees. Becoming Neighbours is very concerned about the anger and blame they are seeing flare up at this time. They are urging us to be a public voice of friendship and welcome by signing one of the two petitions below:

https://secure.avaaz.org/fr/petition/OUI_aux_refugies_Syriens_au_Canada_larrivee_des_25_000_refugies_syriens_en_sol_canadien/?spJZGeb

https://www.change.org/p/petition-in-favour-of-welcoming-syrian-refugees-to-canada?utm_source=action_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=442858&alert_id=LGLPZEyJxd_21fYtaZb7ORTg%2Bnoam9El87phqAiu%2FwfhpQoBvSUHwmd%2BxBxvRF%2FzYZxHfKFflZn

or by contacting your federal Member of Parliament to let her or him know that you urge them to continue to honour their pledge to welcome the Syrian refugees to Canada. 

UNANIMA is coming to Paris!

UNANIMA Board Chair Stacy Hanrahan CND, Coalition Coordinator Michele Morek OSU, and some other UNANIMA community representatives (e.g. SNJM) will attend the UN Climate Change Conference from November 30th to December 11th...

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"Impression": A Commemorative Sculpture in Honour of the Sisters of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame

On Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. across from the building at 2 Sainte-Anne Street, the public artwork entitled Impression, a work commissioned by the City of Pointe-Claire and a collaborative creation by artists Eileen Finn and Shelley Miller, was unveiled.

The sculpture was created to recognize the 230-year presence of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame in Pointe-Claire. As teachers, neighbours and as friends, the six hundred five sisters who lived at the convent and later at the CND retirement facility (when the building’s vocation changed), had a marked impact on the community. Indeed, well into the 21st century they continued to be involved in the community; some provided help to students with school work or offered spirituality classes.

 

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