Christie Refugee Welcome Centre, Ontario- Toronto
A new start in a new country is a way to set new norms. Families that come to Christie Refugee Welcome Centre are often overwhelmed by all the new things they have to deal with and the physical/emotional and social needs of their children are sometimes overlooked. The process of displacement is a difficult one with language barriers, new social norms and processes, new schools and friends, and social isolation while they are still recovering from displacement, trauma and loss.
The After School Fitness Program will support a positive outcome to the significant changes they are experiencing by providing an opportunity for the children to engage in physical activities with other children in a similar situation. The program will help the 130 children that stay at Centre each year transition to a new society by giving them the common denominator among all children’s desires – fun through physical activity.