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It is with heavy hearts that we have decided to cancel this year’s Not Another Gala event.

We have been closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada and abroad. Our focus now is on supporting our newcomer families during this extraordinary time, joining the community effort to keep everyone safe, delivering essential services, and adapting to the ever-changing situation. We are focusing all our efforts on helping our clients and community during this challenging time.

Our Not Another Gala has become a tradition that so many of our supporters tell us they look forward to. We certainly do! For the past 4 years it has also been our key fundraising event, enabling us to provide more comprehensive, client-centred support for our newest neighbours. Those needs are acute today as refugees can be even more isolated and vulnerable with social distancing and community closures. We ask that you keep us in your giving plans.

We will continue to share information on how our clients are doing, how we are doing serving our newest neighbours, and ways our community can continue to support a “warm welcome” in these extraordinary times. We look forward to a time we as a community can share a meal and, most importantly, shine a light on the refugee journey. Until then, we would like to encourage everyone to join us to help flatten the curve of the spread of COVID-19 by maintaining physical distancing while remaining socially connected with the community. After all, we need each other to get through these unprecedented times.