About CCR membership and benefits

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CCR members at a national Consultation

The CCR serves the networking, information-exchange and advocacy needs of our members. (For information on additional membership categories and how to apply, select one of the options in the lefthand menu). 

As a CCR member, you:

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Contribute to a recognized, national and collective voice in dialogue with the Canadian government

Receive the latest updates and receiving regular policy analysis and practical resources

Access networking and professional development opportunities across Canada

Develop strategies for action, advocacy and change

Gain visibility for your organization

Regular communications with analyses of policy changes, up-to-date information and tools to help with grassroots advocacy and public education efforts

"It’s an expression I never use, but now I must: what happened last evening was “totally awesome”! I sent off an urgent question on the CCRLIST, then I dashed off to the airport to meet new arrivals. When I returned home after midnight, there on my computer was an explosion of email responses – all helpful. I couldn’t believe it, but there it was. Even in the evening hours you are on duty! What an amazing community on this listserve! Thank you so much! Now this morning we have something to work with."  
– Tom Denton, Hospitality House, Winnipeg
 

 

Exclusive professional development opportunities for staff, volunteers and board members:

“As a Crisis Counselor working with immigrants faced with multiple and complex problems such legal, mental health, domestic violence, I need to provide general information about possible impact of these problems on their immigration status and refer them to appropriate resources. CCR webinars provide an opportunity to keep up-to-date with immigration trends, polices and laws and also a safe space for discussion and sharing of experiences.”

– Mira Musanovic, Crisis Intervention Counsellor, Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS), Halifax

Privileged opportunities to contribute to a recognized, collective voice by:

  • Raising the volume on issues affecting refugees by bringing people together at national consultations and meetings

 “CCR consultations are an amazingly important opportunity to network and connect with other folks from across Canada who are passionate about welcoming refugees. 
 
As a small group of volunteers dedicated to sponsoring and resettling refugees to our small, rural, interior B.C. communities, we treasure CCR consultations as an opportunity to learn about what's new in the refugee world, find strength in our allies, hear what is happening in the cities and share what is happening in our little part of rural Canada.  We return revitalized and inspired by the courage and commitment of the brilliant refugee advocacy community we meet at CCR consultations.”

– Shauna Jimenez, East Kootenay Friends of Burma, Kimberley BC

Discussions at Overseas Protection and Sponsorship Working Group meeting

 

How can your group contribute to the CCR?

Voting on CCR policy positions and nominating candidates for election is only the beginning!

Our members also:

  • Bring forward new issues and concerns for advocacy and change

“As a faith based organization that sponsors refugees, we feel strongly about injustices such as threatening to lower the age of dependency for refugee children, but we can't take effective action on our own.  The OPS working group gives us a place to work together with like-minded people to share information and pursue justice for refugees.”

– Rose Dekker, previous Overseas Protection and Sponsorship Working Group co-chair and World Renew Refugee Coordinator

“In cases involving children who are separated from their parents and at risk, I ask the Canadian Council for Refugees to additionally advocate with Citizenship and Immigration Canada, and the impact is always obvious. In one such case a young boy from the DRC was reunited with his mother within 6 months, after she had been trying for over 5 years on her own to get him here.”

– Jennie Stone, Inter Clinic Immigration Working Group, Toronto

  • Comment in the media
  • Exchange and build working relationships with individuals and organizations involved in similar work