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Workshop: Collaborating with Private Sponsors

September 27 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

This workshop will help frontline settlement staff better understand how to collaborate with private sponsors, including the roles and responsibilities of sponsoring groups/individuals and service providers.  Facilitators will also explore how to respond to common sponsorship challenges and breakdowns.

Target Audience:  This workshop is appropriate for frontline settlement staff (including intake and reception staff) with <5 years of experience.  More senior staff who would like a refresher / update are also welcome.

Outcomes:  Participants will:

  • Better understand the private sponsorship system (PSRs, BVORs; Sponsorship Agreement Holders, Constituent Groups, Groups of Five, Community Sponsors)
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of sponsoring groups and individuals
  • Discuss the roles of service providers, and how service providers can respond to common challenges
  • Understand what to do in the case of a sponsorship breakdown

Facilitators / Presenters: Ermias Yoseph (MIIC), Gelila Hailu (Refugee Sponsorship Training Program), Belloty Kabamba-Braun (Mennonite Central Committee)

Registration: Registration will open mid-August.  Priority will be given to MANSO member organizations, each organization can register up to two staff, additional staff may be registered to the waitlist, and will be offered a seat if there is space after the registration deadline.  Registration deadline: September 13th, 2019.

Venue is wheelchair accessible.  Other accessibility accommodations available on advance request.


September 27
9:30 am - 12:30 pm


United Way of Winnipeg
580 Main Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 1C7 Canada