Benefit Concert Planned In Niagara For Syrian Refugees

An Invite from the Niagara Refugee Assistance Committee and Niagara Folks Arts Multicultural Centre

Posted March 2nd, 2016 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – Canadians all over the country, including Niagara, are stepping forward with offers of assistance and questioning what more they can do to help.

Syrian refugees arriving in Canada

Syrian refugees arriving in Canada

The Syrian refugees who have started to Canada and it is expected that hundreds of additional people will resettle in the Niagara region over the coming months, making this area their new home.

Given that many of the refugees are from a Syrian-Armenian background, the Syrian-Armenian Refugee Committee (SARC), led by the Armenian Community Centre, is working with the Niagara Refugee Assistance Committee to help with the arrival, settlement and building of positive relationships for the new families settling within the community. The Centre has privately sponsored 8 families and are in the process of welcoming additional families in the near future.

With this in mind, the Armenian Community Centre is hosting a benefit concert featuring local bands, with all proceeds going towards the newly settled families.

What – A Benefit Concert for Syrian-Armenian Refugees

Where – Armenian Community Centre of St.Catharines, 156 Martindale Road

When – Doors Open at 6pm, First Performance at 7pm on Saturday, March 12th, 2016

Tickets are $10 each.

Tickets can be purchased by contacting the Armenian Community Centre at 905-682-6178 or by contacting Lucine Tchakerian by email at .

We invite the community to attend this event and help the families that have chosen to make the Niagara Region their new home.


 The Niagara Refugee Assistance Committee, led by Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre is made up of representatives from different levels of government as well as educational institutions, settlement agencies and faith groups, including the Syrian-Armenian Refugee Committee (SARC). There are 40 people on the committee representing 30 different organizations with working groups such as housing, health care, fundraising, volunteers and private sponsorship.

Donations to SARC can be made at

Sponsorships – Any organization interested in partnership, education or assistance with respect to sponsorships is encouraged to email Jeff Burch, Executive Director, at .

Individual citizens interested in participating in Group 5 sponsorships should email or become a volunteer through our website at .

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One response to “Benefit Concert Planned In Niagara For Syrian Refugees

  1. Linda McKellar

    The photo says it all.


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