The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi to meet with refugee girls affected by Syrian conflict

EDMONTON - A group of immigrant teen girls affected by the conflict in Syria will meet with the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities on December 10th, as the YWCA Edmonton wraps up the first session of Banat al Balad, a leadership program tailored to immigrant and refugee girls.


Banat al Balad is led by young women and focused on female youth. The program concentrates on the critical skills girls need for healthy development. Each topic presented is focused on the specific needs and experiences of girls and young women in Canada.

More than a dozen girls aged 15 to 19 are participating in the program, which meets once a week and is led by facilitators who speak multiple dialects of Arabic.

This YWCA program is part of a broader collaboration between REACH Edmonton and nine local agencies supporting Edmonton’s immigrant and refugee communities, with funding from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The funding is part of the $245,000 that the Ministry gave to REACH Edmonton this summer to support a collaborative community response to the needs of newly-arrived Syrian refugees.

“REACH Edmonton is proud to be continuously working towards greater collaboration among partners who want to help Edmonton’s immigrant and refugee communities, and contribute to making Edmonton a safer city for everyone,” said Jan Fox, Executive Director of REACH Edmonton.

Media are invited to attend the gathering of the participants and their families with Minister Sohi.


Date | Saturday, December 10th, 2016

Time | 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Location | YWCA Edmonton – 4th Floor, Empire Building - 10080 Jasper Avenue.

For more information, please contact:

Marilyn Gray

Communications Coordinator

REACH Edmonton

Cell | 587.991.3142


About REACH Edmonton

REACH is Edmonton's Council for Safe Communities. As a backbone, community-based organization, REACH works to mobilize and coordinate organizations, community groups and Edmontonians to find innovative solutions to prevention and community safety.