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Thank you to Mindful Mountain Yoga for their generous donation of $289 to the WKFoR.

Money and community awareness was raised through their Karma Yoga sessions.

Mindful Mountain Yoga is a warm and welcoming yoga studio in downtown Rossland.  They bring together yoga, mindfulness, and overall wellbeing through their classes and workshops. More information about the studio and their offerings is available on their website
MMY runs $5 Karma Yoga on Friday evenings  from 6-7pm.   Karma Yoga is their way of giving back to our community while making yoga more accessible to the community.  Each month a different local project or group is chosen to receive the donation collected throughout the month. 
You can follow the studio on Facebook (Mindful Mountain Yoga) and on Instagram (@mindfulmountainyoga).


West Kootenay Friends of Refugee members Jan Micklethwaite and Kathy Moore holding a sign announcing how they are going to be celebrating Giving Day on Nov 29th.

The Misto family from Syria, sponsored by WKFoR, will arrive that day to start their new life in Canada. “Giving Day” is an initiative of, a central website location for charitable giving. Donations for West Kootenay Friends of Refugees can be made on the site.


WKFoR is helping to share a new book on a refugee family’s journey. Stepping Stones tells the story of Rama and her family, who are forced to flee their once-peaceful village to escape the ravages of the civil war raging ever closer to their home. With only what they can carry on their backs, Rama and her mother, father, grandfather and brother, Sami, set out to walk to freedom in Europe. Nizar Ali Badr’s stunning stone images illustrate the story.

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The West Kootenay Friends of Refugees is hosting a classical music concert to raise money specifically to help bring additional family members of our current families to Canada. Family reunification is important to building community and helping our families settle into their new life. This also helps ensure security for those closest to them that are still in need of resettlement.

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Students from the RSS and J.L.Crowe Interact Club met on Wednesday, Feb. 24 with Christine DeMarco, of the West Kootenay Friends of Refugees.

Ms DeMarco, who taught several of these students as kindergarteners described  the work of the WKFoR and gave an update on the two families who have been sponsored so far.

The WKFoR is eagerly awaiting the arrival of a Syrian family, who should be flying in to the Trail airport shortly.  The Interact club had placed donation jars in RSS and J.L. Crowe and were pleased to present five hundred and fifty dollars to help with the resettlement of the new refugee family.

The students at L’ecole des Sept Sommets, the local French School, have been busy raising money and creating welcome materials to be displayed for the Abdin family in their new home. The family is due to arrive any day!

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IMG_8190  A big thank you to Rossland’s United Church Women who baked pies so they could donate $1000 to the WKFoR group to help with sponsorship.

WKFoR welcomes any support from groups near and far to help reach our goal of continued sponsorship of refugee families in need. Please get in touch!

WKFoF was thrilled to receive a donation from recent RSS grad Samanta Fleming for $274.00. In addition to being an active member of the RSS Interact club, Sam collected donations by staging a social justice art exhibit at the Rossland Gallery.

Samantha’s two week event showcased the talents of RSS students who are interested in social issues around the world. As a creative and fun approach to fundraising, she also took pledges from people for cutting her long hair in support of the WKFoR cause. Sam is now out traveling the world to expand her knowledge of international issues, people and cultures.

“Many thanks to Sam for embodying the fundraising spirit embraced by WKFoR- we encourage individuals to come to us with their own unique ideas for fundraising,” said Kathy Moore, WKFOR chair. “Including Sam’s contribution, we have now raised $29,700 for our two sponsored Burmese families. We are still awaiting word from the Canadian government as to when we can expect the Mi and Noon families to arrive in Rossland.”

Our next fundraising event will be an elegant house concert on Oct 10, 2013. Save the date, this will be a special musical evening and tickets will be limited.

Donations Welcome.

RSS Interact Club donates big to West Kootenay Friends of Refugees

WKFoR received a $5k donation from  student members of the RSS Interact club, who have spent the year working hard to raise funds.

“We are amazed and so appreciative of the $5,000 donation coming from RSS Interact students,” said Kathy Moore from WKFoR. “They showed unswerving dedication to this cause, and remarkable fundraising skills and strategies. We are extremely impressed at their hard work. It will go a long way to helping us achieve our goals. Hopefully many of these students will meet the four Burmese kids coming to Rossland, and help them settle into their new life here.”

WKFOR donation from Interact

RSS Interact students present $5k cheque to WKFOR.
Photo by Kate Harrison Whiteside

Back Row L-R: Joseph French, Colby Zanier, Denomie Fisher, Maddy Fisher, Jonas Houlden, Interact President, Marley Lemieux, Hannah Klemmensen; Rachael Roussin, Susan Shaw, Kate Mahoney (WKFoR members)Front Row: Michelle Laurie, Alesha Hall, Marilyn Nelson (Interact Advisor, teacher and WKFoR volunteer), Lucy Beck, Hannah Kroeker, Kathy Moore, WKFoR Chair. Interact’s missing club members: Maggie Chan, Bianca Love, Julia Keller, Sierra Methson, Meghan Heximer, Julia Keller and Tristan Neufeld.

The RSS students, ranging in age from 12- 17 years old worked all year to help raise funds and awareness about the two Burmese refugee families who will soon be calling Rossland home. The students sold home-baked snacks at many community events,  organized a soup kitchen at RSS, hosted the Taste of Interact event where they made and served all of their favorite dishes to an appreciative audience. In addition, they held a golf tournament and assisted at Rotary events throughout the year.

Sponsoring these refugee families to our community  is a wonderful opportunity for our local young people to learn more about some of the difficult social issues in the world, as well as to hear about other very different cultures.

West Kootenay Friends of Refugees Burger and Beer Fundraiser Sizzles

The West Kootenay Friends of Refugees, who are sponsoring two Burmese refugee families to live in Rossland, held a very successful “Burger and Beer” fundraiser at Rossland’s Flying Steamshovel.

“We sold over 90 tickets, raised money from the raffle and 50/50 draw and received numerous donations,” said Katherine Mahoney, WKFoR organizer. “We raised about $2,000.00 – with great effort from the team and fabulous participation from all of the people who came out.”

Supporters were entertained by The Barefoot Toubadours, Andrew Bennett and Peter “Buzz” Reed on fiddle and guitar and mandolin. They were followed by blues rockers John Lee’s Hooker.

The prize draws, held between sets, were well received with cheers and laughter from all. WKFoR appreciated the prizes donated by BLOWUP, Gericks, Nature’s Den, Powderhound and Out of the Cellar. The Holiday Bucket grand prize, put together by Rachael Roussin and Kate Harrison Whiteside, full of fun travel items, included donations from Main Stage Gallery and Powderhound.

“We are so grateful for the community backing we continue to receive,” said WKFoR Chair Kathy Moore. “We need it to sponsor our families, and will continue to raise funds so we can provide the Mi and Noon families with housing, food and assistance during their first year in Rossland. The success of this event was made possible by the superb efforts of our volunteers, the team at the Steamshovel, and, of course, all our supporters.”

The next fundraising event will be an elegant piano concert on October 10, 2013. Watch for details and ticket information in the fall.

WKFOR is just waiting for word from the Canadian government to say the refugee families are on their way to Rossland. Their applications were submitted close to 24 months ago but they have not yet had their immigration interviews with Canadian authorities.  To date, the West Kootenay Friends of Refugees group has raised almost $30,000 for their support.

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