Buy The Stepping Stones Book

This book describes a refugee family’s journey. Ten dollars of every sale goes to our organization which supports families we sponsor in our region.

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We are continuously raising money to sponsor refugee families to our community with the aim of one family per year.  Tax receipts will be made available by the East Kootenay Friends of Burma at years end.  There are several ways you can donate money.

1. A bank account has been set up at the Nelson and District Credit Union in Rossland where you can make a one-time donation or set up monthly payments.

To make a donation or monthly payments, simply ask to make a donation to West Kootenay Friends of Refugees and allow the credit union staff to share your contact information (please ensure to provide your PO Box/Address) with the group so we can send your tax deductible receipt to you.

2. Donate online via Paypal (if you don’t have a paypal account, look to the bottom left corner for the continue button, i.e. credit card options)

3. Mail a cheque to:

West Kootenay Friends of Refugees
P.O. Box 1597
Rossland, B.C., V0G1Y0


There are many opportunities to volunteer with WKFoR. There is a lot of work that has to be done before the refugees arrive and after they arrive in Rossland. Our volunteer coordinator is Jasmine Oliver and she can be reached by email: Jasmine.Oliver(@)


Some tasks that must be accomplished by volunteers include: Fundraising, event coordination, event support, communication, and online/media services.

We also need a volunteer team to coordinate the housing and living supplies for the refugee families so that when they arrive in Rossland, they have a furnished home, winter clothing and utilities.

Once the Refugees arrive in Rossland

When the refugees arrive in Rossland, the new families will have a lot to learn and adjust to about Canadian culture and living in Rossland. There will be many opportunities to help the new families adjust to life in their new community including orientations about banking, grocery shopping, medical and dental services and transportation (to name just a few).

Recreation and cultural activities will also be an important part of adjusting to life in Rossland so there will be many opportunities for volunteers to show the new families what living in Rossland is all about!


Since the group began, there have been regular fundraising events to support our new families. Students, individuals and musical ensembles have offered their talents to help raise money. Check our local news sources for what’s coming up.