Upcoming Fundraiser

Bob Bossin is performing songs and stories about his outlaw father in a stage show called Davy the Punk, in Whitehorse at the Old Firehall on Thursday, Sept 22 at 8 p.m..  Tickets are $25 and are available at Dean’s String and Music Supplies for more information contact Gregory Bryce at 667-2161.

Davy the  Punk was a major figure from the 1920s to 1940s in illegal off-track betting on horse racing in Ontario, mostly within the poor immigrant community; Bob knew almost nothing about that life till years after his father died when Bob was a teenager.

More information on Bob Bossin and Davy the Punk can be found at www.davythepunk.com.

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Yukon Cares Society and Board of Directors

At our AGM on May 18, Yukon Cares officially became the Yukon Cares Society. With a society comes a board of directors, and we have elected our first board members.

From left to right: Line Gagnon, Kirsten Bradley, Wynne Krangle, Michael Dougherty, Aynslie Ogden, Raquel de Queiroz and Govindaraj Murugaiyan
From left to right: Line Gagnon, Kirsten Bradley, Wynne Krangle, Michael Dougherty, Aynslie Ogden, Raquel de Queiroz and Govindaraj Murugaiyan

Family Arrives

After five months of planning and fundraising, Yukon Cares is thrilled to finally have welcomed our Syrian family to join our Yukon community here in Whitehorse. The 11-member family arrived to a joyous welcome from many Yukon Cares volunteers and local politicians on Saturday, January 30, 2016.

The family’s arrival had been delayed a few weeks as Yukon Cares volunteers learned that the family of eight children and two adults was now a family with nine children. The family had welcomed a baby boy while they were refugees in Lebanon and a visa had to be obtained for the 18-month old boy, which had delayed their arrival by a few weeks.

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Copyright Heather Jones

Yukon Cares pulled together and through generous donations, volunteers have set up a furnished home for the family along with clothing for every member of the family and toys for the children.

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Copyright Heather Jones

Volunteers with Yukon Cares Sponsorship Committee are also prepared to help the family settle in by providing translation services and local ESL teachers, who will help the family learn English and learn about their new home.

It is hoped that Whitehorse residents will appreciate the hardships these refugees have faced and will welcome this family in true northern style.

Since Yukon Cares was launched last September, Yukoners have been extremely generous with their time and money. Anyone wishing to donate items to this family, or future families we plan to help resettle here in Yukon, are asked to contact us atyukon.cares@gmail.com.

Yukon Cares would like to extend a huge Yukon thank you to everyone who gave so generously to make the arrival of this family a reality. We are all truly grateful.