All posts by Grant Dillenbeck

Kanata Muslim Association visits Stittsville United with message of thanks

On Sunday, June 25 Stittsville United Church received an unexpected visit from members of the Kanata Muslim Association (KMA).   They came to deliver a gift of sweets and a letter of appreciation to Stittsville United Church for their support following the tragic shooting at the Quebec City Mosque in January 2017. Continue reading


UPDATE: Another refugee arrival in the community

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Last month, Rev. Grant Dillenbeck mentioned that the Kanata Stittsville Refugee Sponsorship Group (KSRSG) was expecting the arrival of a refugee from Syria last week. Here’s an update Dillenbeck sent late last week.)

We are thrilled that indeed he has arrived!   Dani Marina, a single male from Syria, had been living in Jordan.  He has family members here in Ottawa who will be supporting him and we submitted his application in early March.  He fled Syria due in large part to the violence and persecution he faced there as a Christian.  At the present time we do not require the donation of household or clothing items for Dani.  As he gets more settled we will let you know of any specific requests they may have.  Continue reading


Refugee sponsorship group reunites family from Afghanistan

It had taken almost four years, but the day finally arrived. A family was reunited and all were now safe in Canada.

Shakeba Hakam, her husband Mirwis and their four children, along with Shakeba’s sister, Maleha Nejrabi, her husband Ahmad and their four children, arrived in Ottawa on Friday June 17 after a long, and at times delayed, flight from Tajikistan, where they had spent years as refugees from Afghanistan. Continue reading


UPDATE: Refugee group applies to sponsor two individuals

I want to pass along some really good news to you.  Today on our behalf the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa submitted our sponsorship applications to Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada for both Rouba and Dani.

Rouba is a single woman who is a refugee from Syria presently in Lebanon.  She has already had family members arrive here in Ottawa, so we are hopeful that we will receive a positive response to her application.  Dani is a single male presently in Jordan.  He too has family members being sponsored by another congregation here in Ottawa and though they have not yet arrived in Canada, their application has been approved.  We are also hopeful that his application will be approved soon.  It has taken a long time to get all of the paperwork completed satisfactorily, but we are pleased the applications have been submitted and I will certainly keep you informed about their progress. Continue reading


UPDATE: Stittsville’s efforts to sponsor Syrian refugees

We are in the process of completing a sponsorship application for a young single woman from Syria who is living in Lebanon and has family members in Ottawa.

We also plan to complete an application for another family from Syria, who also have family here in Ottawa.  We are still trying to access the name of a family to sponsor through government channels, but have not yet been successful.  Continue reading