Volunteer

Action Réfugiés Montréal relies on a team of over 40 volunteers each year, including members of our Board of Directors

Most volunteer opportunities are in the Twinning and Detention programs.

Board of Directors

New Board members are elected each year at our Annual General Meeting. For information about our Board, please contact Paul Clarke, Executive Director.

Twinning Program

ARM-320x240-VolunteerAction Réfugiés Montréal’s Twinning Program brings together newly arrived refugee women with women volunteers living in Montreal to create bonds of friendship, exchange and solidarity. Each refugee woman is matched with a volunteer and the two women spend at least six hours together each month. Activities may include social or cultural outings, discovering helpful resources in Montreal, or spending time getting to know each other.

Group activities are offered by Action Réfugiés Montréal at least once each month to bring together participants. Past activities have included yoga, collective cooking, painting, skating, conferences on employment and housing, and an outing to a Sugar Shack.

Training and support are provided to volunteers. Please note that most activities are held in French.

Potential volunteers must

  • Be available at least 10 hours per month (including individual and group activities)
  • Be available for a minimum of 6 months
  • Respect confidentiality and avoid conflicts of interest
  • Have some experience working with vulnerable and diverse populations

As most training and group activities are held in French, bilingualism (English and French) is preferred.

For more information about the Twinning Program or to apply to volunteer, please email Jenny Jeanes, Detention and Twinning Program Coordinator. Please note that we receive a large number of volunteer inquiries and are not able to include everyone who contacts us in the program. We try to find volunteers who correspond to the profiles of the refugee women waiting to be twinned.

Detention Review Hearings

A small team of volunteers observe Detention Review Hearings at the Immigration and Refugee Board. Anyone detained for immigration reasons is seen by the Immigration Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board on a regular basis to determine if the person can be released or if detention will be maintained. Action Réfugiés Montréal offers accompaniment to people we meet in the Immigration Holding Centre during our weekly visits.

Training is provided by the Detention Program Coordinator, who coordinates the schedule of hearing accompaniments. Hearings take place Monday to Friday at 9 am, 10 am or 1:15 pm at the Complexe Guy-Favreau (200 René-Lévesque West) and usually last between 30 minutes and 2 hours.

Potential volunteers must

  • Be available for a minimum of three months (some exceptions possible)
  • Be bilingual (English and French) as hearings are held in either language
  • Respect confidentiality and avoid conflicts of interest
  • Have a capacity to understand complex legal information

Detention Visits

Action Réfugiés Montréal visits people detained in the Immigration Holding Centre in Laval, Québec on a weekly basis to provide legal information, emotional support, and other forms of assistance. Due to the complexity of cases, the vulnerability of some detainees and the need to obtain security clearance, ARM relies mainly on trained staff and interns for detention visits. Occasionally, volunteers may also participate in detention visits.

Potential volunteers must

  • Be available for a minimum of 6 months
  • Be bilingual (English and French) – additional languages an asset
  • Respect confidentiality and avoid conflicts of interest
  • Have a capacity to understand complex legal information
  • Have experience working with vulnerable populations
  • Be able to obtain the required security clearance (must be Permanent Resident or Canadian Citizen)

For more information about the Detention Program or to apply to volunteer please email Jenny Jeanes.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Action Réfugiés Montréal occasionally requires volunteers for other activities, such as

  • Communications
  • Fundraising
  • Translation
  • Office support
  • Event coordination

If you are interested, please send a CV to Zehra Kavame and indicate your interest or experience. We keep a list of potential volunteers who we may contact as needs arise. Unfortunately we cannot accommodate all requests.

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Journée Mondiale des Réfugiés 2017

June 17, 2017, 12:00pm - June 17, 2017, 5:00pm

JOURNÉE MONDIALE DES RÉFUGIÉS 2017 - Ensemble nous bâtissons le Québec Cette année, Action Réfugiés Montréal (ARM), ALPA (Accueil et Liaison pour Arrivants), Carrefour d’Aide aux Nouveaux...

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Merci aux organisateurs de l'événement de sensibilisation et de rapprochement "Cuisine ta ville" qui a eu lieu récemment à Montréal. Voici Paul Clarke en train de parler lors de l'événement de différentes réalités de personnes réfugiées.

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Thank you to the organizers of the awareness-raising and community building event "Cuisine ta ville" that took place recently in Montreal. Here is Paul Clarke speaking during the event about different realities of refugees.
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JOURNÉE MONDIALE DES RÉFUGIÉS 2017 - Ensemble nous bâtissons le Québec

Cette année, Action Réfugiés Montréal (ARM), ALPA (Accueil et Liaison pour Arrivants), Carrefour d’Aide aux Nouveaux Arrivants (CANA), Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), RIVO et SINGA Québec organisent une marche symbolique sur la rue Sainte-Catherine le samedi 17 juin à l'occasion de la Journée mondiale des réfugiés (JMR). Lors de cette marche, nous célébrerons le courage et la résilience de celles et ceux qui ont dû fuir leur pays.

Le point de départ de la marche se trouve aux Résidences du YMCA au 4039 rue Tupper, station de métro Atwater.

Notez que les marcheurs sont attendus à midi et que le départ officiel se fera à 13h. La marche se terminera devant l'église St-Jax Montréal, au 1439 rue Ste-Catherine Ouest, où sont situés les bureaux d'Action Réfugiés Montréal. Sur place, plusieurs organismes dévoués à la cause des réfugiés animeront des kiosques d'information et des activités interactives. Des réfugiés prendront aussi la parole à cette occasion.

Cette année nous prévoyons une fête, de la musique, des couleurs, des animations artistiques et plusieurs autres surprises! Venez célébrer avec nous!

Si vous souhaitez être bénévole pour cet événement, veuillez contacter Emilia à l'adresse [email protected]

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WORLD REFUGEE DAY 2017

This year, Action Réfugiés Montreal (ARM), ALPA (Accueil et Liaison pour Arrivants), Carrefour d’aide aux nouveaux arrivants, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), RIVO and Singa Québec are organizing a symbolic walk on Saint Catherine Street in Montreal Saturday June 17th to celebrate World Refugee Day. During this walk, we will highlight the courage and resilience of those who had to flee their country.

This walk will start at the YMCA Residence on 4039 Tupper Street, near the Atwater metro station. Note that the participants are invited to assemble at 11h30 and the walk will officially start at 1pm. The walk will end in front of the church St-Jax Montreal, 1439 St-Catherine West, where the Action Réfugiés Montreal office is located.

Many organisations devoted to the refugee cause will hold information kiosks and interactive activities. We will also hear from some refugees during the event.

This year we are looking forward to a bigger party, music, dance, lots of colours, and many other surprises! Come celebrate with us!

If you wish to be a volonteer for this event, please contact Emilia at [email protected]
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Journée Mondiale des Réfugiés 2017

June 17, 2017, 12:00pm - June 17, 2017, 5:00pm

JOURNÉE MONDIALE DES RÉFUGIÉS 2017 - Ensemble nous bâtissons le Québec Cette année, Action Réfugiés Montréal (ARM), ALPA (Accueil et Liaison pour Arrivants), Carrefour d’Aide aux Nouveaux...

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