UNB supports Syrian refugees

UNB is eager to do our part to help refugees settle in our community. We are currently working with the Multicultural Association of Fredericton (MCAF) and other community groups on a coordinated effort. This page will be updated regularly with opportunities to get involved, volunteer and donate as they arise.

Supporting the needs of Syrian newcomers in New Brunswick

Thank you, UNB! With your support, we raised over $1800 to provide beds and car seats for Syrian families. We have been able to buy a bed for a father suffering from scoliosis, and car seats and booster seats for five Syrian families, including one with a newborn on the way. Our Fredericton First Friends and Syrian families are so grateful of your efforts. Thank you for helping us show them what a welcoming and generous community they have joined.

We have also had wonderful support from our UNB Summer Camps. We have newcomer children on campus all summer long in our DesignWorks and Worlds UNBound camps. This helps children integrate into their new community, practice their English and make new friends. Thank you!

In June, URec hosted the Sweat for a Cause bootcamp and yard sale, and raised $325 for the Multicultural Association of Fredericton to support their ongoing efforts helping newcomers in our community.

Our efforts don’t stop here. We have some social and more informational activities planned in the coming months. Mark your calendars for October 6, when Dr. Stacey Wilson-Forsberg, a UNB alumna (PhD ’10), will return to campus to talk about the integration experiences of immigrant adolescents in small-town New Brunswick. If you have an idea for an event, please feel free to get in touch with us!

Thank you again for your support of these initiatives and for helping to welcome our new neighbours.

UNB Summer Camps

Several UNB summer camp programs have places available for young newcomers.

DesignWorks: One spot is available in each camp. For all DesignWorks camps, a parental form must be completed. For photography camps, campers are required to bring their own camera.

August 2-5:

     Steal the Stage (ages 6-10)
     Take it Outdoors (ages 8-12)
     Bling-It-On (ages 10-14)

August 8-12:
     Stop-Motion (ages 8-12)
     Musical Theatre (ages 10-14)
     Masks & Models (ages 6-10)

August 15-19:
     Awesome Photography (ages 6-10)
     Theatre Galore (ages 10-14)

August 22-26:
     Steal the Stage (ages 10-14)

August 29-September 2:
     Take it Outdoors (8-12)
     Be an Entrepreneur (ages 10-14)
     Super Sculpture (ages 6-10)

Worlds UNBound: Four bursaries available, can be applied to any of the following camps   

     Future Entrepreneurs (Aug. 2-5)​, Grades 1-6
     Girls Who Code (Aug. 15-19), Grades 4-7
     UNBelievable Science (Aug. 15-19), Grades 1-3

Varsity Reds: A limited number of bursaries are available, and can be applied to any camps listed. Contact Sarah King with desired camp.

Interpreters and translators

MCAF is currently looking for Arabic interpreters and translators to help with things like information sessions, doctors’ appointments and parent-teacher interviews. Get involved.

Volunteers are also needed in Saint John. Please contact YMCA Newcomer Connections.

If you are fluent in Arabic or Kurdish but are looking to help in a more flexible way, there may still be ways for you to help. Please contact UNB’s Gregg Centre to find out more.


Mentors share knowledge about their occupation / profession with newcomers who share the same occupation / profession to help them navigate the career field and participate actively in community building on an ongoing basis. Find out more.


Clothing: Clothing of all sizes is needed. We ask that people on the Fredericton campus drop off their clean clothing at UNB’s Gregg Centre (Tilley Hall Room 43, 9 Macauley Lane, UNB). All donated clothing will be distributed to donation centres in Fredericton. Settlement coordinators will accompany newcomers to these centres where they can try on and select the clothing of their choice. This way, any extra clothing becomes available to other people in need in our community.

In Saint John, people are encouraged to donate clothes to the Value Village in East Saint John (212 McAllister Drive). Please mark your bags “Y Newcomer Connections or Refugee Assistance."

Those wishing to donate furniture in Saint John may drop donations at Lancaster Baptist Church (87 Church Avenue). Find out more about drop-off dates and a list of accepted furniture.

Money: The province of New Brunswick has information about how you can help sponsor a family or donate money. You can also call the province’s hotline at 1 855-444-6554.

Resettlement agencies are also accepting financial donations to help them provide essential services to the refugees coming to New Brunswick.

Greater Fredericton Region: Multicultural Association of Fredericton (MCAF)

Greater Saint John Region: The YMCA Newcomer Connections

Other organizations sponsoring refugees or providing food, shelter and other necessities for refugees currently in transit are:

Other ways to get involved

    • #WelcomeRefugees: Stay up to date with the Government of Canada’s initiatives to support the refugee resettlement process
    • #RestoreHope: the New Brunswick Multicultural Council's online campaign to show support and solidarity with refugees.
    • A warm welcome: a call for warm, handmade goods for newcomers

Get in touch

If you would like more information about what UNB is doing to help, or if you would like to get involved, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Call us at 453-4587 or send us an email.