A New life

Dear colleagues,

Further to my December 2015 message about the School’s humanitarian response to the Syrian refugee crisis, I’m delighted that members of our Faculty have formed a team and are taking steps to make a tremendous difference for one Syrian family.



As Syrian refugees come to Canada to build new lives, they need immediate, essential services and long-term support to ensure their successful settlement and integration into Canadian society.  This is where our community can help.
Dalla Lana School of Public Health faculty, staff, students and alumni have come together to form a team that will sponsor one Syrian refugee family through the University of Toronto’s involvement in the Ryerson University Lifeline Syria Challenge.  
Team DLSPH is looking for volunteers to contribute their time and for donations to meet their financial target of $50,000 to support one family during their first year in Canada. 
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Team DLSPH’s goal is to raise $50,000 for a Syrian family.  

Your financial contributions are deeply appreciated.

Join current and former faculty, staff, and students of Dalla Lana School of Public Health, and Institute of Health Policy, Management  and Evaluation of University of Toronto. Are you interested in getting involved? Contact us.


In order to maximize our ability to help Team DLSPH has partnered with another sponsoring group.  They are called Arts & Medicine and many of their team work at HSC. We are happy to tell you that we are now working together on the process of bringing a refugee family of 6 – mother, father, two girls (aged 13 and 14) and two boys (aged 7 and 11) – to Canada and then supporting them for their first year here. The family has been approved by the Canadian government and are now awaiting medical examinations.  We are not sure exactly when they will arrive but hopefully later this fall.
The combined team is meeting regularly to prepare and we still need more volunteers and we continue to raise money.



A message from The dean, Howard Hu



At the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, we believe no field touches the human experience more than public health. The School has come together to welcome a family of Syrian refugees to Canada and support them to build new lives. Learn more about the team:


A Family