Finding their way: Syrian refugee children & youth resettlement as learned through SWIS work

Presenters: Nabila Al-Dobaye and Sabrin Daghaishe
Date: Nov. 9, 2016


Refugee children and youth have unique needs in the resettlement process that affect their mental health and well-being. In this webinar, we will discuss the needs of recently-arrived Syrian refugee children and youth regarding the post-migration challenges they may face. Through a discussion of case studies, SWIS (Settlement Workers in Schools) workers Nabila Al-Dobaye and Sabrin Daghaishe, of the North York Community House, will discuss their work with this population, and pose opportunities for service providers to better support them at multiple levels, such as in schools, in the community or at home with their families.

Learning objectives:
At the end of this webinar, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the role of SWIS workers
  2. List some of the challenges Syrian children and youth may currently face in resettlement
  3. Give examples of considerations that may assist service providers in supporting their adjustment

Presenter biographies:

Nabila Al-Dobaye works as a school settlement worker at North York Community House, working primarily with Syrian newcomers. Her role as involves providing information, referral, translation and advocacy in order to address the needs of students and families in school as well as in the community.

Nabila is a graduate of the Master of Social Work program at York University. Her previous field experiences include internship positions as a support worker and as a person-centred planner in the developmental sector. Her field experiences also include working as a family support worker with newcomers during the first year of arrival in Canada.
For the last three years, Sabrin Daghaishe has been working in the social services sector supporting diverse communities. Currently, as a school settlement worker at North York Community House, she supports newcomer Syrian families in their settlement process, seeing it as a great privilege to work with Syrian families.

Sabrin also works as Toronto Transit Commission Wheel-Trans interviewer, interviewing various individuals to determine their eligibility for services. She previously worked as a social enterprise manager at Northwood Neighbourhood Services assisting individuals with various needs, particularly translation. Sabrin has a strong passion for working and supporting diverse communities and newcomers to Canada. Sabrin attended Haifa University in Israel and graduated from a program in Sociology and Human Resources. Sabrin also graduated from Seneca College with a Social Service Worker Diploma.

Nabila Al-Dobaye


Sabrin Daghaishe