Our History

The Private Refugee Sponsor Network (Ontario) is a not-for-profit organization that assists private refugee sponsor groups – whether they are faith-based, community based, or groups of five.   We are committed to connection, learning and sharing.


Our goal is to promote and ensure the successful post-arrival settlement of newcomers by private sponsors in partnership with many organizations in the refugee settlement sector.


We do not sponsor refugees, find sponsors or serve individual newcomers.  We do not help with immigration issues.

Our Leadership

We are a volunteer driven Network that responds to the needs of those who participate. A ten-person board of directors, representative of Network members and those from the refugee settlement sector, and business community, will provide governance and financial accountability.

Our Advisory Council

The advisory council, representative of the business and refugee sectors, provides perspectives on issues to assist the board in its planning, sustainability and program development. The Council is chaired by Barbara Sheffield, one of the founding members of the Network.


We work with partners from the refugee settlement sector in developing training workshops. Those partners have included:

  • Arab Community Centre, Toronto
  • MAS Pro Bono Consulting for Non-Profits, Toronto
  • Bonnie Hoy Consultants, Mississauga
  • Ontario College of Trades, Toronto
  • North York Community House, Toronto
  • West Neighbourhood House, Toronto
  • World Education Services, Toronto
  • Burnhamthorpe Collegiate Adult Education, Toronto
  • Darzee Project, Toronto
  • Together Project, Toronto
  • Career Jumpstart, Toronto
  • Welcome Home TO, Toronto
  • RSTP, Toronto
  • Catholic CrossCultural Services, Mississauga
  • Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement, Toronto
  • YWCA Immigration & Settlement Services, Hamilton
  • YMCA Language Assessment & Referral, Toronto
  • COSTI, Toronto
  • Nevy’s Langauge, Toronto
  • CultureLink, Toronto
  • Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA), Toronto
  • JobStart, Toronto
  • Paramount Fine Foods, Toronto
  • TRIEC Mentoring Partnership, Toronto
  • Toronto Employment Social Services, Toronto
  • Ontario Works, Toronto
Our Awards

The Network is a recipient of Yvan Baker, MP, Etobicoke Centre’s 2020 Community Service Awards. The Award recognizes and thanks individuals and organizations for the inspirational work they do and aims to encourage others to get involved, to give back, to make our communities stronger, and our country stronger.  The Award particularly focusses on the importance of volunteering and the impact it has on changing lives.  Barbara Sheffield accepted the Award on behalf of the Network in January 2021.