Global Connections

Globally, Highlands is involved specifically with helping women and children in Guatemala, as well as providing support for refugees from around the world. Through affiliation with the United Church of Canada’s Mission and Service Fund, Highlands is involved in other global projects.

Guatemala Outreach

Highlands United Church is a partner with the Women’s Sector and the Esmenta School in Guatemala. In addition, for six years, Sharon Yetman, a member of the Highlands United Church congregation and Healing Hands practitioner, has led a Healing Pathway delegation to Guatemala. Highlands has also hosted the director of “Maya Skills” in Guatemala, who shared his story and sold jewellery handcrafted by women whose husbands, sons, and other family members were victims of the Guatemalan Civil War (1960-1996). Contact Sharon Yetman for more information about Highlands’s Guatemalan connections.

Click here to read the report prepared by the Healing Hands Canadian delegation to Guatemala in April 2016

Refugee Sponsorship

Highlands has a proud history of refugee sponsorship, with more than 80 people from around the world coming to Canada with Highlands’s help over the past 30+ years. We are currently sponsoring Hasna Abdala Mohamed. Hasna is a 27 yr old Ethiopian woman of Oromian descent who sought refuge in Egypt and was approved as a refugee by the United Nations .

We, together with some assistance from the Government of Canada, are responsible for her for costs and resources for the first year which commenced May 2015.

This includes her accommodation, food, clothing, basic household needs and also to help her find medical, dental, counseling and English language resources. As a congregation we have the pleasure of helping Hasna settle in our city and learn Canadian culture as she embarks on a new way of life.

Highlands is also actively engaged with the North Shore Church Sponsorship Group which is sponsoring Syrian refugees who have been force to flee the conflict in their homeland.

You can contact any one of our committee members for more info on how you can help:

Marilyn MacDonald, Catherine Alkenbrack, Kumu Navaratnam, Marguerite Wilson, Peter Ackhurst, Phyllis Ferguson, Lindsay Bottomer, Ann van’t Riet, Stephen Beaton

Updates from the North Shore United Refugee Response Team:
March 27, 2016

Mission and Service Fund

The National Division of The United Church of Canada has a Mission and Service Fund that is supported by most United Church congregations across Canada. These pooled funds ($28 million in 2013) support overseas and Canadian missions with a scope that could not be attained if we acted alone. United, our contribution to the needy people of the world is remarkable.