A list of Quebecers already ready to welcome Ukrainian refugees


Quebecers from all over the province are already ready to offer their basements or even their spare rooms for the Ukrainian refugees forced to flee their country which is crumbling under Russian bombs.

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“At home, I can accommodate 16 people in our house with inflatable beds. Ukrainians are getting bombs on their heads right now and are not looking for luxury. They just want to get out of their country,” explains Alexandre Dufresne, the instigator of the project.


Alexandre Dufresne, a lawyer from Quebec, will welcome Ukrainian refugees.

Photo QMI Agency, Marcel Tremblay

This lawyer from Quebec City saw the images of the Russian invasion in Ukraine on repeat on his television. He wanted to make himself useful by creating a Facebook group called “Accommodate your Ukrainian refugees”.


Alexandre Dufresne, a lawyer from Quebec, will welcome Ukrainian refugees.

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“We say to ourselves, what is going on there? Poor people getting shot. I didn’t want to sit idly by. I have therefore drawn up a list of people who want to welcome refugees into their homes, like me, because there is not yet one in Quebec”, mentions to the Newspaper Mr. Dufresne.

Urgency to act

With this initiative, more than a hundred Quebecers have offered a roof to Ukrainians in their homes in Montreal, Alma or Trois-Rivières.

Alexandre Dufresne’s list was also sent to Deputy Prime Minister Geneviève Guilbault this week. “Our goal with this list is to also facilitate the government’s logistics for housing refugees when they arrive in Quebec,” says Mr. Dufresne.


Alexandre Dufresne, a lawyer from Quebec, will welcome Ukrainian refugees.

Photo QMI Agency, Marcel Tremblay

In addition, the UN revealed on Monday that more than 836,000 Ukrainian refugees have fled their country so far.

Quebec late?

Sabrina Steczko, a resident of Gatineau, offers an apartment in her house for refugees. She affirms that Quebec is lagging behind and should multiply initiatives to further help Ukrainians.


Sabrina Steczko, a resident of Gatineau, offers an apartment in her house for refugees.

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Sabrina Steczko, a resident of Gatineau, offers an apartment in her house for refugees.

“I wrote to the media to find out how to welcome refugees into my home. And that, even before knowing the project of Alexandre. […] I want to take care of the Ukrainians when they arrive, but also support them, despite their trauma,” says Ms. Steczko.

Dorothée Legay, a mother of three young children under the age of eight in Quebec City, is also ready to welcome an entire family into her basement. Of French origin, she knows well the difficulties linked to immigration.


Dorothée Legay and her family are ready to welcome refugees to Quebec.

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Dorothée Legay and her family are ready to welcome refugees to Quebec.

“We put ourselves on the list to help the Ukrainians because we would like them to help us too, if the situation were reversed. We want to be useful and make their life a little easier. We have two bedrooms, toys for children and even diapers for them,” says Ms. Legay.

“It’s inhumane”

Hélène Dufresne, a resident of La Prairie on the South Shore of Montreal, did not hesitate for a second to participate in the project.


Hélène Dufresne and her family in La Prairie.

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Hélène Dufresne and her family in La Prairie.

“At home, we have the place in the basement, so why wouldn’t we offer it? […] I don’t know anyone in Ukraine, but just want to help. What Russia is doing is a big injustice. It’s inhumane. I tell myself so much the better if Quebec can offer a little humanity to these people,” says Ms. Dufresne, mother of two young children.

Note that for the moment, people who have fled Ukraine in emergency are still rare here. The Government of Canada still maintains the obligation to have a visa to enter the country, even for Ukrainian refugees.

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Reference-www.journaldemontreal.com

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