Helping international students thrive in Thunder Bay.
Assisting International Students Together (ASSIST) is a new, not-for-profit organization that will provide support and funding for international students. We want to help them complete their studies with confidence and security. Our initial funding program will focus on temporary relief to ensure that a bill or rent payment doesn’t become a barrier to their education.
Founded in 2020, our mission is to support international students in Thunder Bay by providing temporary financial relief and scholarships; gathering knowledge and information useful for living here; and hosting events that promote a sense of belonging.
Previously, we have been involved with Welcome Home, a holiday event for international students to attend during their winter break. During this time, some international students have shared their experiences of barriers to their success here—from high costs to being unable to get help. We started ASSIST to meet these existing challenges as well as respond to disruptions caused by COVID.
We’ll be announcing upcoming events and providing more information about the fund in early 2021. If you’d like updates, sign up for our newsletter. We’ll tell you about our progress toward launching the fund as well as opportunities to get involved!
We’re guided by a board of students and community members. If you’re a current or recent international student who would like to get involved, please email us.
Our newsletter will have updates and announcements. Expect to hear more from us in early 2021. You can also contact us by email.