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Alaa Al Soufi is a Syrian newcomer who arrived in Toronto in December 2015. Since arriving in Canada, he has been involved in refugee and newcomer settlement and integration processes through various activities such as basic English lessons, translation services for appointments and refugee program coordination. He is the owner of the first authentic Syrian restaurant Soufis in Toronto which provides employment to other Syrian newcomers to help them find their footing in their first few months or years. He is a co-founder of the Indigenous Refugee Movement and an organizer in the Syria Solidarity Collective and volunteer in the Syrian Canadian Foundation groups in Toronto.