“While every refugee’s story is different and their anguish personal, they all share a common thread of uncommon courage – the courage not only to survive, but to persevere and rebuild their shattered lives.” – Antonio Guterras, former High Commissioner UNHCR.
Occupation: University of Ottawa’s Refugee Hub, Refugee Law and Research , Communications and Fundraising
Kailee Brennan Ottawa Refugee Hub
“While every refugee’s story is different and their anguish personal, they all share a common thread of uncommon courage – the courage not only to survive, but to persevere and rebuild their shattered lives.” – Antonio Guterres, former High Commissioner UNHCR
Kailee Brennan works at the University of Ottawa’s Refugee Hub, a refugee law and research project. Her portfolio includes Communications and Fundraising. She previously worked as the Program Manager of Matthew House Ottawa, a shelter for asylum seekers in Canada. There, She helped newcomers navigate the refugee claim system, get their status in Canada, and establish a sense of home in a new country. Having finished a Master’s degree in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration last year, Kailee partnered her interest in global refugee issues with practical, frontline experience on the local level before moving into the University setting of her new job.
Kailee has been interested in working with refugees since she was high school though she didn’t always have a clear idea of what it may look like. She first studied to be a high school teacher in University, but her work running summer programs for refugee children for many years in her summers off sparked her interest in working in the refugee resettlement field and set into motion her future career path.
She appreciates being able to work in the academic and policy space while keeping in the mind the very real people behind the issues. Kailee cares deeply for the well-being of refugees in her community, and enjoys networking with like-minded service providers and individuals to ease the transition of resettlement and to uphold the dignity of refugees as they begin new chapters in their lives.