The buffet table was loaded with items during a fundraiser at the former St. Joseph’s Elementary School for the Syrian family coming to the Cowichan Valley last year. (Photo submitted)

Syrian family settling into Cowichan Valley life well one year later

Many volunteers from the Chemainus Sponsorship Team instrumental in successful integration

It’s been a little more than a year since the Syrian family sponsored by the Chemainus Community Refugee Sponsorship Team arrived in the Cowichan Valley.

The family of six has settled into its new life in Canada comfortably, as another spring season arrives.

The generous donations of so many kind-hearted people in the community enabled the sponsorship team to provide the level of support required.

The family has expressed its deepest gratitude to all who made their relocation possible with such a positive outcome.

The father is now gainfully employed, working in an area of his expertise to provide for the family. The children are all thriving and happy at school, and have acquired a good grasp of the English language.

They are all involved in a variety of activities and the recent snowfalls provided loads of fun for them.

The mother successfully manages the household, finances and daily routines. Transportation options have also been ironed out, giving the family a variety of means to get around.

Many people devoted considerable hours with their skills and knowledge.

“It is a sign of a strong community when we can support new people arriving in Canada in this manner,” reads a statement from the sponsorship team. “To everyone who has played a role in this, you all made it happen.”

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