Syrian family supported by Chemainus group settling into new life

Residing in Duncan creates a closer connection to vital resources

The Syrian family sponsored by the Chemainus Refugee Sponsorship Team has settled into life in the Cowichan Valley after arriving in mid-March.

A home was set up in the Duncan area to accommodate the family, close to many vital resources and other social connections. Family members are all learning English quickly and the children are attending school. They’re enjoying their new life, routines and opportunities.

The father of the family farmed olives and figs in Syria and has been working odd gardening jobs here. He’s eager to work at any jobs that may be offered.

The Chemainus Community Refugee Support Team is grateful to everyone in the community for its tremendous support to date in so many ways.

“This has truly been a wonderful and rewarding journey to help our family get established here,” noted a statement from the CCRST.

Anyone able to contribute financially to the family’s support can do so through the Cowichan Valley Intercultural Society. Go to its website under the ‘Get Involved’ heading, then donate, scroll down to No. 16 on the list for Chemainus Community Refugee Support Team and proceed.

Tax receipts will be emailed to donors.

Donations can also be made in person at the Intercultural Society office at 321 St. Julian St. in Duncan. Be sure to specify CCRST on the memo line of a cheque.

Contact Robyn or Gail at for further information.

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