-by Sharon Sterling
On 5 December 2017, the Iraqi family being sponsored by Team Sooke/Juan de Fuca arrived in Sooke. They are no longer refugees; they are newcomers to Canada!
Due to the Lebanese bureaucracy, they weren’t sure they would be able to leave until just a few hours before departure. They then had a long and difficult journey to Sooke. But they are well and happy to be here.
Team Sooke/JdF has managed to secure accommodation for them. As with everyone in Southern Vancouver Island, the rent will be a higher proportion of their monthly budget than hoped. But they are delighted, and used to “making do.”
What they most want now is to have an ordinary life and to give back to the community. They are already talking about volunteering.
They repeatedly express their thanks to the people of Sooke/Juan de Fuca for giving them this chance for a future in a safe and welcoming community.
- Sooke/Juan de Fuca sponsored Iraqi family has arrived
- Sponsored refugee family arrives in December, still need a place to call home
- Sponsorship team expects a family of four from Iraq to arrive shortly
- Local refugee sponsorship group achieves fundraising target
- Enjoy a taste of Iraq at the Sooke Fall Fair
- Team Sooke/JdF Refugee Sponsorship group seeks household items, wishlist
- Update on local refugee sponsorship
- Sooke group wanting to sponsor a refugee family asks for help
- Bus passes for refugees
- Program matching Syrian relief donations extended to Feb 29
- UPDATE on the Sooke/JdF effort to sponsor a refugee
- BC Government contributes to incoming refugees
- LETTER: Sooke sets out to help refugees through private sponsorship; here’s how you can help
- New provincial fund to help Syrian refugee settlement (Includes photos and latest Tweets from Sooke’s Rebecca Collard)