Syrian Family Arrives
Tired but happy family arrives at YXS early this morning. photos courtesy YXS
Prince George, B.C.- The plane was delayed by more than an hour, and the temperature was minus 20, but the first Syrian refugee family has received a very warm welcome to Prince George.
Mayor Lyn Hall and members of the Westwood Church who had sponsored the family, were on hand when the family of five stepped off the Air Canada flight at 1:40 this morning.
(At right, family surrounded by some who were on hand to welcome them to their new home )
It is the end of a process that has taken 14 months, and the family was to be taken to an apartment that has been rented for them.
The family is the first privately sponsored family to arrive in Prince George, but won’t be the last. The Westwood church has sponsored three different families, and the second group could be coming at any time.
The Westwood Church hopes to raise $50 thousand for each family they want to sponsor to ensure the family is adequately funded as they start their new lives.
There are other churches in P.G. working on bringing Syrian refugees to the community, and there are still those who may come as part of the Federal Government’s plan.