Welcome to Saugeen Shores!

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I am overjoyed to announce that our newcomers have arrived. They are now settled, safe and sound, in their new home. It’s been a whirlwind weekend for everyone, full of new words and names, struggled conversations that are a mix of English and Arabic, explanations about how things work, the triple cheek-kisses we’ve quickly learned how to do, many smiles and much laughter at our inability to communicate whenever Mariam the translator steps out of the room.

They are lovely people. The children can’t wait to start school as soon as possible, and the parents are eager to start English classes. They’ve had a long, hard journey, and several years of uncertainty since being forced to leave their home in Aleppo, Syria, so it is both exciting and exhausting to start yet again.

kids playing with new toys
Excited children exploring their new home

little girl with books

We have insisted on their need for privacy, but don’t let that get in the way of welcoming them. If you see them, please say hello, tell them how happy you are to have them here, extend an offer of hospitality, a hug, handshake or kiss. They are eager to meet people, and were visibly amazed to learn that the community’s donations are the reason they’re here.

We all have a steep learning curve ahead. This is when the real work starts, and no doubt we’ll be calling on many of you who have offered assistance. Right now, the priority is to get the kids enrolled in school, catch up on doctor and dentist appointments, orient them in the town, start English classes, and start discussing employment options.

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A snuggle with the littlest family member

Thanks for all your support so far.

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7 thoughts on “Welcome to Saugeen Shores!

  1. In my experience of many years resettling newcomers, they should spend their first year learning English and not look for work until they are very proficient in English. Congratulations to your group. Well done..

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      1. Hi there i am really intersted in helping the Syrian family. I speak fluently Arabic. I can help to drive them to dentist appointments, doctors, suprrmarkets. I live in Kincardine

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  2. This is amazing!!!! I was almost in tears when I saw the pictures of the kids playing. You guys have done such an amazing job making this happen for this family. I look forward to meeting them.
    If there is anything I can do to help, please let me know.

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  3. Food Basics in Goderich has selections that may be familiar to folks from Syria. Sumac and Za Atar spices are available from Zehr’s in Goderich and those will be familiar if probably a lot more costly than they’ve been used to. It’s quite possible there are other closer sources as well but just in case. It would be nice if they can at least eat some familiar things. Good for you doing this.

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