Refugee family - one year later
Family Day, February 20, was one year to the day that the Doughouz family arrived in Canada. The Syrian refugee family of seven, sponsored by the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Newcastle and Ed and Sylvia Vanhaverveke arrived in Newcastle two days later to begin their new life.
Police find stranded snowmobilers
Two elderly snowmobilers were rescued by police after becoming stranded in the Ganaraska forest late Saturday afternoon.
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Foster Creek flood plain mapping updated
The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) has just released updated flood plain mapping of the Foster Creek.
Hoping to be the next Justin Bieber
The video of Jake Donaldson’s sing-off with a friend has now had over nine million views.
Campbell leaving VAC for neighbouring gallery
James Campbell is leaving the Visual Arts Centre (VAC) with a very positive feeling. After seven years as executive director of Clarington’s art gallery, Campbell has taken up the same position at the Art Gallery of Northumberland, in Cobourg. While it is hard to let go of the VAC, Campbell says, he is not moving to an entirely new arts community.
What a difference a year makes
Last March we sat down with the Doughouz family, shortly after they arrived in Newcastle. The family are Syrian refugees who were sponsored by the Vanhaverbeke family and St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Newcastle.
The entire interview we had with the family last year was conducted through a translator. While dad, Ahmed had some English skills when he came over, he was not confident enough with his ability to speak the language to carry on a conversation.
Monday’s interview with the family did not require a translator. Though Ahmed and Lina are not fluent in English yet, they were able to answer questions and get their points across. Lina is taking English classes three times a week and now helps her husband with the language. Their three young daughters converse very easily in both languages - English and Arabic.
While the family are far better off in Canada than they were in Jordan, from a safety perspective, it is no small undertaking to come to a new country and be self sufficient in one short year. This is where the sponsorship program is so vital. Sponsors invest so much into their refugee families, making them feel at home, familiarizing them with what their adopted country has to offer.
When asked what his goals are for the coming year, Ahmed said he hopes his work is going well and he hopes to learn more English.
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Feb 25th - Mayor’s Art Gala, 7:30 to 11 p.m. at the Clarington Public Library, Bowmanville. Tickets $50
Feb 26th - Orono Figure Skating Club free exhibition, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.at the Orono arena - everyone welcome!
Mar 5th - Clarington Sport & Leisure Fair at the Newcastle Recreation Complex, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Mar 12th - Granville Anderson free skate, 1:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the Garnet B. Rickard Arena
Mar 14th - Granville Anderson free skate, 3:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. at the South Courtice Arena
Mar 16th - Granville Anderson free skate, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Scugog Arena
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