Albarazi family arrives in Pictou

PICTOU — They were happy, hungry and a little tired. But the Albarazi family is now in Canada. The four members of the family arrived on May 31, the third family sponsored by Communities Assisting Refugees Now (CAiRN), a group that has worked in partnership with Pictou United Church to help three Syrian families escape...

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A home at last

Some might argue that there are plenty looking to leave Pictou County, but the Almadhyb and Almatheb families who arrived here a year ago as Syrian refugees couldn’t be happier with their new home. After settling in and being able to live beside each other, such as they had in Syria some time ago, the...

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2016 year in review…

A lot of big news stories made headlines this past year – the biggest probably being the United States electing Donald Trump as president. Pictou County had its own share of big stories in 2016: a proposed memorandum of understanding between four of the six municipal units, the welcoming of a number of Syrian refugee...

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Safe Harbour prints raising funds for Safe Harbour organization

The sale of limited edition prints by an artist with local roots is serving as a fundraiser for a volunteer-run society assisting Syrian newcomers to Pictou County. As a celebration of the progress made welcoming refugees to Pictou County and a warm reminder of the safety many take for granted, Safe Harbour is selling prints...

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Hopes for brighter future

NEW GLASGOW – Excitement and chatter filled Trinity United Church last week as newcomers to Pictou County graduated from an intensive six-week English as an Additional Language course. The students, numbering in close to 30, consisted of three Syrian families as well as two Indian families; ages ranged  from small children to adults. “It’s been...

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Newcomers enjoying Canadian and Pictou County experience

NEW GLASGOW – Coming to Canada from a foreign land can be overwhelming and scary, but the AlMethyb and Casim families are taking it all in stride. Last year, Pictou County Safe Harbour and Communities Assisting Refugees Now worked  to raise funds to bring a refugee family to the area. Thanks to the support from...

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Emotional journey

  The Casim family of Pictou had a long, emotional walk in their journey to Canada. The family walked again – by choice and under much happier conditions – this past Sunday when they took part in the Pictou Walk with Refugees for a Stronger Canada. The event, which was organized by CAiRN in support...

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