Welcome home: Wolfville group greets Syrian family destined for Kings County

Wendy Elliott
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WOLFVILLE – Members of the welcoming committee found themselves moved as students from Wolfville School and Horton held up signs at the airport to welcome the Tahina family.

Other signs greeted the family from Syria as they landed in Halifax Feb. 3, while several people held up Canadian and Nova Scotian flags and waved little Canadian flags. 

An official at the airport escorted the parents and four children down into the arrivals area - and to their new home in Canada - and cheers broke out. Members of the family said later that their exhaustion melted away with the warmth of the welcome.

The Wolfville Area Interchurch Council’s Refugee Support Network picked up the family from Syria, which has been living in Jordan for the past few years. They have three sons, aged 18, 17 and nine, along with a 12-year-old daughter. 

“They are a beautiful family,” said network co-chairwoman Judith Todd. “They have seen and experienced hard things.”

The Tahina family spent three years and five months as refugees. They still have family in Syria.

Another refugee family, sponsored by the Kentville Rotary Club, arrived in the Valley the same day, but several hours later than expected.

Organizations: TheWolfville Area Interchurch Council, Rotary Club

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Syria, Canada Jordan Kentville

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