Syrian families expected to arrive in Annapolis Valley Wednesday

Wendy Elliott welliott@kingscountynews.ca
Published on February 1, 2016
Wolfville Refugee Support Network

WOLFVILLE  - The first two Kings County refugee families from Syria are scheduled to arrive Feb. 3 by air.

Sponsored by the Kentville Rotary Club and the Wolfville Area Interchurch Council’s Refugee Support Network, the groups were set to fly into Halifax International Airport.

The Wolfville group will welcome a family from Syria, who has been living in Jordan. The parents are bringing three sons -  ages 18, 17 and nine -  along with a 12-year-old daughter. 

Kate Seaman, president of the Kentville Rotary Club, says the group they will welcome is a family from Aleppo, Syria. The parents are bringing two girls -  ages seven and eight -  and five-year-old boy.  

They are only the first two of several families expected to arrive in the near future. Someone from the New Minas United Baptist Church has been able to speak with the church’s sponsored family, who is currently in Lebanon. That family has four children, ranging in age from three to 10, and also a grandmother.

Catholic churches in Kings County are also sponsoring two families, one of whom will be housed in Wolfville, while the Kentville and Port Williams Baptist churches are both hosting families as well.

Emily Leeson, a Wolfville woman, who collected more than 100 backpacks for youth arriving in Nova Scotia, will soon get to hand some out locally.