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Tuesday, 15 November 2016 21:33

Al Awad family is growing

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By Line Pinard, BARC

            The Bobcaygeon Area Refugee Committee (BARC) is happy to announce the newest addition to the Al Awad family. Mohammad was born Sept. 17 at Ross Hospital.

            Both Mohammad and mother Mariam are doing well. Yamama, Hadeel and Yaman are thrilled to

have a little brother, and father Yousef is thankful to BARC members for help with the many birth-related details.

            Yamama is now taking the school bus every day to Junior Kindergarten at Bobcaygeon Public school. She is adjusting well, has made many new friends, is learning the computer, and making good progress in English.

            The rest of the family continues with English lessons at home five days a week from six volunteer teachers.

            Mariam regularly took the children to the Beach Park and local playground to enjoy their first summer in Bobcaygeon.

            Yousef spent many afternoons helping with property maintenance at the Gamiing Nature Centre. He has become quite accomplished on the lawn mower and lawn tractor—new experiences for him. One of his goals is to get his driver’s licence.

            With the help of one of her ESL instructors, Mariam acquired a reconditioned sewing machine and fabric, and has made curtains for the apartment and many of her own clothes. She has a creative sewing flair.

            Mustapha Elidrissi continues to be invaluable as a translator and support for the family, and the Al Awads have become friendly with a Syrian family in Lindsay, also recent refugees.

            The three oldest children enjoyed their first Halloween in Bobcaygeon. Yamama was a princess, Hadeel an angel and Yaman a Ninja Turtle.

            Many thanks to the huge team of volunteer drivers who have helped transport family members to local and distant appointments. To help with driving, contact Peter Howard at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

            BARC continues to work to bring Yousef’s sister, her husband and two young children (4 and 2 years old) to Bobcaygeon. An apartment beside the Al Awads is fully furnished, and we hope they will arrive before the end of the year.

            BARC is still gratefully accepting monetary donations to support our work. Make cheques to Trinity United Church with BARC written on the memo line, and mail them to PO Box 426, Bobcaygeon, ON., K0M 1A0, or drop them at the church, 44 William St. Income tax receipts for over $25. BARC is a community organization. We thank the church for receiving donations.

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