A Syrian refuguee wants to say thank-you to the people of Antigonish Town and County in helping his family adjust to their new life in Canada. Ali Al Shalawi and his wife and four children arrived in Antigonish in November, 2016.
Al Shalawi says the local community group Syria-Antigonish Families Embrace gave lots of assistance in helping his family make the transition to living in a new country.
Al Shalawi says he’s made many friends since moving to the area, and his children are happy at school. Al Shalawi has a small stone cutting factory and is also a janitor at a local school.
A group of local volunteers who helped resettle Syrian Refugees has received a Nova Scotia Human Rights Award. Syria-Antigonish Families Embrace was
presented with the honour this morning in Halifax at an event hosted by the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission.
Sheila Sears accepted the award on behalf of SAFE.
Sears says SAFE will welcome a sixth family to the area in February, with another to arrive later in 2018.
Also receiving a Human Rights Award at the ceremony was former X-Men Basketball standout Wade Smith for his leadership in human rights, inclusive educaiton and community mentorship. Smith, the principal of Citadel High School in Halifax died in June from cancer.
A haircut three years in the making. Two brothers have a unique way of raising money for two local charities, all while getting their lucious locks cut. Kristian and Kohlin Rasenberg are fundrasing for local group Syria-Antigonish Families Embrace by cutting their hair.
The hair will be donated to Locks of Love, an organization that provides hair to children with medical conditions causing hair loss. Kristian says the goal is to help out the most vulnerable citizens:
The official clipping will take place at the end of the month, and the brothers are asking for donations on their Go-Fund-Me page.