There is a great article in the Chronicle Herald about Ziad’s work at Station One restaurant. If you haven’t had a chance, check out the great Syrian food they are serving up!
Camp Kidston is looking for any volunteers able to help this Saturday June 8th get the camp ready for the summer season. If you haven’t had the chance to go to camp, it is wonderful place to spend the day. If you have friends able to lend a hand please bring them along. All are welcome. You can either reach out to Lee Warren, or to the camp directly on Facebook to let them know you will be there. Thanks!
Cole Harbour Cares received word in April that the family of Ziad, Israa, Jana, Mona and Mahmoud had cleared all their interviews and security checks and were scheduled to arrive in Halifax on May 17th 2019.
First order of business was to find a 3 bedroom apartment which proved to be almost impossible. There is a terrible shortage of suitable apartments in Halifax/Dartmouth area and we were very fortunate to hear of one becoming available on Portland Street in Dartmouth on May 1st. Thanks to the generosity of many people, we were able to fully furnish the apartment prior to the family’s arrival.
It was a stressful time leading up to May 17th because we were not sure if the Lebanese authorities would allow the family to leave but when we heard they were on an Air Canada flight from Istanbul to Toronto we started to celebrate.
There were 20 Cole Harbour Cares members and 7 or 8 children waiting for the family to arrive. Words cannot describe what a joyful feeling it was to see them come through to the arrivals lounge at Halifax airport. Their smiles said everything.
They are starting to settle in. They understand most of what we say and they are very keen to learn English. They now have a bank account and Nova Scotia documentation. Jana and Mona are ready to start attending Hawthorne school at the end of May. Ziad and Israa will be going for English testing at ISANS and will be assigned an appropriate English level in the near future.
Ziad is eager to start working at Station 1 restaurant in Tacoma. Please pop in and see him. He loves to meet all his new Canadian friends.
Cole Harbour Cares members are visiting the family regularly to help them learn conversational English.
Thank you to all our many supporters. We know you kept the family in your hearts and prayers. They are so grateful for another chance at life and so happy to finally be living in Canada
Are you interested in sharing a meal with friends?
The church will be hosting a dinner fundraiser Saturday February 9th 6pm. We have lined up hosts that will be opening their homes to share a meal. We are now looking for guests to attend. Tickets are $30 a person. Families are welcome. Kids 12 are under will eat for free.
The fun part of the event is that the hosts won’t know who will be joining them for dinner! It will be a surprise when they arrive at the door. Guests will be told the day of the event where they will be going. It is sure to be a fun evening of fellowship.
As travel will be involved for guests of this event, getting to a host’s home, we will let you know that all hosts are located in the Cole Harbour area.
If you are interested in attending as a guest, contact Lee Warren to reserve a seat.
Please join us for an evening of music on Sunday Dec. 16th as our choir presents a cantata by Joseph M. Martin, “The Mystery and the Majesty”, an inspirational cantata celebrating the wonder and splendour of Christmas. The music is sure to get you into the Christmas spirit!
The performance starts at 7:30 pm. We hope to see you all there.
Please join us for a fun potluck and costume party on Sat Oct 27 from 5:30-7:30pm. Please contact Kelly Warren if you have any questions.
Come join us for a Family Game Night this Saturday September 29th from 5:30-7:30pm. Potluck supper to share before the games begin!
If you can, let Kelly know what you are planning to bring to share for supper. We will have a selection of games to play. You are welcome to bring your own games.