The Saskatoon Show and Shine weekend in mid-August attracted a huge crowd, including a Nest refugee family who had just arrived in the city August 9. Samer, his wife Marwah and their two children enjoyed the afternoon, admiring the cars in the city’s downtown. Originally from Iraq, Samer and his family were refugees in Jordan. Samer has his PhD in engineering, specializing in cyber security. … Continue reading Newcomers enjoy car show
Nest expected to welcome a Syrian single parent with five children on August 9. But less than 24 hours before their departure from Beirut, the family’s flight was cancelled due to problems obtaining an exit permit in Lebanon. The last minute cancellation was heart-breaking. Wisal and her children (pictured here) have waited two years to come to Saskatoon. Nest and the Canadian Lutheran World Relief … Continue reading Syrian family’s arrival delayed
Ken Tickner is our “resident” photographer at the Nest Secret Garden Tour. Each year, he donates a framed photograph for the “draw” at our garden tour. Now Saskatoon residents can see more of Ken’s work. A selection of his photographs are on display at The Refinery, 609 Dufferin Avenue in Saskatoon. The exhibit runs until October 1. Continue reading Ken Tickner photo exhibit
A sell-out crowd enjoyed the 9th annual Nest Secret Garden Tour on July 29. Thanks to the homeowners who shared their beautiful gardens and all the volunteers. The tour raised more than $7,000. Proceeds support Nest’s refugee work in the city. Next year’s garden tour takes place July 28! Continue reading Garden Tour “wonderful”
Visitors to the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market will know Ebtsam Elsheikh, the vendor with “the million watt smile.” Nest worked with Ebtsam, who also is a member of the group, to bring four of her relatives who were Sudanese refugees in Cairo. After a 27 month wait, her sister Saphia, her two nieces Safaa and Alaa and her nephew Abdulhai arrived in Saskatoon in March! A … Continue reading New arrivals!
A Turkish visual artist has devoted the last 16 years of her life to publicizing the List. The List holds the names of people who died trying to start a new life in Europe. It is maintained by a network of NGOs supporting migrants and refugees. When Banu Cennetoğlu first saw the List in 2002 on the United for Intercultural Action website, it consisted of … Continue reading Have you seen “The List?”
Nest Saskatoon gratefully acknowledges donations in memory of Christine and Adele Smillie. Christine along with John Kleiner were two of the founders of Nest. Adele (Christine’s mother) also was active in Nest. Christine died on June 1. Adele died in April. Nest sincerely thanks the following people who made donations in memory of Adele and Christine: Nancy Allan, Devon Anderson and Phil Johnson, Barb … Continue reading In memory of Christine and Adele