Nest receives Global Citizens Award

Four of the original members of Nest received¬†the 2019 Global Citizen Award at a ceremony in Saskatoon on February 9. The award was presented to Thelma Howard, Faith Rohrbough, Heather Kleiner and Margareth Peterson by the Saskatchewan Council for International Co-operation. The annual award recognizes Saskatchewan people who are making outstanding contributions to global co-operation, peace and justice. Thelma, Faith, Heather and Margareth have contributed … Continue reading Nest receives Global Citizens Award

Children offer advice to newcomer

The children at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church put their artistic talents to work and came up with “an illustrated guide” to winter for recent arrival Saw Eh Klu. Saw, a refugee from Myanmar, was sponsored through the Canadian government’s Blended Visa Office Referral Program. He arrived in Saskatoon on November 8, after spending the last 10 years in a refugee camp in Thailand. He carried … Continue reading Children offer advice to newcomer

Wisal and family settle in!

Wisal and her five children (Rama, the sleeping Ibrahim, Hashem, Mohamad and Abdelhey) enjoy time together in their new home in Saskatoon. The Syrian refugee family arrived in Saskatoon on September 18. Rama is enrolled at Mount Royal, while Hachem, Mohamad and Abdelhey attend Lester B. Pearson School. Wisal’s family has relatives in Saskatoon. Continue reading Wisal and family settle in!

Maureen honoured!

Long-time Nest member Maureen McPherson was recognized for her community outreach and leadership on October 26, when she was inducted into the Saskatoon Women’s Hall of Fame. Maureen has worked with many refugee families in the city over the last two decades. She also assists with Rainbow 50 Plus program at St. Thomas Wesley United Church and is active in St. Martin’s United Church. Maureen … Continue reading Maureen honoured!

Shout-out to the Shapiro Foundation

Nest extends its appreciation to the Shapiro Foundation and the University of Ottawa Refugee Hub for spearheading a new fund to support the settlement of 1,000 UNHCR refugees to Canada in 2018. Nest was able to submit two more sponsorship applications this month with the support of this fund: One is for an Eritrean woman with six children and the second is for a single … Continue reading Shout-out to the Shapiro Foundation

Ready for Halloween

They only arrived in Saskatoon last month. But the Al Salloum family are ready for Halloween.¬† Superman, Spiderman and Ninja are originally from Syria. When they are not fighting crime, the trio go to Lester B. Pearson school. The three boys, along with their mother and two other siblings, arrived in the city on September 18 to an emotional reunion with their relatives in the … Continue reading Ready for Halloween

Newcomers enjoy car show

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 computer science, specializing in cyber … Continue reading Newcomers enjoy car show

Syrian family’s arrival delayed

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

New arrivals!

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!