Syrian refugee family arrives in North Dundas

From left, Dundas Coalition for Refugee support members await the new arrivals at Ottawa International Airport: Adrien Dellah, Benjamin Dellah, Corrine Dellah, Aaron Dellah, Moira Law, JP Leduc, Andrew Driscoll, Cathy Hoogenboom, Jack Hoogenboom, Lorna Driscoll, Eric Pietersma. Courtesy photo

NORTH DUNDAS — Last week, rural SD&G welcomed possibly the first Syrian refugee family to arrive here in the United Counties since images of desperate Syrian migrants shocked and mobilized Canadians two and a half years ago.

Members of the Dundas Coalition for Refugee support — one of a number of local groups formed in response to the Syrian refugee crisis during the autumn of 2015 — greeted the sponsored family of five Thursday afternoon when they landed at Ottawa International Airport.

The husband and wife arrived with their twin six-year-old girls and 15-year-old son.

“We were finally excited to welcome ‘our family’ to Canada this past week,” said Moira Law, chair of the Dundas Coalition for Refugee Support. “It was busy leading up to their arrival, but they are here and are very grateful to be safe and welcomed so warmly here in Dundas County.

“The support continues to pour in, and we’re looking at doing a community potluck meal in the coming month once they have settled in.”