NeST Update for May


Well, it has been an amazing year. On May 4, 2017 one of our NeST volunteers spoke with the father of the Syrian family assigned to us by the federal government. We learned that the Canadian Embassy had requested the family to update their medical check-ups, which had expired during the long processing delays between resettlement sponsorship acceptance and final approval to travel. This was to be the final step in their very prolonged journey to come to Canada. On a cool evening in June, the family stepped on Canadian soil at the Calgary International Airport, and members
of NeST met, for the first time, an amazing family who have now become much more than the Syrian family assigned to us. They are our friends. Khalil, Kholoud, and their four remarkable children are now firmly established here in Calgary. They have survived their first winter and settled into an inviting and comfortable home. They are learning English, making great progress at school, participating in sports and arts programs, and making friends. They are healthy and happy, and have become an integral part of our collective lives. On May 6, 2018, almost a year to the date of our first conversation, the NeST Committee will meet to make plans for the winding down of our sponsorship agreement. The family will join us for our meeting at 1:00pm at St. Stephen’s Church, to discuss our relationship moving forward. If there are any volunteers who would like to contribute to the conversation, we invite you to join us. Please rsvp to Joy Newman ( or Ruth Parent ( Also, please note that we will be planning a festive and inclusive social event early in the summer with all volunteers and supporters from each church, the Al Jbawi family, and the NeST team. We hope many of you will join us to mark this important achievement.