A family from Syria will call Winnipeg home beginning today as the University of Manitoba sponsors a mother, father and four sons for a new life in Canada.
The U of M’s Rady Faculty of Health Sciences raised $35,000 from faculty, staff and students for furniture, household goods and clothing for the family.
“We are thrilled to welcome the Hamidi family after more than a year of organizing and anticipation,” said Alan Katz, director of the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, who is leading the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences Refugee Response project.
The family is from Turkey and includes a husband, who is a pastry chef and baker, his wife and their sons, ranging in age from 7 to 13.
“This is a wonderful demonstration of compassion and inclusion, which are key values that we uphold in educating health professionals,” Katz added.
The Hamidis will land in Winnipeg from Toronto at 10:05 a.m.