More than a dozen Syrian refugee families were warmly received at Kildonan-East Collegiate on April 8, when they arrived for a special welcoming celebration organized by the school.
The school was connected with the families through Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council Inc., the province's largest refugee settlement agency. It's not yet known what area of Winnipeg the families will settle in, but it wasn't important to the school that they be RETSD residents—they just wanted to put out the welcome mat and provide an enjoyable experience for these families in their new home country.
KEC graphic arts students made maple leaf badges for the guests and photography students took portraits of each family. Everyone then sat down for a meal prepared by culinary and pastry arts students, after which they enjoyed entertainment such as choral performances, poetry, drama and dance.
Each family received a ceramic bowl made by art students, an 8x10 print of their family portrait, a cookbook, and photos of Winnipeg and Canada with messages in three languages. Well done, Kildonan-East!