The Skeena Diversity Society in Terrace held an information session yesterday with a presentation from a Syrian-Canadian.
Sasa Loggin is with the society and she says Syrian-Canadian Samia Madwar talked about her life growing up in Syria before the devastating conflict began.
Although born in Canada, Madwar spent much of her childhood in her parent’s home country.
Loggin says Madwar’s insights into Syrian culture and life will be a great help for when two privately sponsored Syrian families arrive in Terrace.
One family of five with two boys and a a girl, is expected to arrive between two to four weeks, with another family expected soon after.
Loggin says there have been negative sentiments about sponsoring refugees when Terrace and the region has a overwhelming homelessness problem.
But Loggin says those who are helping the refugees are often the same people helping the homeless.
She says preparations are well underway for the privately sponsored refugees, with their sponsors looking forward to helping them adapt to living in Terrace.