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Why do we want to sponsor a Syrian family? This brief yet powerful story shares a lot of why…


Linda J., a Syrian refugee, is photographed at her apartment on Dec. 3, 2015 in Baltimore, Md. (Photo by Ricky Carioti/ The Washington Post)

While this family came from another place, people can’t help but feel the human side of their experiences through the mother’s description of what happened. It’s clear that we are more alike than different and have an opportunity to offer comfort and peace to a family in need.



The Complete Canadian Experience

A Report from the Black Jack Tracks at Biathlon

By Sue Bushell


Just want to let you all know what a great day we had with our families today. Thanks to the wonderful help of Kate and Genevieve we got everyone up to Biathlon where the first JackRabbit session was.

Between the three of us we helped out with the ski bunnies as well as Michael-David and got Lun Lun San and Aung Ko Ko skiing. Ruta is happy to stick close to the kids. I think when we get out to Black Jack tracks, she will be more comfortable to go for a wee ski

All three boys seemed to just love it, and Yonathon only had one melt down and very few tears… which is amazing for him. Samuel is a natural skier and Eyebod was all smiles!!

Lun Lun San was the star skier of the day, and after I gave her a little lesson, she was doing a perfect diagonal stride, getting lots of glide, excellent double poling, a good snowplow down the steeper hill and an amazing “duckwalk” up the steep hills. She was just beaming and can’t wait to go skiing again.

Aung Ko Ko just loves it, but Michael-David (age 2) was not so happy in the little sled. Aung Ko Ko opted to play with Michael for much of the time, since he’s had several lessons and has a good idea about what to do. Next time we will make sure Aung Ko Ko gets lots of skiing time and he wants a lesson with me, so we will make sure we do that.

I have asked the club if we can use the club childrens’ ski polk/sled and they have kindly said we can use it without paying the rental fee. I think when Michael-David is all cozy in the lovely polk he will  be okay.

Then to my surprise, after the ski experience, Samuel and LLS still wanted to do the public skate at 6 pm in the Rossland arena … so we have all had a very fun and active day.