The Al Sheblaqe family of Syrian refugees were welcomed at the Penticton Airport on Sunday evening. Mohammad Ali and Eklas Al Sheblaqe have two daughters

Syrian refugee family welcomed

A second family of Syrian refugees arrived in Summerland on Sunday evening.

A second family of Syrian refugees arrived in Summerland on Sunday evening.

The family of five are being sponsored by the Summerland Refugee Sponsorship Group.

Mohammad Ali and Eklas Al Sheblaqe have two daughters, Nebal, age eight and Eman, age seven, and a son Eklas, age three. The mother is expecting to give birth to another child in May.

The sponsorship effort began in early December.

At that time, Coun. Doug Holmes held a public meeting to discuss the plight of Syrian refugees and ways the community could respond.

A week later, the refugee sponsorship group met for the first time.

The group consists of 26 members who served on subcommittees to take care of housing, transportation needs and schooling issues for the family.

Earlier this year, the Summerland United Church sponsored a family of five Syrian refugees. The family arrived in late March.

Holmes said the work done with the first sponsorship effort benefitted the sponsorship group in their endeavours.

“David Sparks and the church have helped us a lot,” he said. “The fact that it was done before made a difference.”

More than nine million Syrians have fled their homes since civil war began in March, 2011.

According to figures released late in 2015, nearly 4.3 million people are registered as refugees with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

 

Just Posted

City of Penticton has survey to get resident feedback

The City of Penticton is conducting a survey of residents to get feedback on local issues.

Aqua park hopes to open this summer in Osoyoos

The water park is hoping to open their operation on Osoyoos Lake before Canada Day

Penticton Speedway revved up to celebrate 50 years

The season will see go-carts and new races in part of its 50th anniversary

Video: Penticton vape store owner distraught over thefts

Video shows two suspects enter the Penticton store

Hundreds join in Easter Fun Days in Keremeos

Kids and parents enjoyed some free family fun time at Don and Anna’s in Keremeos.

Homeless activists outside Notre Dame demand ‘a roof too’

Wealthy people have donated millions to effort to rebuild cathedral after devastating fire

Sri Lanka invokes war-time military powers after nearly 300 killed in Easter bombings

Sri Lanka’s minister of tourism says 39 foreign tourists were killed in the Easter Sunday attacks

Netflix filming in North Okanagan

Multiple downtown locations and scenic areas to star in TV production

Pelicans spotted in Peachland

Four American white pelicans were caught on camera on Okanagan Lake

EDITORIAL: Time to end a pipeline feud

B.C. would not be the only one to lose if Jason Kenney makes good on his promise to turn off the tap

Ex-mayor of northern village claims its drivers are overpaying ICBC $1,800 a year

Darcy Repen says data shows Telkwa households are being ripped off for car insurance

Vernon mountain property owners launch fundraising campaign

Silver Star Association fighting high sewage rates; names committee to oversee campaign, funds

Deadly synthetic drug found in Kamloops that puts users in ‘zombielike’ state

Interior Health warning says substance causes ‘speedy, trippy-like symptoms’ and hallucinations

Trudeau to be portrayed on ‘Simpsons’ episode

Toronto journalist who’s posted videos of himself doing impressions of the PM voiced him for the show

Most Read