Syrian family could be in Petrolia in a month


They’re coming.

That’s the word from the committee from the Lambton Anglican Deanery preparing to bring a Syrian family to Petrolia.

The federal government has been working frantically to bring up to 25,000 Syrian families who are now refugees to Canada. It’s estimated millions have fled the war-torn country over the last four years.

Sylvia Fairbank says they recently received official word they have been matched with a family of six. The committee only knows a few details about them. The father is 32 and has worked as a labourer in construction. The mother is 30 and cares for their young family. There are four children ages 6, 5, 2 and 1.

Right now, the family is in Lebanon but it is not clear if they are one of the millions of refugees living in settlement camps.

And Fairbank says they aren’t sure exactly when the family might arrive but it could be within a month.

Fairbank says the committee has been working hard to make sure there is a place for the young family. It has found a home in central Petrolia with three bedrooms “all big enough for two single beds or a queen. It’s a compact house but it is rather nice – clean and fresh,” she says.

While they have a house, they’re searching for the essentials of everyday life, including furniture.

“We’re basically just starting…we need everything and will accept things which are gently used.”

Fairbank says the group will soon put up a Facebook page where people can contact them with donated items.

The committee is also looking for some extra help. About 20 people have volunteered to work with the family when they first arrive, however Fairbank expects more volunteers will be needed to drive the family to appointments in Sarnia.

The Lambton Anglican Deanery will hold another information meeting and explain as much as they know about the family and what needs to be done. It will be held Feb. 1 at Christ Church starting at 7 pm.