People’s Archive of Rural Nova Scotia

Stories of Everyday Life, Everyday People

Al Nassan family in Chéticamp, Cape Breton

Nov 27, 2017 | People & Culture

PARNS: Just a sincere welcome…
The Al Nassan family, sponsored by Lifeline 224, a collection of local people, businesses, organizations and Churches who assisted St. Andrews United Church, under the blended visa program, is now well established in Chéticamp. For a second season, Rahmeh worked at the fish processing plant. The fishing season, now over, she is at home and happy to be able to spend more time with her children before they go back to school in September. She is very appreciative of her neighbours who have made her feel at home.
PARNS: Just a sincere welcome…
Rahmeh with her eldest daughter, Lujayan.
PARNS: Just a sincere welcome…
Lujayan had asked for a kitten for her 10th birthday.
PARNS: Just a sincere welcome…
Roa is 7 years old.
PARNS: Just a sincere welcome…
Carolyn MaKay, and her husband Howard, have become close friends of the Al Nassan family. Carolyn gave Rahmeh a sewing machine. She also invited her to join a women's group who do quilting and hooked rugs. Rahmeh enjoys the handywork and the opportunity to meet women from the community and practice her language skills.
PARNS: Just a sincere welcome…
Mahmoud is enjoying his work with Chéticamp Boatbuilders.
PARNS: Just a sincere welcome…
Mahmoud on a boat in Chéticamp.
PARNS: Just a sincere welcome…
Paulette Deveaux, is part-owner of Cheticamp Boatbuilders, and is happy she is able to offer Mahmoud employment. She is also very satisfied with his performance. Alvin Roach is Mahmoud's supervisor. He is key in helping him in his integration.
PARNS: Just a sincere welcome…
Judy McDougal (originally from Montréal) and her husband Myron Syms, knocked on the door of the Al Nassan family to welcome them, soon after their arrival in Chéticamp. They were worried that this family, from a different culture, may have difficulty being accepted by the town.
PARNS: Just a sincere welcome…
Judy and Myron have since become friends with the Al Nassan family and are impressed by how easily the family has fit into the community.
PARNS: Just a sincere welcome…
The Al Nassan's children go to the local French language school. They are learning both English and French. They will be trilingual.

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All Photographs courtesy of Stephanie Colvey.

 

 

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