The recently arrived Syrian refugee family poses for a picture with members of the Qualicum Refugee Sponsorship Group 2017 after arriving at Nanaimo Airport Friday, Dec. 22, 2017. Volunteers, and those looking to help, will have a chance to meet the family on Jan. 18.— Lauren Collins photo

Volunteers to meet Syrian family

Qualicum Refugee Sponsorship Group 2017 still looking for donation to help with re-settlement

With the Qualicum Refugee Sponsorship Group 2017’s Syrian family arriving a little more than three weeks ago, the group is hoping to attract a few more volunteers while also introducing current volunteers to the family.

The QRSG17 is hosting a meeting Thursday, Jan. 18 from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Maples Room in the Parksville Community and Conference Centre (132 Jensen Ave. E).

People who wish to attend are asked to RSVP to

The event will be an opportunity for people to meeting the family of five, which arrived on the Island Dec. 22.

RELATED: Parksville’s Syrian refugee family arrives on Island

Since arriving on Vancouver Island, the family’s eldest daughter has started school and the younger daughter is starting daycare.

The mother will be enrolling in language training at the multicultural centre in Nanaimo.

The QRSG17 is still fundraising to help with the family’s resettlement costs. To donate, visit

— NEWS Staff

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