Ryerson University joins program to bring Syrian refugees to Toronto
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

It’s been 40 years since a 12-year-old Marianne Nguyen arrived in Canada without her parents and began adjusting to a completely different life. Now, she wants to help a refugee family from Syria do the same.

Ms. Nguyen is heading up one of 11 teams from Ryerson University that are part of Lifeline Syria, a movement that aims to secure private sponsorship for 1,000 Syrian refugees to resettle in the GTA over the next two years.

Ms. Nguyen, who trained as an architect and now works as a designer, was among the first wave of people who left South Vietnam as it came under communist control in 1975, followed by more than 50,000 Vietnamese refugees who came to Canada between 1979 and 1981. She travelled across the ocean to Montreal, living with nine of her siblings between the ages of 10 and 25, until her parents came and reunited the family – 15 children in total – in 1979.

Helping a Syrian family through the challenges of settling in Canada, Ms. Nguyen said, is a way of reaching out after all the opportunities she was given.

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Source: Globe and Mail. By MADELINE SMITH