While many Ontarians bemoaned the first big snowfall of 2016 last week, some newcomers to Canada were loving it.
A video shot on Saturday by OPP Const. David McNab shows siblings Ansam, 13, Ibrahim, 10, and Dalya, 9, playing and tobogganing down Peterborough’s Armour Hill after the region’s first big snowfall for the year.
“‘I love snow’ and ‘I like snow’ are phrases we hear from them a lot,” McNab said, who also appears in the video.
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He and his wife Kristy Hiltz helped spearhead Salaam Peterborough, a local group that sponsored the three children and their mother Amal Alkhalaf (their journey to Canada was well documented by Maclean’s magazine).
McNab estimates it was probably only the children’s second or third time playing in snow since their arrival on Dec. 30, 2015 and they’re already begging to go back out this weekend.
The constable said Peterborough is expecting to receive a total of 20 Syrian refugee families.
“It’s very exciting for us. It’s been a very positive experience so far,” he said. “I’m just thrilled that other people are seeing the gratitude and warmth of this family.”