WINNIPEG — With spring just around the corner, plenty of Winnipeggers can’t wait to ditch the parka and show off their new clothes.
That includes many of Winnipeg’s newcomers too. Dozens of women refugees were welcomed to a fashion and tea event at the Canadian Women’s Institute on Sunday.
Women were welcomed to dresses, pants and scarves, free of charge. Three large shipments of the clothing was donated by a donor who has wished to remain anonymous. They were also treated to door prizes, tea and dainties while they socialized for the day.
“This is very welcoming from the community and from Winnipeg,”Ahlam Jasim, Outreach and Volunteer Co-Ordinator for Canadian Muslim Women’s Institute.
“As Canadians, it’s in our spirit to help newcomers.”
Many of the refugees are from Syria; some of been in Canada for mere weeks, while others have braved the Manitoba cold for several months. The event gave women a chance to meet others from the refugee community.
Dunya Mohammad lived in Turkey for three years before moving to Winnipeg earlier this year under refugee status.
“We’re very grateful. Thank you to the donors for this,” said Mohammad.
Mohammad said many of the women are excited to try out new fashion that is more westernized.
“Now I see people going out, wearing colourful clothes and very nice style. I can’t wait until the summer to see other people.”