WINNIPEG – Hundreds of Syrian refugees were invited to learn about what services are available to them and their families in Winnipeg.
The family resource fair is a new event, created this year because of the large influx of refugees that have arrived in Manitoba over the past several months.
“With the large influx of refugees this year, the focus of this year’s event will be on Syrians and we plan on making this an annual event to welcome all newcomers to Winnipeg,” read a news release issued by the city’s citizen equity committee.
Around 1,000 Syrian refugees have landed in Manitoba this year with more than 800 now calling Winnipeg home.
On Saturday afternoon, many of those refugees were at the fair to learn about supports and services offered by the city. It was held at the North Centennial Community Centre on Sinclair Ave.
Booths from around 20 city departments were set-up to provide information including Fire/Paramedics, Police, Libraries, Recreation and Public Works.
In addition to information booths, there was also Arabic dance performances, traditional Syrian food, games and other activities at the Fair.