The first group of 163 Syrian refugees arrived in Canada on Dec. 10, 2016. They were welcomed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport.
One year later 650 CKOM met with Raed Jamous, one of the 468 refugees that now call Saskatoon home.
“Saskatoon has gorgeous people that are really gorgeous hosts,” said Jamous.
One thing that is taking a while to get used to is the climate in Saskatchewan, especially with temperatures dropping below -25 C.
“It’s unbelievable weather that I’m not used to, but I bought a winter coat and toque,” he said.
Jamous said the coldest it gets in parts of Syria is 0 C.
“Canadians are usually in shorts in those temperatures,” he joked.
Jamous works as an educational assistant with Saskatoon Public Schools, teaching other Syrian refugees English.
“I’d actually like to work as a teacher as soon as I get my credentials sorted out from my old country (Syria),” he said.
He has a family of seven, four boys, and one girl.
“My kids have got involved in martial arts and they even want to try hockey,” he said. “They’re learning really fast and really like Canada.”
Jamous said he’s fallen in love with Canada and he’ll never leave.
“My dream came true,” he said. “Since I started university I told my friends I would come live in Canada. I’m now being very loyal to this country”