If there’s one occasion being celebrated in Canada that I appreciate the most, it’s the Thanksgiving day that is usually celebrated on the second Monday in October (in Canada).
2016 was a not so smooth year for me and my family but words are not enough for me to express my gratitude because my family and I were able to surpass these humps and bumps that we encountered this year. I am thankful that I have a great family – a loving and very kind husband and 3 wonderful children. I am grateful that I was able to bring my father and my mother here in Winnipeg even us visitors. I am also very thankful for all the friends that turned to family, colleagues and new people that I met who were very helpful and supportive.
This year, I also had the chance to ask my fellow immigrants for the things that they are thankful for, here are some of them:
Najwa Hamdam, currently works as a Settlement Worker:
I am thankful that finally I was reunited with my mother because she was in Syria which is not a safe place for her because of the war. I am also thankful for having 2 kids and a good job.
Althea Patolan, Sales Consultant:
I am thankful for a dream come true this Thanksgiving, I am glad, I was able to bring my son with me here in Canada.
Cecilia Pedraza, from the Philippines:
I am thankful for the people around me. My family, for their unconditional love, understanding and support and for my friends, for their love, companionship and for accepting me for who I am. Above all, I am very thankful for all the blessings of our Lord.
Eva Marie Duro, Health Care employee:
Everyday of my life, I am thankful for everything, this Thanksgiving, I am most especially thankful for the great opportunities coming my way. My husband and I were warmly welcomed here in Manitoba and were given the chance to start a new and better life in Canada and eventually be able to help our families in the Philippines. And secondly, I am thankful that we both got a job.
Fadwa Shaker, from Syria:
I am very thankful that I was able to come to Canada and be with my daughter and her family. I came from Syria, where it’s not very safe because of the war, now, I am very thankful that I am here in Canada where I feel safe.
Brenda Barbosa, Produce Clerk:
I am thankful to God for allowing me to start a new journey – that is when I came here to Canada with my family as immigrants. And I am also thankful for the generous people and communities who take time to help newcomers like us and share the blessings that they have.
Maria Sofia Salvacion, Support Worker:
This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for the opportunity to settle down in Canada. It is a tough journey for me because I do not have my family with me here and I am living independently, but I am still thankful for the chance to be here in Winnipeg and have the chance to help and support my family.
Maria Nimfa Caymo, from the Philippines:
This is our first time to celebrate Thanksgiving in Canada. I am very thankful for a lot of blessings given to my family and for this special occasion, I am thankful for the opportunity given to my family to come and live in this wonderful country, Canada.
Muhammed Tashfeen, from Pakistan:
I am thankful for the warmth welcome and friendly attitude of Canadians to immigrants like me who came from other countries.
Annalyn Florendo, Fastfood Crew:
This Thanksgiving, I am very thankful and feel blessed that my family and I are now in Canada. In a span of 2 months, we were able to get a job and we have kababayans, relative and family and other people that are willing to help us as we settle here in Winnipeg.
Gurpreet Singh Soni, from India:
I am thankful because I landed in a country with a good culture and good people.
Epifania Torres, from the Philippines:
I am thankful that we are finally reunited with my family and we are blessed to have 5 grand kids with us.
Tesdary Balaswit, Company Driver:
I am thankful because I came here in Canada with my kids and wife, its a blessing to all of us and most of all, thank you WelcomePack Canada team in Winnipeg for remembering newcomers like us and giving us a welcome present.
Thanksgiving is not just the turkey and cranberry sauce or the sumptuous fine food that we have in our table during thanksgiving dinner, it is a great reminder for each of us to appreciate what we have and not to keep looking for those that we do not have. Let’s not forget to be thankful for the roof above our head, for our bank account even if there’s a few dollars in it and the job that we have even if it sometimes stress… but most of all let us always be thankful for the people around us – our spouse or partner, our children, our parents, our siblings and our relatives who love us unconditionally and for our colleagues and friends who are always there for us.
How about you what are you thankful for?