Through Green Wood Coalition, our friend Sayed Sharifi found community and a place to belong after moving to Port Hope, five years ago. This past weekend, he was able to act as a welcoming host and cultural interpreter for Syrian refugees, recently immigrated to Northumberland County, who were offered free weekend passes to attend Shelter Valley Folk Festival, near Grafton, ON. The festival added a "peace tent" that provided a quiet location for meditation or prayers. Sayed provided welcoming hospitality and connections that will extend well beyond the festival as these former refugees find a home in our community.
[Sayed is pictured here on a tour of the festival site, during setup.]
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