Fundraising underway to welcome second refugee family to Kincardine

KDSS student creates official Kincardine Refugee Committee logo


By Barb McKay


A second family sponsored by the Kincardine Refugee Committee could arrive in Kincardine as early as the end of this year.


The committee met at Knox Presbyterian Church on Thursday evening to discuss ongoing fundraising initiatives and for the official launch of the committee’s logo, created by Kincardine and District Secondary School Brett Norman. Brett was presented with an honorarium for creating the logo, which will appear on KRC letterhead, thank you cards and on displays at fundraising events.


Brett, a Grade 12 student, was chosen by KDSS art teacher Cati VanVeen to design a logo that reflects what the KRC is and what it stands for. Committee chair Rev. Kathy Fraser said the KRC gave Brett some direction and he created a logo the committee is proud to display.


“What you have produced for us is perfect,” she told him during the logo launch. “You can hold your head high knowing the whole community will see this.”


Brett said he is thrilled to have been given the opportunity to showcase his work.


“I think it’s really awesome that the teacher approached me to work with a group and do something professional,” he said.


The KRC is sponsoring a Syrian family currently living in a refugee camp in Lebanon. The father, mother and four children between the ages of four and 14 years old are in the midst of a lengthy federal government and United Nations approval process.


KRC member Ayman Faddah travelled to Lebanon recently to meet the family and is hoping they will arrive in Canada within a year. The family has an appointment to meet with officials at the Canadian Embassy in Lebanon.


Fundraising efforts are continuing in Kincardine to sponsor the family and the committee has set a goal of $40,000. The next event will be a celebrity server night at Boston Pizza on April 8.