“Now we are looking forward to the future only, we want to work, we want to improve ourselves and our skills.”
The words of 25-year-old Syrian refugee Yasin Alhomsi, who is calling Burnaby his new home.
It’s been one month since the emotional reunion with his father at Vancouver International Airport.
They hadn’t seen each other in 15 years.
Now Yasin and his 22-year-old brother Majd are taking English language courses at Vancouver Community College.
He says he wants to start working as soon as possible, so he can get off government assistance.
“We have to work and we don’t need any assistance but there are many Syrian families who don’t speak English, old man or old woman, it is very difficult to find a job.”
Yasin, who has a Syrian degree in Business Administration, hopes to pursue his Masters in Finance.
He says he is grateful to all Canadians for the opportunity to live freely and to pursue his dreams.