Thanks to a new partnership, Syrian refugee families will now be able to learn more about Canadian culture through hockey.
The Vancouver Canucks and Vancouver social service agency S.U.C.C.E.S.S. had their first “Hockey 101” session this weekend at Rogers Arena.
Queenie Choo, with S.U.C.C.E.S.S. says they are very excited about the collaboration.
“I think it’s a little way to say welcome to Syrian refugees but also a way to introduce them to Canadian living. We organized this in hopes of connecting them with our Canadian living through our national sport, ice hockey. The kids are having fun, having a ball.”
23 refugees were the first ones this weekend to be part of the new initiative, but Choo hopes they are the first of many.
15-year-old Shergo Kurdi, cousin of Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old boy who became a symbol of the Syrian refugee crisis, also attended the session and met Canuck icon Kirk McLean.