The Creston Refugee Committee will be celebrating 40 years of helping families on Canada’s Multiculturalism Day, June 27.

From 1:00 p.m until 4:00 p.m there will be a luncheon and cake, alongside presentations and an opportunity to meet some of the families who were sponsored at the Creston Museum. Creston Refugee Committee Chair Linda Price says the committee initially formed to help Vietnamese refugees find a new life in Canada.

Price says she remembers one of the first families she helped over 20 years ago.

“We started with a family from Sierra Leone. that was the first family i was involved with here. And then after them, came people that were actually from Palestine even though they never lived there, they had been refugees Iraq.”

Afterwards, the committee went on a short hiatus before stepping up again to help unite a family where some of the family members relocated to Kimberley.

“I phoned the former chair of our committee and said, if I agree to chair, would you come back on the committee? Will we get back at it? She said yes. So that’s how it started. I became chair then and I’ve been the chair ever since.”

For more details on the 40th Anniversary, view the poster below.


(supplied by Creston Valley Refugee Committee Chair Linda Price)