Before arriving from Aleppo 1 year and 8 months ago, Maryam was afraid of the Saskatoon cold she’d read about, coming from a place with a low of -4 degrees. But like many other challenges Maryam has faced, she started her new life with positivity and determination.
While the reality was different than her expectations, Maryam immediately appreciated the “humanistic and just” spirit of Canada.In terms of social connections, Maryam’s private sponsors were key and quickly became her Canadian role models. A wonderful cook, Maryam hosts monthly dinners for her sponsors, preparing Middle Eastern food for about 15 people. She also took a job cooking at a Middle Eastern restaurant in the evenings, and spent three months working with the Saskatoon Academy of Fashion Design. Maryam maintains her small home business offering fashion design and tailoring, in addition to taking English classes.