Syrian refugees experience Canadian joy – passing driver’s test

30 Mar Syrian refugees experience Canadian joy – passing driver’s test

Syrian refugees experience Canadian joy –
passing driver’s test

Posted in The Hamilton Spectator on March 30, 2016
by Jon Wells, The Hamilton Spectator


passing driver testIt was a very Canadian celebration, infused with laughter and pizza.

All that was missing was music, and if there had been, perhaps nothing short of “Ode to Joy” would have captured the mood.

The occasion — passing the written G1 driver’s test — would seem less than exciting to the typical citizen, but the people gathered in a little room at the Immigrants Working Centre (IWC) Tuesday are not typical.

They all have been in Canada less than three months, each of them at different points on long roads from their native bloodstained Syria.

How do they feel about getting their G1?

“Like heroes,” said one man.

“Winners,” said another.

They spoke through an interpreter but their reactions needed little translation.

The G1 is a critical step to mobility, getting a job, and belonging, suggested Wasan Mohamad, language instruction site co-ordinator with the IWC.

Read the full article here.

Photos by John Rennison,The Hamilton Spectator