A Very Canadian Thanksgiving


Families gather around their dinner tables to celebrate Thanksgiving. As newcomers, Huda and her family felt cold and lonely, it was only a few months since their arrival in Canada and they had not yet built their social network. But through an act of welcome by a couple they met through a volunteer experience, they felt they were not alone.

 “I still remember an act of welcome from 21 years ago when my husband and I were new to the country. A Canadian couple we had gotten to know through my husband’s volunteer experience invited us to their home for our first Canadian Thanksgiving dinner. I still look back with gratitude to the family, who we later befriended.”

Huda Hussein

Huda and her husband eventually became friends with the Canadian couple who welcomed them into their home. Such acts of welcome demonstrate the capacity for goodness that attitudes of generosity and kindness can generate.