Over the last couple of months, the daily headlines have consistently focused on the stories of refugees who are making their way into Canada, whether by plane, train or the now high-profile Roxham Street in Champlain, New York.
Regardless of how a refugee or asylum seeker enters our country, many end up in the excellent care of our staff at the Regional Program for the Settlement and Integration of Asylum Seekers (PRAIDA). I want to take a moment to publicly single out the work of this supportive, informative and, in some cases, life-saving program, and its dedicated staff. Our nurses, doctors and allied healthcare professionals provide health care and social services to those who have seen and survived incredible horrors. In many instances, they have even been separated from their loved ones for long stretches of time.
I am fortunate to have been born and raised in Canada, and I can barely imagine the struggles experienced by those seeking PRAIDA’s aid. For this reason, I am proud that we can be the light at the end of a long road for those in need.