On a winter afternoon in Ottawa the stories of 1979 meet the aspirations of 2016

A Canadian smile rooted in Vietnam welcomes the Syrian spirit that is looking for the steps to the Canadian dance

A burning desire desperate for better

In the distance are shadows of boats, high seas,loss and compromise

Then a nod from one to the other that challenges lie ahead

Radiant hope emits from the one who has written their place in Canada’s story via Southeast Asia to the newly arrived Middle Eastern pioneers

We let out a contented sigh
as we watch this magical exchange

We remember that new beginnings have transpired in different forms for over 400 years

We say ‘megwich’ to our indigenous hosts
as we continue to compose a country

 

Originally posted¬†on Paul Dewar’s Facebook Page.¬†