Personal Essay

My small B.C. town helped raise a generation of young refugees

Rural Canada needs young people — and young refugees need Canada

Shauna Jimenez, right, has been resettling refugees for over 30 years. She thinks the world's displaced youth are a great match for rural Canada. (Shauna Jimenez/East Kootenay Friends of Burma)

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Shauna Jimenez

Shauna Jimenez has been voluntarily sponsoring and resettling refugees to rural Canadian communities since 1983. She is a passionate advocate for a fair and just private sponsorship of refugees program and is especially dedicated to protracted refugees with special needs. For more than 30 years, she has encouraged the formation of many active sponsorship groups across B.C. and Alberta.

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