Posted 04/12/2018 2:45:54 PM by Sarah Hillifer

Sarah and her mother came to Canada this spring as refugees from Japan. Before moving, Sarah’s mother worked hard to save money to build a life in Canada, however, this did not include any funds for summer activities. Sarah’s mother heard about the YMCA through a friend, and applied for campership for her daughter, in hopes that Sarah could make new friends and learn about Canadian culture.   

Sarah had a fantastic experience, saying  "It has been my best memory of the summer. I could be friends with so many people, and I also could learn English a lot. I could join too many activities; I even row a canoe to an island and tent there! I especially had fun with spending time with my friends in Cabin. Eating together, playing games, chatting before bed time...every moment I had there became my treasure. I love all of the friends I met in the camp. If there's a chance, I'd like to meet everyone in the camp again."   

Sarah returned telling her mom her summer camp experiences had helped her to grow up, and her new friends will always stay in her heart. “Sarah and I are deeply appreciative to all the staff at YMCA Camp  Elphinstone  and their donors for their  kindness, who gave Sarah the opportunity to attend by giving us financial assistance. All I can say is thank you very much."

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