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Ukrainian youth participate in winter activities at Tiffin Centre

January 5, 2023   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart

Ukrainian youth displaced by the Russia-Ukraine war participated in some Canadian winter activities at the Tiffin Centre for Conservation in Utopia during the winter holiday break.

The event, held on Wednesday, Jan. 4, helped youth get their minds off the turmoil in their home country, at least for a little while, and allow them to experience some fun Canadian winter activities.

The event was organized by the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Barrie, Nature Barrie, and the Simcoe County District School Board.

Event sponsors hope to help the Ukrainian youth feel welcome in their new home as well as ignite their interest in birds and nature.

The day started with the singing of the Ukrainian national anthem and some favourite folk songs. Participants were then split into groups to rotate between four activities.

Activities included a Christmas bird count for kids, nature discovery on snowshoes, crafts, disc golf, and a campfire lunch.

According to the Government of Canada website, 117,942 Ukrainian nationals have arrived in Canada by air during the period of Jan. 1 to Dec. 25, 2022.

An additional 19,855 have arrived through land border crossings.

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