Reflections on my time with the Saeed family

In my position as lead writer and editor in chief here at Kingstonist, I receive multiple press releases on a daily basis, sometimes on an hourly basis. I try to sort them into different files – upcoming events, things that must be covered immediately, things I want to throw to

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From Syria to Canada: Catching up with the Saeed family after their first half year in Kingston

Editorial note: This article was first printed in the Kingston Heritage on October 13, 2017. “Home is a place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.” – Robert Frost When Jamal Saeed and his wife, Rufaida al Khabbaz, were still living in their native

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Local writers’ organization welcomes Syrian family to Kingston

Editorial note: This article was originally published in the Kingston Heritage in January 2017. As Jamal Saeed was ushered into an awaiting bus after landing at Pearson International Airport, he turned to his friend, Ray Argyle, whom he’d met just moments before. “Thank you for this gift,” Saeed said, referring

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