(*client has requested that his name be changed to protect his privacy.)
Samuel has been working as a food counter attendant for eight years, first arriving to Canada in 2008 as a temporary foreign worker. His family was finally able to join him in Canada a few years later, receiving their permanent resident status in 2015.
Samuel’s family is one that has needed the help of the Christmas Bureau for a few years, finding it challenging to get back on their feet. But the gift from the Christmas Bureau is something they can always look forward to, despite the challenges. “It’s one of those wonderful things that happens to us every Christmas,” says Samuel. “My kids are always excited when December comes…so am I.”