A Riv­et­ing Read

Our Canada - - In Your Words - Hazel Hall­gren, Red Deer, Alta.

When I re­ceived the June-july 2017 is­sue of Our Canada I be­gan read­ing and couldn’t put it down—i read it from cover to cover all in one day. The Our Roots sec­tion fea­tur­ing all the Com­ing to Canada sto­ries was in­ter­est­ing, awe-in­spir­ing and heart­warm­ing. I am an im­mi­grant my­self. Our fam­ily came from Eng­land by ship, ar­riv­ing in Mon­treal and even­tu­ally set­tling in Fore­most, Alta. Al­though our story is not as colour­ful as some, it was quite a cul­ture shock—and the heat!

It was 101°F in Au­gust 1967— quite un­like English weather! But we were also struck by the friend­li­ness and ac­cep­tance of people we didn’t know, when we re­ceived many in­vi­ta­tions to sup­per in our new home­town. I just had to write and thank you for putting out such a great mag­a­zine.

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