We're definitely in the holiday spirit and you will be too after reading these holiday wishes from immigrants from around the world who share this wonderful city with you, and who were eager to hone their writing skills to wish Fort St. John all the best for 2020.
Hessie Gonzalez (Dominican Republic) — The true meaning of Christmas is sharing the love and reaching out to those who have touched our lives. A time to count our blessings and be grateful for them. From the bottom of my heart, I wish you all good health, prosperity and long life. Merry Christmas from a little Caribbean island to the people of Fort St. John!
Alka Nainesh Mistry (India) — I wish you a good new year. May you stay safe, whether here in Canada or out of Canada. I pray for you. And remember: Health is Wealth.
Irina (Russia) — I wish you peace of mind, good health, prosperity and success in all matters. May these holidays be warmed by the care of loved ones and the warmth of the hearth.
A.B. (Israel) — Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season and a healthy and peaceful New Year.
Surjit Singh Sandhu (India) — I wish everybody in Fort St. John a happy and healthy life. May 2020 bring prosperity and peace to your life so that everyone can feel a part of the great brotherhood of Humankind.
Mouna Elasraoui (Morocco) — A little smile, a word of cheer, a lot of love from me.
Helen (South Korea) — I wish all the people in Fort St. John peace, health and happiness.
Elena Averina (Russia) — Wishing you a joyous holiday season and a New Year filled with Peace and Happiness.
Zohal Amiri (Afghanistan) — I wish the people of Fort St. John all the best for 2020, and quoting Saad Al Qreshi, I wish that you “make the people around you smile, whether you know them or not. To you it’s just a smile, but to them it’s something more than that, because you don’t know what kind of trials they’ve battled in the past. Maybe their battles are ongoing or maybe the pain of the past still goes on for them.”
Norma Elizabeth Perez Camacho (Mexico) — As a Mexican immigrant, I want to express my gratitude for living in this wonderful country and for your hospitality. I want to extend to all the people in Fort St. John my blessings and my best wishes for a prosperous 2020.
Jung Han (South Korea) — I wish you good luck and good fortune. May you walk smoothly towards what you want and may you walk with peace and respect. Don’t hesitate to go where you want to go. It’s better than regretting not to do it.
Brak Chum (Cambodia) — I wish everyone in Fort St. John enjoys a happy holiday surrounded with family. And as the Buddha said, I wish you spend your time with those who love you unconditionally and don’t waste it on those who love you only when the conditions are right for them.
Maria Luisa Fruns (Spain) — Peace, Love and Solidarity for all the people in Fort St. John.
Kalpana — All around the world, more than 4,000 religions are followed. For some, Christmas is the celebration of miracles; for others it is the season of holidays. But for everyone, it is the chance to show kindness to one another. Christianity believes in peace and love. I think most religions believe the same. Practicing love and peace would bring an abundance of joy to the world. Let's show kindness to each other despite the religion, skin colour and beliefs. I wish you have a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year.
Charo — We wish that you open your arms and your heart to people of other cultures and other colours. That you let different music flood your ears and push you to the dance floor. That different foods fill you with flavours and ignite your fantasy. That new stories invite you to spread your wings and fly with your imagination, and perhaps with your air miles, to new exotic places.
Charo Lloret is from Spain; Kalpana Loganathan is from India. Each week, they reflect on their experiences immigrating to Canada and settling into their new homes in Fort St. John.