Ukrainian refugee Oksana Makarenka watches carefully as her 16-year-old daughter sings a Ukrainian track for the residents at Hazeldean Gardens Retirement Residence.
“Very pleased, as a result of it’s our new residence for me and my daughters,” Makarenka mentioned.
Lidiia Neofita additionally arrived from Ukraine a couple of months in the past. Each work on the retirement residence and are staying with a bunch household in Ottawa, however quickly they are going to be transferring into their very own condominium with subsequent to nothing.
To assist, Hazeldean Gardens organized a neighborhood barbecue and are promoting home crops. They’re additionally offering objects to furnish their new properties.
“We’ve supplied to offer the furnishings from our mannequin suites, in fact, they’ll be needing different issues,” mentioned Murray Jackson, co-owner of Hazeldean Gardens.
Whereas each ladies have discovered some consolation right here with new buddies and the Stittsville neighborhood, the protection of their family members and of their residence nation are nonetheless prime of thoughts.
Lidiia Neofita’s son and husband are nonetheless in Ukraine preventing on the entrance strains. Makarenka’s husband can also be there.
“It’s laborious in my nation… very afraid for my husband, my mother and father, my cousins and buddies in Ukraine,” mentioned Makarenka.
Jackson says they’ll be accepting in-person donations and can match the money donations obtained by Friday, Oct. 14.