Bill and Linda Van Sickle

Bill and Linda Van Sickle

We moved to Colwood from Regina, Saskatchewan, in July 2014, to live closer to our adult children. We love our new community and, through our local church, Church of the Advent (Anglican), we felt called to become a part of the Westshore Refugee Sponsorship Group (WRSG) from its early days in late December 2015. While living in Regina, we helped to welcome and settle a refugee family from Poland in the 1980’s and more recently, have provided support to and have become friends with a young immigrant family from India. We truly enjoy meeting people from other parts of the world and helping them to feel welcomed and settled in Canada.

Linda is a retired medical social worker who worked many years with the local health region in Regina. She enjoys quilting, including making quilts for local charities, playing bridge, and biking and hiking with Bill around this beautiful island. Linda is the Secretary for WRSG.

Bill is a retired accountant who worked many years with the Saskatchewan Department of Finance. He is currently the treasurer for Church of the Advent as well as WRSG, and enjoys playing bridge, making wine and biking and hiking with Linda.

We are thrilled that WRSG is now matched with a Syrian family currently in Lebanon and we look forward to the time when the family arrives in the Victoria area and we can help them to settle and become a part of our community.