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Nipissing University making tuques for Syrian refugees

"I think it’s an opportunity to spread that feeling of welcoming and to be positive.”

The Nipissing University Department of Student Learning and Transitions wants to make the transition from Syria to North Bay a good one.  

The department along with students are taking part in the national 25,000 Tuques Project that aims to welcome each of the 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada in a truly Canadian way; by giving them a handmade tuque.  

Lindsay Voisin and Liane Pardy are spearheading the local initiative, with a small goal of making at least 10 tuques to start - at least one for each of the Syrian refugees from the first family that will be coming to North Bay in the next few months.   

“We saw a link to a story a couple weeks ago and it just kind of resonated, the reasoning behind it,” said Voisin.  

“You see so much negative in the news around the story and the arrival of the refugee community. I think it’s an opportunity to spread that feeling of welcoming and to be positive.”  

Pardy says it’s a great way for the students to do something very positive in the community.  

“We wanted to provide a community engagement opportunity because the students have been through a lot lately and knitting and crocheting itself are a great stress relievers, with the added bonus of doing something to help another person who could use so much,” she said.  

Pardy and Voisin are seeking donations of knitting needles, crochet hooks or cash.  Donations can be dropped off at the Academic Skills Centre at Nipissing University in room B209.  

If you interested in making a donation or knitting a tuque for the 25000 Tuques project click here: