Letters to PM Trudeau & MP Hussen

“When we embrace our differences & come together to welcome newcomers, we strengthen our communities”

                                                                                    20/6/2017 PM Justin Trudeau – Twitter

“This country has given us so much to be grateful for. And our greatest pride is that you can come here from anywhere in the world to build a good life. We don’t care where you’re from, what religion you practice or who you love, you are all welcome in Canada. diversity has been at the very core of Canada for centuries. It is the foundation on which our great country was built…lets show that diversity is a source of strength and that an open and welcoming country is a stronger and more united one…”

                                                           2/7/2017 Canada Day statement by PM Justin Trudeau 


Our Letter to the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister

 

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau                                                 January 11th, 2017

Prime Minister of Canada

Office of the Prime Minister

 

Dear Sir,

“Welcoming, respectful and compassionate country”—that is how Queen Elizabeth described Canada on New Year’s Eve.

And that is why we believe this letter will reach you, Mr. Prime Minister. We believe in Canada and have faith in your compassion and in the compassion of the people around you.

We are three women, a mother and her two adult daughters. A long-time translator, a published author, and a media and marketing expert. All our lives we’ve supported ourselves, taken care of ourselves, fought for ourselves. We have no one else in the world, and have always relied only on one another, on the family that we are.

For a long time now we’ve had one wish: to build a home for ourselves in Canada. A permanent home, as Canada’s loyal constituents, as real Canadians who belong. We’ve seen your interviews, and we know we are exactly the type of productive immigrants you and Canada are searching for. We’re a perfect match.

We live in Israel, but we don’t belong here, we never have. And we’ve had difficult lives here, too much has happened, year after year. We’ve been through too many wars, terror attacks, missiles that have come too close, and have lived in constant fear of the next war, the next threat. But it’s not only that. We don’t fit in, we never have, all the more so with what this place has become. No, there’s nothing wrong with us. You see, we are three intelligent, highly educated women, independent thinkers who believe in equality and mutual respect. We are also Anglicans, which, as you can imagine, does stand out here.

The three of us are excellent English speakers (the family author’s writes in English) and we’ve all achieved high scores in the IELTS, and one of us has even taken the TEF. It might sound funny, but we watch Canadian news, know what goes on in the different provinces and even monitor the weather (which doesn’t scare us. On the contrary, we’re dreaming of making snow angels). And just to make it clear, we can support ourselves—we don’t need jobs, we’re effectively bringing our own with us, if you think about it. We’re only asking for Canada to adopt us. It is our wish to become Canadian citizens who support the country, are loyal to it, pay taxes, and volunteer in whatever community we will be lucky to call our home.

We’re good people, which is no less important, and we’re asking Canada and her leader to let us prove that directly because letting others do it for us has failed and because there’s more to us than points and categories. You see, in the last two years we’ve struggled to finalize the immigration process and have failed. We’ve hired reputable Canadian attorneys but they made mistakes, and other attorneys have refused to take us on simply because they don’t like our chances, counting points and categories while there is so much more to us. We believe we’re an exact fit to what Canada has been asking for in productive immigrants who look to see it as their home and can serve it, but we are hidden by requirements such as age or status. We are reduced to numbers, computer software and retainers. Nobody sees us for who we are, and nobody sees what Canada is for us, and what we want to be for this country.

We’ve done our best through formal channels and have reached a dead end that has brought our family to what was a sad Christmas this last December, when we realized that it’s time for us to do what we’ve always done, chart our own course, together. And so we’ve decided to sound our voice without mediators, and are asking to be heard directly by you, by the Canadian government, and be allowed a chance to prove we are worthy of being part of this country, to prove that we can and will contribute to it in every way we can, bring to Canada and Canadians all that we are, including the happiness and hope we’re seeking, something that our quest for Canada has made us believe is possible, and that we haven’t had for too long.

Sir, we’ve seen you on television greet new comers at the airport and sitting with immigrants, and have been dreaming to be one of them. We hope you will read this letter through and will grant us the only wish we have, to make Canada our home.

The best way to get to know us is through our social media platform where we use pseudonyms that will eventually turn into our legal names, the names we have chosen for ourselves.

www.authorandsister.net

www.facebook.com/annaclaire.everward (aka Michal Barlev)

www.facebook.com/kateaeverward (aka Merav Barlev)

Instagram and Twitter handle  @authorandsister

Thank you,

Kate (Merav), Claire (Merav) and Judith

Email: kate.a@authorandsister.net


Our letter to the Honourable Ahmed D. Hussen, MP.

Minister of Immigration Refugees and Citizenship 

 

The Honourable Ahmed D. Hussen, MP                                              January 11th, 2017

Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

House of Commons Ottawa, ON

 

Dear MP Hussen,

First, we would like to congratulate you on becoming the new Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship. We’ve read your story, how you got to where you are now, how you landed in Canada and went straight to work. We are like you, we have goals that we work hard to achieve, and we too want to make our home in Canada. For us you’re a proof it can happen, and we hope that, in the spirit of compassion, you will allow us a moment to be heard.

We are three women, a mother and her two adult daughters. A long-time translator, a published author, and a media and marketing expert. All our lives we’ve supported ourselves, taken care of ourselves, fought for ourselves. We have no one else in the world, and have always relied only on one another, on the family that we are.

For a long time now we’ve had one wish: to build a home for ourselves in Canada. A permanent home, as Canada’s loyal constituents, as real Canadians who belong. We know we are exactly the type of productive immigrants you and Canada are searching for. We’re a perfect match.

We live in Israel, but we don’t belong here, we never have. And we’ve had difficult lives here, too much has happened year after year. We’ve been through too many wars, terror attacks, missiles that have come too close, and have lived in constant fear of the next war, the next threat. But it’s not only that. We don’t fit in, we never have, all the more so with what this place has become. No, there’s nothing wrong with us. You see, we are three intelligent, highly educated women, independent thinkers who believe in equality and mutual respect. We are also Anglicans, which, as you can imagine, does stand out here.

The three of us are excellent English speakers (the family author writes in English) and we’ve all achieved high scores in the IELTS, and one of us has even taken the TEF. It might sound funny, but we watch Canadian news, know what goes on in the different provinces and even monitor the weather (which doesn’t scare us. On the contrary, we’re dreaming of making snow angels). And just to make it clear, we can support ourselves—we don’t need jobs, we’re effectively bringing our own with us, if you think about it. We’re only asking for Canada to adopt us. It is our wish to become Canadian citizens who support the country, are loyal to it, pay taxes, and volunteer in whatever community we will be lucky to call our home.

We’re good people, which is no less important, and we’re asking Canada and her leader to let us prove it directly because letting others do it for us has failed and because there’s more to us than points and categories. You see, in the last two years we’ve struggled to finalize the immigration process and have failed. We’ve hired reputable Canadian attorneys but they made mistakes, and other attorneys refused to take us on simply because they didn’t like our chances, counting points and categories while there is so much more to us. We believe we’re an exact fit to what Canada has been asking for in productive immigrants who look to see it as their home and can serve it, but we are hidden by requirements such as age or status. We are reduced to numbers, computer software and retainers. Nobody sees us for who we are, and nobody sees what Canada is for us, and what we want to be for this country.

We’ve done our best through formal channels and have reached a dead end that has brought our family to what was a sad Christmas this last December, when we realized that it’s time for us to do what we’ve always done, chart our own course, together. And so we’ve decided to sound our voice without mediators, and are asking to be heard directly by you, by the Canadian government, and be allowed a chance to prove we are worthy of being part of this country, to prove that we can and will contribute to it in every way possible, bring to Canada and Canadians all that we are.

We’ve written the Hounourable Prime Minister Trudeau, but we wanted to approach you, too, because of your story, because you fought for a chance not only to enter this country but also to fulfill yourself in it, and that is exactly what we are doing.

The best way to get to know us is through our social media platform where we use pseudonyms that will eventually turn into our legal names, the names we have chosen for ourselves.

www.authorandsister.net

www.facebook.com/annaclaire.everward (aka Michal Barlev)

www.facebook.com/kateaeverward (aka Merav Barlev)

Instagram and Twitter handle  @authorandsister

Thank you,

Kate (Merav), Claire (Michal) and Judith

Email: kate.a@authorandsister.net