Photo (left to right): CCI staff Halima Laaroubi with recently arrived refugee Ali Al Ahmed and his children at Welcome event at Lansdowne Park

On Saturday, May 28 newly arrived Syrian refugees got a warm Ottawa welcome from Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Michael Qaqish, Special Liaison for Refugee Resettlement, during a sponsored community celebration at Lansdowne Park.

More than 1,200 refugees came to peruse information booths about City and community services and to enjoy free activities.