Anne with her family
Anne and her family, who are originally from the Philippines, emigrated from Saudi Arabia to Regina. Anne and her husband, Rey, had been living and working in the Middle East for several years before they decided to find a more secure place to raise their family. In 2004, they made the big move to Saskatchewan with their four-year-old son Rance.
A smooth process
After friends who were also living in Saudi Arabia decided to make
the move to Canada, Anne and her family were encouraged to do the same. “Our friends were very happy with their move, so we thought it could be a good move for us, too,” says Anne.
There’s no place like our new home
When they arrived in Saskatchewan, her family was well prepared. Having conducted plenty of research beforehand, Anne and Rey were aware of the vast differences in lifestyle that awaited them. Anne was offered a job before coming to
The family also expanded with the birth of their daughter, Alessandra, in 2007. “It took a little while for us to adjust,” says Anne, “There are many differences between the Middle East and Saskatchewan. But we love it here and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.” Along with finding excellent employment opportunities, the family is also grateful for the safe and secure city they now call home. “It’s beautiful,” says Anne, “We go walking or jogging around our community all the time and it’s so peaceful and safe.”
A little advice goes a long way
Anne believes her family enjoyed a very smooth immigration process due in large part to their own thorough research. When asked what advice she would give others thinking of making a similar move, Anne is quick to offer many pointers. “It’s everyone’s responsibility to do their own research. You have to be properly prepared when you make a move like this, because if you’re not prepared, culture shock will be a factor.” Anne believes learning proper English is a must (she and her husband both learned English while in Saudi Arabia). In addition, Anne suggests learning how to drive. It’s not a must, but Anne says, “having a driver’s license is ideal.” Finally, Anne says it’s important that potential immigrants take the time to learn about their future home, including such things as the local weather and landscape. “The better prepared you are, the easier your transition. And if you’re well-prepared, you’re more likely to find the perfect place to live – just like we did.”