I think that Canada’s health-care system makes
Canada the greatest country in the world.
Where I come from, there was suffering from many
things, every day.
I was born in South Sudan. When I was 10 years old my
family left for Khartoum, in the north, because there was a
religious war in the south.
In Sudan, most things are not clean—the water we
drank, the food we ate. I had amoebic dysentery and I had
asthma all the time, because it was dusty and everybody
smoked. I saw children die from simple things, like
diarrhea and fever. My sister’s baby died in front of me,
from whooping cough.
When I was 23, I left Khartoum for Egypt, and in 1999,
my cousin sponsored me to come to Canada. My husband
(now ex-husband) and I moved to Brooks, where I worked
at Lakeside Packers. In 2003, I had a baby.
Now, I work with the SPEC Association for Children &
Families. I was hired as a home visitor for a new program
called HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool
Youngsters). I visit immigrant families and help parents
gain the skills they need to get their children ready for
When I visit somebody who has a health complaint,
I say, “If you are complaining about any infection, it’s a
Proud to be Canadian
good time to go to your doctor.”
In Canada’s health system, everybody has access to
the treatment they need, whether you are rich or poor,
whether you have a job or no job. I hope they will keep it
that way, and that it will keep getting better.
I am so grateful for Canada and so proud to be a
— As told to Jacqueline Louie
Sidonia Arob says she grateful health care is available to everyone in Canada.