Feature Story: All’s well that ends well
External Relations, University of Regina
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As she thought about it on Monday, October 12, Patience Umereweneza had plenty to be thankful for on this Thanksgiving Day. For one thing, she was less than a week away from graduating from the University of Regina with a Bachelor’s degree in health sciences. But what really made her Thanksgiving memorable was that it marked her father’s first visit to Canada since Patience arrived in Regina as a refugee in 2008. Long after turkey leftovers had been stored away in most Regina refrigerators, Samuel Umereweneza’s flight arrived from Thailand and father and daughter were reunited. “I feel like I won the lottery,” says Patience of her father’s unlikely arrival. “I was contemplating not going to Convocation. It would have been a very bittersweet moment to be on the stage without my father there. I wasn’t expecting that he would be able to come.” Only a few weeks ago, Patience could never have dreamed that her father would be in the Convocation audience, because his bid for a visitor’s visa was denied by Canadian embassy officials in Bangkok.