The Russian Refugees: A Family's First Century in Canada

The Russian Refugees: A Family's First Century in Canada

by Michael Andruff
The Russian Refugees: A Family's First Century in Canada

The Russian Refugees: A Family's First Century in Canada

by Michael Andruff


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In 1924, Nikifor Andriev was driven from his homeland and settled in Canada as part of a group of 116 privately sponsored Russian refugees. Their new home, Homeglen, Alberta, was a symbol of promise and prosperity. Like countless refugees, Nikifor faced the obstacles and opportunities of life in Canada with a determination to succeed against all odds. Reinventing himself following numerous setbacks, he watched his family grow and disperse to pursue their own dreams, hoping that each succeeding generation would have an easier life than the one before. Nearly a century after Nikifor's arrival in Homeglen, his son Michael Andruff, reflects upon his family's history, the legacy of the refugee experience, and the parallels of his father's generation of refugees with those of today. Andruff shares this story as a call to action, donating his royalties from the sale of this book to the Homeglen Legacy Fund, which supports refugee sponsorship and resettlement in Canada.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781772034196
Publisher: Heritage House
Publication date: 10/18/2022
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

Maps vi

The Andriev, Andreeff, Andruff Family Tree x

Foreword 1

Preface 4

Part 1

Chapter 1 The Beginning 11

Chapter 2 Homeglen, the First Years: 1924-29 24

Chapter 3 The Luck of the Russian Refugees: 1930-55 40

Chapter 4 The Port Alberni Years: 1956-67 74

Chapter 5 The ACKA Years: 1968-75

Chapter 6 The Later Years: Hospitality, Service, and Solitude 105

Part 2

Chapter 7 New Canadians and the Baby Boom Era 123

Chapter 8 Leaving the Valley 143

Chapter 9 The University of British Columbia 149

Chapter 10 Joining the Working World 160

Chapter 11 The Golden Era of Family Life 166

Chapter 12 New Horizons in the 1990s 175

Chapter 13 This Beautiful Life 181

Chapter 14 Reviewing the Boomer Era 185

Chapter 15 Here Comes Generation X 190

Chapter 16 Mind the Gap 197

Chapter 17 In Pursuit of Critical Thinking 201

Chapter 18 Circling Back to the Refugees 210

Chapter 19 Conclusion: A Call to Pay It Forward 212

Part 3

Chapter 20 Today's Refugees 217

Chapter 21 The Catalytic Converters of Private Sponsorship 224

Appendix A How to Privately Sponsor a Refugee 229

Appendix B The Canadian Naming Game of the 1920s 232

Acknowledgements 235

Notes 236

Bibliography 251

Index 254

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