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2017 Recipient–San Sok

A man holding his Newcomer Award.

San Sok was among the first Cambodian Refugees to arrive in St. Thomas in the 1980’s. Once he was able to get established in the community he began his work supporting other Cambodian settlers to reunite with their families. This work included support with sponsorship applications, and support with settling once they arrived. Today San […]

2016 Recipient – Karen

A woman with short blonde hair.

Karen Palmer has been dedicated to supporting refugee resettlement efforts in the community. She worked tirelessly to support the family as they overcame challenges that arose in this major life transition. And if her dedication to this cause isn’t enough, she has also been volunteering weekly to support other newcomers in the community in one […]

2015 Recipient – Joyce

Two women holding their newcomer champion award.

Joyce Jeffreys has touched the lives of many newcomers. Her nomination came with two letters of support. Some of the acts that live on in the hearts of the nominators include: Coaching during free time to prepare for citizenship tests Providing transportation Providing comfort by spending time when times were difficult Visiting in the hospital when they […]