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Ka Lee: Lee-Paine and Indo-Chinese Refugees

ka lee: They were among the first wave of Indochinese boat people welcomed to Canada under a then-new sponsorship program that allowed Canadians to directly resettle refugees caught up in humanitarian crises abroad, according to Toronto Star. Ka Lee-Paine, now a teacher in Kitchener, holds a photo of herself at 2, taken when she was living in a refugee camp in Thailand. Lee-Paine arrived in Canada in 1979 as a 2-year-old refugee, along with her parents and a brother. Lee-Paine was among the first wave of Indo-Chinese refugees resettled in Canada by the Mennonites after private sponsorship began in 1979. SUPPLIED PHOTO Ka Lee is shown at age 2 holding a sign for immigration purposes in 1979 in Thailand. Steve Russell / Toronto Star Ka Lee-Paine at her 40th birthday celebrations with Rosella and Jim Leis. ( As reported in the news.