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What do we do when problems,
worries, negative thoughts and
feelings pile up and become too
difficult to cope with? Sometimes we
'self medicate' to help the problems 'go away.'
Holyoake Men's and Women's group programs, called 'Pathways to
Change', are for people who have concerns about their own use of
alcohol or other drugs or gambling. The groups co
coping and other associated issues such as relation
dependency and stress. We also have a group
program for people who are affected by another's
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St Luke s Terrace, Cooks Hill St Joseph s Village, Sandgate Mt Providence, Muswellbrook
THE EUCALYPTS ARE special to Iby
Varghese, who has only lived in
Australia since early October 2011.
The sight and the smell have become
emblematic of her family's new home,
and she is delighted that her daughters'
school, St Joseph's at Kilaben Bay,
is surrounded by eucalypts!
Iby's husband Charly and their girls have
travelled to Toronto via a very circuitous
route. Iby and Charly were raised in
Kerala, southern India, worshipping
in the Syrian Orthodox tradition of
Christianity. After marrying, they moved
to Saudi Arabia in search of better career
opportunities. Iby nursed and Charly
worked as a welder. While there, they
welcomed two daughters, Irin, now 10,
and Merin, now 7, although the girls have
no memory of Saudi Arabia.
Australia was always in the back of
their minds but it was some time before
there was an opportunity to travel down
under. Meanwhile, the Vargheses moved
to Ireland, living in Tipperary, then
Dublin. Again, Iby nursed, while Charly
worked in hospitality.
When Iby gained an appropriate visa, the
family made plans to head to the place
they had always felt offered the brightest
future. Living close to the lake appealed
greatly and Iby was offered a position at
Toronto Nursing Home.
Enrolling the girls in a Catholic school
was paramount for Charly and Iby: "We
thought it was better to study the bible
at a Catholic school, with people of
similar views," says Iby. Interestingly,
Charly and Iby have noticed that the
school is oriented towards outreach and
contributes generously to worthwhile
causes. They also acknowledged the
Australians they have encountered, all of
whom have been welcoming and friendly.
Principal Leigh Peacock is delighted
that the Varghese family belongs to the
school and parish community. "Irin and
Merin have settled easily and the wider
perspective they have brought to St
Joseph's is very welcome," he said.
Irin, who has just begun Year 5, enjoys
"writing and making new friends" and
Merin, Year 2, loves "colouring!" While
the colours of Australia are more
subtle than the brilliant Indian palette,
this family is savouring getting to
know their new country. As Iby says,
"Everything is good."
By TRACEY EDSTEIN
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