The Great Canadian Family Portrait project offers newly arrived government assisted refugees their first professional photo in their new home – Waterloo Region. A collaboration between photographer Brian Limoyo and Reception House, the project helps document clients’ new beginnings in Canada – as a family, alone or with new friends they have made through the Family Partnership Program.

The second part of the project is to bring awareness to the issue of family reunification, and the impacts that family separation has on refugee integration. No matter who you asked, all participants had to leave someone, or something behind. Most had family members stuck in other parts of the world, many in still dangerous situations. 

Brian conceptualized the project out of a desire to make a difference through powerful images. Select images have been compiled into a a limited edition book. Featuring interviews and stories, the book hopes to build an understanding of the complex emotions that re-settlement entails.

Coming out in the summer of 2018. Proceeds from the book will go to support Reception House social integration programs, such as the Family Partnership Program. Reserve your copy by contacting or call 519-743-0445 x 19.

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