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L'histoire d'immigration de la famille Dillissen (immigrants néerlandais)

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Riekie Armstrong
Dutch Immigrant Waterman
Arrived: August 30, 1956
I was only four years old when my parents, Wilhelmus Dillissen and Joanna Petronela (Gosen) Dillissen, immigrated to Canada from Holland with my brother Jan Hendrick Dillissen (age 9), my sister Maryann Dillissen (age 6) and myself Riekie Dillissen (age 4). We left Holland on August 11, 1956 aboard the Waterman and arrived at Pier 21 in Halifax on the 30th of August, 1956. We brought a set of dishes, four Dutch made blankets and $100.00. We had no friends or relatives in Canada, and my parents did not have jobs to go to and did not speak any English. We stayed in Halifax for a couple of weeks and then took the train to British Columbia where we settled. My parents had another child in 1958 (a daughter, Joanne). My Dad worked hard to provide a life for the family. My parents have both passed now, Dad in 1992, Mom in 2011 and my brother John 2001. My sister Maryann lives in Ontario with her husband and I live in Maple Ridge with my three children. My younger sister Joanne lives in Maple Ridge also.
Our parents taught us to appreciate all that Canada offers. My parents were in Holland during the German occupation and Dad was in a concentration camp in Germany. Life in Canada was never taken for granted. I have been in Canada for 58 years and I am a proud Canadian citizen.
The story of Dutch immigrant Riekie Armstrong.