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COM READER SERVICE / GENERAL INQUIRIES 204- 697- 7000 ¥ Arts & Life C 1 Business B 6 City B 1 Classified D 8 Comics C 6 Diversions C 7 Horoscope C 5 Jumble D 7 Letters to the Editor A 6 Miss Lonelyhearts C 2 Movies C 2 Sports D 1 TV B 8 Weather B 8 . OBITUARIES D 6 In the event of a discrepancy between this list and the official winning numbers, the latter shall prevail. PICK 3 Winning number Tuesday was 058. EXTRA Winning number Tuesday was 1027987. INSIDE LOTTERIES A 2 WEDNESDAY, JULY 8, 2015 winnipegfreepress. com W HILE waiting for his wife and son to be allowed to join him in Canada, Othello Wesee has been busy helping other people’s kids. The refugee from Liberia is a support worker and parent- teacher liaison with the Bright Futures program in the Seven Oaks School Division. When he won a 2011 volunteer award from the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba for organizing summer soccer in Central Park for newcomer kids and the Central Market for Global Families, he said he was trying to make the community a better place for when his wife and child come to Canada. Now, after a seven- year immigration battle, his family has arrived. On Saturday, his wife Vivian and 10- year- old son, Othello, arrived in Winnipeg from the refugee camp in Ghana where the Liberian couple met and were wed. “ I feel so great to be here — so happy,” said Vivian. “ I feel we’re safe now,” said the soft- spoken dressmaker and singer whose solo in a church choir first attracted her husband. “ I visited her church, and her voice was so sweet and nice I thought ‘ I want that woman with the beautiful voice to be my wife,’ ” said Wesee. After they were engaged, his immigration to Canada was approved. He came to Canada and Vivian stayed behind and gave birth to their son. In Winnipeg, Wesee worked and went to school to support them and save enough to sponsor them to join him in Canada. “ The first couple of years after I left were difficult,” he said. Wesee worked while going back to school twice — studying community development at Red River College then earning his health- care aide certificate so he could work weekends for extra money to send to his family in the refugee camp. There, safety and sanitation were “ a big, big problem,” said Vivian. She hasn’t slept through the night for security reasons for years and clean drinking water was hard to get, she said. Opportunities were scarce, but Vivian said she had an abundance of faith they’d be reunited someday. She focused on raising Othello on her own, singing in her church choir and taking sewing jobs when she could get them. “ It was life without my husband — it was a headache.” Wesee spent thousands of dollars obtaining documents, paying couriers, and for DNA tests to prove Othello is his and Vivian’s son. Citizenship and Immigration Canada still rejected their application. If it weren’t for the legal help of Winnipeg human rights lawyer David Matas fighting for them, they’d still be in Buduburam refugee camp, he said. “ It took seven years of fighting this one immigration battle. It was not easy, but it was worth it. I’m so happy I have my family here.” Wesee says he has a renewed faith in Canada’s justice system. “ You play by the rules and you can win.” Vivian said she never gave up on Wesee’s battle to bring her and their son to Canada. “ I didn’t know what was happening, but I know he was doing his best. I thought ‘ Just go ahead, and one day it will happen’ and this is the day... Now I’m in Canada.” She wants to go back to school and study nursing. Othello Jr. said he looks forward to school in the fall and snow in the winter. This summer, his dad hopes he can join a program such as the Winnipeg School Division’s Community School Investigators or Seven Oaks’ BEEP ( Balanced Experiential Education Program) to help him prepare for the new school year. They’re getting used to having a future they can now plan together. When he could only visit his family, Wesee said it was bittersweet knowing each reunion with his wife and child would too soon come to an end. “ There’s no more counting days,” he said. “ They’re here for life.” carol. sanders@ freepress. mb. ca Seven- year separation finally ends City man wins long battle to bring family to Canada By Carol Sanders MIKAELA MACKENZIE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Othello Wesee, his wife Vivian and their son, Othello, sit together in their living room in Winnipeg after finally being reunited. 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