Since November 27, 2015, Private (Pte) Austin Masneri, a 20-year-old infantryman with 2nd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment (2RCR), guides hopeful families through the Amman processing centre, in Jordan.
His participation in Operation PROVISION is key to the Canadian Armed Forces, working in concert with other federal government departments, supporting the Government of Canada’s #WelcomeRefugees initiative to welcome 25,000 Syrian Refugees to Canada.
“For me it is natural to be welcoming to the people we see here,” said Pte Masneri. “I’m always surprised to see the reaction on their faces when they realise we are kind and here to help,” he adds.
One of the first faces the clients see upon their arrival on site is of Pte Masneri, a calming and warm Italo-Canadian giant who greets them in his role as an usher. Everyone who receives an appointment, he leads from one station to the other to ensure their file is completed properly and as quickly as possible.
While his parents, Monika and Riccardo Masneri, other family members and friends celebrated the holidays in Canada, Pte Masneri enjoyed a traditional turkey dinner with his military and civilian colleagues here in the Middle East.
Canadian Armed Forces personnel deploying on Operation PROVISION assist Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and International Organization for Migration with the administrative processing of applications including medical screening and the collection of biometric data, as well as providing a military command and control element for Canadian Armed Forces members.
Prepared by: Capt Lanouette
Reviewed by : Lt Jason Cress, Pl Comd. And Pte Masneri.
Approved by : LCol J. Allain. CO TF-JO
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