My name is Camelia Maxim, a mother of two beautiful daughters who attend BCCA. My family and I come from Romania, and moved to Canada almost five years ago. As you can imagine, we were bombarded with a variety of things from the start: a new language, new places, new people. My husband and I wanted the best for our daughters, but we had no idea how to choose a good school for our kids. That is when I heard about BC Christian Academy. A childhood friend of mine, Romanian, had her kids in BCCA. I realized it was the best choice for the moment, and, right away, I enrolled my daughters at the school in 2012.
Before coming to Canada, we had a good life. We were always surrounded by family and friends, had good jobs, and achieved our dreams. But, something did not feel right for our children. We wanted a good future for them, and Canada seemed like the right choice.
Of course, when we got here, it was a big change. We were not used to being so vulnerable. We were starting again, from zero, no family, few friends, and did not know how exactly we were going to succeed. We did not speak English, but BCCA accepted us the way we were. They welcomed us in, we met with the principal, the staff was very understanding and helpful.
My older daughter’s first teacher spent a lot of time helping her and making sure that my daughter understood what was going on.
That first year at BCCA, at Christmas, we received a big package from the school with everything that we needed: food, and presents for the girls. We were amazed to see that someone was thinking of us. We were new here, but BCCA found a way to make us feel loved and worth something.
Over the years, BCCA has helped us in various ways: we were supported financially when my husband and I did not have jobs. Two years ago, I injured my knee and could no longer do the work I used to do. BCCA was willing to step up and continue to support our family through the tough times.
We really feel that we are a part of a big family here at BCCA. The community was so welcoming and open to me, through their smiles, good talks, and the most important, their prayers. I have made some really good friends here, and I value that so deeply in my heart.
BCCA has taught me that everything is possible. Even when you feel like there is nothing you can do in your situation, God always has a plan. For my life, God’s plan was BCCA.