GANDER, NL – Omar Alsyd Ali is looking forward to snow – and lots of it – now that he has a snowblower to tackle the upcoming winter.
Alsyd Ali, a Syrian refugee, said his outlook was different last winter when he dreaded the thought of shovelling.
“Last year, I was so tired shovelling and shovelling. I worked from 4 to 11 at night and I see a meter of snow, and I can’t take the car the car inside. I would shovel for one to two hours. My back hurt,” said Alsyd Ali.
“Last year was so bad for snow.”
It sure was. Record breaking amounts of snow from back-to-back storms left Gander with more than 100 centimeters in April last year.
His manager pointed out that this much snowfall had not been seen for 20 years, and bantered with Alsyd Ali that his arrival brought all the snow.
Alsyd Ali recalls a couple of good Samaritans who came to his rescue to clear snow without prompting when it got too much.
“My neighbour came twice to help when I lived on Elizabeth Drive. Another time, another man, I don’t know who, but he lived far away, he came with his snowblower and cleared my driveway and my neighbours’.”
Shovelling and snow clearing are distant memories now for Alsyd Ali.
“Now that I bought my snowblower, I say to my god, ‘snow please, I need snow,” he said.