Our family moved to Manitoba just over 5 years ago. We are trying extremely hard to work, volunteer and really get involved with our new community.
We keep saying we need to give it time but we have not been happy for years now.
My husband wants to move to another region of Canada, I am reluctant to do so as our son is quite anxious (6 years) and I do not want to drag him to a new school, new things etc.
It is a heavily religious community and we feel we do not fit in no matter how hard we try.
We are miserable, The company my husband was hired by lied to him about his wages, he earned less than a thrid of what we had in writing,. It was reported but sadly not a lot you can do. He has since found other employment which is pretty good but I have had to go to work. I gave up a pretty high profile career in the UK to be a stay at home mom and change our lifestyle. I am working twice the hours for less than half the pay and I think we feel we have zero quality of life.
We never have any money, can't take vacations and have no family here so it is a strain when we can never have a rest.
We found in the early years we were taken advantage of finanically, paying WAY over the odds for things and as a result of his earnings not being what was agreed our savings quickly deminished.
We cannot decide if we should try a more diverse welcoming community in another region of Canada. We do not want to return to the UK but cannot decide what to do.
OUr son does not seem happy either. LArgely probably because we are not, but he also finds it hard - for example, kids wont have playdates with him becaase he is not a local.
We really are exhausted. My husband seems to think Calgary or BC would be better for us, but I am not sure if we should rideit out. I worry about our sons future, as you cant really get anywhere in this region if you dont have the right last name,
We wonder if this will progress. He will grow up with everyone else but he is still referred to as the immigrant, even though there are lots of immigrants in town.
Does anyone have any opinions on moving or anything? I just feel very sad right now with our situation. I foten think if I was going to work I would have stayed in UK and worked less hours for 5 times the pay, but you cant think like that or it will drive you mad!
I guess I just feel like we are in Limbo right now and could use a break to give us something to look forward to. Sorry to sound so doom and gloom! We are positive people, we wuldnt have stuck it out this long if not! We try to look on the up side but sometimes it wears you down. Any suggestions??!!!