By Jodi Lundmark, CJ staff

Heri Hamisi is free to be himself, or whatever he wants to be, now that he’s arrived in Thunder Bay.

Hamisi arrived in the country as a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo on Nov. 28, just two months after Bay Village coffee owners Alan Forbes and Gary Mack began a fundraising campaign to sponsor the young man, a gay man fleeing persecution in his home country because of his sexual orientation.

Forbes and Mack decided earlier this fall to sponsor a single, gay male refugee to come to Canada and began fundraising through their coffeeshop and GoFundMe. They raised nearly $7,000 to help set Hamisi up with housing and other essential needs.

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