This is a truly unfortunate story regarding a lady who came to Canada as a Live-In Caregiver.  Finally, after six years, she was reunited with her son, now 20 years old.  The question has been brought up of whether or not the mental anguish of a child apart from his mother for so many years may have contributed to his state.

Our thoughts go out to the caregiver’s family.

B.C. stabbing victim was nanny to local family

CBC News

Posted: Aug 16, 2011 7:08 AM PT

Last Updated: Aug 16, 2011 7:08 AM PT

Josie Tomajin is remembered as a loving and caring woman.

A former Vancouver Sun photographer says the Burnaby woman stabbed to death outside her home last week came to Canada from the Philippines to work as his family’s live-in nanny.

Craig Hodge said he learned of Josie Tomajin’s death when he found his wife on Facebook in tears.

“She couldn’t talk and I took the little iPhone out of her hand and looked at the screen and there was the story about Josie,” Hodge said.

Tomajin was attacked on the street outside her home in the 6700 block of Elwell Street on Aug. 8. She was found lying in the middle of the street about a block from her home. Tomajin was taken to hospital where she later died.

Her son, Benedict Tomajin, has been charged with second-degree murder in his mother’s death.

Hodge said the victim worked as his family’s nanny for three years.

“She was just a wonderful woman,” he said. “Very giving, very loving. She treated our kids like her own and you could just see the love for the kids. I mean, she basically raised them.”

Under Canada’s live-in caregiver program, caregivers are eligible for landed immigrant status and family reunification. But in Tomajin’s case, Hodge said, that took six years.

“So by the time she was reunited with her eldest son, he would have been about 20. So that’s tough, when you leave a 14-year-old behind and bring him to a new country.”

Hodge said Tomajin’s husband in the Philippines left her while she was in Canada awaiting reunification.

He said the government should shorten the reunification waiting time.

“When these families, after a prolonged period of time, reunite and reunite in a foreign country — I mean, it’s tough moving to a new country, but moving to a new country when you may not have had your mom by your side during the six years leading up to that could place enormous strains on the family coming to Canada,” he said.

“I would just like to see the government work on shortening up the time of the reunification.”

Hodge said Tomajin kept in touch even after she stopped working for the family. Two days before her death, Hodge said, Tomajin sent the family an invitation to be her Facebook friend.


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