Sam Nammoura was born, raised and University educated as an electronics engineer in Damascus, Syria. He moved to the United States in early 1993, and then to Calgary, where he started a business in security alarms, which grew to have branches all over Alberta. In 2010 he took an early retirement to spend more time in Syria.
In 2011, Sam witnessed the brutal crackdown on peaceful protestors by the Syrian regime. He returned to Canada; the atrocities in Syria continued, while the world kept watching. The drowning of an innocent child, Aylan Kurdi, had a wake-up effect for humanity. Since then, Sam has dedicated his life to the betterment of the Syrian refugees; and considers himself one of many Calgarians who are participating in this effort.
Sam founded the Syrian Refugee Support Group Calgary (SRSG) which is a citizens action driven group of community volunteers with various origins and beliefs, from all walks of life, that made Calgary the most welcoming place for refugees. This group is the only group that serve all Syrian refugees in Calgary whether they were government, church or privately sponsored in the most extensive way imaginable. Sam’s creation of the SRSG allowed volunteers who share a common belief in the value of human life to welcome and integrate newcomers who have escaped the Syrian war zone.