Multicultural Festival Brings People Together in Peterborough

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For over 10 years, the New Canadians Centre has facilitated the popular Multicultural Canada Day Festival in Peterborough on Canada Day, July 1. The festival celebrates diversity and multiculturalism, and its significance in our community and Canada. This year, over 3000 people braved the blistering heat on one of the hottest Canada Days in recent…

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Now recruiting new participants for The Sewing Collective Program

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The Sewing Collective is a training program supported by the New Canadians Centre that focuses on empowering newcomer women with sewing skills and English language skills in order to provide them with options that can support their future employment. Created in April 2017, the participants have now completed their training and we are now recruiting…

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We formed a team to welcome a refugee family – This is why

Since 2015, over 300 community members from Peterborough have joined us as volunteers in welcoming refugee families. These volunteers have formed over 30 support teams, providing assistance to new refugee families and individuals as they make Peterborough their new home. Natalie Napier, Patricia Donnelly, and Tom Reader are three members from the “Near North Enders”…

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Multicultural Festival Promotes Positive Impact of Community Connection

Carmela Valles, Carmela Valles Immigration Consulting “When I first came to Peterborough in 1990 I was one of two students from the Philippines enrolled at Trent University,” says Carmela Valles. A former Executive Director of the New Canadians Centre Peterborough who owns and operates her own immigration consulting company, Carmela says it was a time…

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Tim Hortons Helping to Bring Youth and Communities Together

Every year, Mithila Ballal’s South Asian dancers look forward to performing at the Multicultural Canada Day Festival. “The children love participating in this community-centred event,” says Ballal. “Dance provides young children with various benefits such as physical and cognitive development, social awareness and emotional maturity.” Through Bharathanatyam, the classical Indian form of dance the group…

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Help Us Win $10,000! Great Canadian Giving Challenge starts June 1

With $10,000, the New Canadians Centre can provide life-enriching programs for newcomer youth that allow them to express themselves – building confidence and a sense of belonging to the city they call home. This month, Canada Helps and GIV3 is donating $10,000 to a deserving charity through their Great Canadian Giving Challenge. Every $1 donated…

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Leon’s Peterborough Helping New Canadians Live their Best Lives

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Tom Reburn Jr. understands the importance of getting a good night’s sleep. “When it comes to health and well-being, proper sleep is everything,” says Reburn. The General Manager of Leon’s Peterborough would know. “I’ve suffered from a sleep disorder for years,” Reburn says. “When you don’t get your rest, it impacts everything you do. Even…

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Recipe for Success: Bintou and Aicha’s story

A story of hope, dreams, and resilience made possible through community support   Growing up in a refugee settlement in the Ivory Coast of Africa, sisters Bintou and Aicha Cherif learned to cook Jollof, a rice dish made with peppers, onions, and tomato paste, over an open fire. Living close to the ocean and spending…

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