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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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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Grant Supports Goal of Creating Positive, Lasting Change in Peterborough

Freedom 55 Financal

“When we are welcoming and supportive of diversity, our entire community benefits,” explains Nicole Barry, Sales Support Manager, Freedom 55 Financial, a division of London Life.   Supporting programs that provide language development, skills enhancement and community connection for new Canadians, Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life recently made a $5,000 contribution through their…

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Choose Hope Today

“I’ve learned what a hard worker Omar is. I only have to show him something once, and he’s got it mastered.” — Sue Houde, Two Dishes Cookshop Sue Houde wasn’t planning on hiring any new staff at her restaurant Two Dishes. That was before she met Omar Hattab.   With your help in 2016/2017, the…

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Because of you, Wesal and her family are safe

  As a supporter of the New Canadians Centre, you have joined us in making a difference in the lives of newcomers from all over the world. Your support enables us to continue to be a leader of cultural integration in our community and to empower immigrants and refugees to become full and equal members…

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Volunteer Support Team Member: Charles Shamess

A Reflection by Charles Shamess, a Volunteer Support Group member Volunteering with Syrian refugee families over the past year has been a roller coaster of emotions. The anxiety that comes as we figure out how to help them settle. The joy when they find homes and jobs. I hear stories of their escapes with horror,…

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