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An Afternoon of Storytelling Brings Friends of The NCC Together to Celebrate 40 Years

Bringing people together from our 40 years, Linda and Alan Slavin were generous to host a special garden social to celebrate the New Canadians Centre’s 40th Anniversary.

Old and new friends of the New Canadians Centre descended to the Slavin’s home for an afternoon of storytelling and connection on Thursday, September 19.

With stories and guests spanning the four decades of the New Canadians Centre, the afternoon helped piece together the history of the NCC and reaffirm the importance of supporting and encouraging newcomers.

During the afternoon, we heard stories from Mary Ladky, former Board Chair of the New Canadians Centre about a major turning point in the NCC’s history – the move from the Sherbrooke Street location to our present location on Romaine Street where we share the building with the St. James United Church.

Reverend Julie van Haaften, Minister at St. James United Church spoke about the growing partnership between the church and the NCC which goes beyond sharing the building.

Newcomer Fabiola Contreras Carasco from Mexico shared stories about living her dreams in Canada and involvement with the NCC as a volunteer.

And Trish Johnston spoke about her mother, Gwen Johnston, a founding member of the NCC.

Several others shared what the NCC means to them with Andrew Wilton, host and producer of 7 Questions Peterborough. Their insights have been assembled into a podcast for the premiere episode of Season 2.

Podcast Available Now!  

Listen to the Special Episode of 7 Questions Peterborough featuring insights from supporters, newcomers, and friends of the NCC.

Many thanks to Linda and Alan Slavin for opening your home and hearts to the NCC.


This story is part of the New Canadians Centre’s #WeBelong Campaign – Celebrating 40 Years of Inspiring and Encouraging Newcomers.

The #WeBelong Campaign shares powerful stories of Belonging, Home, Hope, and Community from our 40 Years. Follow along with the stories and opportunities on our page: www.nccpeterborough.ca/webelong