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12 Moments of Belonging: A Look Back at 2019

As we close off 2019, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on some of the important milestones of the past year. And to Thank You for helping newcomers know they belong here in Peterborough & in Canada. 1. Bringing People Together at One Night in the Philippines  – March 2, 2019 While offering a…

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PTBO Community Keeps Newcomers In Mind This Holiday Season

For many newcomer families, this holiday season is their first in Canada. And for some, it is their first time experiencing winter. Amidst the excitement of the holidays, newcomers can also find it very challenging. They are adjusting to a new life in new surroundings, climate, and often language. Community welcome plays a big role…

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Sewing Collective & Madderhouse Partnership Celebrates What It Means to Belong

December 2019 Edition of Partnership News by the Peterborough Immigration Partnership The Sewing Collective is a training program supported by the New Canadians Centre that empowers newcomer women with sewing and English language skills to provide them with options that can support their future employment. This fall, the Sewing Collective partnered with Madderhouse Textile Studios to co-design and…

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It Takes A Village: Raid’s Story

I want to tell you a story about some wonderful people like you, who changed the life of a newcomer. When I met 19-year-old Raid Hajhasan in 2016, he was living alone. He didn’t know anyone. Raid left Syria to escape the war. A war where 11 million people were displaced. He was all by…

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Send a Message of Welcome to a Newcomer this Holiday Season!

In November 2016, the New Canadians Centre launched the Messages of Hope initiative to help wish newcomers well during the holiday season. For many, their first holiday and winter in Canada. Since 2016, over 400 messages have been submitted. The cards were displayed at the entrance of the New Canadians Centre, welcoming clients, staff, and…

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ESL Providers in Peterborough Benefit from Professional Development Day

The ESL Forum strives to develop language training opportunities for newcomers and to provide support to individuals engaged in English Language instruction. The Forum is chaired by the Peterborough Immigration Partnership and comprises LINC and ESL providers, volunteer tutors and representatives from English Languages Programs in the community. On October 23, the ESL Forum in…

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Friendship of Aya and Jessy Demonstrates the Power of Welcoming Diversity

Aya Darrouba remembers the first time she went tobogganing with her best friend Jessy Seward. “We crashed,” Aya exclaims. “It was so much fun. Don’t worry, no one was hurt.” Best friends since the seventh grade, Aya, who is blind since birth says she is never afraid to try new things with Jessy. In addition…

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Aviation & Cultural Integration: Trip to Air Force Museum supports Community Connections for Newcomers in Northumberland

On September 27, new Canadians from Northumberland County came together for a trip to the National Air Force Museum of Canada at the Canadian Air Force Base in Trenton, Ontario. The trip organised by the New Canadians Centre – Northumberland Office saw 24 people, including 10 children participate. Seven countries were represented amongst our clients:…

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