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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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Thank You to our Partners for 40 Years of Collaboration in Support of Newcomers

For 40 Years, the New Canadians Centre has been supported by amazing community partnerships that truly exemplify what it means to have, and be part of a community These partnerships support immigrants and refugees in Peterborough & Northumberland counties, ensuring newcomers feel like they belong. We could not achieve this 40-year milestone without the support…

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Newcomers Give Back in Peterborough and Northumberland

Each year, the counties of Peterborough and Northumberland welcome approximately 800 newcomers coming from over 100 countries and speaking more than 50 different languages. Newcomers choose Peterborough and Northumberland for a variety of reasons – some for education, others for work, and some to join their families already living here. As these new families integrate…

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#WeBelong: Celebrating 40 Years of the NCC

In 1979, a small group of local community members gathered to sponsor refugees fleeing the communist regime in Vietnam. They formed the Peterborough Newcomer Language Orientation Committee (PNLOC) in order to welcome and provide support to refugees. This group eventually grew into the New Canadians Centre, offering expanded services to immigrants and refugees. This year,…

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Longtime Volunteer Barbara Herring Shares Highlights From Her Volunteer Experience

“Volunteering at the NCC is the equivalent to world travel,” says long time volunteer Barbara Herring, as the stories and experiences shared with her makes her feel like she has visited another country. With an employment background in corporate equity and diversity, it was natural that when Barbara settled in Peterborough, she would seek an…

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