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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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Local Tim Hortons Store Helps Newcomers Feel Like They Belong

When brothers Yousef and Hayder recall some of their most memorable moments of first living in Peterborough, having a double double at Mary Blair’s Tim Hortons store on Hunter Street East stands out. Originally from Iraq and having made their way to Canada via Turkey, Yousef and Hayder face the challenge of living with significant…

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Leon’s Peterborough Helping Newcomers Transition to a New Community

“Donations of time and support are my attempt to reciprocate the kindness the community has shown us for many years,” says Tom Reburn Jr.  The co-owner and general manager of Leon’s Peterborough has been a good friend to the New Canadians Centre for many years – supporting some of the organization’s key fundraising events.  Recently,…

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Local schools come together to help welcome newcomers this holiday season

“Welcome to the wonderful town of Peterborough!” The New Canadians Centre Peterborough welcomes over 800 newcomers from across the world each year. The holiday season can be a tough time for new families as they adjust to their new surroundings, language, and even climate. To help welcome newcomers this season, Grade 9 students of Ecole…

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With your help, newcomers are building their lives and skills in PTBO

Your Generous Support Builds a Diverse & Welcoming Peterborough, Thank You! Thank You for supporting the work of the New Canadians Centre as donors, funders, volunteers, and partners. We couldn’t do it without you!     Would You like to make a tax-deductible gift before the end of 2018? You can make a secure on-line…

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YMCA are key partners in welcoming newcomer youth and families in Peterborough

Group of 11 teenager standing and kneeling, smiling

Over the years, the YMCA of Central East Ontario has worked closely with the NCC team to welcome newcomers to our community. Through the Peterborough Welcome Pass, the YMCA provides a three-month complimentary family membership to newcomers. In 2017, 409 newcomers joined the YMCA through this program. Once this membership expires, many families utilise the…

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