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The Living Library Project

Sharing human stories of immigration and integration.

The Living Library features five newcomers with unique and compelling stories of transition, settlement, and belonging. Organizations and individuals can book a featured newcomer to share their story at a gathering, staff event, or classroom and learn more about their newcomer experience and culture. The Living Library will introduce new speakers and stories every four months.

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Get to know our Winter Speakers & Stories below.

Speakers can be booked for speaking engagements beginning February 1.

To book a speaker, please contact Bhisham: bhisham@nccpeterborough.ca or (705) 743-0882.


Current Speakers & Stories

Abeer Al-Salihi

"Welcome to Canada!" Now, how do you find a community?


Themes: Refugee & Immigrant experiences; Syria; Motherhood; Supporting Immigrant Youth; Community
Story Available in: English; Arabic

Bhisham K. Ramoutar

3 Countries. 5 Cities. 11 Houses. A Journey in Redefining "Home" and "Belonging"


Themes: Post-Secondary Education; International Education; Home; Belonging; Community
Story Available in: English

Charlotte Nzabondera

“This Is Your Home!” Journeying across continents to find a forever home


Themes: Refugee Camps; Rwanda; East Africa; Childhood; Motherhood; Home
Story Available in: English; Kinyarwanda

Fabiola Contreras Carrasco

New Challenges in a New Home: How a community of women come together to support each other


Themes: Mexico; Latin America; Volunteerism; Community; Language
Story Available in: English; Spanish

Magali Sperling

Crossings North and South: Being Mapped by a Place Called Branada


Themes: Identity; Brazil; South America; Travel
Story Available in: English; Portugese

Past Speakers & Stories

Faye profile
Zebiba profile
Khidir Bkdach stands infrom of a community mural