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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or (705) 743-0882.
Current Speakers & Stories
"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
“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
Crossings North and South: Being Mapped by a Place Called Branada