PIP News – February 2019

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A recap of the Peterborough Immigration Partnership’s work in February 2019


An Introductory Course in Screen Printing provided six newcomer women a chance to creatively express themselves, network, and build their community

This winter, 6 newcomer women participated in a two-month introductory screen printing series by Madderhouse Textile Studios. The program, specially developed and delivered for the New Canadians Centre, offered instruction in foundational screen printing methods using water-based inks and darkroom exposure techniques, while encouraging personal explorations through sketchbook practices, and eventually the development of repeating pattern designs for textiles. Participants developed their own final project ideas, producing objects of relevance and meaning. 


“I didn’t know how satisfying and exciting it is to learn screen printing techniques, turning your imagination to fabric is something you fall in love with” says newcomer Ana Lucero Sandoval from Mexico (pictured below second from right).


Among Madderhouse’s goals is to create work and learning environments that are warm and welcoming, creative and exciting, challenging and meaningful, and these qualities were in abundance throughout this program. For the New Canadians Centre, programs like this provide space for newcomers to express themselves, find community, and foster their sense of belonging. The participants showcased their final projects on February 1st at Madderhouse, as part of the revived First Friday Art Crawl.

Newcomer women display their finished products at the First Friday Art Crawl

Newcomer Kitchen Peterborough welcomed as a vendor at the 15th Annual ReFrame Film Festival

Newcomer Kitchen Peterborough was proud to participate as a food vendor at the first ever Food Market at the 15th Annual ReFrame Peterborough International Film Festival this January. This was the first multi-day event that Newcomer Kitchen Peterborough has participated in. It provided the group with a unique learning and networking experience! The group excelled in providing festival patrons with their signature dishes: spinach pies; cheese bread; zaa’tar bread; hummus dip; and smoky baba ghanouj, among others. Thank you to the ReFrame organizers for being warm and welcoming to the women, and for supporting them as they continue to build their business.

Prepping their signature dishes!

Established in 2008, the Peterborough Immigration Partnership (PIP) is a community-based partnership of individuals & organisations (including the NCC) which envisions a community where the meaningful economic, social and cultural integration of newcomers ensures a prosperous and inclusive community for all.

Please contact us for more information and to become involved in this partnership.

View the Minutes from our March 2018 Annual Meeting here