June 2017 E-Newsletter
Creating a welcoming community

For many of you, this summer will be an opportunity to take some time to relax, to re-charge your batteries and have some fun. Many of us will be at Parliament Hill this Saturday celebrating Canada's 150th.

You'll also find many newcomers celebrating Canada Day as their way of saying thank you to their new country. They, too, will take advantage of everything the nation's capital has to offer during these summer months.

But they will also spend their summer continuing to adapt to life in their new country. It takes time to settle in a new community. Many Syrian refugees who arrived last year are still learning a new language. They are learning how to make their way around the city, access services, help their children succeed in school, make friends, and understand our culture.

Newcomers want to feel safe. They want to be connected to their new community. They want to give back and many are. We have been helping refugees and immigrants for more than 60 years. But there are still so many who need our help. Please give today so we can help more newcomers adapt to life in a new country.

We hope your summer is everything you wish it to be. Be safe and have some summer fun. Recharge your batteries.

Happy Canada Day, everyone!

Carl Nicholson
Executive Director

Starting a new life at any age

Majid Al Yamoory knew he didn’t speak English well enough when he moved to Ottawa.

So he turned to the Catholic Centre for Immigrants’ Matching Program for help. The 74-year-old civil engineer from Iraq was paired with Bruce Grant and Mike Brosseau.

“Although I had learned English in 1972, I was evaluated at a level three and needed a much higher level to fully participate in Canadian life,” said Majid, who came to Canada in 2015.

“Majid and I would meet regularly over coffee,” explained Bruce, a 76-year-old retired structural engineer. “He told me so many fascinating stories."

The friendships helped Majid learn about communication in the workplace, the law in Canada and the benefits of volunteering. Soon Majid would volunteer at the Catholic Immigrant Centre, helping to translate English documents into Arabic – a much needed skill with so many refugees arriving from Syria.

Majid’s life has changed a lot in the last two years. He participates in conversation circles with other newcomers and has proudly brought his English to a level seven. This fall he will be attending Algonquin College to study green architecture.

“My advice to other newcomers is that although it’s difficult at times, it’s not impossible to start a new life at any age.”

You can help more newcomers like Majid by making a donation today. Please click here.
Refugee youth at English Summer camp

Thank you Ottawa Fury

More than 100 immigrant youth recently had the opportunity to enjoy an afternoon at Lansdowne Park.

The young people watched an entertaining soccer match, met some of the players and walked on the field. For a lot of young newcomers, soccer is the sport they know best.

At CCI Ottawa,we provide programs and services to hundreds of youth every year. In addition to counselling services, job hunting seminars and drop-ins, we also like to get out into the community. It's the best way for young people to learn about their new city.

Thanks to the Ottawa Fury and Kids Up Front Ottawa.

If you would like to support immigrant youth, please click here.
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