Helping all newcomers
realize their full potential

Catholic Centre for Immigrants – Ottawa


Settlement is not always easy

In a recent column, Le Droit’s Patrick Duquette called a Donald St. apartment complex, where many Syrians live, a ghetto and a ticking time bomb. (Story here) He reports that Syrians are unhappy with the pace of settlement, the lack of job opportunities, language...

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Using an app to help newcomers

Justine Nkurunziza is an extraordinary woman. In her native Burundi, she was a human rights defender, especially for the rights of women and children. She also worked for Action Aid International in Burundi, before coming to Ottawa as a refugee in 2016. Justine has...

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Finding a new family

“When I arrived in the city in 2016 to study business at the University of Ottawa, I felt like I had landed in the middle of nowhere and was very lonely,” says Seka Wilfried Adon, an international student from the Ivory Coast.  “I only had a few friends in Gatineau,...

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Youth benefit from art program

By Claudine Nduwimana “Art is my talent and I came to CCI to give the most valuable treasure I have -- art skills, my talent.” Jennifer Macklem is an art professor at the University of Ottawa. She joined the Catholic Centre for Immigrants (CCI) in March as an art...

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Fatma says, thank you Canada!

By Claudine Nduwimana A little more than two years ago, Canada welcomed 25,000 Syrian refugees over the course of three months. Thousands of those refugees were children and teens who brought a new culture to our local schools. For many, it was the first opportunity...

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Honorary degree for Carl Nicholson

Editor's Note: The following text appeared in the Algonquin College convocation program.  For more than 50 years, Carl Nicholson has been a man with a mission. In his own words, “I’m driven to build a better world.” By any standard, he has been highly successful in...

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