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Catholic Centre for Immigrants – Ottawa


Bust these myths about refugees

Fake news. We’ve heard this phrase many times, especially if you happen to follow a certain U.S. President in the news. Fake news, though, is no laughing matter and it’s not just a problem in the U.S. With the proliferation of social media in the last 10 years and the...

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Santa makes a visit to refugees

Santa made another early visit to Reception House this year. Our annual Christmas Party was another fun afternoon of presents, food and companionship. Here are a few photos from the event. [ngg_images source="galleries" container_ids="28"...

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Syrian family feels blessed

The Al Ahmad family can't wait until they are eligible to apply for Canadian citizenship. That's how much their new country means to them. Mahmoud and his wife Mona had a typical life in Syria. Mahmoud went to work each day as a long-haul truck driver, a job that took...

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Preaching the love of reading

Congratulations to Noor! The 19-year-old newcomer recently won a $1,000 grant from Awesome Ottawa for his idea called Newcomer Reads, a project to encourage young newcomers to read. Noor said the idea came to him when he realized there were many in the newcomer...

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NHL Enterprises makes donation

Santa Claus made an early visit to the Catholic Centre for Immigrants on Thursday in the form of former NHLers Shane Doan, Kris King and officials with the NHL Enterprises Canada. The group was on hand to deliver $15,000 worth of gift cards to Canadian Tire and Sport...

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An update on Seniors Circles

It’s been just a little more than a year since we started our Seniors Circles program.   This program is part of a collaborative project, Keeping Ottawa Seniors Connected (KOSC), funded by Employment and Social Development Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors. It brings...

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