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Catholic Centre for Immigrants – Ottawa


A more welcoming community

The following is a message from CCI Executive Director Carl Nicholson that appeared in our 2017-2018 annual report.By its definition, an annual report is a snapshot of the work we have done over the course of a year. That’s what you’ll find in this year’s edition.But...

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Building a new life in Ottawa

By Shabana Ansari Ranjith Mathew has played several roles in his professional life – legal advisor, marketeer, entrepreneur, teacher, career counsellor and social worker. However, he insists that he is a “life-long learner” who is constantly picking up new skills and...

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Youth team wins Ottawa Youth Race

Two times was the charm as the Catholic Centre for Immigrants Ottawa youth team claimed victory in the annual Ottawa Youth race. This is the second year in a row CCI has captured the trophy. The race took place in late October. The Ottawa Youth Race is about helping...

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Dance therapy for newcomers

By Shabana Ansari What is the best thing you can do when you are unhappy, stressed out, and not feeling great about yourself or the world in general? “Join a dance class!” says Nubia Cermeño who is a great believer in “dance therapy” and the power of music to heal the...

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New centre to help the Karen youth

By Shabana Ansari When political upheaval in Myanmar forced 17-year-old Trudy Mawlay and her two sisters to flee their country and live in a refugee camp in Thailand, little did the girls know that a happier and more productive life was waiting for them halfway across...

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Learning to cook on a budget

By Claudine Nduwimana When you’re a young newcomer adjusting to life in a new country, your kitchen skills might not be on the front burner. It’s easy to fall prey to cheap, fast food, especially if most of your time is filled with learning about life in Ottawa,...

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