UN Secretary General visits CCI Ottawa

UN Secretary General visits CCI Ottawa

“A once in a lifetime opportunity.” That’s how CCI Executive Director Carl Nicholson characterized the informal visit of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to the Catholic Centre for Immigrants on Thursday, February 11. Seven Syrian refugee families who had...
Practicing English through Singing

Practicing English through Singing

In a big bright room on a Saturday morning, a group of adults and children are standing in a circle, breathing to a count of five… “Inhale….hold… exhale….”  Some are recent immigrants and refugees, some are volunteers, and all of them are warming up, getting ready to...
Partnerships and Playgroups

Partnerships and Playgroups

The sound of kids having fun:  that’s the first sign for visitors that the playgroup program for refugee children is a hit.  The second sign is the intensity of the play:  whether they are squeezing playdough through tubes, hammering at the kids’ size workbench, or...
Circle of Friends

Circle of Friends

CCI’s Community Connections team has begun training sessions for volunteers who will help pilot the new “Circle of Friends” program, which is designed to create support networks for refugees as they settle into their new homes in Ottawa. The trainee volunteers for the...

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