Meet Emmanuel, youth facilitator

Meet Emmanuel, youth facilitator

Learning to live in a strange new country is a challenge. And it can be even more challenging if you’re trying to navigate school, teenage friends, finding your first job and more. Our Youth Program helps young newcomers settle and integrate in Ottawa by offering a...
Preparing refugee children for school

Preparing refugee children for school

Do you remember your child’s first day of school? You probably felt a mixture of pride and worry. Pride that your child was reaching such a big milestone; worry because you wanted your child to make friends, fit in and succeed. It’s the same scenario for refugee...
Joy of supporting a newcomer

Joy of supporting a newcomer

Welcome Ottawa Week is celebrated from June 17 to June 30. One of the highlights is the naming of 10 Welcome Ottawa Week Ambassadors. One of this year’s ambassadors is Maurice White, who was nominated by Ndusha Ruhune Freecare In doubles tennis, when one...
Helping others is happiness

Helping others is happiness

By Claudine Nduwimana Muhammad Khalil has been a volunteer at CCI for a little more than four years. Since coming to Canada as a refugee, he has found helping others a source of joy and a way to create lasting friendships. We talked to him about his volunteer...
Louise, our long-time volunteer

Louise, our long-time volunteer

It was 20 years ago when Louise Crandall volunteered with Local Host, a program at the Catholic Centre for Immigrants. A lot has changed in those 20 years. But what hasn’t changed is how Louise feels about volunteering. “What is interesting about volunteering is you...
Employment services help youth

Employment services help youth

By Megan Russell Do you remember looking for your first job? You might have felt nervous or frustrated as you spent hours perfecting your resume, writing cover letters and preparing for interviews. Now imagine you are new to Ottawa and you need a job. You have limited...

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