Finding her own way to college

Finding her own way to college

By Haiqa Khattak I remember the day I visited the University of Ottawa’s admission office with my education transcripts from my home country of Pakistan. I had completed high school pre-medical in my country. The lady at the information desk showed me the possible...
Marking March Break with eggs

Marking March Break with eggs

By Haiqa Khattack Volunteers were helping Vincaire Minyer take a milkshake and a broiled egg from the pancake breakfast stall. Vincaire, 16, is from Uganda, a country that is “not too hot, nor too cold,” he says. Canada’s cold weather doesn’t bother him much despite...
Taking the lead with youth

Taking the lead with youth

By Claudine Nduwimana Helpful, respectful and eager to learn are just some of the words to describe Reuben Nashali. Reuben came to Ottawa on Feb. 22, 2017 to join some of his family who were already here. His mother and siblings had settled a year earlier in Ottawa...
Living the Canadian dream

Living the Canadian dream

By Claudine Nduwimana Douaa remembers her life as a refugee in Lebanon. She was working in a grocery store to help support her family, her dream of going to university put on hold. Now, less than three years later, Douaa is a first-year student at Carleton...
Services help newcomers settle

Services help newcomers settle

By Shabana Ansari Mitra Ghaffari arrived in Canada six years ago with nothing but a post-graduate degree in English and a strong belief in Canada’s liberal and inclusive culture.   Living at a women’s shelter and completely on her own in a new country where she...
A more welcoming community

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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