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Helping others is the Canadian way

Helping others is the Canadian way

Ten years ago, a friend and I started an initiative to help newcomers during the holidays. We donated a large load of groceries to a newcomer family in need. We connected with the family through my mother’s friend. Two years later, in 2012, I connected to the Catholic...

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This newcomer preaches patience

This newcomer preaches patience

Every newcomer to Canada has a unique story. But they all share similar goals. They come to Canada to build new lives. Less then two years ago, Shabana Ansari arrived in Ottawa with her husband and son. They were excited about their future but also a little anxious....

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Do you have skates to donate?

Do you have skates to donate?

Skates, skates and more skates. CCI Ottawa is looking for donations of hockey skates in working condition or donations of new skates. The skates will be used by newcomers who take to the Rink of Dreams next month as part of our Skating Buddy Program. With a team of...

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Growing strong after one year

Growing strong after one year

By Megan Russell The Karen people, or Kayin as they call themselves, are an ethnic group from Southeast Asia. They are the second largest ethnic group with around 6 to 7 million people in Burma alone. Unfortunately, many of the Burmese Karen people had to flee across...

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Meet Joseph, youth case worker

Meet Joseph, youth case worker

By Megan Russell It is no secret that being young has its many challenges. Most young people struggle with confidence or self esteem, choosing their career path and finding their place in this world. This is where youth workers at the Catholic Centre for Immigrants...

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Finding computers for newcomers

Finding computers for newcomers

By Megan Russell In today’s technologically advanced world, it is almost impossible to succeed without owning a personal computer. Imagine trying to earn a degree at university or advance your career without one. This is the unfortunate reality for many newcomers...

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Immigrants represent almost one quarter of the population of the City of Ottawa.

Welcoming Newcomers to Ottawa since 1954

CCI Ottawa celebrated our 60th anniversary in 2014. Your contribution as a Donor, Member, or Volunteer tells us that you value the work we do together to integrate newcomers from every part of the world.

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