Catholic Centre for Immigrants – Ottawa

Helping all refugees and immigrants realize their full potential in Canada


Circles help seniors connect

There’s an old saying that growing old is not for the meek. One of the many challenges some seniors will face as they grow older is isolation. For seniors who are immigrants and don’t speak English very well, the isolation can be even more profound. Last year, the...

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A successful transition for Inga

After six years of living in Canada, Inga Bohnekamp is sounding more and more like a Canadian. “The winters are so long and the summers here are so humid!” Inga started her Canadian adventure when she studied psychology as an exchange student in 2003–2004...

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Tennis a big hit for girls program

When Claudine Nduwimama, Facilitator of Catholic Centre for Immigrants’ Girls on the Go, surveyed the program’s 20 participants to find out what sports they wanted to try out, tennis was near the top of the list. So on a sunny mid-August afternoon, the...

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Bust these myths about refugees

Fake news. We’ve heard this phrase many times, especially if you happen to follow a certain U.S. President in the news. Fake news, though, is no laughing matter and it’s not just a problem in the U.S. With the proliferation of social media in the last 10 years and the...

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We appreciate volunteers like Ria

Volunteers make up the backbone of the work we do. Last year, more than 1,300 volunteers and sponsors helped the Catholic Centre for Immigrants deliver programs and services to more than 6,500 newcomers to Ottawa. Volunteers help newcomers learn a language, access...

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Become a monthly donor like Meiz

Monthly donations are crucial for an organization like the Catholic Centre for Immigrants. It's a predictable and stable source of funding.  More importantly, it lets the families we are helping know they are not forgotten. It takes some time to adjust to a new...

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