Newsletter Stories

27 Feb Indigenous-Immigrant relations central theme at P2P Conference

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="5/6"][vc_column_text] Stacey Laforme, elected Chief of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation (MNCFN), set a strong thematic tone to the annual Pathways to Prosperity Conference in Toronto, Ontario  with his insights on...

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27 Feb Rwanda in Sherbrooke: Omar Mutabazi’s ‘Never Quit’ Attitude

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]Omar Mutabazi, Rwandan Refugee and new Canadian[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="normal"][vc_column_text] My name is Omar Mutabazi.  I’m originally from Rwanda, and I have been living in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada since November 18th 2014.  Before coming to Canada, I accessed the Canadian Orientation...

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27 Feb Every Individual has Opportunities for Employment: Mentee Feedback from JVS Toronto

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]Farah Alizadehahi, Employment Counsellor/Mentoring Coach[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="normal"][vc_column_text] “Every individual has opportunities for employment” is the vision statement of JVS Toronto. To accomplish this, JVS offers a wide array of career and employment services which aim to find individuals meaningful employment...

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27 Feb Rocky: A Year in Canada

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="5/6"][vc_column_text]After living as refugees for 14 years in Kenya, COA’s 200,000th participant – Rocky N’daye – and his family have made it through their first year in Canada. COA’s Nader Kaddour joined Rocky...

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27 Feb From the heart: Syrian newcomers tell their stories of Canada

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="5/6"][vc_column_text]As four young Syrian newcomers, aged between 20 and 26 years of age, come together to meet with Farah Barakat, their former Canadian Orientation Abroad trainer from Lebanon, they speak of war and...

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27 Feb Interview with a COA Refugee Facilitator: Farah Barakat

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="5/6"][vc_column_text] Farah Barakat, a refugee and immigrant facilitator with COA Lebanon, puts relating with her participants first in during orientation sessions. COA connected with Farah in Beirut, where she discusses the value of humour,...

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27 Feb Inside the Mind of a COA Refugee Facilitator: Patience Larety

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="5/6"][vc_column_text] With nearly 15 years of experience with the IOM, 13 of them with COA, Patience Larety has delivered sessions all over the world, from some of the world's largest metropolises to the most...

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27 Feb Getting Woke at Dadaab Refugee Camp and Other Life Lessons: A WUSC Student’s Journey to Canada

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="5/6"][vc_column_text] Growing up in Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya, Ahmad Mohamed - a Somali Refugee - studied his way into a World University Service of Canada Sponsorship at the University of Toronto. Along the...

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27 Feb COA Shines at Oslo Migrant Training Experts Meeting

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="5/6"][vc_column_text] COA’s Refugee Youth Program Coordinator, Shaheera Rahin, recently attended a Migrant Training Conference for IOM Staff in Oslo. During her visit to the Norwegian capital, Ms. Rahin was able to share her expertise...

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