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New Canadians Centre and Northumberland County partner to streamline services for newcomers

Posted on Thursday November 29, 2018
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Cobourg, ON – November 28, 2018 – For Eduvina Duquinal and her two daughters, who moved to Cobourg from the Philippines, services available through the New Canadians Centre helped the family to form lasting connections with the community.

“We were so pleased to have the opportunity to move to Canada, although it can be isolating settling in a new country where the culture, customs and language are so different,” shared Eduvina. “Visiting the New Canadians Centre opened doors for us. We were able to connect with other newcomers and participate in community events. This really helped us to build a sense of home.”

Eduvina shared her story as part of today’s grand opening celebrations for the new Cobourg office of The New Canadians Centre, which is now located at Northumberland County’s 600 William Street facility. The building is also home to Northumberland County’s Immigration Portal services and Business and Entrepreneurship Centre Northumberland (BECN). This convenient co-location will simplify access for newcomers to such complementary services.

“Northumberland County continues to focus on fostering economic opportunities and community integration for newcomers as part of our larger vision to be a strong and vibrant community,” states County Warden Mark Lovshin. “This is well aligned with the mandate of the New Canadians Centre. Through this new partnership, we hope to reach more people with programs and services that create opportunities for newcomers in our community.”

“Our partnership with Northumberland County will strengthen our service delivery as we continue to provide valuable, high quality support to families like Eduvina’s,” indicates New Canadians Centre Director of Front Line Services Tamara Hoogerdyk. “We would like to thank the County for this opportunity to collaborate on the mutual goal of increasing the capacity of our organizations to provide the best possible services and opportunities for immigrants and refugees in our community.”

Photo attached (left-to-right): Luz Ofelia Maya (Settlement Counsellor & Cobourg Office Administrator, New Canadians Centre); Tamara Hoogerdyk (Director of Front Line Services, New Canadians Centre); Mark Lovshin (Northumberland County Warden)

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