Patrick is a single dad to his seven-year-old son, Patrick Jr.
They arrived in Ottawa last summer after fleeing the Congo where they feared for their lives. Democratic elections have been put on hold indefinitely and the country has become increasingly more violent with protests.
At the Catholic Centre for Immigrants, we helped Patrick settle in the nation's capital, enroll his son into Grade 1, and connect with his community.
Recently, Patrick emailed us to say thank you.
"We received the great and unique warmest welcome. It's unbelievable. As a single parent, it's just overwhelming. We can strongly confirm that Canadians are an amazing people. In the very short time, we have benefited from a number of great services.
"We are grateful to be in such a great and safe country. We have made this beautiful country our home and we will use our skills, knowledge and experience to advance and contribute positively to the society of our new country -- Canada. Thank you."