Volume 11 | November 2018
Living the immigrant dream
Dear CCI Friend,

You might have heard about Aeman. His family was one of the first to arrive in Ottawa three years go when Canada welcomed 30,000 refugees to Canada.

It was a challenge to adapt to a life in a new country. Thousands of Syrians had fled their homes and had lived in refugee camps for several years before getting the chance to start over.

Settlement takes time but Aeman and other Syrians are starting to realize the immigrant's dream.

Aeman opened a kiosk at an Ottawa mall where he sells sweets, cookies and other treats. He and his wife go to school every day to learn English. He has three children in school and a baby who was born after they arrived in Canada. The school children are fluent in English and life in a war-torn country is but a distant memory.

Aeman's story is not unique. It plays out every day as refugees arrive in the nation's capital. They are here to work and pay their taxes. They want futures for their children. They want to live in peace and be safe. They want to integrate into their new community and learn what it means to be Canadian.

As we approach the Christmas season, please make a donation to help us provide programs and services to refugees. In time, just like Aeman, they will give back to your community.

Kindest regards,

Carl Nicholson
Executive Director
Giving Tuesday is next week, please give!
#GivingTuesday is almost here. It's a day of global giving and we want you to join our efforts to help refugees and immigrants settle and integrate in Ottawa.

You can make next Tuesday a special day by making a donation.

Here are three reasons to make a donation this Tuesday.

1 . We provided programs and services to more than 4,500 refugees and immigrants last year. Whether it was finding a home, learning a language or adjusting to daily life in Ottawa, your gift will ensure newcomers get the support they need.

2. Many refugees arrive suffering from PTSD and other mental health challenges. With your support, we can ensure refugees get the care they deserve.

3. More than 350 youth participated in programs, workshops and field trips last year, all designed to help them make friends, connect with their community and avoid isolation. This Tuesday you can help young newcomers integrate successfully into your community.

Please support us this coming Tuesday and make a difference in the life of a refugee.
Former refugee now helps other young newcomers
When political upheaval in Myanmar forced 17-year-old Trudy Mawlay and her two sisters to flee their country and live in a refugee camp in Thailand, little did the girls know that a happier and more productive life was waiting for them halfway across the world.

It has been 10 years since they left the refugee camp to arrive in Ottawa along with other members of the Karen community.

“The early years were so hard. I started going to high school without knowing the language or understanding the culture. Naturally, I struggled very hard to make sense of my surroundings and to make new friends,” recalls Trudy.

Over the years Trudy has transformed from a quiet teenager unsure about herself to a confident, well-educated young woman who now works tirelessly to support the youth in her community.

With CCI support, Trudy manages the Ottawa Karen Youth Centre (OKYC) which opened earlier this year to provide young Karen people with a “positive environment to develop their social identity, healthy relationships and interpersonal skills.”

Trudy adds their aim is to decrease the isolation of the youth within the community and to provide a safe space where the they can share their knowledge and experiences.

“The idea is to help them maintain their cultural identity while integrating fully into Canadian society so that they can contribute positively to the country we all now call home.”

(Pictured: Members of the Ottawa Karen community pose in their new youth centre).

The power of monthly giving
Thank you for supporting refugees and immigrants. Your support means so much to the people who come to Ottawa to escape war, violence and poverty.

But did you know you can have a greater impact by being a monthly donor? Making a donation once a month adds up to a big impact at the end of the year.

A monthly donation provides stability and predictability for you and CCI. It's easy to sign up and is a more affordable way to give that adds up over time.

You can sign up for our monthly giving program by visiting our  donation pageemailing Dora   or calling 613-232-9634, ext. 359.
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