Com­mu­nity Con­nec­tions help­ing new­com­ers

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page - -- An­gela Brown

As a church group pre­pares to wel­come a Syr­ian refugee fam­ily to Alexan­dria, sev­eral agen­cies are hold­ing a free in­for­ma­tion ses­sion to help all new­com­ers to the area. Com­mu­nity Con­nec­tions will take place Septem­ber 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Corn­wall Civic Com­plex.

The event will be a “one-stop fo­rum” where new res­i­dents can meet con­tacts who can help them find the in­for­ma­tion they need, and of­fer sup­port so they will “feel wel- comed,” says Sheila McDon­ald, who is or­ga­niz­ing the pre­sen­ta­tions on be­half of the Lo­cal Im­mi­gra­tion Part­ner­ship Coun­cil. Em­ploy­ers and ed­u­ca­tors will be among those rep­re­sented at the event.

Among the re­cent new­com­ers to Corn­wall are pro­fes­sion­als, young fam­i­lies, post-sec­ondary school stu­dents and in­di­vid­u­als tak­ing spe­cial train­ing, or who are en­rolled in stu­dent-ex­change pro­grams.

The NAV Cen­tre is cur­rently host­ing Chi­nese stu­dent pi­lots, while Mex­i­can stu­dents will be study­ing at St. Lawrence Col­lege this year.

A set­tle­ment com­mit­tee from Breadal­bane Bap­tist Church in Dalkeith and its satel­lite Re­vive Church in Alexan­dria is ex­pect­ing a Syr­ian fam­ily now liv­ing in Lebanon to ar­rive in Alexan­dria later this month.

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