Community Connections helping newcomers
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.