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We are a country of successful immigrants, all of whom started off as newcomers at some point in time. Here, we bring you the stories of such successful immigrant professionals and entrepreneurs, stories to inspire and help you set personal goals for your own life and also be successful in your new home country.

Amazing mentors and peers inspired me to do better: Yilmaz Ergun Dinc

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By Tosin Ajogbeje Looking for immigration stories to inspire you today? Meet Dr. Yilmaz Ergun Dinc, Senior Research Associate, Immigration at the Conference Board of Canada. When Yilmaz Ergun arrived in Canada in 2018, he had every newcomer’s worries – how to find his professional footing, build social networks, and meet people. “I had a […]

Same Shoes, Different Doors – Interview with author Sukhjit Singh

Toronto author Koom Kankesan recalls his newcomer days

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It was in 1987, during the tumultuous time of the civil war in Sri Lanka when Koom Kankesan and his family arrived in Canada. The Torontonian author and arts journalist, who spent some formative years in England, recalls noticing how the culture was so different here. Koom earned a B.A. in English and Creative Writing […]

Toronto Newcomer Day 2021 artists Marta Solek, Ahmed Moneka share their story

Toronto Newcomer Day 2021 artists Marta Solek, Ahmed Moneka share their story

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Every year since 2015, at the Toronto Newcomer Day event hosted by the City of Toronto, a number of newcomer artists showcase their talents as part of the day’s lineup of activities. Fellow Torontonians cheer them on and join in the celebrations. During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions, the 2021 event was held online […]

This couple decided to immigrate to Canada during the pandemic

Amar’s newcomer story: From quarantining at home to finding a job during the pandemic

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Amar Desai moved from India to Canada in June 2020. “My family and I landed during the pandemic, but we were prepared, nonetheless. The Planning for Canada team equipped us with lots of information and contacts of agencies in Toronto that supported us from Day 1. In no time, I had a job, too,” says […]

Amazing mentors and peers inspired me to do better: Yilmaz Ergun Dinc

New immigrant Jennifer is all praises for Planning for Canada’s pre-arrival support

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After living in the Philippines and Dubai, Jennifer Pacquing immigrated to Canada in 2020. Before the big move, she signed up for Planning for Canada‘s pre-arrival services and is “grateful for all the assistance, information and resources” she received. In this interview, Jennifer shares how Planning for Canada helped her create and follow a personalized […]

Amar’s newcomer story: From quarantining at home to finding a job during the pandemic

This Vancouver entrepreneur is teaching children for free during the pandemic

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Immigrants in the Vancouver area (British Columbia) represent 41% of the population and play a huge role in its social and economic development. Meet Kavita Dau, a young immigrant entrepreneur, who has been giving back to her community by teaching kids for free online during the COVID-19 pandemic. Kavita is the founder and CEO of […]

Pioneers for Change 2015: Celebrating leadership and innovation

Rhose Harris-Galia is promoting patient care while touching lives in Nunavut

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“I never entered the nursing field planning to make an impact. But it’s very gratifying when people say, “Thanks again for all the help you gave”, whether it was last week or it was 10 years ago,” says Rhose Harris-Galia. She was looking for an adventure and it landed her in Baffin Island in the […]

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How the Asian community helped revive the Charlottetown Skating Club

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When the Charlottetown Skating Club, which has been in operation for over six decades, struggled to attract as many skating enthusiasts as earlier, a parent of a member in the club’s junior program came to its rescue. He, along with the many visitors of his Asian store, helped revive this club in Prince Edward Island […]

This Vancouver entrepreneur is teaching children for free during the pandemic

Meet Bela Ravi, an immigrant-turned-changemaker in Canada

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Bela Ravi is one of the several immigrants who are making a difference in communities across Canada. She has been working tirelessly to introduce much-needed services by organizing fundraisers in her city. For Bela, who came to Canada from India in 1973, this is a way of giving back to Sudbury. “This is the place […]

Amar’s newcomer story: From quarantining at home to finding a job during the pandemic

Meet Gina Cody, a foreign-student-turned-engineering-superhero of Concordia

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Gina Cody’s mother, who married young, wanted her daughters to continue their education, and be independent. Gina, who came to Canada in 1979 during the revolution in Iran, not only carried on the mission that was given to her by her mother, but became the first woman in her program at Concordia University to finish […]

An immigrant success story in a small rural town in BC

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