Acts of Welcome
Mes voisins m'ont apporté beaucoup de soutien durant l'absence de mon mari.
Mes voisins m'ont beaucoup aidé avec mon Anglais. J'ai beaucoup appris d'eux.
Mon ami m'a acceuillie à mon arrivée et m'a proposé de rester chez lui quelques mois, le temps de me trouver un logement et un emploi.
While in ELS I learned how to say hello and good bye in Mandarin, Korean, Arabic and of course English and Spanish. It always bring smiles when I can greet someone in their own language and my classmates were happy to teach and learn some words from different languages.
Submitted 23/02/18 by: Nelson G
- I took newcomers on a tour around London and introduced them to various facilities.
- I learned that a friend volunteers as a conversation partner for newcomers learning English.
Submitted 18/02/18 by: Emal K
- I learned some words in Punjabi to communicate with a neighbour.
- I use my privilege o make silent voices be heard.
- I educate myself and my family.
- I call out racism whenever I see it. I hate it!
- I displayed a #AllAreWelcomeHere sign in my office.
- My church had a youth welcome event for me and my family.
- I helped a newcomer check out of the grocery store.
- I stop to offer newcomers directions when asked.
- I gave directions in Chinese and smiled.
- At work, I speak French with customers who struggling with English. Submitted 14/02/18 by: Western University students
When I first came to London, I was too shy to ask for help. My English level was very low, so I had to call friends miles away to help me navigate the system. This went on until one day when I got lost and could not reach out to my friends or Google maps for help because my phone battery was dead.
Left with no choice, I approached the first person I saw and asked about how I could get back home. I tried using a few words, such as street name, Fanshawe College, bus etc.. And suddenly, that gentle person asked me "Parlez-vous francais?" and I said Yes Yes Yes Yes.. so we continued our conversation in French.
This person was very helpful and told me to not hesitate to ask around, because people speak different languages, different dialects.. and that I will always finds someone to help.
Since that day, I pay more attention while walking on the street and am always open to helping people.. I even translate when the person doesn't speak English!
Submitted 14/02/18 by: Mustapha A
Before I found my career in settlement, I volunteered with what was called the Host Program at the time. I was matched with a newly arrived Burmese family of five. One time, I took the family to the movie theatre to see Shrek and it was the first time they had been to the cinema. I remember the young children had never been on an escalator before so I had to lift them on it so they wouldn't fall. During the movie, all of the children looked completely amazed with so much excitement and wonder in their eyes. I remember staring at them, and almost feeling the "newness" through their eyes.
I am so completely grateful for the experiences I shared with the family, and how they so warmly welcomed me into their lives. The time I spent with them was an opportunity for us both to learn and share new experiences together. I have held on to this memory in particular for many years and to this day feel indebted.
Submitted 14/02/18 by: Jennifer S
When I first moved to Canada, my neighbours took my family and me sightseeing outside London. We were introduced to Uncle Tom’s Cabin near Chatham and taken for drives to Port Dover and surrounding towns. It helped us familiarize ourselves with the region and know more about it.
I was also taught tips and tricks to cope with the weather by other friends such as dressing in layers, using a corn broom vs a scraper to clear the snow off my car easily and using the flip side of a scraper to make ridges in the ice to clear out the snow quicker. I even learned to make snow angels! These tips may not seem like much to native Canadians but they really helped me because I’d never even seen snow prior to moving to Canada.
Submitted 12/02/18 by: Maria D
My husband and I took a newcomer family to see Niagara Falls.
Submitted 10/02/18 by: Julie D
- I registered a newcomer, a young lady, with my granddaughter in karate and we go together once a week. They both love it.
- We once went to buy a used piece of furniture. When he learned we were newcomers, he gave it to us for free. He said he had been a newcomer once too.
- I took some newcomers to my favourite thrift stores and we had a great time shopping. I also took some newcomers to a local farm to pick some fresh produce.
- I spoke to a woman and her small child. she signaled that she had forgot her key to the building door. I told her how to say "I forgot my key" and she was happy to learn it.
- I took my niece and sister-in-law to the cinema for the first time in Canada. It was a cartoon so when they didn't understand words, they enjoyed the animation and comedy. They were happy at how much they understood too.
Submitted 10/02/18 by: Suzanne R
I came to Canada with my family six years ago as a Government Assisted Refugee. From the first week I volunteered with CCLC and attend ESL to improve my English and to learn about Canadian culture.
The Village Green ESL school had a warm welcoming environment as most of the teachers were immigrants themselves and having gone through the same process, they knew how difficult it is at the beginning, so they tried to help and support us as much as they could.
I am a doctor by profession and my husband is a chemical engineer. Volunteering with the LMLIP has opened doors for me through networking and I found work in the field of medical interpretation.
Submitted 09/02/18 by: Asmara
At my work at a settlement agency, a volunteer cooked and brought a Sudanese lunch for all of the staff team.
Submitted 09/02/18 by: Jacob W
This 'act' is one I have witnessed many times over through involvement with our Iraqi family. Their child was enrolled at Eagle Heights School, London, which was just awesome in their welcoming not only the child but the family. Many Arabic signs around the school, family conferences with Interpreters, accommodation of special needs, concerned care and bountiful love and joy showed the family this was a good place for their child! It was a beautiful experience for all our Amal Group.
Submitted 09/02/18 by: Carol J
My wife, twin sons and I emigrated from our birth country South Africa in 1977 and we were immediately welcomed to London, in particular by expats. For any new South African immigrants, I suggest visiting the Protea Club of London, Ontario's Facebook site and let us know who you are.
Members of the Protea Club meet at a dinner evening in April and enjoy a fabulous barbecue (Braai) the Sunday after Labour Day.
I have been fortunate in participating in the 'Face of London' campaign, recognizing immigrants in London who have made a difference. There are many opportunities to get involved in cultural programs in this city.
Submitted 09/02/18 by: Rael W
This week, a colleague helped a new immigrant, an internationally trained professional, connect with a company that offers services to help start, grow and connect companies in many industries including digital media, the life sciences, advanced manufacturing and clean technology.
Submitted 09/02/18 by: Dharshi L
I am guiding and helping out three immigrants to apply for jobs at the City of London. The City is committed to hiring people with disabilities, LGBT and immigrant newcomers. A diverse workplace is a better workplace. Immigrants bring a a valuable skill set to corporations, and in general to the Canadian workforce.
Submitted 08/02/18 by: Lisseth D
I was invited to a newcomer’s home for lunch and had the most amazing meal. At the same time they explained the dish that they made. It was enjoyable and educational to learn about their cultural, and at the same time they were interested in hearing about my Dutch culture and traditions.
Submitted 06/02/18 by: Patty C
I volunteer with agencies that assist in the settlement process.
Submitted 06/02/18 by: Dalia E
I helped a newcomer navigate an employment related situation.
Submitted 05/02/18 by: Emily L
We were fortunate to welcome a new Canadian family of five when they arrived from Syria. They stayed with us in our home for two weeks as we waited for their new home to be ready. What a wonderful opportunity for our own young children to learn empathy, compassion and the richness that can be brought to your life when you can listen and learn from others.
Submitted 03/02/18 by: Mutch Family
The Tamang and Gurung New Year celebration that took place at Montcalm secondary welcomed many teachers and staff as guests! This is as an act of welcoming others to share in Nepali Bhutanese community and it strengthens an inclusive partnership.
Submitted 03/02/18 by: N Wales
Mr. Steinback's grade 7 students at Sir George Etienne Cartier School invited their grade 7 Syrian newcomer peers to teach phrases and words to them in Arabic as well as teach them about their favourite foods in a special lunch, so that as a class, they can be more welcoming!
Submitted 03/02/18 by: N Wales
I teach Tai Chi, Kung Fu and Chinese folk dances to newcomers.
Submitted 02/02/18 by: Flora L
My wife and I recently moved from Melbourne Australia, to London. We arrived here in December 2017 and settled in a neighborhood in North London. I cannot believe how welcoming London has been to us. The city and its people have welcomed us with open arms. On moving day, several of our neighbours stopped by to introduce themselves, some even giving us gifts. We were invited to a neighbourhood Christmas party, and have made several friends in our block. When it snows, my neighbour often ploughs our driveway before we can even get to it! (Generally speaking, snow is a foreign concept in Australia! I’m still trying to work out how to repay my neighbour as the cable for my recently purchased electric snow blower doesn’t reach to his driveway.... so far it’s been with wine!) My wife and I have both found great work, and the manager of a local day care centre went out of her way to get us a spot at their centre for the kids. We love London! Thank you to all the wonderful residents of this beautiful city for making us feel so welcome
Submitted 02/02/18 by: Tim B
I led a group of friends and neighbours to sponsor a refugee family and helped them settle in Toronto for a year. I am now helping them apply to bring their daughter, her husband, and their two small children to Canada. All speak English, are university educated and are law-abiding, decent people. They are glad Canada took them in. We were glad for the opportunity to help people we did not know. When asked what surprised me most about the family, I replied it was surprising to me how similar we are in our outlook, our values, and our sense of humour.
Submitted 02/02/18 by: Betsy A