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Yarmouth holds event for newcomers

Those attending the newcomers event in Yarmouth had a variety of food offerings from which to choose during the potluck portion of the evening. ERIC BOURQUE PHOTO
Those attending the newcomers event in Yarmouth had a variety of food offerings from which to choose during the potluck portion of the evening. ERIC BOURQUE PHOTO

Annual initiative included presentations to immigrants and to those who help them

An event at NSCC Burridge Campus in Yarmouth was a chance for immigrants and other community members to get together for an evening of fellowship, recognition and appreciation.

As a potluck, it was also an opportunity to try out a variety of food offerings.

Organized by a committee of volunteers on behalf of the YREACH program, the event was held in the Burridge cafeteria.

The idea is to bring together immigrants to the local area, along with people who have helped welcome them and get them settled in their new community.

The evening included a number of presentations.

“We recognize two groups,” said Dolores Atwood, immigrant settlement staff member with YREACH. “(The first group consists of) immigrants that have been active within our communities, support other immigrants and those who started their own business. The second group are our partners who helped and support immigrants that are referred to them.”

Those recognized at this year’s event included:

--Chinatsu Doucet

--Alaa and Samer Albwab

--Sarah and Tahrir

--Leo and Maria Elizabeth

--Silke Platania

--CBDC Yarmouth

--Southwest Employment Services.

YREACH is a program of the YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth.

The Yarmouth newcomers event has been held annually for four years.

Meanwhile, plans are in the works for another Yarmouth event focusing on newcomers – an immigration summit – with organizers eyeing April or so for this one.

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