Welcoming new Canadians

This evening, I attended the 31st Annual General Meeting of Immigrant Services Guelph Wellington to recognize their work in our community.   The organization has gone through a remarkable transformation over the last couple of years.  They have a new name.  They were formerly known as the Multicultural Centre.  They have a wonderful new office at 926 Paisley Road.  The Board and Staff have recently completed a strategic plan to better prepare themselves to meet the needs of immigrants settling in Guelph.

I have the privilege of serving as Honourary Co-Chair of the Guelph Citizenship Committee, which organizes wonderful citizenship ceremonies.  Whenever I attend these ceremonies, I am inspired by how eager our newest citizens are to be full participants in the life of our community.

With the input of Immigrant Services and other organizations like the Guelph Wellington Volunteer Centre and the Maytree Foundation, the City Hall has revamped its internal procedures for the recruitment of volunteers to our many agencies, boards and committees to ensure we can attract resident from all parts of our community and that these important civic volunteer opportunities are accessible to new Canadians.

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