Category: Community

Immigrant Spotlight: Semula Horlings

Semula Horlings is no stranger to the difficulties and struggles that newcomers face. Her role as a Family Settlement Counsellor at the Immigrant Women’s Centre (IWC) has connected her to many clients, each with their own challenges as they try...

/ January 10, 2013

1 in Four website connects women with support services

It takes courage for women to leave abusive relationships and reach out for support. Domestic violence survivors Cathy Watts, Cassandra Henry, and Jennifer Price recognized this gap. That was how 1inFour.ca came to be. An online resource hub focused on domestic violence support services, the site connects women with...

/ January 7, 2013

Dealing with loss through mutual support

  Eight years ago, Lori Fraser and her husband Shawn were expecting their first child. All the check-ups were going well until Lori was 38 weeks pregnant their daughter’s heartbeat stopped. Two days later, Lori was induced and delivered “a beautiful little girl” named Mikayla, who...

/ November 12, 2012

Hamilton’s Top Five Most Welcoming Spaces (for newcomer women)

The public spaces in our city play an important role in determining how inclusive and welcoming Hamilton is. Community spaces can be both inclusive and exclusive to different people for different reasons. To determine in which public spaces newcomer women...

/ September 6, 2012

Uniting Hamilton’s Russian community

Conserving your cultural heritage in a new country doesn’t always happen naturally. The balance between adapting to your new home and maintaining your values and traditions takes careful harmonizing. Veronika Vakhova found that celebrating her heritage was especially difficult without...

/ July 9, 2012

Family granted citizenship at ceremony

For many new immigrants to Canada, citizenship and the rights associated with it, is a common goal. On May 17th, in Dr J.E. Davey Elementary School’s maple leaf-decorated gymnasium, a group of individuals received their Canadian citizenship. Among these new...

/ June 21, 2012