Weaving a New Identity: An artistic journey of exploring identities

The inspiration behind Hana Pinthus Rotchild’s art is an attempt to connect herself to her two homes— Israel and Canada.
Hana, 48, together with her husband, and children left Israel in 2003. They didn’t plan to stay long, but 13 years later she lives in Ancaster making art, teaching art therapy, and working as a clinical social worker.

Dance Is Culture Made Visible

Photo courtesy of BAHAR Dance Group

By Elisabeth Chernichenko Who are we, and how do we fit in? Sometimes, the only answer is to dance. “I see dancing as a way [to] express my feelings and beliefs about my culture. [Iranian] culture is a big part of my identity and I try to keep in touch with it through the traditional… Continue reading Dance Is Culture Made Visible

My Neighbour’s Story – Living the War Overseas

I picked up the phone to call Awad* today. The phone on the other end picks up.
“Hello?” says a soft and distressed voice.
“How are you?” I ask.
“Bad.”
“Bad?”
“ISIS killed my brother today.”
Through heavy sobbing, I’m able to get pieces of the story.

Leading and Learning graduates make change

Have a question about housing? Legal issues? Transfer of foreign credentials? Buying a good food box? Graduates from the Immigrant Women’s Centre’s new program, Leading and Learning, will be pleased to help you find the answer. The program, which had its first graduation in October 2011, saw two more groups of newcomer women graduate this… Continue reading Leading and Learning graduates make change