2017 Newcomers Welcome Fair with a Great Success


Every year the Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre (OCCSC) organizes community events to welcome newcomers to Ottawa, and introduces them to many organizations and agencies that are able to help them settle down comfortably and safely in Ottawa. On May 28th (Sunday), 2017, the OCCSC organized the Newcomers Welcome Fair at Mother Teresa High School. The event was attended by Ottawa’s Mayor Jim Watson, 30 service providers, community partners, and over 800 participants. It was a resounding success! The purpose was to welcome newcomers to Ottawa and celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary.
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Camilla Liu was the host; the event began with the opening performance “Red Lantern” by the JingYu Dance Group, followed by a warm welcome message from Sharon Kan, the Executive Director of OCCSC. She then read a greeting message from Catherine McKenna, the MP and Minister of the Environment and Climate Change. Mayor Watson, who officially launched the event, delivered an inspiring speech. MPP Lisa Macleod also attended to greet newcomers.

This is the 7th year the Mayor has attended. One of the families who took a photo with the Mayor last year just had a new baby, therefore they wanted to proudly show the baby to Mayor and take a new photo this year. Pictures were taken with over 70 enthusiastic families. This has become the most popular activity for participants every year.

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Red Lantern dance by the Jingyu Dance Group
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Sharon Kan read greeting from Minister and MP Catherine McKenna

Mayor had photo taken with a family and their new baby

MPP Lisa Macleod greeted newcomers

Services from the different organizations

There were 30 information booths, including OCCSC’s Settlement Services, Language Training, Employment Support, and Services for Syrian Refugees Program. Others focused on education, parenting, employment, health, banking, housing, insurance, after school programs and so much more. Ottawa Fire Services invited families to experience laser fire extinguishing.

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OCCSC booth
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Exhibitors greeted newcomers

Collaborative painting, “Celebrating Canada’s 150th Anniversary”

OCCSC invited Ottawa Tiancai Arts School to design and coordinate a huge collaborative mural, the theme was Celebrating Canada’s 150 Anniversary, and it attracted many children. The painting is 10 feet by 6 feet, combining Canadian cultural elements. It will be given to Mayor Watson after the painting is completed; participating children can sign their name on the painting and card that will be presented to Mayor Watson.

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Children participated in collective mural painting
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Children and teachers had their photo taken with Mayor

Extremely Popular Talent Show

It was the first year that OCCSC offered talent show opportunities to the immigrant children and youth. Over 40 children from Ottawa performed, which included Hiphop, Tap, Cucurbit Flute, Pipa, violin, piano, singing and rhythmic gymnastics by the Barrhaven Rhythmic Gymnastics Club. It showcased the talent of immigration youth and children in the community. All performances drew attention from audience. More importantly, all parents and children appreciated the opportunity to perform, while offering the younger generation the opportunity to showcase their talent and develop their self-confidence. All performers were very excited to receive souvenirs and appreciation certificates from OCCSC.

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Rhythmic gymnastics performance
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Michael Jackson dance
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Cucurbit Flute Performance
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Violin Performance
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Parents took photos of the performers
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Performers received souvenirs and certificates

Pre-celebrate International Children’s Day

OCCSC prepared activities for children and their parents, included a bouncy castle, hosted by the Ottawa Academy of Martial Arts, face painting, various balloon animals, a crawling competition organized for babies aged 6 to 12 months, and an interactive game “ chasing tails” for older children and their parents.

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Balloon Animals
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Bouncy Castle

Lucky Draw and various gifts

There were over 40 raffle gifts, generously donated by our exhibitors and community partners, including a Mayor’s Welcome Basket, a Godiva Basket from Councillor Michael Qaqish, restaurant/health and wellness certificates, free passes and tickets for local attractions and museums, gift certificates for Drama, Martial Arts, English and Math after school activities, etc. Free Welcome Packs were offered by CRCRR, over 80 eligible participants received a free Welcome Pack.

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Newcomers received Free Welcome Pack
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Lucky Draw Winner

Hand-Made Delicious Food from Happy Kitchen

Our “Happy Kitchen, Healthy Living” project is held every Friday at the Nepean Community Health Center, where new immigrants learn to cook, make friends, find out information, volunteer, and participate in society. The students sold their handmade goods in a bake sale with various delicacies such as twisted bread, cinnamon bread, special Chinese Shaanxi cold noodles and more. We raised $581! The proceeds of the sales go towards Happy Kitchen projects.

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Happy Kitchen Team
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Twisted bread

Each year, the OCCSC Newcomers Welcome Fair receives great community and volunteer support. Special thanks go to our 65 volunteers who helped make our event a huge success.
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Event Volunteers with some of the OCCSC staff

We would like to acknowledge Mayor Watson for his continued support. The Newcomers Welcome Fair was made possible thanks to OCCSC’s generous sponsors, donors and partners listed below:

Sponsors:

  • Kanata South Kumon Centre
  • Ottawa Academy of Martial Arts
  • Ottawa Tiancai Arts School
  • Marks Motors- Audi, Porsche
  • Urbandale Construction

    Media Sponsors:

  • ComeFromChina.com
  • CFC News
  • OTTAWAZINE

    Exhibitors:

  • Algonquin College
  • Allstate Insurance
  • Bank of Montreal
  • Caldwell Family Centre
  • Canadian Agri-Food Trading Inc.
  • CIBC (Barrhaven)
  • eSmartLive. Ltd
  • Eye Level, Math & English Programs
  • Freedom Mobile; Great Talk Wireless
  • Immigrant Women Services Ottawa
  • Jian Z Physiotherapy Inc.
  • Kanata South Kumon Centre
  • Lebanese & Arab Social Services
  • Agency
  • Marks Motors- Audi, Porsche
  • Mount Pakenham, Ski Resort
  • National Bank of Canada
  • OCCSC Happy Kitchen
  • OCCSC Services
  • Ottawa Academy of Martial Arts
  • Ottawa Catholic School Board
  • Ottawa Fire Services
  • Ottawa Public Health, Dental Health Promotion
  • Ottawa Tiancai Arts School
  • Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
  • Otto’s BMW & Subaru
  • Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre
  • Star Motors of Ottawa, Mercedes-Benz
  • TD Bank Fei Yan & Riverside Branch
  • Urbandale Construction
  • YMCA, Employment Services

    Gift Donors:

  • 3M Canada Company
  • A Gym Tale
  • Bridgehead
  • Calypso Water Park
  • Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation
  • Chances R Restaurants
  • City Councillor, Michael Qaqish
  • Coconut Lagoon Restaurant
  • Cosmic Adventures Inc
  • Escape Manor
  • EYE LEVEL LEARNING Centre
  • Funhaven Entertainment Centre
  • Globe Awards and Promotions
  • Gray Line Travel
  • Jian Z Physiotherapy Inc.
  • Kanata South Kumon Centre
  • Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo
  • National Gallery of Canada
  • Ottawa Academy of Martial Arts
  • Ottawa Children’s Theatre
  • Ottawa Mayor, Jim Watson
  • Rockport Boathouse Country Inn
  • Stella Luna
  • Toys on Fire


    5月28日 (周日) 下午1点至 4点半,渥太华华人社区服务中心在渥太华市长及三十个社区伙伴和赞助商的大力支持下,于 Mother Teresa 高中盛大推出的“2017社区欢迎日”获得圆满成功。欢迎了移民在渥太华安居乐业,并共庆了加拿大建国150周年。
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    今年的”社区欢迎日”吸引了800多人参加, 由Camilla Liu为我们主持了这次活动。金玉舞蹈团带来”红灯笼”开场表演,红红火火,为活动拉开了喜庆的序幕。此活动获得三级政府的重视, 首先由OCCSC行政总监耿静惠欢迎新移民,并阅读环境部长及国会议员Catherine McKenna的恭贺信, 渥太华市长Jim Watson随后也致欢迎词并为活动正式开幕,省议员Lisa MacLeod也前来祝贺并欢迎新移民。

    这是市长第七年参与此活动, 有个家庭去年与市长合影照片, 今年因为多生了一个宝宝, 专程带着新生儿与市长拍全家福。市长当天共与七十多个热情的移民家庭合影留念, 这已经成为历年来参与者最期待的活动。

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    Red Lantern dance by the Jingyu Dance Group
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    Sharon Kan read greeting from Minister and MP Catherine McKenna

    Mayor had photo taken with a family and their new baby

    MPP Lisa Macleod greeted newcomers

    丰富多彩的机构展位, 一站 式了解本地社区 !

    当天共有三十多个实用的信息展位参展, 除了OCCSC展位介绍本中心的安顿咨询、语言培训、求职辅导、 登陆前服务、及叙利亚难民等各项服务以外, 还有赞助商及社区伙伴们针对亲子教育、医疗保健、体育健身、才艺兴趣、金融理财、购房买车、贷款保险、衣食住行等内容提供有用的信息, 力助新移民安家乐业。渥太华消防队也在现场带来了雷射灭火器示范, 大人和小孩都透过此练习模拟了使用灭火器的技巧。

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    OCCSC booth
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    Exhibitors greeted newcomers

    加拿大建国150周年献礼, 巨幅集体绘画 !

    本中心邀请渥太华天彩美术学校预先设计组织,以“庆祝加拿大建国150周年”为主题的巨幅绘画活动吸引了众多小朋友参与共同作画。此幅饱含加拿大元素设计的巨幅绘画长10 尺 x宽 6尺,当天该校老师于现场指导, 每位小朋友都积极参与着色,并在画作及送市长的卡片上签名留念 。作品完成后,由本中心代表渥太华社区赠与了渥太华市市长Jim Watson。

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    Children participated in collective mural painting
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    Children and teachers had their photo taken with Mayor

    首次推出才艺表演,好评如潮 !

    今年第一次推出的儿童/青少年才艺表演活动, 深受大众的喜爱与肯定。来自全市各地的40多名小朋友参与了表演,表演的节目包括舞蹈如踢踏舞、HITPOT等, 乐器演奏如琵琶、葫芦丝、小提琴、电钢琴等,还有歌唱及朗诵等,还有李家佳老师带领的艺术体操表演, 显示出了移民青少年/孩童多元化的才艺。精彩的表演让大家看得目不转睛, 孩子们及家长们都也很开心有此机会在社区表演, 也藉此让孩子们提升了在公众表演的信心,最后每个上台表演的小朋友都得到了服务中心送出的签名感谢奖状和纪念礼品。

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    Rhythmic gymnastics performance
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    Michael Jackson dance
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    Cucurbit Flute Performance
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    Violin Performance
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    Parents took photos of the performers
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    Performers received souvenirs and certificates

    提前庆祝儿童节, 男女老少都开心 !

    为了庆祝儿童节, 我们还为有孩童的家庭预备了丰富的儿童节目和亲子活动。现场有充气蹦床、动物气球、面部彩绘及针对6个月到12个月的宝宝举办的宝宝爬行比赛及抓尾巴亲子游戏等, 许多年轻的父母推着娃娃车来参与,热闹非凡,其乐融融。

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    Balloon Animals
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    Bouncy Castle

    幸运抽奖欢迎礼盒, 大包小包满载而归 !

    这次幸运抽奖的礼物非常丰富,感谢政府感谢政府、商家及社区伙伴的捐赠, 共有40多份礼物, 除了市长礼篮外, 还有市议员Michael Qaqish捐赠的GODIVA 巧克力礼篮、3 M礼篮、餐厅礼券、Calypso水上乐园、各种游乐园、博物馆、爬行动物园等入场券, 旅游券、充电宝、玩具、英数补习班、戏剧课程、武术课等礼券, 最高价值达五百多元.

    本中心的合作伙伴(CRCRR)也在当天免费向80多个符合条件的家庭, 提供了风靡加拿大新移民的欢迎大礼盒 (Welcome Pack Canada)。

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    Newcomers received Free Welcome Pack
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    Lucky Draw Winner

    纯手工美食,让你垂涎三尺:

    本中心每周五于Nepean社康中心举办的 “开心厨房,健康生活”学习班也在现场进行了特色手工食品义卖,提供不同种类的美味佳肴。例如毛毛虫面包、肉桂面包、饼干等, 还有特色小吃, 如陕西凉皮,四川凉粉等; 美味可口,朋友们都大饱口福!最后义卖获得了581 元,创历史新高,将用作学习班今后的运作经费。

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    Happy Kitchen Team
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    Twisted bread

    今年的社区欢迎日共有六十五名义工大力协助,包含活动前期的精心策划及当天的执行,让此活动划下完美的句点, 本中心深感感激。
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    Event Volunteers with some of the OCCSC staff

    感谢下列赞助商, 展商及礼物捐赠者及社区伙伴的支持:

    赞助商:

  • Kanata 南区Kumon 英数补习班
  • Ottawa Academy of Martial Arts
  • 渥太华天彩美术学校
  • Marks Motors-奥迪 保时捷
  • Urbandale Construction建筑公司

    媒体赞助:

  • CFC 中文网
  • 新华侨网
  • OttawaZine

    参展商:

  • 阿冈昆学院
  • Allstate保险 (Barrhaven )
  • BMO满地可银行
  • Caldwell Family Centre
  • 加拿大农业副产品贸易公司
  • CIBC (Barrhaven Branch)
  • eSmartLive. Ltd
  • EYE LEVEL – 英文数学补习班
  • Freedom Mobile – Great Talk Wireless 移动通讯
  • Immigrant Women Services
  • 张健注册理疗师
  • Kanata 南区Kumon 英数补习班
  • Lebanese & Arab Social Services Agency
  • Marks Motors-奥迪 保时捷
  • Mount Pakenham,滑雪及渡假村
  • National Bank of Canada- Penny Yan
  • OCCSC 快乐厨房
  • OCCSC 安顿咨询,英语培训, 求职辅导,登陆前服务等
  • Ottawa Academy of Martial Arts
  • 渥太华天主教教育局
  • 渥太华消防局
  • 渥太华卫生部, 牙齿保健
  • 渥太华天彩美术学校
  • 渥太华-卡尔顿公立教育局
  • Otto’s BMW & Subaru
  • Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre
  • Star Motors of Ottawa – 奔驰
  • TD Bank- Fei Yan & T&T Branch
  • Urbandale Construction建筑公司
  • YMCA 求职服务

    礼物捐赠者:

  • 3M Canada Company
  • A Gym Tale
  • Bridgehead
  • Calypso Water Park
  • Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation
  • Chances R Restaurants
  • City Councillor, Michael Qaqish
  • Coconut Lagoon Restaurant
  • Cosmic Adventures Inc
  • Escape Manor
  • EYE LEVEL LEARNING Centre
  • Funhaven Entertainment Centre
  • Globe Awards and Promotions
  • Gray Line Travel
  • Jian Z Physiotherapy Inc.
  • Kanata South Kumon Centre
  • Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo
  • National Gallery of Canada
  • Ottawa Academy of Martial Arts
  • Ottawa Children’s Theatre
  • Ottawa Mayor, Jim Watson
  • Rockport Boathouse Country Inn
  • Stella Luna
  • Toys on Fire