To help immigrants better understand their new community and the resources available to them, the City of London is preparing for the second annual Virtual Newcomer Day.
The first Newcomer Day was an in-person event held at City Hall and the Central Public Library in 2019, but with the COVID-19 pandemic, no event was held in 2020.
This Thursday, the city and some community partners will provide a virtual space for newcomers to meet, access local resources and learn what supports are available.
“It’s a way of welcoming and showing respect to newcomers, recognizing their contributions to the London community and economy and sharing their stories with other Londoners,” says Jill Tansley, Strategic Programs and Partnerships Manager.
The event is open to newcomers, immigrants who have lived in the city for a long time and all Londoners who want to join.
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“The diversity of backgrounds and the unique experiences of residents is what makes London such a vibrant and culturally rich place to live,” says Mayor Ed Holder.
“The City of London welcomes all newcomers, and I am excited that this event brings together such an important collective of partners, organizations and local communities to celebrate new Londoners.”
This year’s event will kick off at 6 p.m. and will be held online due to the pandemic, with various sessions and presentations for newcomers and their families.
There will be volunteers from 14 different organizations to help connect people.
“This year’s virtual event will be an opportunity for newcomers to learn about living, working and studying in London through various information sessions, question and answer panels and testimonials from newcomers,” says Tansley.
Tansley said this event is also an opportunity for lifelong residents of London to learn how to continue to make London welcoming to all.
Those who want to participate can find out how to do so on the city’s website.
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