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29 October 2020
Author: Wendy Abbott-Serroul
There is no doubt that the ability to leverage innovative and useful tools such as Zoom, smart phones and other video platforms has ensured that during the pandemic, important meetings, relationships and support networks could be maintained. However, in our zeal to embrace technology and its ability to keep us connected we are reminded that, in some cases, this simply cannot replace, nor should it, the experience of being able to connect face-to-face. 
27 May 2020
Author: Wendy Abbott-Serroul
Many opportunities exist to support newcomers to Canada become a part of a welcoming community. Newcomers can access help in looking for employment, help with navigating the school system, and support for youth to develop the skills necessary for bright and successful futures. Often non-profits, and many settlement and community programs are available to aid refugees and newcomers establish themselves as Canadians. Still, newcomers to Canada often face many challenges in navigating their way through a new environment, particularly when it comes to relating to a unique and new financial landscape.
 
25 March 2019
Author: Wendy Abbott-Serroul
Alice came to the Thunder Bay Counselling (TBC) office distraught, overwhelmed and defeated. She had not been receiving any direct income for some time and was relying on friends and family to help her to pay rent, food and health expenses.
28 September 2018
Author: Simi Khosa
The Financial Empowerment and Problem Solving (FEPS) program provides one-on-one financial problem-solving, tax filing assistance and financial education workshops to Ontarians with low and modest incomes and urgent financial problems.
20 December 2017
Author: Chloe Stanois
Rachid came to Canada from Syria with his wife and three children as government sponsored refugees. They had the support of friends within the community, as well as Reception House for settlement assistance.
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