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November 9, 2021  

A Leap of Faith - Patricia‘s Story

With a passion for travel and culture, Patricia took a leap of faith and moved to Canada over 10-years ago to build a new life with her Canadian partner. But she quickly found that life in Canada was not what she initially expected. She struggled to find work, battled feelings of loneliness, and soon, her marriage too became strained. Her leap of faith takes us on a journey of love, hardship, rebirth, and resilience.
November 2, 2021  

How An Artist Finds His Superpower and Community - Miguel‘s Story

When Venezuelan artist Miguel Hernandez arrived in Canada in 2014, he was afraid to speak the little English he knew because of his accent. But, walking through the doors of the New Canadians Centre, he felt like he belonged and knew Canada was his second home. After a tough immigration process, he's now built a home in Peterborough surrounded by a loving community. Armed with his superpower, he wants to tell his story, so others believe in theirs. 

October 26, 2021  

Peterborough Is A Drop of Heaven - Esther‘s Story

When Esther Izarnotegui and her family of five relocated to Peterborough in 2014 from Peru, they were quickly met with many changes to their way of life. From language and culture to weather and nature. While she laughs at those experiences now, she remembers being anxious at the time. In this episode, Esther recalls some stories of her settlement and tells us why Peterborough has become her "drop of heaven."

October 19, 2021  

You Can Choose Your Road in Canada - Ajil‘s Story

Arriving in Canada as a 17-year old, Ajil remembers struggling with a new language and culture. But, he also remembers the warm welcome his family received in Peterborough. It made him realise that people care and want to see him succeed and that in Canada, you can choose your road. In this episode, Ajil tells us about the road he chose and the challenges and triumphs that came with it. 

October 12, 2021  

”A Little Thing” and ”I Can Do It!” - Rafael & Aruasy‘s Story

Faced with moving to another country and packing up their lives into two suitcases, Rafael & Aruasy asks, "what will we truly need to continue living?" In this episode, Venezuelan husband and wife Rafael & Aruasy answer that question and take us through the experiences, challenges, and joys of their Canadian adventure. 

June 27, 2021  

Patrickson Henderson - ”My First Time Coming to Canada”

Patrickson recalls the day he arrived in Canada for the first time during the cold of winter and the days following.

Patrickson is sharing his story through this New Canadians Centre-Trent Radio collaboration that supported six newcomers with storytelling & radio training over six weeks in Spring 2021.

June 27, 2021  

Javier Bravo - ”Things Happen for a Reason”

As a child, Javier always heard the phrase "things happen for a reason" but never understood it. Now, the phrase has become part of him, carrying a lot of meaning. He shares why.

Javier is sharing his story through this New Canadians Centre-Trent Radio collaboration that supported six newcomers with storytelling & radio training over six weeks in Spring 2021.

June 27, 2021  

Imaniragena Charlotte Nzabondera - ”The Point of Confusion”

Arriving in Canada in June, Charlotte and her family were confused by the weather. "What cold are people talking about?" Listen as she recalls how they navigated the seasons of Canada.

Charlotte is sharing her story through this New Canadians Centre-Trent Radio collaboration that supported six newcomers with storytelling & radio training over six weeks in Spring 2021.

June 27, 2021  

Grace Terfa -”The Most Important Flight of My Life”

Grace recalls the story of the most important flight of her life -- 17-hours to Canada and 38-weeks pregnant -- and the weeks following. 

Grace is sharing her story through this New Canadians Centre-Trent Radio collaboration that supported six newcomers with storytelling & radio training over six weeks in Spring 2021.

June 27, 2021  

Bhisham K. Ramoutar - “The Question of Home” and “The Gold Ring”

Bhisham shares stories about what home means to him and how a ring helped him get through the first year in Canada as an international student.

Bhisham is sharing his story through this New Canadians Centre-Trent Radio collaboration that supported six newcomers with storytelling & radio training over six weeks in Spring 2021.

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