Student Immigrant or New to Canada?

John Lennon of The Beatles once said to, “Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one.” – John Lennon. This quote shows us how there is a ray of hope to bring peace worldwide but how no one will be able to accomplish it/this without first changing and adapting their own ways of life. To help with this ongoing issue, I founded the Peace Welcome Club which encourages newcomer youth to share their experiences and their stories via this forum. You will learn where to look for such/these opportunities, what it’s all about and lastly help spread the word about this amazing cause within your own community. 

In order to do this, your first step will be to search for a local settlement agency within your respective communities. The easiest way to find them is to do an Internet search for “multicultural council of (your local region)” and I assure you that this will give you the search results you are looking for in order to give yourself the reason to volunteer with the multicultural councils of your respective region. I know this works because I, myself was one day sitting in front of my computer when I decided that I wanted to join a council promoting multiculturalism. So, I used this method of mine that I developed in my brain to get into this council and here I am writing an article about the whole process.

Before joining the Halton Multicultural Council Youth Advisory Committee (HMC YAC), I founded my own club called the Peace Welcome Club. This club aims to help connect newcomer youth who are in Canada with local opportunities to succeed in their settlement by learning new skills and meeting new people. It is similar to the HMC YAC’s vision and goals so I would encourage you to join both groups to raise awareness locally for them.

Peace Welcome Club is looking for new members to join, if you interested, please contact at

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Important – FREE Summer Programs for newcomer kids & youth at HMC!!!‏

Do you like the first word “free”, the gist of information below of this article, yes you’ve got that right – it’s free!!!

HMC are excited to announce our SUMMER PROGRAMS for children and youth in grades 1 to 12 (ages 5/6 to 18). For Their SUMMER CAMP FOR NEWCOMER KIDS in grades 1 to 4 (ages 5/6 to 10) they are offering our program at 2 locations:

Our Lady of Victory Elementary School (540 Commercial St.) in Milton: Monday to Friday starting on Monday July 23rd to Friday August 3rd.  BOTH morning (9am-12pm) and afternoon (1pm-4pm) sessions. St. John Elementary School (653 Brant St.) in Burlington: Monday to Friday starting on Tuesday August 7th to Friday August 17th

ONLY the morning (9am-12pm) session.

For Their SUMMER TUTORING PROGRAM FOR YOUTH in grades 5-12 (ages 11 to 18) we are offering: HMC Speers Road location (1092 Speers Road) in Oakville:
Children in grade 5-8: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00am-12:00pm. Youth in grades 9-12: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:00am-12:00pm.

To register your child/children, you will need to:

1.Make an appointment with MARTINA PRPA, Youth Worker, Community Connections Program of HMC at, or call 905 842 2486 ext. 239.

2. Bring your child/children's Permanent Resident card or Convention Refugee papers to the appointment (depending on what your status in Canada is)

3. Bring your child/children's Ontario Health Cards to the appointment

HMC look forward to having your children joining them this summer!


  1. Well done Harnoor.
    Harnoor is well known to our community as mentioned by Ron. He is the Founder and Chair of Jean Green Drive, a grassroots initiative that collects used jeans and donates them to people in need locally and abroad. Since 2010, Harnoor has donated more than 1000 jeans. At the local level, Jean Green Dive have been distributed by community groups locally and internationallyl.

    Harnoor has also used his leadership skills to start Peace Welcome Club which provcomment_IDes gucomment_IDance for newcomer youth immigrants by provcomment_IDing them real picture of Canadian School life and encourage them to involve in volunteering at early stage. He also share his talent by dancing on charity events to fundraise. No doubt, Harnoor is a creative leader who understands the value of relationship and community building through innovative approaches and the power they have to strengthen the environmental movement.

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