Immigrant Welcome Centre

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Thriving Together 4: Difficulty Connecting to the Community Due to COVID-19


My name is Tony Kwon and I immigrated to Canada from South Korea last June. I spend most of my time with my family and as a professional chef enjoy making them food. I really like when they are pleased with what I have made them.

Before COVID-19, I was on parental leave and was not doing any special community programs. I had a few opportunities to connect with people such as learning English at the Immigrant Welcome Centre, or talking to the parents of my daughter's friends. After the pandemic broke out, I have not been able to meet anyone. I would like to volunteer but it is hard for me to find such a place as many public activities are closed.

I've never experienced it in person, but I'm upset that people around me often experience racism because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, I have felt people stare at me and avoid me in public places more than just because of social distancing.

For immigrants, settlement is a very important but difficult task. I hope more can be done by groups or organizations dedicated to immigrants so that they can settle down well in the community. I also think it's necessary to continue to communicate with service organizations in the region to help immigrants become more included while settling in the region. 

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