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Immigrant Welcome Centre Success Stories

Our Success Stories feature the voices of Immigrant Welcome Centre clients who share their immigration stories, including some of the challenges and how our organization helped them settle and thrive on the North Island.

Newcomer Entrepreneur Stories - 2022

The Welcoming Communities Coalition presents the Newcomer Entrepreneur Series with The Comox Valley Record, The Campbell River Mirror, and locally produced Holding Heritage podcast.

The goal of this series of interviews is to learn more about and amplify the voices of newcomers who own businesses in our communities. The Coalition has interviewed  entrepreneurs in the Valley and Campbell River who immigrated to Canada. These residents talked to us about the challenges and surprises they experienced settling and finding employment, why they decided to own and operate a local business and the ways in which they were welcomed and supported as they made this community their new home.

#TheresMoreToMe - 2022

Three newcomers to the Comox Valley generously agreed to share their settlement stories and how they maintain a connection to their culture living in the North Island. They looked back on some of the challenges they experienced settling in Canada and what helped make the Valley feel like home for this video series, #TheresMoreToMe.

This project was created by the Welcoming Communities Coalition in partnership with CV/Arts and was funded by IRCC, the BC Arts Council and the Province of BC. These stories help highlight the cultural diversity in the Valley and hopefully show other newcomers that they are not alone in their experiences settling on the Island.

Thriving Together - 2020

Thriving Together is a series of stories collected during the pandemic by the Welcoming Communities Coalition. Thriving Together shares newcomers’ feelings about living through a pandemic in a new community and culture.

#UncommonCourage - 2016

Uncommon Courage is a video series produced by the Immigrant Welcome Centre in partnership with Shaw TV North Island. The series shares the stories of former refugees who settled in Campbell River.