2018 Newcomers Welcome Fair was a Great Success

On May 6, (Sun), 2018, OCCSC organized the Annual Newcomers Welcome Fair at All Saints Catholic High School. The event was attended by VIPs from 3 levels of government, 34 service providers, community partners, sponsors and over 1,100 participants. The activities included photo opportunities with VIPs, information booths, children activities, performances, a family fashion show, a bake sale, door prizes and a lucky draw. It was a resounding success!
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The event started with an opening drum and the national anthem, followed by a warm welcome message from Executive Director Sharon Kan, and Board President Robert Parangao. MP, Karen.McCrimmon, MPP Jack MacLaren, Mayor Jim Watson, Councillors Allan Hubley & Marianne Wilkinsong all went on the stage to welcome newcomers and provide a gift basket for the lucky draw.

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Opening Drum
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(left to right) ED Sharon Kan, MPP Jack MacLaren, MP Karen.McCrimmon, Mayor Jim Watson, Councillor Allan Hubley & Marianne Wilkinson, President Robert Parangao

Pictures with the five VIPs were taken with over 60 enthusiastic families. One of the families has taken a photo with the Mayor every year. This has become the most popular activity for participants.

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Immigrant family (back) with VIPs (front)
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Participants enjoyed the performances and activities

There were 34 information booths, including OCCSC’s Settlement Services, Language Training, Employment Support, Pre-Arrival Services and from the SSRP Program. Others focused on education, parenting, employment, health, banking, housing, insurance, after school programs and many more.

Also there were pharmacists on site to measure blood pressure and blood glucose levels for guests and provide consultation. A registered nurse also consulted on the diet for chronic diseases such as diabetes. Ottawa Fire Services invited families to experience laser fire extinguishing.

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OCCSC Booth
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Laser Fire Extinguishing

We were very excited to invite Capital City Garrison, 501st Legion to join us this year, they are a volunteer organization; they provided Star Wars characters and an exciting Blast-A-Trooper game for the participants. Almost all the kids participated and enjoyed the game. The characters also walked around the venue to greet the children. The 501st Legion is proud to put its resources to good use through fundraising, charity work, and volunteering. It welcomes donations made to a charitable organization in the name of the 501st Legion, such as Make a Wish of Eastern Ontario, CHEO, and Children’s Wish Ontario.

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Blast a Trooper game
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Star Wars characters greeted children

Popular recreation activities for kids included a bouncy castle, face painting, various balloon animals, and parent and kid’s games in the OCCSC Kids Zone. There were over 50 families who participated in the parent and kid’s games in the Kids Zone. They really enjoyed their time together with our staff and volunteers.

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Balloon Animals
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bouncy castle

Over 100 children from Ottawa performed for the talent show, including Hip-hop, Tap, Hulusi instruments, the piano, singing and rhythmic gymnastics. All parents and children appreciated the performances, giving the opportunity to showcase the talent of the young generation and develop their self-confidence. The Hai Yan Dance Group, the Chinese Canadian Children’s Choir of Canada and the Barrhaven Rhythmic Gymnastics Club presented their professional performances. All performers were very excited to receive souvenirs and appreciation certificates from OCCSC.

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Hai Yan Dance Group
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Chinese Canadian Children’s Choir of Canada
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Barrhaven Rhythmic Gymnastics Club
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Kanata North Chinese School Rising Star Choir
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Hulusi instrument
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Friends of Music Art Group

The first performance of the family fashion show was by a professional group, Age of beauty- Qi Pao Show. It embodied the elegant, noble and unique temperament of the oriental women. Afterwards, several young families walked on the stage. The Star Wars characters also participated in the family fashion show. Finally, the Qi Pao Show was brought to a close by the elders of the Happy Park Dance Team. The eldest lady is 79 years old. The team members are still energetic, elegant and beautiful. On-site, professional photographer volunteers provided photo services to capture the joyful images.

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Age of beauty- Qi Pao Show
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Star Wars Fashion show
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Family Fashion Show
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Happy Park dance Group elderly Qi Pao Show

The “Happy Kitchen, Healthy Life” program organized by OCCSC every Friday at the Nepean Community Center, is a program for new immigrants to learn about cooking, making friends, getting information, volunteering, and participating in the community.

The students showed the results that day with foods such as Sichuan cold noodles, northeast cold noodles, Shaanxi Liangpi, crispy desserts, Hanamaki, caterpillar bread, bean paste, etc. The bake sales received $901, which will be used
as the future operating expenses for this program.

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Happy Kitchen program students
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Handmade crispy Chinese dessert

The first 200 families received a welcome bag, including either a Piggy Bank or Coin Purse: quantity was limited, first come, first served. The first 100 participants also received a gift certificate worth $99 and a free uniform when enrolled with Winning Circle Martial Arts. Every family also received a 2018-2019 Newcomer Services Directory.

There were 38 raffle prizes, including gift baskets from the MP, MPP, Mayor, City Councillors, restaurants, health and wellness gift certificates, free passes and tickets for local attractions and museums, free classes for 3 months from Winning Circle Martial Arts, worth $400.The most valuable prize worth $450.

In addition, CIBC’s extra lucky gift basket and the Samsung Tablet provided by iDeal Properties Realty exhibitor allowed everyone a chance to win extra prizes in addition to the OCCSC Lucky Draw.

The event ending by having the last lucky draw prizes, and the family who won the Mayor’s gift basket was excited to take a photo with the gift after receiving the prize.

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Welcome Bag
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Mayor’s basket winner

Thanks to a total of sixty-five volunteers who assisted us, from the careful planning of the first few months to the execution of the event from morning to night. The volunteer team included an event coordinator, professional emcee, photographers, a graphic designer, a communication editor, a balloon animal artist, face painting artists, bake sale volunteers and venue set up workers and many more. OCCSC deeply appreciates their support.

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Part of OCCSC staff and event volunteers

OCCSC would like to particularly thank Ottawa Mayor, Jim Watson, for attending our Newcomers Welcome Fair every year. He also brought gifts and took photos with new immigrant families. We also appreciate the other politicians for their support, Karen McCrimmon MP, member of the KANATA district, Jack MacLaren MPP, the provincial legislator, and Councillors Allan Hubley and Marianne Wilkinsong.

The Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre is a non-profit, non-partisan, charitable organization committed to advancing the full social and economic integration and participation of newcomers, immigrants, refugees, and people of Chinese descent in the City of Ottawa since 1975. OCCSC provides one stop services including settlement services, employment support, language training and pre-arrival services, and SSRP program.

Since 2010, OCCSC has welcomed new immigrants to Ottawa by organizing this kind of newcomer’s welcome event. The funding and gifts for the event are provided by sponsors, exhibitors, businesses and community partners. We are sincerely grateful for their support. We also thank the groups that obliged to perform to make the event more exciting.

Thanks again to the VIPs and the following sponsors, exhibitors and gift diners.

Sponsors:

  • CIBC
  • Kanata South Kumon Centre
  • Marks Motors – Audi & Porsche
  • Otto’s BMW & Subaru
  • Tiny Hoppers
  • Urbandale Construction

Media Sponsors:

  • ComeFromChina.com
  • CFC News
  • OTTAWAZINE
  • Ottawa Chinese Radio

Exhibitors:

  • Marks Motors – Audi, Porsche
  • Algonquin College
  • Bank of Montreal
  • Capital City Garrison, 501st Legion—Live Star Wars Characters
  • Chinese Canadian Children’s Choir of Canada
  • CIA International
  • CIBC – Kanata Centrum & Hazeldean and Huntmar Banking Centre
  • Community Diabetes Education Program of Ottawa
  • EC Education Group
  • eSmartLive. Ltd
  • Freedom Mobile
  • iDeal Properties Realty
  • I Shall Travel
  • Kanata South Kumon Centre
  • Lichen Home Improvement Ltd
  • Marks Motors – Audi, Porsche
  • Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy
  • Motion Pay
  • National Bank of Canada – Penny Yan
  • OCCSC Happy Kitchen
  • OCCSC Settlement, Employment Services, Language training, Pre- Arrival Services
  • Ottawa Catholic School Board
  • Ottawa Fire Services
  • Ottawa Public Health, Dental Health Promotion
  • Ottawa Talent Color Art School
  • OttawaZine
  • Otto’s BMW & Subaru
  • RBC Royal Bank—Campeau Branch
  • Rogers
  • Scouts Canada
  • Star Motors of Ottawa – Mercedes-Benz
  • Steinway Piano Gallery Ottawa
  • Tiny Hoppers
  • Urbandale Construction
  • YMCA Employment Services

Gift Donors:

  • A GYM TALE
  • Altitude Gym
  • Calypso Water Park
  • Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation
  • CIBC- Kanata Centrum & Hazeldean and Huntmar Banking Centre
  • Councillor Allan Hubley
  • Councillor Marianne Wilkinson
  • Cosmic Adventures Inc
  • Delta Force Paintball
  • Denis Office Supplies
  • Escape Manor
  • Globe Awards and Promotions
  • Gray Line Ottawa
  • Haunted Walks Inc.
  • Kanata Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery
  • Karters’ Korner Splatterville Paintball
  • Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo
  • Long & McQuade Musical Instruments
  • Mayor Jim Watson
  • Monkey Around Play & Learn Centre
  • Mortgageking
  • MP Karen.McCrimmon
  • MPP Jack MacLaren
  • National Gallery of Canada
  • Ottawa Holistic Wellness
  • PI-RHO GRILL
  • Purple Urchin Soap
  • Ski Vorlage
  • Success in Steps Parent Consultant
  • Tiny Hoppers
  • Winning Circle Martial Arts & Wellness Centre

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