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Settlement Experience

Steps To My Dreams...

Iryna's story takes us through her journey of adjusting to a new life in Canada.


Danusiya explores how her journey to Canada shaped her into the person she is today. As a newcomer student, Danusiya talks about bullying, self image, and the value of friendship.

Searching for Happiness

Yeni shares her feelings of homesickness and longing for her home. She feels isolated and lonely because of the language barrier and struggles to adjust in a country that is her new home now. She is on a quest for happiness.


Through self-drawn images, Derek shows how his journey from Canada to Taiwan to Canada has shaped his life. Through trying times, bullying, and language barriers, Derek shows his resiliency.


Yemima talks about her journey from Indonesia to Canada, and how she overcomes her shock of immigrating to a new place.

Our Childhood Stories

Two students, one from North Korea and one from Kenya, tell stories about their childhoods. One was raised by her grandparents in North Korea, and was educated by them until the age of 8. The other was also taught and raised by her family in Kenya, and did not have the opportunity to go to school until she moved to Canada

My Bike, My Inner Strength

Leticia tells how her love for bike riding helped her cope when she came to Canada and then again fixing the same bike and riding it with her son helped her come out of depression.


This 2013 timeline explains Larry’s story of excitement, struggles, disappointments, regrets, and happiness of a newcomer in Toronto. From the rejects of interviews, unsought decisions, and sleepless nights mixed with excitement and fear, NYCH became a haven that helped Larry reaching his goals.

Yes, I do

Legin's story about the hurdles she had to overcome to prove her love to immigration officials.


Eileen describes how she first learned to ride her bike. It was her father's encouraging words that made her keep going. She takes those words to heart and applies them to her new life in Canada.

Sad & Loud

After she began school in Canada, Louinne felt overwhelmed and embarrassed by her teacher. Thinking that she could stay at home until her mom sent her back to the Philippines, she refused to go to school until she found out that absenteeism was not the answer.

Never Belonged

Amy talks about her journey from one country to another, always feeling that she was an outsider, an outcast until she decides to let go of her painful past and the memory of her loving mother and decides to build a new life in Canada and tell herself that she belongs here.


Changing Myself

Lakshita describes how she changed herself after moving to Canada. She overcomes the sadness she feels as a newcomer student in a brand new environment, especially through the Newcomer Orientation (NOW) Club at North Albion Collegiate Institute.