February 11, 2017
Born in Amsterdam and immigrating to Canada with my family as an eight-year-old, speaking not a word of English, I understand the newcomer experience. As an immigrant family in the 1960s, I grew up in social housing and poverty in the McQuesten neighbourhood of Hamilton.
Recent events have led some to question the value of immigration. Others have openly speculated as to why we have welcomed refugees to our country and our community.
Canada is a country of immigrants, of newcomers. They contribute immeasurably to the rich diversity which makes this country the envy of the world; bilingual, multicultural and a safe haven for refugees and newcomers from around the globe.