Peterborough Partnership On Immigrant Integration Hosting Conference November 17th At Holiday Inn

Noticing that the face of Peterborough is changing? Want to know more about harnessing the true potential of diversity? The Peterborough Partnership on Immigrant Integration (PPCII) is hosting its second 'Together we Prosper' Conference on November 17th from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Holiday Inn. This conference has something to offer everyone: Business folks, decision makers, educators, social and health service providers, international and domestic students, parents, New Canadians or naturalized Canadians.

Topics to be covered include:
• Diversity, Creativity and the Economy
• Newcomer Mental Health
• Immigrant Integration Best Practices
• Engaging Newcomer Youth in Peterborough

The likes of Mayor Daryl Bennett; Dan Taylor, CEO of the Greater Peterborough Area Economic Development Corporation; Dr. Rosana Pellizzari of the Peterborough County City Health Unit; and members of the New Canadians Centre Speakers Bureau will all be speaking. The keynote address will be delivered by a newcomer to Peterborough.

Registration is $20, which includes access to the keynote address and local research findings, all workshops and panel discussions, dinner, childcare (by a registered Early Childhood Educator) and the evening social event. The registration deadline is Thursday, November 10, 2011. For more info, go to


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Former NHL-er George Laraque Speaking In Peterborough This Wednesday

The Peterborough Partnership Council on Immigrant Integration (PPCII) has organized a one-day event this Wednesday (March 16th) called “Georges Laraque: My Canadian Story”. Laraque will be sharing his experiences as a second-generation immigrant from Haiti and how it influenced his experiences growing up in Tracy, a small community outside Montreal.

On the ice, he was known as an "enforcer" but off it, he is known for his outgoing and friendly personality. He is committed and passionate about a number of causes, including animal welfare, the relief effort in Haiti, and promoting active, healthy lifestyles. Also, he continues to be involved with numerous charities and wants to serve as a positive role model to young people.

The event takes place this Wednesday, March 16th at 8:00 p.m. at Showplace Performance Centre. Tickets are available for free—limited to 4 per person—at the New Canadians Centre Peterborough (205 Sherbrooke St Unit D, across from the Fire Hall, in person only).

For more info, please contact Jason Stabler, Coordinator of the PPCII, at (705) 743-0882 x230 or via email at

[Photo via George Laraque Facebook page]

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