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Being Part of an Inclusive Community

Durham Region provides many opportunities for newcomers to feel welcome in their new community. Because many new immigrants have settled in Durham you will likely see many people who share your heritage. If your traditions and heritage are important to you there is a good chance that you will find places of worship, stores, restaurants and organizations that cater to your preferences.

For those who want to learn more about the broader Canadian culture and to meet and get to know more people in the community there is lots of opportunity for that as well. For the most part Canadians are a very friendly and welcoming society. Canada has openly and enthusiastically embraced multiculturalism and the opportunity to experience the best of what other cultures have to offer while maintaining their own culture and heritage.

What does “Community” mean to you?

The idea of being part of a community is an important part of what makes us happy and secure as humans. We all want to feel that we belong and that we are accepted as part of a group that is important to us.

We asked members of our own working group what community means to us. This is what some of them had to say:

 “Community” to me means a community that cares for one another, supportive and living in harmony.  A community promotes inclusiveness irrespective of people’s culture, race, religion, class, sexual orientation, gender, language etc.  Also a community that provides fair opportunity to its members.”"For me it is a sense of support, belonging – that  I am part of something bigger than myself.  It could be geographic, or more likely, like these content teams, it is the gathering of a group of people towards a shared goal".  

"A unity.  A group of people or organizations who work and play together in harmony and respect.  Making you feel welcomed".

"For me it is a sense of support, belonging – that  I am part of something bigger than myself.  It could be geographic, or more likely, like these content teams, it is the gathering of a group of people towards a shared goal".

These are a few thoughts on what makes a community from others:

"Communities share interests, goals and ideas".

"A community is a collection or group of people that interact and share something in common.  We often refer to these as communities of interest. While the attraction often starts out as a common interest such as a hobby, sport or activity such as bowling or swimming, it is the getting together with others to interact that is important".  

We would like to hear from you. What does community mean to you? Why is a sense of community important to you?

Send your responses to immigrationportal@durham.ca
 

 

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