Annual event trying to attract immigrants, newcomers

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Welcome to Timmins Night organizers are anticipating more newcomers and immigrants this year.

This year's event is Aug. 17 from 6-8 p.m. on Third Avenue in downtown Timmins.

The free event showcases community groups and information, including municipal services, social clubs, health, academic, sports, recreation, culture and volunteer organizations. Donations are also being collected for the South Porcupine Food Bank.

"It's an event for the community and newcomers to find out services that are available. It's a very interesting night," said Ifeoma Kasimanwuna, Timmins Local Immigration Partnership coordinator.

She said many services and opportunities are available to the community, but people, especially the newcomers, are unaware of them.

"This year, we are trying to attract a lot of immigrants and newcomers," she added.

Although the event date has moved from September to August, the organizers are still worried about the weather

If the weather is bad on Aug. 17, Kasimanwuna said they have a back-up date of Aug. 18.

The organizers moved the event outside from McIntyre arena to an outdoor showcase last year for the first time. That success encouraged them to keep it outside this year as well.

People who visit at least 15 booths will be eligible for a Passport Draw, and the winners will get different vouchers and gifts.

South Porcupine Food Bank director Andrew Persad said they are looking forward to getting more donations this year. He said the food bank had received generous donations from different organizations and individuals despite the difficult pandemic times.

"On a given month, we average between 200-300 people," said Persad.

He says many newcomers and immigrants are shy about benefitting from the food bank.

"The food bank is here for anyone in need, including the newcomers," he explained.

Persad thinks some people are not taking advantage of the food bank because many fear affecting their immigration status. However, he says, the fact is otherwise.

Jinsh Rayaroth, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter,

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