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Welcoming Ottawa Week: Stories from newcomers to the city

Organizers of Welcoming Ottawa Week have photographed immigrants with the people they have nominated as good ambassadors for making them feel at home when they arrived.
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      Welcoming Ottawa Week is an annual week of activities to recognize the ways Ottawans welcome newcomers to the city. 

      As part of the week, which runs from June 22 to 28, the organizers of Welcoming Ottawa Week have photographed immigrants with the people they have nominated as good ambassadors for making them feel at home when they arrived.

      You can see the photographs of the newcomers along with the ambassadors they have nominated in the photo gallery above and listen to an interview with an ambassador and a newcomer in the player below.

      Hindia Mohamoud, director of Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership which organizes the event, spoke to Hallie Cotnam on CBC Radio's Ottawa Morning on Monday about the week. You can hear her interview below.

      Mohamoud returned for CBC Radio's All in a Day along with Bill Shields, co-founder of West End Well, to discuss how the grocery co-op is reaching out to its Somali residents.

      On Wednesday, Persian dancer Maria Sabaye told the CBC's Jeanne Armstrong on Ottawa Morning about how she fell in love with the art form.

      Later on Wednesday, a university student and high school student visited All in a Day to discuss the Youth Futures program.

      The CBC's Simon Gardner is also covering the events during the week. He visited the newcomers' forum on Monday and you can watch his story below.

      CBC Ottawa will be covering the activities and events throughout the week and will post the stories here.