Podcast #9: Immigration
Available December 02, 2020
Since the dawn of time, migration has always been a part of human nature. Travelling from one end of the planet to the other, humans are constantly searching for new adventures. For many immigrant newcomers who strive to create a new life in an unfamiliar reality, it can feel like work because integrating into a society in a new country can seem like an impossible goal. Yet, starting this journey can also be a wonderful occasion to explore new words and create a rich exchange in culture and new traditions. In this edition of ‘One City, Two Realities’, we talk Immigration with our Kingstonian guests, Natália Martins, Sunita Gupta, and Isabelle Tardiveau, who all have had a very different experience with one thing in common: they all chose to settle in Ontario.
Podcast #9: Immigration
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Natália Martins was born in Beauvais in the north of France and has always had intercultural diversity at heart. Born into a large Portuguese family who immigrated to France, immigration has been a part of her life since birth.
Natália studied social sciences in Portugal, but it was in Canada she was able to devote herself to immigrants from different backgrounds who chose Kingston to live. Natália has worked at ACFOMI since her arrival in Canada in 2013 and today she is Settlement Coordinator for the ACFOMI Welcoming & Settlement Centre.
Sunita has been an active member in the Kingston Community for the past 23 years. Born in Kenya to parents of Indian origin, she had lived across 4 continents by the age of 18.
Her life experiences and exposure to various cultures and backgrounds have continually influenced her views on equity and inclusion throughout her personal and professional life.
Sunita has served the Kingston community in a varying capacity as a volunteer on several committees and boards including: Past President of the India Canada Association; Past Board Director for the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning and she is currently a Board Director for the Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce.
Sunita has been with Kingston Immigration Partnership for six years.
I grew up in a little town of 10.000 inhabitants in the North-West of France. After taking part in various academic language exchange programs, I decided to study languages at university. Over my 4-year curriculum, I traveled regularly and realized how inspiring cultural diversity is. Among other destinations, I spent time in England, Spain or the United States either to study or work. I am convinced that traveling is a great human experience : you don’t only get to know new people, but also find out who you truly are. Moving to Kingston in February 2020 was a long haul family project with many challenges.
ACFOMI strives to welcome, develop, fulfill, and vitalize the French-speaking community in the Thousand Islands region through diversified programming and services.
We believe in integrity, collaboration, respect, and trust.
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