National Newcomers – The Link – Winter 2017



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The Link – Winter Edition 2017

50 Years in Burlington!

Burlington Newcomers’ Club is celebrating its 50th Anniversary!

Send your congratulations to their club at and they will post the messages in their newsletter.

The Burlington Newcomers Club of Ontario is pleased to announce that its 50th anniversary will be celebrated on Wed. May 3, 2017 at the Burlington Golf & Country Club.  Members of the club along with members of the Burlington Alumni Club will join in friendship to enjoy an evening cocktail reception together.

Letter from the President                 

We are changing The Link from a NNAC centered newsletter to a club centered one. We have two Presidents calls each year and this change will enable us to keep connected the remainder of the year. Our first Presidents call will be in March – more on that to follow in an email.

We can publish questions/concerns/tips as well as news from your clubs. We can share ideas for club monthly member events, special celebrations, member recruitment and retention, Executive recruitment – all we need to make this network of almost 7000 newcomers thrive.

This year, Burlington Newcomers will celebrate their 50th anniversary – a third of Canada’s age! That is a real accomplishment. Think of what our country was like and what we were doing 50 years ago, life was simpler then – we were definitely a bit younger – and our needs/focus were very different. It is a testament to Burlington that as the decades passed and culture evolved that they did the same. We wish them a fabulous celebration in May. Please pass along your best wishes to Burlington Newcomers on their 50thAnniversary with a note to

The Canada-wide event that brings all clubs together is the Annual General Meeting which occurs every two years, in person. Save the date for Toronto October 20-21. Jennifer Eng and her Newcomer committee, in conjunction with the NNAC, will be planning a fabulous 2-day event. We will have more details in the spring. This weekend is always a wonderful one where we get to meet so many Newcomers/Alumnae members from across Canada. In Vancouver, 2015, there were members from Nova Scotia to British Columbia! It was a well-planned, fun, stimulating weekend and Toronto 2017 will be the same – grab your friends and we will see you there!

As always, we are here to help. The contacts for the NNAC Board are included in this Newsletter. Feel free to contact any of us. If your concern is an insurance one, it is, and will remain, under the direction of the newest position: Membership Director, currently held by Bonnie Barber in Ottawa.

We hope you are enjoying/surviving the winter and its crazy weather – talk with you soon!

Warmest regards,

Ellie Siekierski
President, NNAC
Message from Western Region
Our Western Region is about 33 Newcomer and Alumnae Clubs strong as shown in the photo with yellow pins.  Approximately, 18 clubs were represented at the NNAC AGM in 2015 which in fact was held in the west, in Vancouver B.C. which is shown with green pins.

Let’s do it again!

Let’s have it our goal to have at least 20 Western Region Clubs support the AGM 2017 to be held in Toronto.

Save the date on your calendar and make plans to attend.  Oct. 20-21 is the proposed date at this time.

We can fly together, share rooms, stay with family or friends, or maybe be billeted.  One great way to celebrate Canada’s 150th Year can be to travel together to the East.

Next photo, to be taken in October, will show in red, the number of clubs at AGM 2017 in Toronto.

Let’s pin the town, red.  West meets East in October.  Here we come !!!!! 

Charlene Brooks, Western Region Director
What’s Happening Across the Country?
Kingston Newcomers’ Alumni Club
The Kingston club had the honour of having a Nobel Prize winner as a guest speaker. Dr. Arthur McDonald and his wife, Janet, gave an exceptional presentation on the project that won him the Nobel Prize; as well as their amazing week in Stockholm to collect the prize.
Regina Newcomers’ Club
The group is creating a private Facebook forum separate from the public Facebook page for members to connect, post events, and get in touch with other members.
Calgary Newcomers’ Club
The club has voted to update their bylaws so that Newcomer members now have the choice to stay in the club indefinitely or move to NuGrads (the alumni organization) after one year of membership.  The decision to move to the alumni group now belongs to the member.
Cornwall Newcomers’ Alumnae Club
The club donated 223 dolls, 45 baby hats and 45 dish cloths to Canada Comforts in British Columbia. Arleen Ward, Treasurer, delivered the goods to a trucking company in BC who then took it over to Vancouver Island and delivered it to organization.  Wonderful news!
St Catherine’s & District Newcomers’ Club
The Associates group held their annual Sherry & Shortbread fundraiser for Gillian’s Place, and raised $1,285 along with a van filled with gifts.  The club also raised $440 for Community Care from their Christmas Basket Draw. Congratulations!
London Newcomers’ Alumnae 
This club will have a fascinating speaker from the “Secrets of Radar Museum” to talk about the thousands of men and women working behind the scenes during the Second World War in complete secrecy working to protect soldiers abroad.
London Newcomers’ Club
The club held an Open House in October at an historic estate in London, Ontario. Members enjoyed a tour of the stately home, chatted with each other and with the current convenors, and had the opportunity to express interest in prospective new activities. As a result of the event, and the willingness of members to assume convenor roles, the Club was able to introduce eight new activities including Board Games, Canasta, Downhill Skiing, Films, Knitting/Crocheting, Travel, Concerts/Theatre and Yoga.
Brockville Newcomers’ Club
This year they set the record for the most new members ever.  31 people have joined the club this year!
Kelowna Newcomers’ Club
A representative from the Westbank First Nation spoke at the November meeting and did a great job of highlighting the many achievements of this very industrious and successful Band.
Regina Newcomers’ Club
Regina Newcomers Club and Alumni together donated $450 to Regina Transition House this year at their Holiday Social.
Glacier Newcomers’ Alumnae 
The club has had some very interesting speakers at their meetings which included topics such as:  Learn, Grow and Transform your life, Improve the Living conditions for Humans and Animals alike, and a Magician!  What a diverse group!
Kelowna Newcomers’ Club
This club finds the hidden gems in their city and organizes a tour once a month for the members to learn something new about their city.
Please forward your club newsletters to us so we can share what’s happening in every club across the country.  It is a great way to share ideas and accomplishments with each other.  Send them to
Questions about Insurance for your club?

Bonnie Barber from the Ottawa Newcomers’ Alumnae Club is now the contact regarding any questions you may have relating to liability insurance for your club.  She can be reached at

Out and About Across the Country
Brockville Newcomers’ Club proudly displays their enormous mitten tree!
The Glacier Newcomers’ Alumnae get out no matter what the weather.
Cornwall Newcomers’ Alumnae knits for charity
Kelowna golfs into the beautiful season of Fall
Calgary Newcomers’ Club snowshoeing in the beautiful Rockies
Waterloo Region enjoying their coffee together
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