2017-Fall Newsletter

The Link – Fall Edition 2017

Letter from the President

Welcome back!  We hope your summer was wonderful and relaxing and that you are ready to gear-up for the new calendar year that is Newcomers.

This is my last message as my term as President will end with the AGM in Toronto in October – can’t wait to see you there! It has been an enriching experience and I have enjoyed meeting many of you in person, over the phone and via email. This network of 8000 members from Nova Scotia to British Columbia is impressive and filled with kind, caring, capable and fun people.

The NNAC Board is a group of dedicated, inspired volunteers from Truro to Comox and together we have accomplished a great deal. I am blessed to know them.

We hope to see you in Toronto for a Newcomer “get-away weekend” with lots planned from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon. We will learn “What Makes Canada Great” from the MacDonald Laurier Institute. See about Brian Lee Crowley here.

Best wishes to all clubs for another successful, active year.

Sincere and warmest regards,


Ellie Siekierski
President, NNAC

A message from Toronto Newcomer’s Club

Fellow NNAC Members, we hope you are as excited to come to Toronto for the Annual NNAC Conference October 20-22 as we are to be hosting you. We want this to be a fun filled and meaningful event.

We have a great rate at a wonderfully located hotel.  They have graciously extended their rate to allow those of you who want to make a visit of it to do so. We hope you will take advantage of this, as Toronto has a lot to offer.

For sure the cocktail party on Friday night will have lots of food, wine and friendship along with beautiful views of the city.

If you are coming alone and want to meet up with fellow attendees for dinner on Saturday or any other activity, we can help with that. There are so many restaurants near the hotel we will have trouble listing them.

A great city to just wander in, we will be arranging volunteers to guide tours of the major hotspots:  the Distillery District, Kensington Market, Queen’s Quay, and Toronto Islands, on Sunday, October 22 in the morning, subject to demand.

There are three big theater events running in Toronto the weekend of the conference, North by Northwest, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, and Meatloaf: Bat out of Hell the musical. Check out the Mirvish Theatre website for more details.

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is very close to the hotel and has a spectacular collection of Group of Seven works among others. A short train ride away are The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) which is always interesting, The Bata Shoe Museum where you will look at shoes in an entirely different way, and the Gardiner Ceramic museum. Further afield there is the stunning architecture of the Aga Khan Museum or the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in nearby Kleinberg.

Toronto is a real “foodie” town. Closer to the conference we will be sending out restaurant and other recommendations for the area, as well as suggestions for places to walk or shop.  The website www.blogto.com has wonderful suggestions of things to see, do, eat and drink. If you are staying for a visit consider purchasing a City Pass.  They have several of the City’s top attractions such as the CN Tower, Casa Loma, ROM, Ripley’s Aquarium and other attractions.  Just note that you need to see at least 3 attractions to make it worthwhile. Or try the Hop On, Hop Off tours to get a real feeling for the city

We look forward to seeing you!  If you have any questions please contact me at jen2858@gmail.com.

Jennifer Eng
Toronto Newcomers’ Club

Quick Summary of the Toronto Conference – October 20 – 22, 2017

Friday – Cocktail Party
Saturday – Day full of workshops, meeting other newcomers, and guest speakers
Sunday – Tours of Toronto

Location: Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, 108 Chestnut Street, Toronto
Registration cost:  $85 per person

For full details and registration form, please see our website.

New ‘Resources’ section on the NNAC website
We have recently instituted password-protection on one important section of the NNAC website which is the ‘Resources‘ tab.
If your club executive would like to access documents in this section of the NNAC website (including insurance-related documents), the club will need to be registered with the NNAC and a username and password is required to access it.  If you have not received this password, please contact our webmaster, Anne Lavack.

Celebrating Anniversaries 
Congratulations to the Pickering/Ajax Newcomers’ Club who will be celebrating their 35th anniversary in October!
Out and About Across the Country

Summertime across Canada

Janet Rogers, President of Vancouver Newcomers’ Club and Western Region Director Charlene Brooks, attend Vancouver’s Diner en Blanc on Thursday August 24th.
The Calgary Newcomers’ Club hiking group enjoyed many spectacular hikes in the mountains this summer
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 newsletter@nnac.ca.
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