Fall 2018 – The Link

 

The Link – Fall Edition 2018

Welcome to Autumn and another year of enjoying Newcomer friends

Whether you’re a returning member club to NNAC or new to the organization, welcome to the start of the 2018-2019 season. To date there are 63 member clubs with over 8100 members nationwide within our association. We would like to extend a warm welcome to two new member clubs this year; Sunshine Coast Newcomers Alumni in British Columbia and Newcomers andNeighbours of Grimsby & Area in Ontario.

We would like to thank our outgoing Board Members Anne Lavack from Langley, BC (Web Editor), and Sue DePaul from Calgary, AB (Newsletter Editor) for their dedication and contribution to the National Newcomers’ Association of Canada board.

We look forward to another exciting year.

 AGM 2018 Conference Call

Mark your calendars for Sunday October 14 (noon – pacific, 1:00 pm-mountain, 3:00 pm eastern) for the annual general meeting. This year will be a conference call and you are invited to call in. We will be electing a Board of Directors, reviewing our financial statement as part of the ‘business’ of the call as well as hosting an open forum for clubs to connect. Agenda, call-in details etc. will be out shortly. In the meantime, if you have an agenda item you would like to discuss please send it to Jennifer Eng, secretary@nnac.ca.

The 2019 AGM will be hosted by the wonderful Niagara-on-the-Lake Newcomers’ Club on October 4 and 5th, 2019.  The club is already planning a wonderful weekend in their charming town so plan on attending with your club members. You do not have to be a member of your club’s board to attend!  If you are in any newcomers club in Canada, you are welcome to join the fun.

Board Position available for 2018/2019

We are in need of a Newsletter Editor for The Link. The role is to send out three issues each year.  One perk to the role is that you are the recipient of all of the club’s newsletters and get to review the wonderful activities that are being done across the country and share these ideas with other clubs through The Link.  If you are interested in being part of this board or have questions about this position and the level of commitment please contact our President, Cindy Dixon, at  president@nnac.ca.

There are special resources only available to our NNAC Members which include information about insurance coverage for clubs, governance, and conflict resolution.

Check out our website and access this information using the userid and password you were given when you registered.  If you have forgotten it, please email our webmaster.

Spreading Ideas Across the Country
Guelph Newcomers’ Club
The Guelph Newcomers’ Club is highlighting one of their convenors each month in their newsletter!  What a wonderful way to show our thanks to our interest group volunteers and promote a group for members to join.
Calgary Newcomers’ Club
The Fall Kick Off this year will be an “Oscar Night” where the newest members will walk down a red carpet and be welcomed to the club in style.
Ottawa Newcomers’ Alumnae Club
At their annual Meet and Greet, this club played a Canadian trivia game which they have kindly shared with the rest of us.  To see the 25 questions and answers prepared by Sally Melville, click on the link at the end of the newsletter and learn some interesting facts about Canada.
Langley Newcomers’ and Friends
This club is organizing their own “Paint Nite” by watching YouTube videos and creating their own masterpiece at their own pace and style. What a great idea!
St. Catharine’s and District Newcomers’ Club
This club is starting a new group called “Sing Along“.  There is so much joy in music shared through voice.
London Newcomers’ Club
The award for “Most Creative Book Club Names” goes to this club with “A Novel Bunch”, “Between the Lines”, and “Happy Bookers”.
Thornhill Newcomers and Alumnae
Trying something new, this group enjoyed an afternoon of Abstract Acrylic Pouring. Here’s another idea for the artists out there.
Questions about Insurance for your club?

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

Friendship Pins
Give the gift of a Friendship Pin to your new Board Members to welcome them to a special group of women who volunteer their time to welcome newcomers to your city.  The pins are made of bronze and plated with 25 k brushed gold, and will not tarnish. Details are on our website here.
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.
Out and About Across the Country
Our NNAC President Cindy Dixon, while vacationing on the east coast, visited the Truro & Area Newcomers & Alumni club.  Host and NNAC Board Member Beryl Keilty arranged a Coffee Party with these lovely ladies.  Also in attendance was Ellie Siekierski, past president of NNAC. (Cindy is front row, third from the left and Ellie is pictured on the far left).
Calgary Newcomers’ Club kicked off Stampede 2018 with the annual “First Flip”, the first of many pancake breakfasts throughout the city during Stampede.  Yahoo!
The Glacier Newcomers’ Alumnae Association were highlighted in their local paper for raising $2000 for a pantry that provides non-perishable food items to individuals and families in need. Well done ladies!
Comox Valley Newcomers’ Alumnae acknowledged the co-ordinators and convenors of their club activities at their annual potluck. The little placards on the sticks represent every activity offered.

Questions

1. Which Western city home is associated with a military base that is home to the Snowbirds aerobatic squadron?

  • Churchill
  • Calgary
  • Moose Jaw
  • Ft McMurrary

2. Which Eastern town, or village, is most associated with “Anne of Green Gables?”

  • Summerside
  • Charlottetown
  • Baddeck
  • Cavendish

3. Which Newfoundland town is mentioned in the folk song “I’se the B’y”. 

  • Trinity Bay
  • Twillingate
  • Carnerbrook
  • Goosebay

4. Parlee Beach Provincial Park is located near this small fishing town which is famous for its lobster fishing. Can you name the town?

  • Bathurst
  • Shediac
  • Alma
  • Petitcodiac

5. Who were the first inhabitants of Prince Edward Island?

  • The French
  • The English
  • The Choctaw
  • The Mi’kmaq

6. Which Ontario city is famous for its ‘Big Nickel?’

  • North Bay
  • Sudbury
  • Nickelville
  • Cochrane

7. What is the polar bear capital of the world?

  • Inuvik, Northwest Territories
  • Churchill, Manitoba
  • Iqaluit, Nunavut
  • James Bay, Ontario

8. Which city in Alberta has the U.F.O. landing pad?

  • Mayerthorpe
  • Cold Lake
  • St. Paul
  • Calgary

9. The famous Ogopogo monster lives in the lake near this city.

  • Pogoville
  • Kamloops
  • Kelowna
  • Vancouver

10. This small town is the world’s northernmost settlement.

  • Resolute
  • Alert
  • Iqaluit
  • Tuktoyaktuk

11. Pier 21 is located in what Canadian maritime city?

  • St. John, Nfld
  • Halifax, NS
  • Thunder bay, ON
  • Vancouver, BC

12. This Canadian city has tunnels under it that Al Capone apparently used to hide out during the Prohibition.

  • Regina
  • Drumheller
  • Saskatoon
  • Moose Jaw

13. The word Quebec means ‘Where the river narrows’. Which river is this?

  • Ottawa River
  • St. Lawrence River
  • Saguenay River
  • Romaine River

14. Canada Olympic Park is located in which Olympic City?

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • Calgary, AB
  • Vancouver, BC
  • Toronto, ON

15. In the city of Victoria, BC, is the Pacific Undersea Gardens. Scuba divers feed “Armstrong” there. What is “Armstrong”?

  • Wolf Eel
  • Giant Pacific Octopus
  • Blue Lobster
  • Chinook Salmon

16. Regina, Saskatchewan is home to 2300 acres known as the Wascana Center. What is unusual about Wascana Lake?

  • You can cross the entire lake on stepping stones.
  • The water is always frozen in the middle of the lake.
  • It is an artificial lake in the middle of Regina.
  • The lake is underground and accessed through tunnels.

17. Where in Quebec can you see a waterfall that is 98 feet (30 meters) higher than Niagara Falls?

  • Montreal
  • Quebec City
  • Trois Rivieres
  • Valcartier

18. Where in Canada would you find the magnetic hill?

  • Saint John
  • Halifax
  • Moncton
  • Charlottetown

19. The oldest Chinatown in Canada, and the second-oldest in North America, was founded in 1858 in what city?

  • Montreal, QC
  • Winnipeg, MB
  • Toronto, ON
  • Victoria, BC

20. The Bay of Fundy is located between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. What is this bay’s ‘claim to fame’?

  • It has the world’s highest tides.
  • It is home to the world’s largest population of whales.
  • It is the world’s shallowest bay.
  • It is a famous spot to watch for dolphins

21. What is considered to be the most eastern point of land in all of North America?

  • Cape Spear
  • Gander
  • Signal Hill
  • Corner Brook

22. The Canso Causeway, which joins mainland Nova Scotia to Cape Breton Island and is part of the Trans-Canada Highway, is known for which world-class distinction?

  • It is the longest causeway.
  • It is the most northern causeway.
  • It is the deepest causeway.
  • It is the only Canadian causeway.

23. The International Bridge links two cities across the American/Canadian border. What two cities are they?

  • Windsor, ON and Detroit, Michigan
  • Niagara Falls, ON and Niagara Falls, New York
  • Sarnia, ON and Port Huron, Michigan
  • Sault Ste. Marie, ON and Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

24. Which Canadian city has “The Golden Boy?”

  • Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Edmonton, Alberta.
  • Regina, Sask.
  • Victoria. BC

25. Where is Sleeping Giant found in Canada?

  • Victoria, BC
  • Thunder Bay, ON
  • Toronto, ON
  • Banff, AB

Answers

1. Which Western city home is associated with a military base that is home to the Snowbirds aerobatic squadron?

  • Churchill
  • Calgary
  • Moose Jaw
  • Ft McMurrary

2. Which Eastern town, or village, is most associated with “Anne of Green Gables?”

  • Summerside
  • Charlottetown
  • Baddeck
  • Cavendish

3. Which Newfoundland town is mentioned in the folk song “I’se the B’y”. 

  • Trinity Bay
  • Twillingate
  • Carnerbrook
  • Goosebay

4. Parlee Beach Provincial Park is located near this small fishing town which is famous for its lobster fishing. Can you name the town?

  • Bathurst
  • Shediac
  • Alma
  • Petitcodiac

5. Who were the first inhabitants of Prince Edward Island?

  • The French
  • The English
  • The Choctaw
  • The Mi’kmaq

6. Which Ontario city is famous for its ‘Big Nickel?’

  • North Bay
  • Sudbury
  • Nickelville
  • Cochrane

7. What is the polar bear capital of the world?

  • Inuvik, Northwest Territories
  • Churchill, Manitoba
  • Iqaluit, Nunavut
  • James Bay, Ontario

8. Which city in Alberta has the U.F.O. landing pad?

  • Mayerthorpe
  • Cold Lake
  • St. Paul
  • Calgary

9. The famous Ogopogo monster lives in the lake near this city.

  • Pogoville
  • Kamloops
  • Kelowna
  • Vancouver

10. This small town is the world’s northernmost settlement.

  • Resolute
  • Alert
  • Iqaluit
  • Tuktoyaktuk

11. Pier 21 is located in what Canadian maritime city?

  • St. John, Nfld
  • Halifax, NS
  • Thunder bay, ON
  • Vancouver, BC

12. This Canadian city has tunnels under it that Al Capone apparently used to hide out during the Prohibition.

  • Regina
  • Drumheller
  • Saskatoon
  • Moose Jaw

13. The word Quebec means ‘Where the river narrows’. Which river is this?

  • Ottawa River
  • St. Lawrence River
  • Saguenay River
  • Romaine River

14. Canada Olympic Park is located in which Olympic City?

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • Calgary, AB
  • Vancouver, BC
  • Toronto, ON

15. In the city of Victoria, BC, there is a wonderful attraction called Pacific Undersea Gardens. Scuba divers feed “Armstrong” there. What is “Armstrong”?

  • Wolf Eel
  • Giant Pacific Octopus
  • Blue Lobster
  • Chinook Salmon

16. Regina, Saskatchewan is home to 2300 acres known as the Wascana Center. What is unusual about Wascana Lake?

  • You can cross the entire lake on stepping stones.
  • The water is always frozen in the middle of the lake.
  • It is an artificial lake in the middle of Regina.
  • The lake is underground and accessed through tunnels.

17. Where in Quebec can you see a waterfall that is 98 feet (30 meters) higher than Niagara Falls?

  • Montreal
  • Quebec City
  • Trois Rivieres
  • Valcartier

18. Where in Canada would you find the magnetic hill?

  • Saint John
  • Halifax
  • Moncton
  • Charlottetown

19. The oldest Chinatown in Canada, and the second-oldest in North America, was founded in 1858 in what city?

  • Montreal, QC
  • Winnipeg, MB
  • Toronto, ON
  • Victoria, BC

20. The Bay of Fundy is located between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. What is this bay’s ‘claim to fame’?

  • It has the world’s highest tides.
  • It is home to the world’s largest population of whales.
  • It is the world’s shallowest bay.
  • It is a famous spot to watch for dolphins

21. What is considered to be the most eastern point of land in all of North America?

  • Cape Spear
  • Gander
  • Signal Hill
  • Corner Brook

22. The Canso Causeway, which joins mainland Nova Scotia to Cape Breton Island and is part of the Trans-Canada Highway, is known for which world-class distinction?

  • It is the longest causeway.
  • It is the most northern causeway.
  • It is the deepest causeway.
  • It is the only Canadian causeway.

23. The International Bridge links two cities across the American/Canadian border. What two cities are they?

  • Windsor, ON and Detroit, Michigan
  • Niagara Falls, ON and Niagara Falls, New York
  • Sarnia, ON and Port Huron, Michigan
  • Sault Ste. Marie, ON and Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

24. Which Canadian city has “The Golden Boy?”

  • Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Edmonton, Alta.
  • Regina, Sask.
  • Victoria. BC

25. Where is Sleeping Giant found in Canada?

  • Victoria, BC
  • Thunder Bay, ON
  • Toronto, ON
  • Banff, AB

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