President’s Message

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Welcome to our website – it will link you to every member club across Canada. Are you new to a city/town? You can search for our member clubs by province to find one in your area at http://nnac.ca/member-clubs/. Newcomer and Alumni/ae clubs have a calendar of fun monthly events that include indoor and outdoor activities to help you feel at home in your new location or new circumstance with an instant social circle of people who were once new themselves. Canada is such a beautiful country and many clubs offer walking, hiking, biking events, cultural tours, golfing, skiing and more. Here, in beautiful Ottawa, we also can zip across the bridge to the Gatineau Hills in Quebec within 15 minutes and hike/ski glorious trails – in the fall, nature’s colour show is spectacular!

If you were to ask a Newcomer/Alumni Club member anywhere in Canada about their experience you would hear a similar positive, happy reply.  We all feel like it is the best present ever! It can take up to three years to get established in a new city – a long and lonely period. But Newcomers makes it easier right away. When I came to Ottawa from a small Maritime area it was a huge change. Through the Ottawa Newcomers’ Club, I met so many wonderful ladies (some clubs include men and women, not in Ottawa) with whom I am still friendly today – 10 years later. In my new, very large, city I had things to look forward to each month; events for my calendar. It was very uplifting. My life was greatly enhanced  and I was made to feel very welcome in my new city.

No Newcomers Club in your area? – you can start one! It is very easy and you can find all the details via this link: http://nnac.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Developing-a-NC-Group.pdf.

We are here to help so please let me know what we can do to assist you. Email: president@nnac.ca

A special thanks to all the volunteers coast-to-coast whose dedication perpetuates this unique and valuable friendship network through all the clubs in Canada – over 7,900 members!

2017 is Canada’s 150th birthday and there are celebrations planned in every community in Canada. We will hold our AGM in October of 2017 in Toronto, our largest city. Come join the fun!

Warmest wishes,

Ellie Siekierski
President, NNAC