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Issue 1 of Canadian Newcomer Magazine appeared in March 2004. So this is our 2nd Anniversary Issue!

And it is a busy time for us. We’ve just moved out of the home office to a space in the O’Connor Centre located behind the Woodgreen Employment Resource Centre, Toronto Social Services and Tim Horton’s. We’re in suite 105C – Building 2. And issues of the magazine are available free from the office while we have stock. We still have copies of issues 4 – 8 but if you want more than one or two copies of any issue (including the latest one), please call us in advance.

Our success has been due in large part to the enthusiastic support of the immigrant services community, especially ESL and adult education programs and the employment resources centers and assessment agencies. There isn’t enough room to put the names of all of you who have supported and helped us along the way, though we’d particularly like to thank Shawn, Eileen, Julia, Helen, Lois, Terry, Saleem, Lucy and Ann-Marie.

We wouldn’t have made it beyond the early issues without faithful advertisers like AAPS, World Education Services, Alliance Employment, Ashok Travels and Youth Employment Services…or continued to grow without sponsors like Western Union and Scotiabank.

In an earlier editorial I thanked Irena and Elizabeth at CIC – but I’ll do it again, because their contribution cannot be overstated. And we wouldn’t have kept growing and thriving without the paid and unpaid contributions of staff members, investors and volunteers like Laura, Gord, Sally, Karen, Dave, Roland, Roman, Syed and Ranjeet.

I feel like I’m making an award acceptance speech – and I am in a way. Reaching our 2nd Anniversary is a wonderful award!

And of course we’d like to thank each and every reader and invite all of you to give us your feedback. Tell us what we’re doing right and what we could be doing better.

Our goal, as always is to better serve our audience. As our dear friend Mehdi Zahed said, “Hey new Canadians, feel at home

and try to make yourself stronger; and we will make the nicest country in the world together.”

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