Welcoming Week

Huron County Immigration Partnership, in collaboration with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and other Immigration Partnerships across Canada, are celebrating Welcoming Week in September.

For Huron County, Welcoming Week aims to inspire. What can we do to ensure everyone–including newcomers and immigrants–thrive and feel welcome?

If you would like to host a Welcoming Week event, please let us know and we can help you promote it. Email home@huroncounty.ca

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Huron County Warden Glen McNeil

2023 Welcoming Week Events

September 11: Welcome Night in Seaforth

Seaforth Library, Seaforth, Ontario; in partnership with the Huron County Library. Join a mix and mingle evening. Open to all.

See more info here.

September 13: Welcome Night in Goderich

Goderich Library, Goderich, Ontario; in partnership with the Huron County Library. Come to a community conversation discovering how new and old residents ended up in Goderich. Open to all. 

See more info here.

September 14: Welcome Night in Brussels

Brussels Library, Brussels, Ontario; in partnership with the Huron County Library. Create and cultivate social connections between community members and local organizations. Open to all.

See more info here.

September 15: African drumming workshop for children and adults

Exeter BIA Farmers’ Market, Exeter, Ontario; in partnership with the Municipality of South Huron, The Culture Collective and the Exeter BIA. Beginners of all ages are invited to learn African drumming from Senegalese immigrant and professional drummer, Barbarinde Williams! Free. Drums are provided. 

September 16: Welcome booth

Harvest Festival, Clinton, Ontario; in partnership with the Municipality of Central Huron. Grab a snack, learn about resources for immigrants and connect with you own ancestry’s immigration story at this welcome booth. 

Welcoming Week Window Display Contest, September 9-18

Multiple locations. Watch for welcoming displays appearing in windows and at Huron County Library branches. The branches are taking part in a window decorating contest, with the winner being announced on social media.

Community Conversations

Conversations about Welcoming Communities with Gemma Mendez-Smith

Conversations about Welcoming Communities with Nev Ibrahim

Conversations about Valuing Diversity with John Grace and Leanne Kavanaugh

Citizenship Ceremony

We all have the power to welcome newcomers into our communities.

Witness a special citizenship ceremony, the first to feature the newest citizenship oath, which honours Indigenous peoples.


10 Ways to Welcome a Newcomer to Your Community

  1. Ask questions and listen to others.
  2. Diversify your news sources.
  3. Volunteer to become a newcomer host in your community.
  4. Support a small business run by a newcomer.
  5. Attend a diversity workshop or a training on inter-cultural awareness.
  6. Bring a small gift of homemade food to the home of a newcomer and introduce yourself.
  7. Attend a cultural activity or event.
  8. Donate to an immigrant settlement agency.
  9. Form a refugee sponsorship group.
  10. Be willing and interested in incorporating new things into your community to create a welcoming, all inclusive community for everyone!
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How Can We Help?

Huron County Immigration Partnership is always excited to support newcomers to Huron County. Let us know how we can help!

Find Us

57 Napier Street,
Goderich, ON
N7A 1W2


+1 (519) 524-8394 ext.6