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?

In 2022, Welcoming Week is being held on September 9-18. It’s our time to unite as neighbours, friends, and colleagues, regardless of where we come from.

 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

Message from
Huron County Warden Glen McNeil

2022 Welcoming Week Events

Multicultural Movie Night: Peace by Chocolate

Date: September 8

Location: Huron County Museum, 110 North Street, Goderich
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Join a film screening and enjoy chocolates! The Canadian film Peace by Chocolate tells the true inspiring story of a Syrian refugee family’s adjustment to life in rural Canada and their chocolate-making business. Snacks served at 6:45. Movie to begin promptly at 7pm. 

No purchase is required with pre-registration. Sign-up and get more information about this event here.  

Welcome hike at Maitland Woods

Date: September 10

Location: Knights of Columbus Hall parking lot, 390 Parsons Court, Goderich
Time: 10:00 am

Everyone is welcome on this hike, especially if you are new to trail walking. Learn what trail walking has to offer for personal health and wellbeing.  Enrich your knowledge of the local flora and fauna and, as an added bonus, meet like-minded hiking and outdoor enthusiasts.

A knowledgeable volunteer from the Maitland Trail Association will lead the walk through this easy trail.

Huron Multicultural Festival

Date: September 11

Location: Courthouse Square, Goderich
Time: 1:00 – 7:00 pm

The Huron County Multicultural Festival is back with song and dance performances from around the world, a children’s area, international food and beverages, crafts and more.

Volunteer Fair

Date: September 11

Location: Knights of Columbus Centre, 99 Kerr Drive, Wingham
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Join the Wingham Community Connectors and the United Way Perth-Huron for a volunteer fair. Meet representatives from community organizations and sign up to volunteer because doing good does you good.

Welcome Hike at Sifto Loop

Date: September 14

Location: Menestung Bridge parking lot, North Harbour Road, Goderich
Time: 1:00 pm

Get to know new people who enjoy the outdoors and hike along a beautiful spot that follows the Maitland River. The hike will start by walking over the Menesetung Bridge with its interesting vista and around the Sifto Loop with its lake view at the west end and frequent outlook points over the Maitland River. Meet at the large rock on Harbour Road. Ukrainian language translation will be provided.

Webinar – Welcoming and Inclusive Workplaces: How to Recruit and Retain Talent

Date: September 15

Location: Online
Time:  12:00 – 1:00 pm

Diversity, equity and inclusion in workplaces has become increasingly important to employees, and are highly sought after qualities in employers of choice. Learn tips on how to attract candidates with international experience and education, foster overall job satisfaction for new hires, and retain skilled employees. Join us on September 15, from 12-1pm, for this virtual event is a collaboration of Local Immigration Partnerships (LIPs) of Southwestern Ontario and Will Immploy – a project of Will Employment Solutions. Register for the workshop.

Welcome to Wingham evening

Date: September 15

Location: Alice Munro Library, 281 Edward Street, Wingham
Time: 6:30 pm

Meet new neighbours and celebrate our cultural diversity at an informal get-together at the Alice Munro Library in Wingham. Join library staff and representatives from Wingham’s Community Connector group for an evening of sharing food, stories and games.

Volunteer Fair

Date: September 16

Location: 322 Main Street South, Exeter
Time: 3:00 – 7:00 pm

Join community organizations and explore volunteer opportunities at this afternoon event that will coincide with the United Way Perth-Huron annual campaign kick-off and a soup tasting event.

Get to know your neighbour barbecue at Clinton’s Harvest Festival

Date: September 17

Location: Outside the Clinton Library, 27 Albert Street, Clinton
Time: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Join a team of volunteers organizing a welcoming barbeque for newcomers and new community residents at the Clinton Harvest Fest.

Welcoming Week Window Display Contest

Date: September 9-18

Location: Multiple locations
Time: All week

Watch for welcoming displays appearing in windows and at Huron County Library branches and the Centre for Employment and Learning. 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!

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57 Napier Street,
Goderich, ON
N7A 1W2


+1 (519) 524-8394 ext.6