Success Stories

Newcomer Business Owners in Fredericton

Bitar Market

February 2021

Meet Mohamad Junaid, owner of Bitar Market, and find out what he offers to the community. Bitar Market is located at 127 Riverside Drive, Fredericton, NB. To find out more, visit their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/BITAR-Market

Green Valley Market

February 2021

Ahmad Abualhawa and his family immigrated to Canada from Jordan in 2012. After taking English classes at MCAF and while studying Business at UNB, Ahmad opened a store, offering a unique variety of authentic and Middle Eastern grocery items.

Pre-arrival Services

Yuan Zang

October 2018

To move and settle in a new place is not an easy task, especially for moving to a city more than 10,000km away from your home country.
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Anam Alam

October 2019

My name is Anam Alam and I am currently living in Canada as an immigrant.
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Xiaolin Wu

October 2020

I and my family are newcomers in Canada and just got Permanent Residency thanks for PNP of New Brunswick.
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Omotunde Adewunmi

October 2021

Five years ago, I made a decision to relocate to Canada with my daughter but I almost gave up along the way because I could not meet up with the required points for the Express Entry Program.
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Atlantic Immigration Program

Gina Zhang, Thai Manao

October 2018

One of the greatest challenges of doing business in New Brunswick these days is workforce acquisition and retention.
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Dennis Tselichtchev, Redmans Trucking

October 2019

I have been the owner of Redmans Trucking Inc, which is located in Woodstock, NB, since 2015.
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Introhive

October 2020

The Atlantic Immigration Program has been an invaluable tool for Introhive and our staffing needs.
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Allan MacLean, CBI Health

October 2021

The Specialized Community Services Division of CBI Health provides a wide range of outcome-focused support for children, adolescents and adults with special needs.
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Resettlement Assistance Program

Claude Nzisabira

October 2018

My name is Jean Claude Nzisabira. I moved to Canada on 23rd March 2017.
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Veronique Rutishereka

October 2019

My name is Veronique Rutishereka. I came to Canada in March 2017 from Kampala, Uganda where I was a refugee with my family...
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Aline Ntiringaniza

October 2020

On June 25, 2013 (the day I turned 21), my younger cousin and I came to Canada without our family.
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Mohamoud Bakr

June 2020

Mahmoud Bakr is living his version of the Canadian Dream.
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Vanessa Mutoni Mafurebo

June 2021

My name is Vanessa Mutoni Mafurebo, I am a Congolese by nationality and I am 27 years old. I was born in Congo but because of the war I did not have the privilege of enjoying my human rights and freedom in my own country.
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Veronique Rutishereka

October 2021

Veronique Rutishereka, originally from Rwanda, arrived in Fredericton on March 24, 2017 as a refugee from Uganda, together with her sister, two nephews and one niece.
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Rahima Hasan

October 2022

My name is Rahima Hasan and I am from Syria. I arrived in Fredericton in February, 2022 with my three children. In Syria, my children were studying; some of them finished university and some were enrolled in professional courses.
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Settlement Services

Aarfan Al Darwich-p
Aarfan Al Darwich

October 2019

On February 3, 2016, I landed in Fredericton with my wife, Salwa, my 2 kids and my mother after being refugees in Lebanon for a while.
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Said Salih

October 2020

My name is Salih, I am 22 years old and I share an apartment and my life with my four friends.
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Sadith Nduwimana

October 2021

My name is Salih, I am 22 years old and I share an apartment and my life with my four friends.
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Employment Services

Kartik Sethi

October 2018

Kartik Sethi was one of my first clients when I joined MCAF as an Employment Coach in March 2018.
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Olusayo Obajemu

September 2020

We were lucky to discover MCAF early on in our moving to Fredericton which made the process of settling down easier.
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Marcia Rohrmann

September 2020

MCAF employment team has helped me a lot with training for job interviews, updating my resumes into the Canadian style and sending weekly open job positions.
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Kazi Rahman

September 2020

I would like to express my heartfelt greetings and thanks for the employment team especially the FINP team of MCAF.
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Elvina Cheropovich

September 2020

MCAF helped me get confidence. Rufaida was my Employment Coach and she worked really hard on my resume...
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Sungmi Song

October 2021

The FIN program was launched in 2020 in Fredericton, NB, and was new to the Multicultural Association of Fredericton (MCAF) and candidates.
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Marie Valenciano

October 2021

My FIN journey started last February 2020, when I attended the first information session instigated by MCAF.
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Skills Launch Program

Asia Alabbas

October 2018

Asia joined Skills Launch in July 2017. In her home country Syria, she finished grade 11, then had to leave school and move away due to the country's circumstances.
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Ahmad Hachalid & Saliha Muslum

October 2019

We are a couple from Syria, we have two boys. We have been in Canada for three years.
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Marwa Abo Khashreef

October 2020

My name is Marwa Abo Khashreef. I am originally from Syria. Every person's dream is different depending on his or her favorite skills and hobbies.
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Children & Youth Programs

Deborah & Dorcas Furahisha

October 2018

We were living in Zimbabwe, but are originally from RD-Congo. when we came to Canada, the MCAF settlement team were the first people to welcome us...
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Mohammed Reyis

October 2018

I have been in Canada for 2 years and 1 months. The biggest reason of why I came to Canada is to find a safe welcoming place where...
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Barakat Alabbas

October 2019

My name is Barakat Alabbas. Three years ago my life was a day-to-day experience in a bleak and overcrowded refugee camp in Jordan.
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Divine Niyera

October 2019

Success is not a simple journey, but with support and continual effort anything can be done, I truly believe this as my friend Shadia and I are proof of this.
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Aghiad Zakareya

October 2020

My family arrived in Canada in 2016 from Jordan. MCAF staff were the first who welcoming us at the airport.
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Programme de Liaison Francophone

Pascaline Milambo

October 2020

My family and I arrived in Canada on May 9th, 2017 from Bujumbura, Burundi.
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Shadia Irakoze

October 2021

My name is Shadia Irakoze. I am 17 years old and I am Burundian, but was born in Tanzania and spent my whole life there.
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Elena Vladimirova

October 2021

We came to Canada 2 years ago. My children who went to elementary and middle schools spoke little English and did not know French at all.
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Community Connections

Cst Duncan Lombard

October 2018

As the first Community Liaison Fredericton Police officer with MCAF, Cst. Duncan Lombard went far beyond the call of duty...
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Marie Turley

October 2019

May I suggest that you look into becoming a First Fredericton Friend through MCAF.
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Wostawea Cross Country Ski Club

October 2020

For close to fifty years, Wostawea has been inspiring individuals and families in the Greater Fredericton area to ...
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Yvonne Muzira Makenga

October 2020

My name is Yvonne Muzira Makenga. For the past three years I have been volunteering with MCAF First Fredericton Friends program to help newcomer...
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Ola Abuzayed

October 2021

My name is Ola Abuzayed, I have been in Canada for a year.
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Cinthia Ramalho

October 2021

The benefits of being a Cultural Broker to me include giving back to the community the support that I received from MCAF when they connected me to the services in the community.
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Ibtesam Eisa

October 2021

I’m Ibtesam Eisa and my home country is Sudan. I am lucky, happy and proud of being a great help to three Sudanese refugee families with young children within the past two years and even during the hard times of COVID-19 pandemic.
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Francois LeBlanc

October 2021

I met Abdirahman, Muhubo, Safa and Cisma in June 2020. The first time we met was at a park where the girls could play, and I could sit down with Abdi and Muhubo to get to know each other.
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MCAF Award of Excellence

Betty Lee

2008

Betty Lee has demonstrated remarkable leadership and has made tremendous contributions to our city.
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Elaine Kenyon

2009

Elaine Kenyon was born and raised in Fredericton. She has spent a life time caring and serving others and her community.
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Cst. Duncan Lombard

2010

Cst. Lombard is a Community Resources Officer and Multicultural Liaison Officer with the Fredericton Police Force...
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Alex Scholten

2011

Many of you who are from this region know Alex Scholten. Alex is a well respected individual who demonstrates leadership.
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Dr. Margaret Dykeman

2012

Dr. Dykeman is a retired professor of UNB nursing faculty. She established the Fredericton Community Health Clinic in 2002 and...
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Jacqueline Firlotte

2013

Jackie has been a driving force behind multicultural education in the greater Fredericton area for many years.
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Limin Liu

2013

Mr. Liu has been a very active community volunteer since he moved to Fredericton in 1993.
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Andrea Smith

2014

Ms. Andrea Smith is the Executive Director of the Fredericton District Soccer Association.
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Madhu Verma

2014

Over many many years, Ms. Madhu Verma has worked tirelessly to draw attention to some of the difficult conditions that newcomers...
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Gerry Blom

2015

Mr. Gerry Blom is one of MCAF founding members. Since MCAF was formed over 40 years ago...
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Roland Moreno

2015

Mr. Roland Moreno and his family came to Fredericton in 1996. Over the years, he has played an instrumental role in the Filipino community...
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First Fredericton Friends

2016

First Fredericton Friends are a group of volunteers formed to respond to the anticipated volume of settlement work that would come with the arrival of ...
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Donna & Sandy Gordon

2017

Independently from each other as well as jointly, Donna nd Sandy have shared their skills and knowledge to multicultural community in Fredericton.
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Cultural Expressions Festival Committee

2018

The Cultural Expressions Festival Steering Committee was formed in 2009 with the vision of bringing people from...
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Lt. Cameron Dunn

2019

Lt. Dunn, Fredericton Fire Inspector, has gone over and beyond his duty to ensure that newcomers in Fredericton stay safe and receive necessary....
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École des Bâtisseurs

2019

L'École des Bâtisseurs has been a valued partner to MCAF for many years. They have been welcoming, inclusive and engaged when celebrating cultural diversity.
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Alex LeBlanc

2020

Mr. LeBlanc is the Executive Director of NBMC. He is well-known in the community as he has demonstrated outstanding commitment over the years...
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Trevor Lawson

2020

Mr. Lawson is a Housing Program Officer who is responsible for the Home Ownership Program offered by Soicial Development NB.
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