Teen newcomer advocates for mental health awareness

Loizza Aquino was the Youth Award winner among this year’s RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrants When Loizza Aquino was just one- year-old, she and her family left the Philippines to start a new life in Canada. Landing in Winnipeg, Manitoba, their new surroundings were quite a contrast from their Southeast Asian roots. Yet her parents […]

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Top 25 Trish Mandewo gets into politics

RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Trish Mandewo to run for Coquitlam City Council Zimbabwe-born entrepreneur Trish Mandewo, an RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant (2017), has proven to be a community dynamo since arriving in Canada in 2009. Not only has she had successes as an entrepreneur, consultant and founder of Women’s Collaborative Hub, a non-profit […]

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Kimberlee Shelley-Ajibolade empowers her community

Brampton Top 40 Under 40 winner is a philanthropist at heart Kimberlee Shelley-Ajibolade sets the bar high for herself. “No matter where I am or how far I get, there’s another level I can achieve,” she says. The Jamaican-Born HR professional, community activist and author already has a list of accolades to her name at […]

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Immigrant from Zimbabwe Dr. Mohamed-Iqbal Ravalia is a new senator

Dr. Mohamed-Iqbal Ravalia appointed to senate by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Among the recent appointments to the Senate of Canada is that of Dr. Mohamed-Iqbal Ravalia, an immigrant from Zimbabwe who immigrated to Canada in 1984 to flee the African country’s civil unrest. The family physician settled in Twillingate, Newfoundland and Labrador, with his wife, […]

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How Samra Zafar rose above abuse to become a community leader

Born in Pakistan to a Muslim family, Samra Zafar spent her childhood in Ruwais, a small town close to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, until at 16 years old she was forced to marry a 28-year-old IT worker in Canada. The next 10 years turned out to be a nightmare for Zafar, a […]

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RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrants ‘Where are they now?’ series: Baltej Singh Dhillon

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards, we are looking back at some of the past honourees over the years in this special “Where are they now” series. Spotlight on Baltej Singh Dhillon (RBC Top 25, 2009) Baltej Singh Dhillon has had a decorated career with the RCMP, but […]

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Six empowering women named in our fifth annual Immigrant Women of Inspiration special

Canadian Immigrant presents our fifth annual “Immigrant Women of Inspiration” special, with a focus on a group of talented, passionate women with strong voices who all share a common inspiration — to help other immigrant women break out of silence and find their own voice. It’s important work. While the issues that all women face […]

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RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrants ‘Where are they now?’ series: Ai Thien Tran

RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrants ‘Where are they now?’ series: Ai Thien Tran To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards, we are looking back at some of the past honourees over the years in this special “Where are they now” series. Spotlight on Ai Thien Tran (RBC Top 25 […]

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RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrants ‘Where are they now?’ series: Ishita Aggarwal

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards, we are looking back at some of the past honourees over the years in this special “Where are they now” series. Spotlight on Ishita Aggarwal  (RBC Top 25 2017) It’s only been a year since young scientist Ishita Aggarwal was chosen as […]

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Dipika Damerla’s political dreams in India turn to political action in Canada

  Dipika Damerla’s captivation with politics started early. As a relatively privileged teenager attending a boarding school in India, she knew many families who couldn’t afford their children’s education. She dreamed of entering politics to help level the playing field. “So many lives are determined by an accident of birth — we had to correct […]

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