Newcomers love St. Thomas-Elgin
When we asked newcomers and immigrants living in St. Thomas-Elgin to share their stories on camera, we had more offers than we could even film. It was humbling and we are grateful to have such passionate and positive individuals and families in our region.
The videos below are unscripted and unfiltered. Therefore, the content represents the independent thoughts and feelings of each person. Each story highlights different opportunities and challenges and we hope you find this candid information insightful and relevant.
Thank you to our volunteers. We couldn't have said it better ourselves.
Malichi took a wrong turn on the way to a performance and fell in love with St. Thomas' mix of urban amenities and community feel, reminding him of his childhood home in Uganda. Now his entire family is proud to live in St. Thomas.
Gabriel & Doris Chordekar
Gabriel and Doris arrived in Port Stanley after living in India, Israel, and other parts of Canada. With help from local business services and a lot of passion, they run a successful shawarma takeout next to a popular local beach.
Originally from Indonesia, Iin moved to St. Thomas with her Canadian-born husband and started a family. After attending college to change careers, she found a fulfilling job with the St.Thomas-Elgin Hospital Foundation team.
Frank moved from England to be with his wife in Elgin County. From driving on the left side of the road to writing a new resume, there were many adjustments but the calm and picturesque environment reminds him of home.
When Dhian moved to St. Thomas from the Toronto area he was able to start a business and access local supports to help along the way. Since settling here he has made connections through the local business community.
Mo chose to move to St. Thomas to focus on her young family. She is a trained professional and was able to find a job quickly.