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In partnership with the City of Toronto’s Newcomer Office, COSTI was able to host a memorable pre Canada Day celebration for over 200 Syrian newcomers with a picnic in High Park on June 30th. The picnic had lots of food and activities for children, including henna-painting, face-painting and soccer. Some of the children even requested a musician to play “O Canada” where everyone joined in.

We are honoured to be working with the City of Toronto Newcomer Office to successfully integrate newcomers to the city and to partner for this special occasion,” said COSTI’s Executive Director, Mario J. Calla.

Mayor John Tory greeted the guests and commented that “celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday with some of the people who have recently made this city their home is fitting.”

Along with Canada’s 150th birthday, COSTI is also celebrating its 65th anniversary this year, a milestone that celebrates COSTI’s contribution in accelerating the engagement of newcomers and the support provided, as they start their new lives in Canada and Ontario. “The picnic was an opportunity for us to reconnect with our clients and to mark both Canada’s 150 anniversary and COSTI’s 65th anniversary,” said Mario J. Calla.

Some of the guests who attended the picnic and welcomed guests, included Arif Virani, Member of Parliament for Parkdale-High Park and Sarah Doucette, City Councillor for Ward 13 Parkdale-High Park.