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woman holding her babyClare was helped by our Newcomer Services team when making the transition to Canada as a new mother 

A recent immigrant from Burma, Clare was isolated. She had no family or friends in Canada when she became pregnant. With nowhere else to go, she turned to our Newcomer Services. She not only came with questions about pregnancy and nutrition, but also about what she would need after her baby was born.

Right from the start, Clare eased her anxiety by working with our staff and a family support worker. Together, they explored how to get the help that Clare needed through child care subsidies, food & clothing banks, as well as a parenting centre, the health informa­tion hotline and our Employment & Training Centre.

Equally important were the friendships she developed with other participants in the program. Their sup­port helped ease Clare’s tran­sition into motherhood. Today, Clare’s daughter is almost one year old and is receiving everything she needs for a head start to a successful life.