CORNWALL, Ontario - A video detailing the sacrifices made by people who have moved to the Cornwall area from overseas was featured at a release party Monday night.
The Local Immigration Partnership video tells the poignant stories of people from places like Africa, Asia and South America who now call the Cornwall area home.
And they love it here.
"I think it's a very well done video," said Rabia Zeeshan, a Pakistani woman who moved to Canada nearly 10 years ago, and has been living in Cornwall the last five. "I know lots of people will view this video and decide to come here."
The video, produced by Fishrizzo, a local production company, features one-on-one interactions with newcomers who enjoy living and working in Cornwall, and also extoll the virtues of being close to larger centres like Ottawa and Montreal.
"This is a beautiful city," said Zeeshan. "I'm so glad to be in Canada, and Cornwall.
"I have achieved my goals."
The videos are being shared by the Local Immigration Partnership in hopes that more newcomers will make the move to the Seaway City and the surrounding region.
Statistics were provided at the release party that suggest the local workforce is quickly plateauing, and very soon we will experience a shortage of skilled workers.
It is hoped newcomers to the area will fill those vacancies - adding to the local economy.
"Though their birth places and personal experiences differ...these newcomers have all succeeded," said Sarah Maynard, project manager with the Local Immigration Partnership. "Help is available in all aspects of a newcomer's transition."
The videos are being shared via social media and will be exhibited throughout the region and beyond.
The federal government, through the Citizenship and Immigration Canada, provided funding for the production of the video. The video has been released in both English and French.