You are a recent immigrant to Canada. Perhaps you came seeking a new life, or to escape war or persecution in your homeland. You came here alone–with no close family or friends to help you. No matter why you came, you have to adjust to living in a society that is new and strange to you. Some days are good. Other days are bad. Sometimes you may wonder why you came at all. These feelings are normal. Over time, you will probably have more good days than bad, and you will begin to feel more comfortable and settled in your new home.
In this book you will find suggestions that may help you to get to the good days as quickly as possible. These “21 ways to make it better” share the experience of people just like you. Each chapter in this book begins with a quotation from a newcomer. Then, you will read about a problem that many people face when they are learning to live in a new culture. Each chapter ends with some tips or exercises that may help you to solve problems and to stay mentally and physically healthy.
You do not have to read the book all at once. Look at it when you are travelling or when you begin to feel lonely.