Read Newcomer Stories
Canada has flourished through the impact of immigration — from the Black settlers in the 1800s, to the European immigrants of the 1950s, right up to recent newcomers from Latin America and Asia.
Get the whole picture of immigration in Chatham-Kent through the stories of local newcomers!
Let the story of the Muharrem family help you appreciate the sometimes forgotten luxuries of living in Chatham-Kent. This is a friendly, supportive community that offers many opportunities.
As the owner and head chef of the Chatham Breakfast House and Grille, Brian Machado makes a positive statement about Chatham-Kent through his world class culinary offerings. His story explifies the opportunities available here.
In 1982, Dick Bulsink left his home in the Netherlands to take over Stekelbos Watch & Clock Repairs in Wallaceburg. This story demonstrates the rewards of integrity and courage, and the value of succession planning.
A chance encounter on a train led Master Sun Jung out of his native land of South Korea to build a Taekwondo legacy in Canada. Keep reading to learn more about Master Sun’s journey, and the impact he has made in Chatham-Kent.
Charles Huls, son of Dutch immigrants, has been building up his business The Dutch Market to become the major European imports giant it is today. Since 1987, he has been cultivating growth and creating opportunities for many in Chatham-Kent.
Melina Marchand left her life in New York City for a new home with her husband (a Tilbury-native) in Chatham-Kent. She is a great example of a newcomer from just across the border who seeks opportunities to invest her skills into the future of her community.
Schinkel’s Legacy in Chatham-Kent processes and distributes quality meat across Ontario. Its name captures the significance of the Schinkel’s story and the example that the Schinkel family has inspired us with: support our community and local businesses.
Thunder Bay native Joseph Grootenboer demonstrates the passion, faith and hard work required to cultivate a small business venture. As owner of River Bell Market Garden in Dresden, Joseph has a fresh vision for the future of Chatham-Kent's farm-to-table agriculture scene.
Since coming to Chatham-Kent from England, Terry Johnson has helped grow his business into an incredibly successful international company. His insights into business growth speak to the benefits of planning for the future and embracing cultural diversity in Chatham-Kent.
Karel Vitamvas and Cheryl Knight moved to Chatham-Kent in 2011 and have truly made their home here. The success of their small business CK Spices, Coffee & Teas in Wallaceburg exemplifies what can be accomplished when you are committed to your community and care about your customers.