Carmela Valles came to Peterborough from the Philippines as a student in 1990. From 2001-2010 she was the Executive Director of the New Canadians Centre in Peterborough (nccpeterborough.ca), a publicly-funded agency that provides new immigrants with a variety of support services. She now works as an immigration consultant.

In this clip Carmela offers an unconventional view of immigrants as dynamic, energetic and resilient people who we should treat as equal and competent partners rather than as helpless victims who need our pity.

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