A new organization formed by Vietnamese-Canadians aims to help newcomers from Vietnam settle in Prince Edward Island as the Vietnamese community in that eastern province grows.
About 250 people took part in the first meeting of the Vietnamese Association on PEI last October, according to spokeswoman Elaine Nguyen, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported.
She said the association aimed to help newcomers integrate into their new homeland while staying true to their Vietnamese culture and roots.
Nguyen, who arrived in PEI about four years ago through the provincial nominee program, now owns a motel in the town of Cornwall. She also works as a real-estate agent.
Being a newcomer herself, she understands the obstacles one faces when moving to a new place. One of her biggest challenges was adjusting to the province’s sparse population, as Vietnam is more densely populated than Canada.
According to the association, about 500 newcomers from Vietnam currently live in PEI. Nguyen said the group was also aiming to build a library and organize a summer camp for the children of the community. Community spaces such as Vietnamese restaurants are also in their plans.