Video Celebrating Newcomers to play at Galaxy Cinemas Brantford throughout March 

For Immediate Release
Contact: Maria Visocchi, Manager Corporate Communications 
Phone: 519.759.4150 

For decades, Brantford has been a welcoming destination for immigrants. Since 2009, more than 1,170 people have left other countries to make Brantford their home. A recent study conducted by the Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie shows that Brantford is successful in attracting new residents, and that newcomers make the decision to stay because of the high quality of life offered in this community.

A video, developed by the City of Brantford and the Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie, in support of the Grand Erie Immigration Partnership is aimed at showcasing a few of the many reasons why newcomers feel welcome in Brantford. Titled “Welcome to Brantford”, the video celebrates newcomers from all corners of the community, sharing their thoughts about why this is a great place to live and why residents feel proud to call Brantford home.

“Brantford is proud to embrace newcomers – as neighbours, business owners, entrepreneurs, and community leaders,” said Jill Halyk, Executive Director of the Workforce Planning Board. “The ‘Welcome to Brantford’ video celebrates the wonderful quality of life available to all of its residents. Thanks to the assistance of the City of Brantford and funding provided by Laurier Brantford, we now have an opportunity to extend the reach of the video to several audiences. The hope is that students, children and caregivers who have the chance to take in a movie during March Break will see the video.”

“We are very pleased to have played a part in this project”, said Nicole Drake, Acting Director of Economic Development and Tourism for the City. “Not only does the video highlight the City’s offering of public facilities and meeting spaces, it also showcases how newcomers have a tremendous impact our local economy.”

"Laurier's Brantford campus is an incredibly diverse community, as is evidenced by the 50 flags in our new Hall of Nations that represent the countries of origin of our student body," said Brian Rosborough, senior executive officer of Wilfrid Laurier University's Brantford campus. "Our faculty, staff and students hail from all corners of the globe, so we are pleased to help share the important message of the Welcome to Brantford video."

A :60 second version of the video will air before every movie playing in Galaxy Cinemas Brantford throughout the month of March. The full-length video can be accessed on the City of Brantford YouTube channel or by visiting any of the following links:

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Jill Halyk | Executive Director
Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie
519-756-1116 Ext. 227

Maria Visocchi
Manager, Corporate Communications
City of Brantford
519.759.4150 Ext. 5754

Beth Gurney
Associate Director
Communications & Public Affairs: Brantford Campus
Wilfrid Laurier University
519.756.8228 Ext. 5753