In order to have the best possible education for myself I came to Canada from Taiwan and became a student with the Ottawa Catholic School Board. Ottawa really is the perfect city for a newcomer As the capital of Canada, Ottawa is the heart of diversity it offers so much opportunity to people with different backgrounds. It is large enough that it offers everything a student would look for yet it’s small enough that you can quickly learn your way around. This makes it the ideal place for you to focus on your studies and experience Canadian culture. The Ottawa Catholic School Board gave me every opportunity to succeed. I was a Specialist High Skills Major and I was involved in the dual credit and co-op programs All of these experiences helped me set my goals for my future and also really gave me confidence to create my life. Throughout my high school education, I had incredible teachers who supported me on making the honor role each year I was a very active member in school and when I was 17 years old, I started my own company, Gigi’s Pastry. This is my sixth year in Canada I have my Canadian Citizenship, I am succeeding in university, and I’m nearing my dreams of becoming a pediatric dentist. I am so grateful for the incredible education and support I received from the Ottawa Catholic School Board for making this journey so great for me. It is my honour to welcome you on behalf of the Ottawa Catholic School Board to the city of Ottawa I wish you well in your studies and I hope you love it here as much as I do!