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Gratitude Gala 2012

September 4, 2012 by  
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Gratitude Gala 2012 How often do you say ‘thank you’ in a day? A month? A year? It’s a word that Serge Kaptegaine believes should be heard more often, and it’s a word he’d like to repeat at the Canadian Centre for Refugee Employment’s (CCRE) Gratitude Gala on Sept. 20, 2012. Kaptegaine, director of the CCRE, is taking this opportunity to recognize the mentors, employers and organizations that have aided his organization in its mission to ease newcomers into Manitoba — a province that offered him peace when he emigrated from unspeakable circumstances in war-torn DR Congo in 2005. “To see the faces of real people devoting themselves to help others to achieve greatness, it makes me believe that the human race can live together in harmony,” says Kaptegaine. By raising awareness and creating a platform for refugees to gain the skills and knowledge necessary for employment, the CCRE has created opportunities for refugees from around the world. “We can never succeed to integrate our newcomers in Canada and heal refugees who are coming to start a new life in Canada without giving them a sense of belonging,” says Kaptegaine. This year’s gala keynote speaker is former CFL all-star Milt Stegall.

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