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08
MAY
2017

Mr. Green Thumb: Immigrant showcases gardening talents at urban farm in Halifax

By Nicole Gnazdowsky, Halifax Metro, 07 May 2017. Amber Bhujel set an ambitious goal for himself last August as he planted his garden – to keep things growing throughout the winter. Despite the enviable levels of snow he would face, and having never grown in such conditions...
27
APR
2017

Apply for a Community Garden Plot!

Live in the in the Clayton Park/ Fairview/Mumford area?  Interested in growing your own vegetables? Where are the gardens? Glen Garden – Located on Glenforest Drive and Smart Street Multicultural Garden – Located behind Calvin Presbyterian Church, 3311 Ashburn Ave...
24
APR
2017

National Volunteer Week April 23-29

Thank You Volunteers! It’s National Volunteer Week and we want to say thank you to the 673 volunteers who made ISANS program delivery possible in 2016-17! Where ISANS Volunteers Help Here are some of the core volunteer roles at ISANS. Our volunteers help in a wide range of...
15
FEB
2017

Stories from the Food Movement – How Community Gardens Support Newcomers

Heather Asbil, our Growing Strong Neighbourhoods Project Coordinator, shares how community gardens support newcomers and create a place of connection for people from different backgrounds. Stories from the Food Movement depicts the forward momentum in gardens, communities,...
13
JAN
2017

Newcomers work with local artist to create exhibit for Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

Our Community Connections and Family Support programs have collaborated with artist Charley Young for an upcoming art exhibition at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 in April 2017. The exhibition is called Canada: Day 1 and it considers the role and experiences of new...
05
DEC
2016
Lori Ward

Halifax Heroes: Helping newcomers to Canada ‘about being a good neighbour and friend’

By Yvette d’Entremont, Halifax Metro, 4 December 2016. When Lori Ward began volunteering with ISANS, she couldn’t have predicted her role would put her front and centre for a baby delivery. The Halifax resident began working with the organization’s Community Connections...
14
NOV
2016

Hosts Needed for Newcomer Dinner: Share Thanksgiving 2

It seems more important than ever to do our part to build bridges between people. If you missed a chance to host a family or international student as part of Share Thanksgiving over the holiday weekend, you still have a chance to volunteer. Organizers were excited to see...
02
NOV
2016

Halifax Heroes: Local woman strives to create welcoming environments for all

By Yvette d’Entremont, Metro News Halifax, 28 October 2016.  Extra-curricular work for Gaye Wishart has included helping new Canadians and ensuring inclusivity at Dalhousie University. From leading an initiative to ensure gender-neutral washrooms at Dalhousie University to...
31
OCT
2016

Video: Growing Strong Neighbourhoods

Season 5, Episode 5, October 3, 2016.  Episode Description:Through a community garden program for immigrants, newcomer Ambika Neupane and Haligonian Margaret Craig share a garden bed and have become close friends. Watch the video here… Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) is a...
25
OCT
2016

Video: New Nova Scotians First Camping Experience with A For Adventure

Thanks so much to A for Adventure for sharing this beautiful video captured at Kejimkujik National Park of some new Nova Scotians camping for the first time! Watch here:
29
SEP
2016

Video: Jamuna and Mukunda Niraula have a plot in a Fairview community garden

Thanks to the United Way for sharing this video – Jamuna and Mukunda Niraula have a plot in a Fairview community garden. Watch the video and listen to this story of community, food and healthy living.
27
JUL
2016
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28 Syrian refugees go on first camping trip in Nova Scotia

Five Syrian refugee families new to Nova Scotia got a taste of Canadian camping culture at Kejimkujik National Park this past weekend.For some of the families, it was their first camping trip ever.They joined Canadians and immigrants from other countries for the overnight...
15
MAR
2016

SupperNOVA welcomes new Nova Scotians

Thanks to all who came out in the snow for the SupperNOVA Multicultural Potluck on March 5! There were more than 300 people in attendance, who shared food, conversation and dancing! Special thanks to the dedicated event committee members and volunteers, without whom this event...
08
MAR
2016

Bikes for Refugees Update & Donations

Recreation opportunities play a significant role in the resettlement of new Canadians. Bikes for Refugees is not just about providing bicycles for fun or exercise or transportation, it is about connecting newcomers to a vibrant cycling community. On November 7 a Bikes For...
05
FEB
2016
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Update on Bikes for Refugees Project

Bikes were moved from various storage spaces on January 8 with the help of 15 volunteers. There were two repair sessions in January with a number of volunteers, and so far 36 adult bikes have gotten a clean bill of health! With help from some high school students 39 more bikes...
13
NOV
2015
SupperNova Potluck volunteers

Successful SupperNova Multitcultural Potluck

The SupperNOVA Multicultural Potluck event was held on October 24 and 300 people attended, including new immigrants and Canadian-born residents in the community. Many community volunteers came to help out, including volunteers from the Bank of Montreal, who sponsored the event....
08
OCT
2015
BMO Donation

BMO donates to support SupperNova

We would like to thank BMO for their generous donation to support SupperNOVA Multicultural Potluck. On Thursday, October 1, BMO presented Gerry Mills, our Director of Operations with a cheque for $1500. Community organizations such as the African Diaspora Association of the...
24
APR
2015

Video: What Does Your Garden Mean to You?

In 2014/2015, the Our Food team of the Ecology Action Centre collaborated with the ISANS on a project called “Photovoice in the Garden.” On March 27, 2015 we held a gala to celebrate the participants and share the messages. Please take a look at this short video that captures the...
13
APR
2015

National Volunteer Week 2015

National Volunteer Week is a time to recognize, celebrate and thank Canada’s volunteers. This year National Volunteer Week takes place April 12-18. We depend on volunteers to help deliver many of our services. Volunteers help us create healthier, welcoming and more inclusive...
08
SEP
2014

Thank You RBC!

ISANS would like to thank RBC for its generous contribution to the upcoming SupperNova through a monetary commitment as well as volunteers for the event. Elena Lalabekova of RBC today presented a cheque to ISANS Director of Operations, Gerry Mills. SupperNova is an international,...
14
MAY
2014

Great SupperNOVA Community Potluck!

On May 3rd more than 400 people joined us for SupperNOVA! It was a great success at our new location – thanks to Saint Benedict Parish for being such great hosts. Our entertainment included Korean Drumming Group Arirang, Serpentine Studios belly dancers, Nepali youth...
04
APR
2014

Building Your Community through Volunteering

From April 6-12 Canada will be celebrating National Volunteer Week! This is time to recognize the incredible efforts of our community volunteers. Volunteering is a great way to contribute and meet new people. Non-profits and community organizations of all sorts depend on...
11
FEB
2014

SupperNova Multicultural Potuck

Join us for a multicultural potluck Saturday, February 22, 6:00pm – 8:30pm. Help us give a warm welcome to newcomers to Canada! Everyone is welcome! St. Andrew’s Community Centre, (3380 Barnstead Lane Halifax)...
23
AUG
2013

Glen Garden Update!

In June of this year, Glen Garden got funding to expand the garden – adding 10 new raised beds. There are now 49 families who have plots. The garden has become a focal point in the community and it is impossible to walk by and not stop to admire the beauty and sheer...
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