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22
MAY
2017

English at the Kitchen Table

By Crystal MacMillan, TESL NS Newsletter, 2 May 2017. With the small hands of toddlers grabbing at pencil and paper, a baby crying in the lap, and a senior family member in need of help, a young mother studying English at home certainly has her struggles. The learning environment...
18
MAY
2017

New citizen Jessica Gonzalaz remembers when she first arrived in Canada and didn’t know English

CBC News, 11 May 2017.  Jessica reflects on being teased in high school and not having the words to respond. “It was really hard [coming to Canada]. I didn’t understand anybody at all. I remember I didn’t want to go to gym class because everyone was playing and...
12
MAY
2017

Video: Canada. Our Home.

Last night at the Halifax Chamber’s immigration focused Spring Dinner we presented a never before seen video to a crowd of 1000 people. It was a moving end to powerful speech by Gerry Mills, our Executive Director, who was a keynote speaker. Please take a minute to watch!...
11
MAY
2017

Canadian government to raise dependent age to 22

By Catherine Sas, Asia Pacific Post, 09 May 2017.  One of the leading immigration platforms of the Liberal government’s 2015 election campaign was to restore the age of dependent children to “under the age of 22”. The previous Conservative government had reduced...
13
APR
2017

6 Things Canadian Sponsors Love About Meeting Syrian Refugees

From UNHCR Canada.  Arriving in a new country can be a scary experience, but when Najwa and Reyad Al Hamoud arrived in Canada they were greeted with jumps of joy. Elaine Hofer, one of the Al Hamoud family’s sponsors, had driven two hours from a Hutterite colony near Brandon,...
11
APR
2017

At Home in NS – Business Voice Magazine Immigration Issue

The April edition of Business Voice magazine focuses on immigration and the vital role immigration plays in our economy. At Home in Nova Scotia – starting on page 14 – features ISANS Executive Director Gerry Mills who speaks about immigrant retention and the...
04
APR
2017

Giving back: Syrian group cooks meals for Halifax shelters

By Anjuli Patil, CBC News, 2 April 2017. ‘We thought if people are living here in terrible conditions, we should help them.’ On Sundays, you can find Mohammed Al-Jokhadar and his wife Theresa in their tiny kitchen preparing big meals for people in need. They’re...
04
APR
2017

Refugee Rights Day, each April 4th

Refugee Rights Day is celebrated each year in Canada on April 4th. It is an opportunity to bring attention to the advances made in the protection of refugee rights in Canada as a result of the Singh Decision. Refugee Rights Day is also a time to learn about the threats to those...
08
MAR
2017
Atlantic Immigration Pilot

Atlantic Immigration Pilot Now Accepting Applications

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Project is a new three-year employer-driven immigration program.  The program is designed to address labour gaps that certain sectors in Atlantic Canada are experiencing and to help businesses attract and retain global talent.  The Atlantic...
22
FEB
2017

Remembering Colin MacLean

It is with great sadness that we share the news that Colin MacLean, former ISANS board member, Vice Chair and great supporter of ISANS, has passed away after a lengthy illness. Colin was a board member of MISA when MISA and HILC merged in 2009 and was one of the biggest...
08
FEB
2017

Atlantic Immigration Pilot

From the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration: The Atlantic Immigration Pilot is a creative approach to addressing our labour market challenges. Starting in March 2017, employers in Nova Scotia will be able to use the Pilot to hire foreign workers. Eligibility Employers looking to...
08
FEB
2017

Passing the Torch: African Nova Scotians and the Next 150

The 2017 African Heritage Month theme honours past and present legacies of African Nova Scotians while looking forward to future greatness.  Embracing the struggle and adversity that African Nova Scotians endured over the generations, the theme highlights their successes and...
01
FEB
2017

Response to Quebec City Attack

All of us at ISANS are shocked and deeply saddened and would like to express our  heartfelt sympathy to all our Muslim brothers and sisters after the attack on innocent worshippers in the mosque in Quebec. This was an attack on all of us who believe in the value of each member of...
03
JAN
2017

Refugee Children Find Place to Belong in Taekwondo

By Stephen Puddicombe, CBC News, 29 December 2016.  Amer Turkmani beams as he watches his five children twist, punch and kick pads at Chimo Taekwondo in Halifax. The children are just a few of the 60 or so young Syrian refugees who have signed up to study the Korean martial art...
20
DEC
2016
Gerry Mills on Global Halifax

Video: Gerry Mills on Global Halifax

Global Halifax 2016 Top Stories – In day two of 2016’s top stories Paul and Andrea of Global Halifax sit down with Gerry Mills from ISANS for a recap of the refugee resettlement in the last year.
19
DEC
2016

ISANS Holiday Hours

Please be advised, ISANS offices are closed on the following dates:
  • Monday, December 26
  • Tuesday, December 27
  • Monday, January 2
We are otherwise open for regular hours, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.Thank you.
12
DEC
2016

ISANS Receives NS Human Rights Award

From the Human Rights Commission, 10 December 2016. Recipients of the 2016 Nova Scotia Human Rights Awards were honoured at a ceremony December 10 at the Halifax Central Library. December 10 is the United Nations’ International Human Rights Day. Each year the Nova Scotia...
07
DEC
2016

Government of Canada delivering faster processing and shorter wait times for spousal reunification

News Release – Government of Canada – December 7, 2016 – Ottawa, ON – The Government of Canada is making it faster and easier for Canadians and permanent residents to reunite with their spouses. At the direction of the Minister, earlier this year Immigration, Refugees...
02
DEC
2016

Peace By Chocolate wins $20,000 prize at Now! Nova Scotia Awards

A fast-growing family business founded by Syrian refugees in an Antigonish backyard last spring picked up the $20,000 cash prize at last night’s inaugural Chronicle Herald Now! Nova Scotia Make Good News Awards. On hand to collect the cheque, Peace by Chocolate owner-operator...
29
NOV
2016
Gerry Mills

NowNS: Immigrant Services Association plays part in growing Nova Scotia

by Heather Laura Clark, Chronicle Herald.  The night Donald Trump won the U.S. presidential election, NovaScotiaStart.ca crashed, right around the time Citizenship & Immigration Canada’s site did. ISANS executive director Gerry Mills says she’s not sure how many U.S. citizens...
17
NOV
2016

We Need Your Input!

ISANS Strategic Plan: Help Us Prepare for the Next 5 Years

ISANS is developing a new strategic plan. We are gathering information from many stakeholders to help us prepare for the next 5 years. We are excited about focusing our work and resources and we welcome your...
16
NOV
2016

Toronto medical student who fled war pays it forward giving Syrian refugees gift of sight

By Shanifa Nasser, CBC News, 13 November 2016.  When Tarek Bin Yameen looks into the eyes of young Syrian refugees, he sees himself. Today he’s a second-year medical student at the University of Toronto, but he wasn’t always so lucky. Bin Yameen spent the first half...
17
OCT
2016

Rebuilding their future in Antigonish

by Zane Denoncourt, The Chronicle Herald, 16 October 2016.  “Being here in Canada, in Nova Scotia, in Antigonish, gives us hope,” says Rabiaa Al Zhouri, the matriarch of the Al Zhouri family who arrived in Antigonish from Lebanon earlier this year. The family had been living as...
13
OCT
2016

Citizenship Week – October 10-16, 2016

In the past 10 years, Canada has welcomed over 1,500,000 proud new Canadians. Each year, in October, we take a week to reflect on and celebrate the rights and responsibilities all Canadians citizens share. Citizenship Week is a great opportunity to welcome new Canadians. Attend a...