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27
AUG
2015

Looking Back: The First Computer Lab

HILC’s first computer lab was set up in 2000 in a small (“cozy”) room at the office on Alma Street. There were 8 computers and Mark Larson was responsible for the lab from 2001-02. Each language class would spend some time during the week in the lab with Mark. As well as teaching...
24
AUG
2015
Vladimir Zalipyatskikh holds a miniature Canadian flag along with his wife Natalia and son Nikolai during a citizenship ceremony in Halifax on Wednesday morning. The Zalipyatskikhs were all sworn in as Canadian citizens. (RYAN TAPLIN / Staff)

Path to Canadian citizenship began 15 years ago with leap into harbour

Former Russian sailor deported but returned after applying for refugee status

A tiny girl in a white, flouncy dress with pink bows bopped her way across the room as 49 new Canadian citizens were sworn in at a Halifax ceremony Wednesday. Her father could not stop...
20
AUG
2015

Many newcomers to Canada are digital first – the evidence

by Marco Campana,  Communications, Web & Social Media Specialist, focused on nonprofits & charities.   In a previous post, I suggested that immigrant settlement organizations should be using technology to serve clients. Because your clients are ready. There is a lo...
18
AUG
2015

Looking Back: Operation Parasol – Canada responds to Kosovar refugee crisis

In spring 1999 the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) asked several countries to provide safe haven for some of the 350,000 Kosovar refugees who had fled the fighting in their homeland. Canada agreed to take in 5,000 people and the Canadian military airlifted...
12
AUG
2015

Looking back: Immigrants in Business

Immigrant entrepreneurs have made many contributions to the economy and business community in Nova Scotia. In the early 1990s, the federal Immigrant Entrepreneur Program attracted a large number of applicants to Nova Scotia. Newcomers found their way to MISA, looking for support...
11
AUG
2015

Inside the Syrian refugee crisis

The stories of two families who left everything behind in Syria to chase a better life only to be part of the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War
Rezan Abdou, 35, soft-spoken and a little brooding, sits wearing a black shirt tightly buttoned over his thick...
07
AUG
2015
Gordon Hay and Major Paul Blake of the Salvation Army moving a mattress into the house for the family. (CBC)

Bridgetown prepares to welcome Iraqi refugee family

All furnishings, including a computer and a cord of wood, were donated by local residents By Jennifer Henderson, CBC News, August 06, 2015.  Members of two Baptist churches in the Bridgetown area of Nova Scotia are preparing to welcome an Iraqi family of six now living in a...
06
AUG
2015

Looking Back: English in the Workplace

English in the Workplace, or EWP, was first offered by Halifax Immigrant Learning Centre (HILC) in 1993, with one instructor, Cathy Vaughn. Soon after, Darlene MacInnis and Joanna Wine joined the team. At the start, most of the classes were for basic English and many of the...
04
AUG
2015

Syria-Antigonish group aims to raise $20,000 to sponsor family

by Aaron Beswick, Truro Bureau, Chronicle Herald, July 28 2015.  ANTIGONISH — In the last four years, 11 million Syrians have been displaced by the civil war ravaging their country and four million have registered with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for...
31
JUL
2015

Networking on the Silva

The 2015 Build Your Business on the Silva was sold-out for its 3rd year – the weather was perfect for a networking event on the open water. Under blue skies the Silva cruised the Halifax harbour under full sail, providing a wonderful experience and view of Halifax. The...
29
JUL
2015

Flavia Mabota, immigrant from Mozambique, is a successful business owner

By Yvonne Colbert, CBC News, July 28, 2015.  A Nova Scotia immigrant from Mozambique could be a poster child for the province’s plan to attract newcomers. Flavia Mabota came to Canada five years ago from Mozambique, looking for more opportunity and a better life. Sh...
28
JUL
2015

MISA and Job Re-entry Program for Immigrant Women

Canada Employment and Immigration Commission (CEIC) approached MISA in 1989 to see if we would be interested in running a Job Re-entry Program for Immigrant Women. MaryAnne McKinnon was asked to write the proposal and when MISA got funding she was hired to manage the program....
21
JUL
2015

Leading the Way: Past Directors

From the start, ISANS has been led by people who are dedicated, skilled, hard-working, compassionate and professional. In the beginning, their challenges were to manage with very limited resources, few partners and not much experience in the immigrant settlement field. These...
17
JUL
2015

UNHCR Refugee Resettlement, Trends 2015

The recently published UNHCR document reports the following facts and projections : The global refugee population has increased by 23 % from last year. Around 8 % of refugees are in need of resettlement. About 1, 150,300 refugees are currently identified as needing resettlement...
15
JUL
2015

Canadian citizen or refugee — a family is a family

From Owen Sound Sun Times – by Marc and Craig Kielberger, Special to Postmedia Network – Friday, July 10, 2015. Samer tended the barbecue while his wife Nisreen relaxed in a lawn chair and their nine-year-old son Mohammed kicked a ball around with his cousins. An...
14
JUL
2015

English Unlimited and the early days of HILC

In 1988, Jennifer Acker and Kathy Burnett opened English Unlimited as a private English as a Second Language school in the Green Lantern Building on Barrington St. in Halifax with five students. In the following year, in response to a growing need for language training for...
08
JUL
2015

The Early Days of MISA

In the early days, Metropolitan Immigrant Settlement Association (MISA, one of the predecessors of ISANS) moved a few times, but many people still remember the office at 1541 Barrington Street, where services were delivered for many years. In the early 80s, services focused on...
07
JUL
2015

Dexter Construction Honoured for Leadership Role in Hiring Refugees

ISANS held a ceremony Tuesday, July 7 to acknowledge Dexter Construction for their commitment to training and hiring refugees to Nova Scotia. Since 2013 Dexter Construction has hired 20 immigrants – most of whom are refugees. They have gone above and beyond to create an...
02
JUL
2015

Engineering Work-based Competency Assessment Program

Do you want to gain local engineering work experience?  Do you need to build your engineering network in Nova Scotia?  Do you want to demonstrate your skills and knowledge to a potential engineering employer? If you have education and experience in an engineering discipline, and...
29
JUN
2015

Vietnamese Boat People and the Founding of MISA

As part of our 35th Anniversary celebrations, ISANS will do a web post about our history once a week for the next 35 weeks. Follow along and learn about the development of services to immigrants in Nova Scotia, from 1980 up to today. Following the Vietnam war, from 1975-95, 2...
29
JUN
2015

Digital Nova Scotia CEO wins RBC Canadian Immigrant Award

The Chronicle Herald – June 26, 2015 The president and CEO of Digital Nova Scotia has been named one of Canada’s top immigrants. Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia has been honoured with a 2015 RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award. Originally from Germany, Bahr-Gedalia held executive roles...
28
JUN
2015

Community Language Students Celebrate Canada Day

Community Language students gathered on Friday, June 27 for their annual Canada Day Party in Flynn Park. For years now it has been tradition in Community Language to close another successful school year with a multicultural potluck and party. It’s our way to say thank you...
25
JUN
2015

6th Annual ISANS Award Recipients

HALIFAX June 25, 2015 – ISANS is pleased to announce the recipients of the sixth annual ISANS Award, which was presented at ISANS Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at Saint Mary’s Boat Club. The ISANS Award recognizes an individual, community group, business...
25
JUN
2015

Lawyer Criticizes Immigration Exhibit at Pier 21

From the Chronicle Herald – ANDREA GUNN OTTAWA BUREAU – June 24 2015.  A local immigration law expert is calling a $25-million federally funded exhibit to be unveiled Thursday at the Canadian Museum of Immigration in Halifax a “hypocritical” move by a government that...