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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...
11
OCT
2016

Share Thanksgiving program matches dinner hosts with new Canadian guests

A new Thanksgiving tradition pairs recent immigrants with local families who host a traditional dinner. People who want to host a meal simply sign up on the Share Thanksgiving website, and organizers make a match. Listen to a clip from CBC News’ Blair Sanderson:
05
OCT
2016

Rich countries are doing less than poor countries to help refugees, Amnesty says

by Avi Davis, France 24, 4 October 2016.  A report released Tuesday by Amnesty International accuses rich countries of doing less than their fair share for the world’s refugees while poorer countries are overburdened, with 86% of all refugees currently sheltered in developing...
19
SEP
2016

Infographic: Refugee myths busted! Choosing facts over fear

From the Canadian Council for Refugees - Check out 9 myths about the world's refugees and the truth behind them. Myth 1: Most refugees are in Western countries. Truth: the vast majority of the world's refugees are in the Global South...
19
SEP
2016

11th Annual Welcome BBQ September 24

Free family event with entertainment, games, food and music! Free BBQ while supplies last. Bringing newcomers and current residents together to build relationships and make connections...
06
SEP
2016
Waiting to be let in. (Reuters/Ali Hashisho)

A year after Aylan Kurdi’s death, many countries are still failing in their promises to help refugees

By Aamna Mohdin, Quartz, 05 September 2016. The Syrian civil war has raged on with no clear end in sight. The conflict, now in its sixth year, has resulted in a record displacement of millions of Syrians. By sheer geographic luck, some of the world’s biggest economies have been...
31
AUG
2016

CTV: New Life, New Home

ISANS Executive Director Gerry Mills was interviewed on CTV News about how Syrians are settling in Nova Scotia. The interview starts at the 32:35 minute mark - watch...
28
JUL
2016

Welcome to Halifax – How we are opening our city to immigrants

By Even Webster, Chronicle Herald, 21 July 2016.  In the wake of the Syrian refugee crisis, Halifax has proven to be an inclusive, supportive and welcoming city for immigrants. But helping immigrants succeed is about more than just putting a roof over their heads and food on...
18
JUL
2016

The Amazing Private Sponsorship Surge of 2015-16

This year has been an extraordinary year for Private Refugee Sponsorship. Canadians, overwhelmed by the intense media coverage of Syrians fleeing their homes, banded together to sponsor and bring Syrian families to their communities. Now – more than six months later –...
13
JUL
2016

EDITORIAL: A welcome matters for immigration

Chronicle Herald, 11 July 2016.  Despite a small population bump last year, the long-term outlook for Nova Scotia’s growth is far from rosy. Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia, both with rapidly aging demographics and a trickle-away population pattern, are particularly...
07
JUL
2016

CBC: Growth strategy for Atlantic provinces includes immigration boost

By Devon Goodsell, CBC News, July 4, 2016 The federal government is partnering with the four premiers in Atlantic Canada to launch a new Atlantic growth strategy aimed at stimulating economic development and increasing job opportunities in the region. The announcement was made at...
24
JUN
2016

Annual Report 2015-16

It’s been An Extraordinary Year and our Annual Report 2015-16 tells the story in full colour. The Syrian Refugee Initiative, the amazing Private Refugee Sponsorship surge, the launch of SOPA (Settlement Online Pre-Arrival) and the commitment of staff to our programs and...
24
JUN
2016

Seventh Annual ISANS Awards

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the seventh annual ISANS Awards, which were presented at ISANS Annual General Meeting on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at the Best Western Chocolate Lake Hotel. The ISANS Awards recognize an individual, community group, business or employer...
22
JUN
2016

Halifax City Council approves Low Income Transit Pass Pilot Program

ISANS congratulates Halifax City Council on passing the bylaw to enable the Low Income Transit Pass Pilot Program. Providing support for those with low incomes to use transit will reduce isolation and make it possible for more people to access services around Halifax. They will...
21
JUN
2016

National Aboriginal Day 2016

On June 21 National Aboriginal Day is celebrating 20 years of strong vibrant cultures and traditions. This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The...
20
JUN
2016

Today is World Refugee Day

From the UNHCR – Each day war forces thousands of families to flee their homes. People like you, people like me.To escape the violence, they leave everything behind – everything except their hopes and dreams for a safer future. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency believes that all...
15
JUN
2016

ISANS AGM 2016

Please join us for our Annual General Meeting - Thursday, June 23, 3:00 - 5:00 pm, featuring the 7th Annual ISANS Awards! This year's AGM will be held at the Best Western Chocolate Lake Hotel. Please RSVP to info@isans.ca ...
03
JUN
2016

J & W Murphy Foundation provides funding for EAL Tutor Program

ISANS is thrilled to announce a new partnership with the J & W Murphy Foundation that will provide funding for the next three years to re-establish our very successful English as an Additional Language (EAL) Volunteer Tutor Program.  The EAL Volunteer Tutor Program will link...
26
MAY
2016

Theodore Tugboat’s Big New Job as Welcome Ambassador

Theodore Tugboat, a familiar face on the waterfront, has an important new role as the harbour Welcome Ambassador at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Theodore will help welcome visitors, including new Nova Scotians, to the community and serve as the mascot for the new Welcome...