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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...
24
JUN
2015

Moving-up Underemployed Immigrant Professional Women

Research by Immigrant Women Organizing for Change: Integration and Community Development found that “even though many immigrant women are employed, their employment is often not commensurate with their educational and prior professional background.” The two year Moving Up...
24
JUN
2015

ISANS Celebrates 35 Years of Providing Services to Immigrants

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. Introduction ISANS was created by the merger...
22
JUN
2015

World Refugee Day 2015

Many thanks to all those who joined us to Walk with Refugees for a Stronger Canada on World Refugee Day this year. We had 150 participants – gathering at Grand Parade Square and then walking to the new Halifax Central Library. Halifax Mayor Mike Savage welcomed everyone at...
19
JUN
2015

Clinical Review Program for IMGs

The Clinical Skill Review Program for the preparation of NAC OSCE, and MCCQE2 will be starting in July. Practicing physicians who are currently in the faculty at Dalhousie University will be facilitating these sessions with the help of professional simulated patients. New cases...
18
JUN
2015

Countdown to World Refugee Day – Myth Busting

From the Canadian Council for Refugees.  Did you know… ? Facts about refugees and refugee claimants in Canada Refugees and others seeking protection pose very little risk to Canada’s security Harsh policies won’t stop refugees from using smugglers The families...
17
JUN
2015

Join us to Walk With Refugees on June 20

On June 20 across Canada communities will Walk with Refugees to put refugee voices up front and change the conversation about refugees and others seeking protection close to home. Join us Saturday, June 20, World Refugee Day, as we Walk with Refugees for a Stronger Canada. We...
17
JUN
2015

About Refugees and Canada’s Response

Who is a refugee? Refugees are people who are forced to leave their home countries because of serious human rights abuses. The right to asylum from persecution is an international human right. It is guaranteed by the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees (t...
16
JUN
2015

Refugees face intolerable delays waiting for family reunification

On May 27 the Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) published the stories of several refugee families waiting years for Canadian immigration processing. Processing times for family members of refugees overseas are 31 months. Many of those affected are children. The CCR is calling...
09
JUN
2015

Disability Fair

Are you or someone you care for living with a disability? Come learn more about services available in your community to support you. We will have information on: Recreational activities Financial supports to clients and families with disability Health care supports And much more!...
03
JUN
2015

What Does Your Garden Mean To You?

With Community Gardens from Fairview/Clayton Park Community gardens yield more than veggies and blooms. See how this happens through a photo display and discussion. In partnership with ISANS and the Ecology Action Centre. Tuesday, June 9 @ Keshen Goodman Public Library 7 p.m.