Signing Our First Sponsorship Application!

We were thrilled to sign our first application for private refugee sponsorship under its new Sponsorship Agreement with Citizenship and Immigration Canada.  This Agreement allows Immigrant Settlement & Integration Services, in partnership with ethno-cultural groups, community associations, and faith-based organizations, to sponsor refugees to Nova Scotia.  This has been a … Read more

3rd Annual ISANS Awards at AGM

Last Thursday, June 21, at St. Mary’s Boat Club, Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia held it’s Annual General Meeting which included the presentation of the 3rd Annual Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia Awards! The Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia Awards recognize an individual, a community group, and … Read more

Thank You Anna!

Claudette Legault, Director of Programs and Services, has been a friend and coworker of Anna’s for 20 years, and shared these words:

“Anna joined MISA in December of 1992, and with her presence the settlement team doubled in size. I have always said that the settlement work is the heart of what ISANS is all about, the rose or the core of the onion or whatever example you want to use. It is hard to imagine those first few weeks in a new country, when you arrive in a foreign and strange environment…

Thank You Thuy!

Gerry Mills, ISANS Director of Operations, who has known and worked with Thuy for almost 20 years, thanked Thuy and spoke fondly of their time together:

“Thuy joined the organization in 1992. I remember her interview. It was her first interview in Canada. She blew us away in the interview and a little while later when I came out she was still there, waiting to be picked up. I told her she had the job and she gave me the biggest hug and then asked if she should have done that…

ISANS Receives IWK Community Award

We are proud to announce that recently Claudette Legault, Wenche Gausal, and Anna Gregus attended the STARS awards ceremony at the IWK Health Centre to accept an IWK Community Award! “The IWK Community Award recognizes excellent members of the broader IWK Community who regularly demonstrate an outstanding commitment to the … Read more

ISANS Open House!

A huge thank you to everyone who came out yesterday for our Annual Open House and made it a resounding success! This year featured a market, a silent auction for our Refugee Emergency Fund, and several displays by Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia staff about some of our programs … Read more

Winter in Nova Scotia!

Experiencing a Canadian winter for the first time can be a worrisome experience for people new to Canada, especially if you are coming from a climate where most of the year it is sunny and warm. What do you need to know about winter? December 21 is the shortest day … Read more

Citizenship Ceremony

On September 8, 2011, we held our second Citizenship Ceremony here at ISANS. 25 immigrants from 15 different countries were sworn in as Canadian citizens as family and friends looked on. The new Canadians are from Bangladesh, Belarus,China, England, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Netherlands, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Taiwan, United … Read more

Remembering 9/11

After the events of September 11, 2001, Rodney MacDonald, then Minister of Culture, issued a press release to Nova Scotians. He asked us to reflect on the tragedy, and to use it as an opportunity to raise our understanding, not our fences. His words can still challenge and encourage us … Read more