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 helping refugees to adapt to their … Read more

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 pioneers set the tone by focusing on clients, working … Read more

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 in understanding the local business environment and establishing … Read more

Looking Back: MISA House

In the year 2000, to meet the urgent needs of single male refugees, a group of MISA staff and community members formed the MISA housing committee. The situation was critical: after their one year of support, many Government Assisted Refugees (GARs) found themselves alone and unprepared for the realities of … Read more