San Man Bhujel was a tailor in his home country; Radhika Homagai used to teach sewing in the Refugee Camp where she lived. This winter, the Community Connections Program received the generous donation of four sewing machines, plus fabric and materials from several community clubs. Getting San Man and Radhika to … Read more
When you arrive in your new country, one of the first things you do is register at the local ESL school to improve your language skills. But what if you never had the opportunity for education in your home country? If you don’t read or write in your first language, … Read more
Suguna Kakara immigrated to Nova Scotia from India with her husband in 2004. He had worked in Halifax previously and assured her that it was a beautiful city with friendly people and that she would be very happy. It was an emotional time for Suguna, as she had to leave … Read more
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
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
The Language Line is a free telephone interpretation service for family physicians that are practicing within the Capital Health Regional Health Authority district. The Language Line provides telephone interpretation services in over 170 languages. Physicians can access this service instantly when calling this Line and do no need to book the service prior to an appointment.
We are very pleased to announce that the Minister of Immigration has officially approved our application to become a Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH) in the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program. This Federal Program allows SAH’s to work with individuals and groups to undertake the direct sponsorship of refugees still abroad. ISANS will partner with refugees who are already settled in Nova Scotia along with other individuals and groups to guarantee the financial resources required to ensure the successful settlement of the sponsored refugee. It is a concrete way to engage the community in the humanitarian and compassionate work of assisting refugees in Nova Scotia be reunited with their families and loved ones. Becoming a SAH is an exciting new chapter in ISANS’ history.
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
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
Following our Annual General Meeting on June 16, the Second Annual Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia Awards were presented to: Individual: Mohey Eldin Ahmed – Mohamed Hashish Award Community Group: IWK Health Centre Extra Support for Parents Volunteer Services Employer/Business: SNC Lavalin (Dave Preston) – Dick Smyth Award Below … Read more
The new Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia Annual Report is here! This year’s report focuses on the critical role that partners play in helping Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia to meet its mandate. Please click here to check out the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia 2011 Annual … Read more
As an extension of our Welcoming Communities to the Canada Games project, we decided to focus our attention on swimming. With funding from the Office of Immigration we were able to rent out the entire aquatic facility at the new Canada Games Centre. ISANS clients and volunteers had the opportunity … Read more