Community Building through Gardening

Saturday May 19th was a great success for the Clayton Park community, our clients and many Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia staff.  We successfully built 15 garden beds twice as fast as we had expected.  More than 150 community members came to help build the beds, to ask questions … Read more

Language Learning and Healthcare

Dr. Massoud Shahin is enthusiastic about and grateful for the programs he has accessed through Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia. Dr. Shahin says English for Internationally Educated Healthcare Professionals opened up a new world for him in terms of improving his language, especially in communicating with patients, making professional … Read more

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

Sewing Language and Skills Sharing

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

ESL Literacy: Making a Name for Itself

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

From India to Halifax: Suguna Kakara

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

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

Language Line: Over-the-Phone Interpretation Services

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.

ISANS becomes Sponsorship Agreement Holder

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.

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