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Greater Love

Mark Saldanha and his volunteers share food and spread the joy of friendship in downtown Halifax By Erin Elaine Casey Photos Michael Hall When Mark Saldanha was a little boy, he had an experience that would change his life. Saldanha was born in Mumbai, India (also known as Bombay). As …

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“Inclusion and diversity are a default”

Dr. Rita Orji brings the lessons of her childhood to her inspiring career in computer science By Lu Xu Photo Michael Hall Rita Orji is the first woman from her town in Nigeria to complete a PhD. “One of the challenges I faced was that I really had no role …

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“Success is about helping people”

Cynthia Louis serves her community with food and love By Erin Elaine Casey Photo ErinElaine Casey Fourteen years ago, Cynthia Louis fell in love. She came from the Bahamas to study psychology at Acadia University in Wolfville in 2004, and by the time she graduated in 2008 she knew it …

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Future Prime Minister?

Ossama Nasrallah leads Saint Mary’s University Students’ Association from the heart By Israel Ekanem Life can be serendipitous. Ossama Nasrallah was .1% shy of the 85 per cent score required to begin his journey towards becoming a dentist in Jordan. Rather than let that stop him, he accepted his parents’ …

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Living together to our mutual benefit

What defines a successful immigrant or newcomer? By Dr. David Divine How do you define a successful immigrant in Canada, particularly in the Maritimes? Is it someone who has used their previous experience, education, skills, and drive to establish a successful business, such as prominent real estate developer Wahid Fares; …

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Introducing the ISANS Business Marketplace

New app connects immigrant entrepreneurs with customers and each other What do henna, massage therapy, IT solutions, driving school, and catering services have in common? You can find them all and so much more on the ISANS Business Marketplace, a unique online space for immigrant business owners and entrepreneurs to …

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Moving beyond acceptance

True empathy is the key to immigrant recruitment and retention By Rany Ibrahim It is always an exciting event watching a group of newcomers sworn in as Canadian citizens. Behind every person and every family is a great story of perseverance. These events are more special when they are held …

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Fabulous four under 40

IFEANYI EMESIH Founder, My Halifax Experience and My East Coast Experience Young immigrants and newcomers to watch I’m feeling blessed these days. Blessed and grateful! Almost three years ago, I started this platform so I could give back to the community I love—Halifax. I wanted to tell important stories about …

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Top 5 Immigrant Women Influencers in Halifax

Photos Joseph Robichaud, Tanglewood Studio For our tenth issue, My Halifax Experience is proud to highlight five immigrant women who have a profound influence on the economic and social fabric of Halifax and Nova Scotia. Each has generously submitted her own contribution to this issue: Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia, President and CEO …

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