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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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Adding the “H” to “MTV”

Diversity and inclusion are a moral and ethical obligation, not a social gift As time goes by, Halifax is becoming a more and more vibrant and diverse community hub in the Maritimes. It is the largest city, an economic driver, and a major logistical centre. As this trend rapidly grows, …

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Weathering storms

Successful immigrants are strong but flexible By Rany Ibrahim On November 3, 2017, I had the honour of sharing the stage with quite a fantastic group of newcomers at the Top 25 Immigrants in the Maritimes Awards gala. These awards were established to highlight the success and leadership of people …

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Keep on going

Being a newcomer in a new city means networking, failing at times, and never giving up By Rany Ibrahim   “Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far you have come.” That maxim always kept me going forward as an immigrant. Maybe it’s a …

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Reach out and get out

Halifax offers tons of opportunities, but you have to build your networks to take advantage   By Rany Ibrahim I’ve been following two stories that made the international news recently from Nova Scotia. One of the stories is about a Cape Breton Island farm where the owners are offering free …

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Don’t just follow, lead

Recently, I had a few friends over. They’re immigrants from various countries in Latin America and we were discussing the political rise of Donald Trump in the U.S., and the complicated challenges the country faces with racial profiling and diversity. We had a deep talk about immigrant engagement in our …

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#WelcomeRefugees: Halifax

Syria’s civil war is now approaching its sixth year with no end in sight. Despite photos of Alan Kurdi, the Syrian toddler who washed up on the beach in Turkey, focusing world attention on the millions of Syrians that continue to be displaced by the civil war in their home …

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