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A walking, talking resumé

Isaac Mbaziira sent out his resumé like all students looking to land a job, but he followed it up, literally Story and photos By Chris Muise   Isaac Mbaziira, a young public-relations associate, came to Halifax as a student in 2008. “It was never actually my decision to move to …

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The past isn’t always present

David Divine hasn’t let his past, or a horrific accident, define him or his future By Suzanne Rent Photography by Bruce Jollimore   David Divine had just finished a workout at the gym. It was 7 a.m. on March 7, 2007 and the long-distance runner was training for the Great …

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Women’s voices

A recent event at Pier 21 explored the immigrant experience from a woman’s perspective   By Chris Muise, Photos by Tammy Fancy The immigrant experience in Halifax isn’t easy to sum up; everyone experiences it differently. Add other factors and identity (like womanhood, motherhood, religion, and culture), and no one …

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Rolling out the welcome

The airport is where new immigrants enter Halifax. But they’re not alone when they get here   By Suzanne Rent David VanDerpuye landed at Halifax’s airport about 11 p.m. He was a long way from his native Ghana, coming to Mount Saint Vincent University to study. But when he got …

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The big picture

Photos by Tammy Fancy/FANCYFREEFOTO.COM As an international student, Kudakwashe Ndadzungira brings a global perspective to her new job   Kudakwashe (Kuda) Ndadzungira arrived in Halifax in September 2011 from her home country of Zimbabwe. As her plane descended to the Halifax Stanfield International Airport, all Ndadzungira could see were trees. …

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Land of opportunity

Immigrants to Nova Scotia are leading their counterparts across the country when it comes to creating jobs and making money The most recent Pathways to Prosperity report shows that immigrants are doing well economically in Nova Scotia. “This report shows it’s time to start busting myths,” says Howard Ramos, a …

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Seeing the person

In order to create a more inclusive and diverse Halifax, Ann Divine says individuals first need to look inward and recognize their own biases and presumptions about each other. “We have all of these [inclusive] policies and practices in our workplaces, but we have not checked ourselves internally and thought …

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Where the world gathers

The Seaport Farmers’ Market brings vendors from all origins together, offering an example for Halifax to follow   The stately Regal Princess glides alongside the Halifax pier. At first, the leviathan is silent and still. Soon, its passengers begin filing down the gangway. It disgorges brightly dressed Americans, elderly couples, …

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The language of business


Saana Makramalla’s tailor shop was a long time in the making. “This is my dream,” she says. She worked in Egypt where for 19 years she taught sewing and other seamstress skills. She moved to Canada in 2004; she and her husband wanted a better life for their children. She …

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