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My Halifax Experience

Break out of the comfort zone

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If Ann Divine has one message she wants to share with every immigrant that comes to Halifax, it’s this: you need to be uncomfortable. Divine’s experience, both here and growing up in her adopted home in England, is that immigrants too often tend to only reach out to their fellow …

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A man of many identities

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I was very pleased when My Halifax Experience asked me to join their team. Relatively speaking, I am a newcomer who immigrated from Egypt 14 years ago, as an international student. Today, I am an engaged community member. Becoming a columnist here will let me reflect on my own experiences …

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Leading by example

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Shipping lines connect the Port of Halifax to more than 150 countries, so it’s fitting the Halifax Port Authority champions and embraces diversity. “Our business is global and we have to reflect that market. Simple as that,” says Karen Oldfield, the port authority’s president and CEO. The topic of diversity …

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Definitely not lying down on the job

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Chen Qing didn’t like his job. Going door-to-door making appointments for a student painting company and earning just $10 per appointment booked meant a lot of effort for little return, especially while attending Saint Mary’s University. It wasn’t the experience he imagined when he came to Halifax from China in …

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A running start

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Many immigrants to Nova Scotia arrive with the passion to start a business, but while they may bring the drive to succeed, they can lack the local knowledge to find success. That’s where the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) can help. Even newcomers who arrive speaking English might …

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Networking for newcomers

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The YMCA of Halifax can be a great resource for newcomers to Halifax. In addition to providing programs for youth and children that can help them make friends in their new home, the YMCA will help immigrants connect to a professional network. Barbara Miller Nix, the chief operating officer of …

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Welcome Message

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I really had no excuse. As I was putting together plans for the first annual The Halifax Experience event and was speaking with those people who helped me accomplish that goal, it became apparent we needed a platform that would allow people like me to tell their own stories of …

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Selling himself

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Now my whole career is about listening, connecting, making friends, and representing people. It’s much more grass roots and holistic. Matt Whitman sold a car to the first person he saw after stepping out of the training room at O’Regan’s Toyota in Halifax. It was 1992 and he’d just graduated …

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