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Transformation at Pier 21


Marie Chapman no longer drives around Halifax in an SUV, looking for discarded furniture to use in the Pier 21 offices. Chapman has just finished overseeing a five-year transformation that has seen the museum double in size and expand its scope. “We got $25 million and that included money for …

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Lena Diab gets it


ot since the Kosovo War in 1999 has immigration been so front and centre in Nova Scotia. Operation Parasol was a military airlift that brought 5,500 Kosovar refugees to Canada and about half of them were brought to Nova Scotia for temporary accommodations. Seventeen years later, the focus on immigration …

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Break out of the comfort zone


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


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


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


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


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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