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My Halifax Experience

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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Networking for newcomers


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


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

My Halifax Experience - Matt Whitman

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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New opportunities for new Canadians


Nova Scotia offers immigrants with permanent residence status many opportunities to build out the workplace experience portions of their resumes. The Department of Labour and Advanced Education offers several programs, including START, which provides incentives to small- and medium-sized employers to hire individuals requiring work experience. Another, One Journey Work …

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Working for a Better Life

My Halifax Experience

you’ve visited the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market, you’ve probably caught a hint of the tantalizing smell of samosas wafting from Unique Asian Catering’s small yellow food cart. The business, owned by Ruhul and Khalada Amin, has been at the market so long it’s practically taken for granted, but it shouldn’t …

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