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Top 5 Immigrant Women Influencers in Halifax

Photos Joseph Robichaud,
Tanglewood Studio

For our tenth issue, My Halifax Experience is proud to highlight five immigrant women who have a profound influence on the economic and social fabric of Halifax and Nova Scotia.

Each has generously submitted her own contribution to this issue:

Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia, President and CEO of Digital Nova Scotia, urges us to choose for ourselves what defines us. The Honourable Lena Metlege Diab, MLA for Halifax Armdale, Minister of Immigration, and Minister of Acadian Affairs and Francophonie, shares a deeply personal story of her own experiences travelling to safety in Canada, and updates us on her government’s work to support immigration and retention in Nova Scotia. Rafah DiCostanzo, MLA for Clayton Park West, tells us what women—and immigrant women in particular—bring to the table and why it’s so important. Ann Divine, Founder and CEO of Ashanti Leadership, writes about the importance of confronting unconscious bias in the workplace and in ourselves. And Jennifer Gillivan, President and CEO of the IWK Foundation, reminds us to be the change we want to see.

These women come from all over the world, and—lucky for us!—they choose to make Halifax home.

Check out their articles:


Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia



Lena Metlege Diab



Rafah DiCostanzo



Ann Divine



Jennifer Gillivan


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My Halifax Experience is a multimedia publishing platform, celebrating the similarities and differences of people choosing the East Coast of Canada as their new home.

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