In 2017, My Halifax Experience celebrates immigrants making a difference in Atlantic Canada
Welcome to our first issue of 2017. We’re starting this year thinking about New Year resolutions. This year, we resolve to expand the scope of our magazine’s mission. Up until now, our focus has been solely on telling the stories of Halifax’s newcomers. Although we will continue to do that, we also recognize this is one piece of a much larger picture. Halifax is the regional centre of all Atlantic Canada and there are stories we need to tell across the region.
To expand our coverage across Atlantic Canada, we’re seeking the people who stand out in their towns and cities. We’re looking for newcomers who have found ways to establish themselves in their new homes and give back to their chosen communities.
We’re launching our “Top 25 Immigrants in the Maritimes” initiative. Recruitment is already underway to form a judging panel that will look at each nominee’s qualifications based on three main criteria:
- Success in their chosen fields
- Residency in Atlantic Canada for at least five years
- Dedication to giving back through community involvement
We’ll reveal the honourees, as determined by our judges, at the third annual Halifax Experience Event in November 2017, where they will be the guests of honour.
But we need your help. We need readers to nominate immigrants in your communities. We need to hear about the people you know who are worthy of recognition. We need your help to reach into all the communities across our region and find the immigration success stories.
Soon our website will feature the form needed to nominate someone for this recognition. We hope you will visit and fill it out to let us know who we should be seeking (http://myhalifaxexperience.com/).
In 2017, we also resolve to expand our own diversity. We’re searching for new writers and photographers to help us tell the stories you’ve come to expect. We want our storytellers to be as diverse as the people whose stories they tell. If you or someone you know is interested in working with us, please send us your ideas and we’ll be in touch.
Our third and final resolution for 2017 is to not be distracted by our new initiatives and continue to put out issues of My Halifax Experience that raise the bar on what we’ve done to date.
Speaking of which, in this issue you’ll find stories on people, both individuals and groups, who are finding ways to make their voices heard in their communities. We have the voices of immigrant women sharing their successes and concerns during a recent conference at Pier 21 (page 24). There’s also Ossama Nasrallah, whose voice is helping to welcome and direct student life at Saint Mary’s University as a member of the student union (page 14).
There are always lots of voices to be heard at Stanfield International Airport and increasingly it’s the first stop for new residents arriving in Halifax. We take a look at how the airport has changed and is adapting to its role as Halifax’s unofficial ambassador (page 20).
And finally we have a first-person essay from one of our recent bursary winners that gives voice to her fears, insecurities and triumphs during her first year as a Haligonian (page 22).
Good luck with your own resolutions for 2017and we’ll see you again in May.