This issue marks one year of publishing for My Halifax Experience. We couldn’t have reached this milestone without you, our readers.
Since launching in early 2016, we’ve been blessed to be able to bring you the stories of the many new Canadians and international students who have chosen Halifax as their home and are busy building new lives here.
Each one of those stories is filled with moments of adversity as the newcomers face hurdles in relocating to Halifax. But they also share how they overcame those challenges: that’s where the true mission of My Halifax Experience shines through.
Each story provides another example, another road map for those who continue to come to Halifax to follow as they overcome their road blocks and detours on the way to creating their Halifax experiences.
Each milestone in life raises questions and opportunities. Where do we go from here? Do we continue in the same direction we’re headed now or is it time to switch course? It’s no different for a publication. Do we continue to tell just Halifax stories or is it time to look at a broader picture? Do we need to look at other cities or maybe the entire province? We’re considering these questions in the next few months as we prepare for the first issue of 2017.
As this issue hits the streets, Saint Mary’s University is hosting the second annual Halifax Experience event (on November 12). It builds on the success of last year’s networking dinner with an even greater emphasis on the role international students play in growing our city. We’ll announce the winners of four $1,000 student bursaries, sharing their essays on their Halifax experiences in future issues.
And we have a lot of other stories to tell you in this issue. On page 24, read about Kuda Ndadzunira, an international student who was able to use the contacts she made during an internship with the Waterfront Development Corporation to land a new full-time job with the Downtown Halifax Business Development Commission.
And we revisit Ann Devine on page 18. She was one of the first people My Halifax Experience ever profiled. She’ll update us on the work she’s involved in to make Halifax a more welcoming place for new arrivals.
Speaking of making Halifax more welcoming, we ask the question: why can’t our city be more like the Seaport Farmers’ Market? As you’ll see on page 22, this bustling marketplace features vendors around the globe working side by side. Does it have any lessons in diversity and inclusion to share with the rest of the community?
In our cover story on page 14, we speak with the younger members of Halifax’s new arrivals. International students tell us about their experiences here and what they plan to do after graduation. Some of the answers may surprise you.
We also provide a glimpse at the operations of Options 360 at Saint Mary’s University (page 10), visit the Mayor’s Welcome Reception for International Students (page 7), lay out the steps for continuing a medical career in Nova Scotia (page 8), and provide details on a new service that can help companies improve the diversity of their workforces. Finally, on page 8, we launch a new feature looking at those who are bringing their immigrant experience to the city’s food scene.