Volunteer Program Profile: IMG Bridging Program

There are International Medical Graduates (IMGs) living in Nova Scotia who are permanent residents in Canada and are currently pursuing their license to practice medicine here. Many IMGs are preparing to take Canadian licensing examinations or practical assessments of their skills and knowledge. The International Medical Graduates (IMG) Bridging Program … Read more

Private Sponsorship Applications Update

ISANS will soon open our online Private Refugee Sponsorship selection process for our 2019 allocation from Immigration, Citizenship & Refugees Canada (IRCC). Individuals or groups interested in sponsorship should continue to monitor our website for information. Be advised that we do not have a waiting list and will redirect such … Read more

On International Volunteer Day, we say “thank you”!

Today is International Volunteer Day, a time to recognize the role that volunteers play in helping to build communities. This year’s theme, “Volunteers build Resilient Communities”, recognizes volunteers across the globe – with a special focus on local community volunteers – who contribute to making their communities more resilient against natural … Read more

SupperNova Multicultural Community Potluck

The rain didn’t dampen the fun at SupperNova Multicultural Community Potluck on Saturday, October 20. Community members new and old came together at the Bella Rose Arts Centre to share food, laughter, and traditions. Guests enjoyed performances by singer Iryna Gerus, belly dancing troupe the Halifax Shimmy Mob, and Syrian drummers … Read more

Growing Stronger Neighbourhoods – Seniors Picnic

The smell of homemade pizza drifted throughout the Dartmouth Commons on Wednesday, August 1, as newcomers gathered at the Park Avenue Community Oven for pizza making and a picnic. Over 20 participants from seniors’ groups at ISANS and the YMCA Centre for Immigrant Programs came out to enjoy the sunshine, … Read more

Save the date! Social Justice in Focus

Join us on Saturday, September 22 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm for the  Social Justice in Focus forum! Hear from participants who will reflect on social justice through their photos and artwork. This research project supports youth who came to the Halifax Regional Municipality as refugees. Participants explored concepts and issues of social justice and … Read more

Celebrating Our Volunteers: Caroline Blair-Smith

Caroline Blair-Smith has been a mentor to many through our Professional Mentorship Program. She has been volunteering with our Practice Interview Program for more than 10 years and has been instrumental in helping newcomers navigate government job interviews. We asked Caroline to tell us a bit about about why she … Read more

Celebrating Our Volunteers: Cindy Hirtle

Cindy Hirtle has been volunteering as an EAL tutor for twenty years! Thank you, Cindy, for your continued commitment to creating a welcoming community and for giving your time and energy. We asked Cindy to tell us a bit about her experience: “I first volunteered as an English tutor over … Read more

Celebrating Our Volunteers: Paul MacDonald

We asked Paul MacDonald, classroom assistant extraordinaire, about the benefits of volunteering. Paul shares some of the reasons you can find him three afternoons a week in a language classroom. “Retirees have unique skills they bring to the workforce and volunteer positions – skills that only a lifetime of experience … Read more