Domestic Violence Resources

Are you or someone you know a victim of domestic violence? Emergency contacts: Police: 911 Halifax Regional Police Victim Services: 902-490-5300 (Interpretation available) Transition House Association of Nova Scotia: 902-429-7287 Avalon Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner: 902-425-0122 Provincial Victims Services: 1-888-470-0773 RCMP Victim Services: 902-426-1280 Non-emergency contacts: ISANS Specialized Settlement Support … Read more

A group of graduates gather with one of the instructors

HIPPY Program celebrates its new graduates

Thirty-six children aged three to five walked across the “stage” at Bethany United Church on Friday, May 31, as they graduated from the Home Instructions for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) Program with their families. After the distribution of certificates, the children had fun taking part in activities like face … Read more

(Im)migrant Health and Wellness Forum

More than 700 people from 63 countries attended this year’s (Im)migrant Health and Wellness Forum, hosted in partnership by the (Im)migrant Health and Wellness Network and ISANS on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at the Halifax Forum’s Multipurpose Centre. “There was something in the air,” said Zrinka Seles-Vranjes, Coordinator of ISANS … Read more

Syrian refugee family reflects on first two years in Halifax

In many ways, the Al Saieds fit the mould of an average Halifax family. They drive a Toyota. The father, Mohamad, works in construction. His wife, Rouida, works as a cleaner for their condo complex. The kids are in school, with big dreams: 16-year-old Hana wants to be a police officer, journalist and a nurse. To this idea, her older brother Khaled, 20, smiles lovingly. He’s hoping to attend school to become a pilot in the fall.

Celebrating our graduates: HIPPY program’s first year a success!

146 people were on hand to celebrate the Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) graduation on Friday, May 11, 2018, where 38 families and 42 children from nine different countries graduated. The HIPPY Program works with families in the home to support parents, primarily mothers in their critical … Read more

Mental health and wellness with Carmen Celina Moncayo

Carmen Celina Moncayo was a community psychologist in her native Colombia before coming to Canada in 1999. With two Masters’ degrees and a wealth of experience, she now uses her skills as the Community Wellness Program Coordinator at ISANS, where she has worked for over 18 years. Carmen works with … Read more