Pathways to Purpose – ISANS Annual Report 2020/2021

If there’s one thing we have learned this past year – a year of overwhelming challenge, social upheaval, and collective uncertainty – it’s that living our values of diversity, inclusion, respect, collaboration, innovation, and accountability will guide us through.

Craig Bannon named the recipient of 2021 ISANS Award

Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) is pleased to announce Craig Bannon as the recipient of this year’s ISANS Award. The ISANS Award recognizes an individual, community group, business, or employer who has demonstrated exceptional and innovative efforts in welcoming immigrants to Nova Scotia and in assisting them to … Read more

National Indigenous Peoples Day

Today is National Indigenous Peoples Day, a day to celebrate and learn more about the cultural diversity of the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples in Canada.   It is a wonderful opportunity to become better acquainted with the cultural diversity of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples, discover the … Read more

ISANS Celebrates World Refugee Day

Today is World Refugee Day. To mark the day, we celebrate the countless contributions former refugees bring to our communities, while building empathy and understanding to what it means to be a refugee. Jeannette and Mohammad have kindly offered to share their stories with us. Jeannette’s Story “On February 20th, … Read more

ISANS Resuming In-Person Services June 21st

As a community, we have done great work at keeping the COVID numbers down and all of us need to continue to follow public health protocols to maintain these positive trends.  The importance of social distancing, masks, hand washing, and staying home if not feeling well is critical as we … Read more

Join Us For Our Annual General Meeting

You’re Invited! Join us for our virtual AGM and the presentation of this year’s ISANS Award, Wednesday, June 23 at 3:00 pm on Zoom. If there’s one thing we have learned this past year it’s that living our values of diversity, inclusion, respect, collaboration, innovation and accountability will guide us … Read more

Statement on the Deadly Attack in London, ON

The ISANS community is heartbroken by the hate-fueled attack against a Muslim family in London, Ontario that has shaken the Muslim community across the country to its core. We extend our condolences to the family and community members. To counter the destabilizing feelings these attacks can sow, ISANS will continue … Read more

ISANS Certified as an Accredited Testing Centre

ISANS is now an accredited language test centre for the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) and the Canadian Academic English Language Computer Edition (CAEL CE) tests. Proof of English and/or French language proficiency can be a requirement for education, regulated professions, immigration applications, and Canadian Citizenship. As Nova … Read more

ISANS Interpreters: An Essential Workforce!

Language interpretation is an essential service for many newcomers, especially for those with limited English language proficiency. In the past year, ISANS interpreters enabled 750 newcomers to access and engage in services essential to their settlement journey. These interpreters supported the communication between clients and staff in many key areas, … Read more