Winter in Nova Scotia!

Experiencing a Canadian winter for the first time can be a worrisome experience for people new to Canada, especially if you are coming from a climate where most of the year it is sunny and warm. What do you need to know about winter? December 21 is the shortest day … Read more

Language Line: Over-the-Phone Interpretation Services

The Language Line is a free telephone interpretation service for family physicians that are practicing within the Capital Health Regional Health Authority district. The Language Line provides telephone interpretation services in over 170 languages. Physicians can access this service instantly when calling this Line and do no need to book the service prior to an appointment.

ISANS becomes Sponsorship Agreement Holder

We are very pleased to announce that the Minister of Immigration has officially approved our application to become a Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH) in the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program. This Federal Program allows SAH’s to work with individuals and groups to undertake the direct sponsorship of refugees still abroad. ISANS will partner with refugees who are already settled in Nova Scotia along with other individuals and groups to guarantee the financial resources required to ensure the successful settlement of the sponsored refugee. It is a concrete way to engage the community in the humanitarian and compassionate work of assisting refugees in Nova Scotia be reunited with their families and loved ones. Becoming a SAH is an exciting new chapter in ISANS’ history.

Citizenship Ceremony

On September 8, 2011, we held our second Citizenship Ceremony here at ISANS. 25 immigrants from 15 different countries were sworn in as Canadian citizens as family and friends looked on. The new Canadians are from Bangladesh, Belarus,China, England, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Netherlands, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Taiwan, United … Read more

Remembering 9/11

After the events of September 11, 2001, Rodney MacDonald, then Minister of Culture, issued a press release to Nova Scotians. He asked us to reflect on the tragedy, and to use it as an opportunity to raise our understanding, not our fences. His words can still challenge and encourage us … Read more

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ISANS Awards 2011

Following our Annual General Meeting on June 16, the Second Annual Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia Awards were presented to: Individual: Mohey Eldin Ahmed – Mohamed Hashish Award Community Group: IWK Health Centre Extra Support for Parents Volunteer Services Employer/Business: SNC Lavalin (Dave Preston) – Dick Smyth Award Below … Read more

ISANS AGM & 2011 Annual Report

The new Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia Annual Report is here! This year’s report focuses on the critical role that partners play in helping Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia to meet its mandate. Please click here to check out the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia 2011 Annual … Read more

Swim to Survive!

As an extension of our Welcoming Communities to the Canada Games project, we decided to focus our attention on swimming. With funding from the Office of Immigration we were able to rent out the entire aquatic facility at the new Canada Games Centre. ISANS clients and volunteers had the opportunity … Read more

ISANS Recognizes Exceptional Nova Scotia Employers

On Tuesday, April 5, at Ashburn Golf Club, we held a recognition event to honour over 100 exceptional Nova Scotia employers who assisted Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia, immigrant professionals and job seekers in 2010 – 2011. The event included speeches by Joe Malek, Chair, Immigrant Services Association of … Read more

Greetings from Manila!

Kathy Burnett, Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia Manager of Online Learning is photographed meeting with Canadian Immigration Integration Project (CIIP) staff, in the Manila Philippines office. Kathy and Beth Clarke from JVS one of the IPSO partners (Immigrant Pre-Arrival Services Online) are visiting with the CIIP Field Offices to … Read more

International Networking Reception & Showcase

Thursday, November 18,  from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the World Trade and Convention Centre, Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia  hosted an International Networking Reception and Showcase. Attendees had the opportunity to connect and engage with the business community and create new relationships. The guest speaker was Hanspeter Stutz … Read more

Bhutanese Refugees say Thank You to Halifax

Yesterday afternoon, the Bhutanese families who have arrived in Halifax as government-assisted refugees over the last 18 months expressed their deep gratitude to the city of Halifax for welcoming them with open arms to their new home in Canada. The community met with Mayor Peter Kelly at City Hall. The … Read more