Immigrant Services of Atlantic Nova Scotia (ISANS) Employer Forum a Successful Event!

From The Advocate, Vol. 124, No. 47,  article and photos by Heather Brimicombe:

ISANS Shares Knowledge

“Employers in Pictou County got the chance to learn more about how to welcome others into their workplace with the help of Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia Works: Career Connections worked over the past three weeks to set up the event that saw an over capacity turnout to the information sessions.“It’s a great opportunity to get a blend of everything,” said Heather MacIsaac of Nova Scotia Works. As well as the employers’information session in the morning,a job fair was held in the afternoon for those seeking employment. During the information sessions,employers learned what ISANS can do for them if they have an employee who is an immigrant, to make that employee more comfortable. A session on workplace culture also showed how different cultures translate things like body language and how it is important not only to have someone assimilate to the workplace but to be able to assimilate to new people as well. “This is the first event of its kind for us in rural Nova Scotia,”said Cliff MacDonald of ISANS. The organization is looking to take this model and apply it elsewhere in the province. “We have a great turnout and we had a lot of registrations very quickly,” he said.MacDonald added that that is a good sign that this information is something of interest to businesses. He said the goal of the event was to have more businesses understand what ISANS offers as well as being able to navigate systems and draw from the immigrant employment pool to help diversify the workplace culture.”


The Highland Heart is Under New Management!

We here at Career Connections would like to congratulate Sarah Armstrong who recently took over The Highland Heart, a free community newsletter published weekly in Antigonish, and distributed throughout the Strait Area of Nova Scotia.  Sarah has kindly shared her success with us over the years: “When I first moved (to Antigonish) I visited (The Antigonish Career Resource Centre) and I had a job before the sun set that day. Now as part of the SEB program, I’ve had another excellent experience with NS Works. New name: same great work!”

From the September 28th – October 4th 2017 issue:

“My name is Sarah Armstrong, I  make my home in Antigonish where I enjoy riding my bicycle and contributing to my community through my roles as Chair of Friends of the Antigonish Library (FoAL) and Membership Liaison for Antigonish Community Energy Coop. I am also an active member of St James United Church, where I am involved with the Hospitality and Outreach/Communications Committees.

I would extend a huge thank you to Stephanie Power of Nova Scotia Works (Antigonish), Kelsey Taylor (CBDC Guysborough) and Denise MacDonald (Employment NS) for their work fostering entrepreneurship in our region through the Self-Employment Benefits Program.

Thank you to former owners, Paula Brophy & Leah Chisholm, who went above and beyond to ensure that I had all the resources and training that I needed to take on the Highland Heart. Their involvement in the transition continues to be invaluable.”

Check out this fantastic community mainstay on their website here:

Peace by Chocolate Expands

Peace by Chocolate is expanding and recently asked our office in Antigonish to assist with the process of hiring new staff.
We are excited by the continued success of the business and are thankful the Hadhad Family are contributing to our local economy.

The CTV News Story by Dan MacIntosh

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