Canada’s immigrants often choose to move here for a multitude of reasons. Erkan Ucargonul had just one single reason – his daughter. To truly appreciate Erkan’s decision, we need to take a trip back in time and halfway across the globe to Turkey. Erkan had a career in Turkey that most would envy. After obtaining […]

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This is the second profile in a series highlighting some of the Hamilton area’s successful immigrants. Name: Naim Zeqiri Country of origin: Kosovo Came to Canada: 2010 Occupation: Animal care attendant, City of Hamilton. What skills, experience, business knowledge and global connections did you bring to Hamilton? In Kosovo, I worked as a veterinarian. I managed my own veterinary […]

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Gurpreet Bajwa’s story is a true personification of the realization of the Canadian Dream. It serves to reaffirm that persistence and a positive attitude can overcome the barriers to any immigrant’s achievements in their new home. After all, the Canadian Dream isn’t merely the chasing of wealth, but the hope that one can reach their […]

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If it is the will of man to overcome difficulty, then difficulty does not stand in his way. Antonio Urdaneta, a practicing lawyer from Venezuela had a long waiting period to get himself accredited in Canada. The wait can break the spirit of many individuals but those who persevere are the ones who inspire. Accredited […]

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“Global Talent – Canada’s Advantage,” was the theme for the Immigrants of Distinction Awards held on March 10, 2017 at the Westin Calgary Hotel. The 21st annual event hosted by the Immigrant Services Calgary (ISC) celebrated the outstanding achievements and contributions of immigrant members in the Calgary community. This particular year, Immigrants of Distinction Awards also served […]

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Mony Shohayeb and her family are at home in Hamilton after moving from Egypt This is the first profile in a series highlighting some of the Hamilton area’s successful immigrants. Name: Omneya (Mony) Shohayeb Country of origin: Egypt Came to Canada: 2007 Occupation: Author/Writer Describe your working life: I am a writer and have published […]

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Immigrant Services Calgary (ISC) will be hosting the 21st annual Immigrants of Distinction Awards Gala on March 10, 2017 at the Westin, Calgary. For the last twenty years the ISC has celebrated diversity and the outstanding contributions of immigrants and refugees to Calgary and the community. The theme for the 21st IDA gala is “Global […]

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Skills for Change honoured the contribution of immigrants to the growth and development of Canada at its 2016 Pioneers for Change Awards Gala. The seven honoured immigrants came from different walks of lives and were grateful for the opportunity that Canada gave them to excel and blossom. The successful immigrants spoke about what helped them succeed […]

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Dr. Sivakumar Gulasingam’s first impression of Canada was its great summer weather and its diversity. “In the malls, subway, wherever I looked there were people from different ethnic backgrounds and different colors. That gave me the confidence that I too can succeed in Canada,” he says. An internationally trained physician with an immigrant success story […]

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The Canadian Immigrant Integration Program (CIIP) was launched to serve immigrants before they enter Canada, so they come prepared to find a job and settle down without much delay. Armand Landas, an infrastructure engineer and a CIIP graduate from Manila, Philippines talks about the kind of support he received from his CIIP counselor and how he […]

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