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We are a country of successful immigrants, all of whom started off as newcomers at some point in time. Here, we bring you the stories of such successful immigrant professionals and entrepreneurs, stories to inspire and help you set personal goals for your own life and also be successful in your new home country.

An immigrant success story: Dr. Muhammad Mizanur Shuvra

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Dr. Mizanur Shuvra knows how to tackle life’s harder challenges. His educational background in medicine took him from Bangladesh to Canada, but finding work there was harder than he expected. Positivity, hopefulness and patience – that’s what he says were crucial to his eventual success. That optimistic outlook he showed might be the key to […]

Same Shoes, Different Doors – Interview with author Sukhjit Singh

Nominate an inspirational immigrant for the 22nd annual Immigrants of Distinction Awards

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The wait is finally over this year to nominate an immigrant in the Calgary area for their outstanding achievements to be recognized. Immigrants of Distinction Awards is an event dedicated to recognizing and celebrating immigrant individuals for the positive impact they’ve created in their community. The theme for the 2018 Immigrants of Distinction Awards is […]

Opportunities galore for newcomers in Thunder Bay

Celebrating immigrant leadership, innovation and diversity

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Celebrating the leadership, innovation and diversity among immigrants for 25 years, Pioneers for Change is an awards gala hosted by Skills for Change. This year, listen to the event coverage and speeches of the six award recipients – in the categories of Excellence in Entrepreneurship, Excellence in Youth leadership, Women in leadership, Excellence in Community […]

An immigrant success story: Dr. Sivakumar Gulasingam

Communication is fundamental to the workplace

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This is the fifth profile in a series highlighting some of the Hamilton area’s successful immigrants. Name: Maria De Tina Country of Origin: Brazil Came to Canada: June 2011 Occupation: Music teacher Where are you employed? I am a musician and work as a guitar teacher, giving private music lessons. I am enrolled in a […]

Pioneers for Change 2016 recognizes successful immigrants from different walks of lives

Mari makes her mark on beauty business

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Stylist grateful for free ESL lessons and for help obtaining licence This is the fifth profile in a series highlighting some of the Hamilton area’s successful immigrants. Name: Mari Yegorgorji Country of origin: Originally from Iran but lived in Turkey before migrating to Canada Came to Canada: June 2011 Occupation: Hairstylist Describe your work: I […]

Same Shoes, Different Doors – Interview with author Sukhjit Singh

Opening doors to opportunities

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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 […]

Marcos’s story: I am proud and grateful to Canada

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