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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.

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 […]

Achievements of immigrants recognized in Calgary

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 […]

Pioneers for Change 2015: Celebrating leadership and innovation

Do not settle for anything less than what you deserve

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Nelma Llanora-Vega came to Hamilton from the Philippines in 2009 because she wanted a better future for her family. This is the fourth profile in a series highlighting some of the Hamilton area’s successful immigrants. Name: Nelma Llanora-Vega Country of origin: Philippines Came to Canada: 2009 Occupation: Social worker Where are you employed? I am […]

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

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 […]

Celebrating immigrant leadership, innovation and diversity

Achievements of immigrants recognized in Calgary

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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 […]

An immigrant success story: Alberto Rodil

At home in Hamilton after Egypt and the U.S.

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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 […]

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

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