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HIPC launches Newcomer Survey,
and it’s not just for Newcomers! 
Over the past six months, a team from the Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council has been working to identify the settlement and integration outcomes we would like to achieve in our city. These outcomes will guide the work of our HIPC community table over the next five years.

Today we are launching a short survey to validate our focus. This survey is intended for three groups of people living in Hamilton: newcomers, established immigrants, and Canadian-born.

​We are asking for your assistance in completing the survey, and to share the survey through your networks. If you are an ESL instructor or service provider, we would love for you to encourage your clients to take the survey. Survey results will directly impact the work of HIPC. 

 
The survey is open until March 15. It should take 5-10 minutes to complete.
 
Thanks for your support!
Meet a Hamiltonian Immigrant:
Israel Gasperin– Founder and CEO of Zentrela

In this month’s video of Meet a Hamiltonian Immigrant we sit down with Israel Gasperin, Founder and CEO of Zentrela. Zentrela is a Hamilton-grown company that uses brain technology to improve driver safety. Currently, there are five team members working at the company. Four of them come from Mexico, China, and Turkey! 

The company received two funding grants from Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE). In the first phase of OCE’s Small Business Innovation Challenge (SBIC) Zentrela was awarded $100K. Another $1 Million was awarded in the second phase in combination with matching funds.

Israel was one of the 2019 ONtrepreneur recipients, by the Ontario Brain Institute, which includes $50K of funds plus training and support in Neuroscience and Business Development. You can learn more about the work of Israel and his team by visiting their website. 
 

Watch Israel Gasperin's video story here.
 

Know of an immigrant success story? Email us with information (and feedback) at immigration.partnership@hamilton.ca  
Community Engagement 
HIPC and YMCA Celebrate the 2019-2020 Newcomer Mentorship Cohort 
Mentors and mentees in the YMCA's Community Connections Program enjoyed a networking breakfast event on February 25 at The Hamilton Club. Keynote speaker Alvin Pilobello gave tips on mentorship, a two-way street, and how to get the most out the experience. If you would like to learn more about the program, contact Kathryn Wrong.
Helping Newcomers Access Mental Health Supports
HIPC hosted the annual Service Provider Day for front line staff, on the topic of mental health, on February 21 at City Lab. Mental health is a complex topic to address. HIPC partnered with experts from City of Hamilton Public Health, Thrive Child and Youth Trauma Services, and Crisis Outreach and Support Team (COAST), to introduce resources available in the community, and discuss pathways to care. Following the presentations, attendees had an opportunity to network, share current programs and consider next steps for collaboration to keep the learning going. 
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