HIPC Interviews Immigrant Entrepreneur Theresa Horak
This episode of Meet a Hamiltonian Immigrant features Theresa Horak who came to Canada from South Africa, many years ago. Theresa founded LoAllay, a one-stop-shop offering a range of services for business, to support local entrepreneurs in running their companies. LoAllay is conveniently located at the McMaster Innovation Park which is home to a growing number of start-ups in Hamilton. 

Theresa values diverse talent and is keen on recruiting newcomers and new Canadians. LoAllay currently has 28 team members in the staff and contractors. “I was lucky enough that someone gave me an opportunity to prove myself when I arrived, but it is difficult and I know people who wait quite some time before they can start working in Canada or before someone will give them that opportunity,” said Theresa. In her interview, she shared highlights of her journey arriving to Hamilton, working in the city and later deciding to open up her company. She offered advice to newcomers and employers that stems from her personal experience. 
Hamilton recognizes that #ImmigrationMatters. Meet a Hamiltonian Immigrant is a video series that highlights successful immigrant stories in our community, particularly shedding light on the economic contributions of our immigrant population. The series is a collaboratively produced by the Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council (HIPC), and Economic Development, for the City of Hamilton.
Newcomer Day 2020 Announced 
Hamilton Arts Awards Now Accepting Nominations
Proud of Hamilton’s incredible arts community? Admire someone for their artistic excellence, history of community building or mentorship in the arts? Now is the chance to nominate your favourite artist, educator or leader for a City of Hamilton Arts Award.

The Arts Awards encourage and welcome nominations from diverse communities. “This is a great opportunity to elevate the artists and arts leaders in your community. As a citizen-led process, representation of all of Hamilton’s communities depends on individuals and organizations nominating” said Jen Anisef, Cultural Projects Specialist at The City of Hamilton. 

Nomination submission deadline is Friday, February 14, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. All nominees will be honoured at a public event at Theatre Aquarius Dofasco Centre for the Arts on the evening of June 11, 2020. Will you be nominating? 
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