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Meet a Hamiltonian Immigrant: Mohamad El Chazli
Hamilton recognizes that #ImmigrationMatters. Meet a Hamiltonian Immigrant is a series produced by the City of Hamilton to highlight 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.

The first episode of Meet a Hamiltonian Immigrant features Mohamad El Chazli who came to Canada in 2016 and has since then established CheeZaatar. In less than one year, this Lebanese restaurant has grown enough to employ six people. Mohamad talks about his journey and his aspirations for his business. "I want to see CheeZaatar in every city in Canada," El Chazli tells us. 

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HIPC and N2N Host a Community Lunch 
HIPC and Neighbour to Neighbour Centre hosted a community lunch connecting community leaders with long-term and recent immigrants to Hamilton. The event celebrated the conclusion of HIPC's research on informal settlement networks and offered an opportunity to premier a short video about these informal networks. It was a chance for community leaders and residents to exchange stories, prepare a meal together, and connect over delicious dolma. HIPC is grateful to our community partners for their engagement and support.
HIPC Welcomes Laura Archer
Welcome Laura Archer, our Program and Policy Advisor through the end of 2019. Laura is joining the HIPC team from Halton Region where most recently she was the lead of their Local Immigration Partnership. 
Laura holds a Master’s of Social Work with a community focus and completed an internship with the Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton in 2014. Laura’s professional experience spans the human services field, with the last 10 years being in municipal service delivery and community development in the areas of Employment & Social Services and Housing. Laura is a resident of Hamilton and looks forward to working in the same community she calls home.
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