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Spotlight: Digital Storytelling as a Way to Connect Immigrants

In an active collaboration between the Toronto Ward Museum, OCASI – Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants, and the University of Toronto, Journeys to the Frontlinewas launched. The online multimedia exhibition shares the stories of eight professionals in the immigrant and refugee-serving sector. You can listen to or read about their departure points, experience arriving in Canada, and their career paths.

According to The Conference Board of Canada's 2018 Strengthening Canada's Immigration System Report, there are 500 organizations across the country dedicated to providing newcomers the support they need to thrive, making us a nation that is wealthy of inclusion and integration stories. The Journeys to the Frontline exhibition captures some of those stories and we invite you to visit the platform and learn about the immigrant experience. 

How Will the Cannabis Act Affect Newcomers?
The Cannabis Act came into force last month. Since then, several reports warned that pot-related penalties could bar newcomers from Canada. It is then instrumental that newcomers become educated about the risks, rules and regulations, which may vary depending on Province or Territory. The City of Hamilton has provided some educational resources for all residents, including a guide helping parents understand more about the topic. 
Highlighting Stories of Newcomer Entrepreneurs 

We met Dixy Valdez, founder of La Villa Goods, at the Startup Crawl Trade Show. Her business sells designed and curated home and fashion accessories that are ethically made in El Salvador. A socially conscious business owner, Dixy's goal is to create a positive social impact within her artisan community.

HIPC and the City of Hamilton Economic Development teams are seeking stories of Hamilton-based immigrant entrepreneurs and business owners, like Dixy, to be featured as part of a series highlighting success stories of immigrants. Do you have any leads? Connect with us. 

Announcements 
  • YMCA to host a career fair on November 28. 
  • IWC to offer Introduction to Welding on November 27. Registration is now open. 
  • IWC is hiring Client Service Specialist/Trainer – Deadline for applications: December 5, 2018
  • HCCI presents #HamiltonForAll Agencies, Boards and Committees: Resident Application Support Workshop on December 6, 5:30-8:00 PM at the Hamilton Central Library. 
  • Mohawk College will be offering a new, FREE, and 100% online course in January for newcomers with a background in the health care field. Click here for more details. 
Send us your updates
We send this newsletter out every other week. This is a chance for us to highlight the work of our partners, share upcoming events, grant opportunities and stories of impact. 

If you would like your work to be featured and shared with the community, please email us your events, announcements by the first Monday of each month using this form. 

(Next submission deadline is Monday, December 3) 
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