In 2016, Nadya arrived to Canada holding on to all the memories she had as a teacher, yet worried about the students she left behind. She was determined to continue doing what she loves the most. Shortly after her arrival, she learned that the education system in Canada was a lot different than back home,… Continue reading A Mentor’s Journey
Hamilton: get ready to meet a new cohort of welders
Mohamad Alshami is a professional welder from Syria – and is ready to launch in the Hamilton workforce. He’s worked for 10 years doing oil pipeline welding and heavy equipment repair. He comes from a long line of welders – his father was a welder, his grandfather was a welder – his great grandfather too. Their family business that was once very successful – is now in ruins.
Syrian family reunited with son after 11 month separation
When Abdel Kafi Al Rahmoun first walked into Vivyan Salih’s office at Immigrants Working Centre with tears in his eyes, she knew something was wrong. His family had been separated from their 19-year-old son on their way to Canada.
Syrian Refugee Crisis: 1 year after Alan Kurdi
INFOGRAPHIC: Syrian Refugee Crisis: 1 year after Alan Kurdi By Immigrants Working Centre It has been one year since the body of three-year-old Alan Kurdi was found on Turkey’s coast. Today: 4.8 million Syrians are registered refugees. Syrian Refugee Crisis: 1 Year after Sept 2, 2015. On September 2, 2015 the body of three-year-old Alan… Continue reading Syrian Refugee Crisis: 1 year after Alan Kurdi
The immigrant life: “Art in its purest form”
“All immigrants are artists because they create a life, a future, from nothing but a dream. The immigrant’s life is art in its purest form.” – Patricia Engel, Colombian American novelist.
Growing up as a child of first-generation immigrants, I bore witness to artists who dreamt, imagined and created.
Book Review: THE ILLEGAL
The Illegal (HarperCollins) is the latest novel from Hamilton-based author, Lawrence Hill. Released this past September, the timing of book seemed perfect, if for an unfortunate reason. Its release ran alongside the world’s attention forced toward the thousands of refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and the surrounding areas, and the sometimes-deadly voyages they faced in hopes of to finding homes elsewhere.