Fady Nashat has come full circle. Fady moved to Canada from Egypt to pursue his studies and begin a new life in Nova Scotia. The connector program has helped him to establish himself in the community and secure a job at Keane Inc., a global investment firm in Halifax. He now meets with current Connector Program participants to share his experiences and offer advice. Fady’s story embodies the full potential of this program.
This episode gives insight into what the program means to other connectors, too. Dick Miller, a connector and VP of The Shaw Group, explains the reality of the program: “You visit them in three or four year’s time and the next thing you know they’ve got their children, they’re engaged in the community, and that’s what it’s about”.
Programs like this attest to the fact that our business community is no exception from Halifax’s hospitable and friendly reputation. Immigrants and international students are here to work, play, and live and I think by now the benefits of hiring newcomers are indisputably evident. I hope to see the switch from participant to connector continue, and I look forward to joining the thriving, diverse workforce that we are currently building.
For more information on becoming a participant in the program or becoming a connector, click here.
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Maeghan is with the Partnership on a four month work-term. She is in her third year of Public Relations at Mount Saint Vincent University and had her first taste of the working world on her work-term with Nova Scotia Power this summer. She’ll always be a Cape Bretoner at heart, but Maeghan is happy to now call Halifax her home.