As Project Coordinator of the Halifax Connector Program, I work with many immigrants who have chosen Halifax as their home. I see firsthand, how newcomer professionals can bring a world of experience to our city and are a principal factor for Halifax’s growing labour shortage.
However, as many of us have experienced, finding a job in Halifax is not always an easy battle. In our welcoming city, it seems important to know a large network of business leaders. The saying, “It is not what you know, but who you know” sometimes rings true in Greater Halifax.
The Partnership has been proactive with this approach and in July we launched the Connector Program to assist immigrants with expanding their networks. I help to put newcomer professionals directly in touch with Connectors - business owners and operators, managers, civil servants, community leaders…people like you.
There are currently close to 100 Connectors who have agreed to meet with a newcomer professional and help to point them in the right direction. This is a referral process where after the meeting, Connectors are asked to provide the newcomer with 3 other contacts who they can also connect with. Finding employment will come, as their networks grow and they are exposed to employment opportunities.
By taking an hour or so of your time to meet with a newcomer, you will be making a world of difference for a new valued member of our community.
When the right opportunity exists, everyone benefits.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on becoming a Halifax Connector or to participate in the program.
CindyCindy Dean is Project Coordinator for the Halifax Connector Program, a Greater Halifax Partnership Initiative. Program partners are the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration, The Maytree Foundation and the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation.