Today, one hundred and forty seven years ago, the Fathers of Confederation came together to unite the separate regions into provinces and create the confederate dominion of Canada. Nearly a century and a half later, today we, as Canadians, proudly honour our vast achievements:
To name a few:
- We are a proudly multicultural country welcoming immigrants from all across the world to come work, live and travel to Canada
- We have a rich history of visionaries and innovators like Terry Fox and Tommy Douglas-who championed for universal healthcare
- We are credited for inventions like the pacemaker, basketball, pablum, insulin and the radio
- We have more drinkable water in Canada than anywhere else in the world
- We are able to enjoy Canadian treats like Beavertails, maple syrup and poutine
- We have a National Connector Program
Yes, amidst this list, the red, white, maple leafs and fireworks, I count myself fortunate to live in a country that has a National Connector Program.
The Greater Halifax Partnership’s local Halifax Connector Program pairs up new graduates, immigrants and international students with Connectors –business and community leaders in Halifax. This helps participants to build their professional network, find jobs in their field and most importantly lay down roots in the location of their choice.
As a multicultural bilingual country, Canada is a destination for new immigrants and international students. The Connector Program works to ensure these newcomers are able to tap into their expertise, experience and interests to find employment and opportunities in Canada.
The National Connector Program replicates this success but Canada-wide. Across the country the Partnership has welcomed over five different regions to the Connector Program. Currently, there are National Connector Programs in Toronto, British Colombia, Edmonton, and Calgary, and hopefully more to come.
Why am I proud of the National Connector Program?
- It’s helping immigrants to settle and establish lives for themselves in Canada, hopefully one day to become Canadian citizens as well.
- The National Connector Program captures the spirit of confederation and has a shared portal through which programs across the country can share training materials, offer learning exchanges and more.
- The expansion of the National Connector Program across the country in multiple and diverse regions demonstrates that making the connections is important. We as Canadians should be proud to continue to make these introductions and connections to bring both communities and individuals together.
Developing professional and social networks takes time. Arriving in a new country without any network to rely on or tap into can make this even more difficult. The National Connector Program helps these new comers to build a network that will help them to stay in Canada, in the city of their choice.
Although geographically vast, Canadians are unified. Connector programs nationwide can collaborate to help each other’s programs and regions thrive.
Just as the many regions of Canada saw the win-win scenario in joining together in a confederation over a century ago, the National Connector Program recognizes the wealth of talent and opportunity we have across the country, especially in our immigrants. Let’s keep connecting Canada.
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