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The Immigration Story of Anil Rana (India Immigrant)

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CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
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S2019.50.1

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Landed in: Halifax
On: July 2017
Profession: Financial and Banking Services
Language: English, Hindi & Punjabi
Family in Canada: Spouse and 2 Children

Came here with the intention of finding work as Permanent Resident before bringing over young family, had no idea what to expect and when you know nobody out here. You are there with your bags and a new city in front of you to make the maximum out of the available opportunities.

For him “Integration is the key to success in the new city. Being a new immigrant is not easy, the struggle that one have to go through is one of the hardest things that might encounter in one’s life. The Canadian lifestyle is very different to the one he may used to. Not knowing anyone, not knowing if he made the right decision. Anil shares “There are many things that run in someone’s mind, but the best thing is Canadian Immigration system and infrastructure researched & knows all this to establish an excellent support network for newcomers like him.”

As an immigrant he has learnt that volunteering to the causes ‘he care’ for is the most powerful virtue he can have to integrate into the new city and use his spare time effectively while looking for job as a newcomer. Not only it helped him make new friends, know the culture but also created positive local referrals for job opportunities. There’s a lot of fear and excitement in newcomers as for him as well, how can he engage himself in the city and know more about the people and what resources are available for him to have a foot in the door. The answer was to throw himself into volunteering and helping community. All this helped him to integrate effectively within city and an opportunity to work with ‘RBC’ who focused on community participation as important value further encouraged along with response and experience volunteering gave him on planning, collaborate and execute has helped created a resource dubbed “The Mentors Circle.” TMC for short, it is a team of volunteers who are established in their careers. The local professionals primarily work in the areas of IT, engineering, healthcare, banking and education to work with professional newcomers to help them better integrate. This has motivated me to share the knowledge and help other newcomers by connecting them with professional from their field of expertise on social platforms and initiative is been supported, joined by other successful newcomers HRM, experts & leaders across industry. This initiative has become an additional source of information and assistance to newcomers coming to Nova Scotia.

In less than a year, by volunteering & supporting other newcomers with information, active member of the city's vibrancy than passive critic, spreading positivity about the city, people here than finding faults has opened multiple opportunities to explore and leverage skills acquired over a long period of time to contribute more to his new home Nova Scotia. All these efforts as a Newcomer got noticed & resonate with Halifax Regional Municipality who selected him for a volunteer award for 2017/18 and felicitated by Mayor during national volunteer week. He is currently taking up a full time course to follow his passion of engaging & helping people and communities to acquire new skills in order to be an effective and inclusive member of the Halifax Regional Municipality.