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Media Release
November 18, 2016
Toronto, ON

Pier 21 and Passages Canada host panel discussion with women immigrant professionals

The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 and Passages Canada are delighted to co-host an evening of conversation with immigrant women professionals from Atlantic Canada.

A panel featuring María José Yax-Fraser, Nikki Jafari, and Eunice Abaga will engage in a wide-ranging discussion on challenges, successes and avenues through which they achieved their goals.

The panel will be moderated by Dr. Dorota Glowacka of the University of King’s College.

Short videos from the Pier 21 and Passages Canada digital archives will also be screened.

In Our Own Words: Immigrant Women in Atlantic Canada
Wednesday November 23, 2016
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Kenneth C. Rowe Hall

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
1055 Marginal Road, Halifax, NS B3H 4P7

Quick Facts

  • Dorota Glowacka moved to Canada from Poland via the United States in 1993. She is a university professor in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In 2013 she published Disappearing Traces, a book about Holocaust literature and art.
  • María José Yax-Fraser is a member of Guatemala's indigenous community who came to Nova Scotia in 1990. She is a PhD candidate in social anthropology at York University. She sits on the board of directors of the Immigrant/Migrant Women's Association of Halifax (IMWAH) and is a member of the Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network and a member of the Nova Scotia Voice of Women for Peace.
  • Nikki Jafari was born in Iran, but was raised in Turkey and moved to Canada when she was 10. She considers herself Iranian, Turkish, and Canadian. She is the Operations Manager at Ariana Developments in Bedford, Nova Scotia. She is also involved in many community events, including concerts, fundraisers, and the annual International Business Trade Show.
  • Eunice Abaga immigrated to Canada from Kenya in 2000. Through her work as a policy analyst with Nova Scotia’s Department of Health and Wellness, Eunice advocates for community health and well-being. She is multilingual, proficient in Ekegusii, Kiswahili and English.


"We are honoured to host this thought-provoking talk featuring a diverse group of immigrant women professionals. Sharing their first-hand experiences as they navigate through their chosen paths will allow us to gain a better understanding of some of the challenges facing newcomers to this country.”
- Marie Chapman, CEO, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

“Storytelling fosters appreciation of our country's different histories and cultures. This event and our program provide newcomers with a popular platform for doing so.”
- Anthony Wilson-Smith, President and CEO of Historica Canada.

This event is open to media. Please contact Remo Zaccagna in advance to schedule interviews with any of the panelists.

Remo Zaccagna
Communications Coordinator
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
Telephone: (902) 425-7770 ext. 264
Mobile: (902) 430-3986
Toll Free: 1-855-526-4721 ext. 264

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About the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 collects, shares and pays tribute to the Canadian immigration story. The Museum is situated in Halifax, Nova Scotia at Pier 21, the National Historic Site that served as the gateway to Canada for one million immigrants between 1928 and 1971. Today, the Museum shares the stories and experiences of all immigrants to Canada, past to present day. The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 enhances public understanding of the experiences of immigrants to Canada, highlights the vital role immigration has played in the building of our country and the contributions of immigrants to Canada’s culture, economy and way of life. It is Canada’s sixth national museum and the only one located in Atlantic Canada.

About Passages Canada
Passages Canada is a national storytelling program of Historica Canada that invites newcomers and established Canadians to share their personal experiences of identity, heritage, and immigration with groups of all ages. More than 1,000 volunteers participate in this storytelling program that nurtures cross-cultural dialogue and strengthens our appreciation for one another in an open spirit that is genuinely Canadian. Passages Canada is generously funded by TD Bank Group and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.