Category Archives: Immigrant 移民

The ART OF CRAFTING AT Flowers of Spring春天工作室:你在哈法所未见过的手工花卉艺术

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For Yidan Li flowers aren’t just nice to look at; there’s also a sense of beauty and craftsmanship in being able to make flowers by simply using nylon, thread and wire.

Li is the co-owner of Flowers of Spring with her husband Russ Gaudet, a boutique that specializes in nylon or ‘Tori’ flowers and Real-Touch flowers. Li, who first immigrated to Canada in 2005 and has lived in the country on a permanent basis since 2008, didn’t think of opening a business until a recent trip to China. While there she ordered supplies to make nylon flowers, but found herself left with 25 boxes of material she didn’t know what to do with.

“I looked at my husband and said ‘what are we going to do’ so we thought maybe we could do a little business,” says Li, who also found since making nylon flowers wasn’t common Nova Scotia, it was time to introduce them to the province.

Gaudet finds that nylon flowers fit in with other Nova Scotia-based craft industries because of how much detail and attention is given to each flower.

“Yidan sees the skill that is involved and the pride of workmanship in everything from crystal to pewter to quilts and homemade sailboats and canoes,” says Gaudet. “She gives each and every piece the same kind of meticulous detail and crafts her product with love and pride.” Read More →

New immigration stream set to open for international graduates in 2016省提移民新政策将于2016年初对国际毕业生开放

By Chris Muise

Nova Scotia is home to a great deal of international students, who come from far and wide to study at any one of our numerous post-secondary institutions. But when those talented international students graduate, under the current Provincial Nominee Program, many of those who were not able to find employment in their fields had to go elsewhere. Given the current job market here in the province, that meant that we were sending a lot of talented, entrepreneurial graduates away each year.

“An international graduate had to be employed related to their field…before they could apply for permanent residency,” says Sherry Redden, manager of Business and Workforce Integration at ISANS. “If they have to have a job before they can apply for permanent residency, they have to go where that job is. That often took them outside the province.”

Beginning next year, international students who graduate from a Nova Scotian university or college will have a brand-new route to permanent residency – one that gives them a chance to create new work here at home.

Two new immigration stream pilot programs will be launched on January 1, both designed to spur economic growth in the province – the Entrepreneur Stream, and the International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream – the latter of which is poised to take advantage of the thousands of international students Nova Scotia attracts every year.

“We have 10 universities, and we have about 7,000 international students each year that come to the province,” says Rachel Henderson, the director of Strategic Policy & External Relations at the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration. “As a province, we’re very successful in attracting these graduates, and what we hear from both the graduates and from the universities is that a number of these students want to stay.”

Some of these students manage to find work in their fields here at home, but many aren’t so lucky. Those students might have to take the knowledge and skills they learned here elsewhere in order to become a permanent resident of Canada.

“If they have to have a job before they can apply for permanent residency, they have to go where that job is,” says Redden. “That often took them outside the province.” Read More →

A Multitasking way to Success多面发展是我职成功的秘诀


Ivy Liu has had many opportunities since immigrating to Canada, but says her success isn’t due to luck; instead it’s due to values instilled upon her at an early age.

Liu who is originally from Guangdong Province says that her father, the provider for a family of six, often told his children about the benefits of hard work.

“He always taught me no matter what you do, work hard and be honest and you’ll never have to worry about anything,”says Liu, noting this philosophy helped her when she and her husband moved to Canada in 2008 to be closer to his family.

Upon arriving, the couple settled in Fort Severn, Ontario where Liu, who had been a teacher in China, thought she would work odd jobs or be a teaching assistant.

“I didn’t have any of the education or teaching experience needed here in Canada, but when we went there one of the teachers who was supposed to teach grade five and six didn’t show up,” she says. Read More →

新移民计划将填补新省劳动力空缺 Immigration initiatives working to bridge Nova Scotia labour gap


Contribution by Province of Nova Scotia

文/Cyndi Sweeney 
译/Christine Qin Yang


圣文森山大学国际教育中心主任Paula Barry Mercer女士谈到:“我常在思考,怎么做才能够鼓励国际学生留在新省。” Barry Mercer从事国际学生事务工作已有十年。她表示在明年的招聘中,有意向雇用打算留在新省的应届国际毕业生。



尽管如此,Barry Mercer表示,根据加拿大移民局的官方数据,仅有3%的国际学生毕业后选择留在新省。

Barry Mercer透露,在与圣文森山大学就业指导办公室和实习办公室的共同努力下,大学的新省奖学金计划将适时地帮助15名左右的学生。“人性化就业指导的意义重大,因为学生需要深度地探索自己未来的发展方向…… 就业指导将帮助他们塑造自我竞争力。” Read More →

中国茶飘香加东Loose leaf tea entrepreneur launches locally with global appeal


Local entrepreneur and CEED graduate, Stella Xue recently launched Mateasse, an online loose leaf tea company with a focus on high quality, freshness. 本地创业者、CEED项目毕业生Stella Xue近期成立网络散装茶叶公司Mateasse,为客户提供高品质、新鲜的茶产品。

文/Cyndi Sweeney
译/Christine Qin Yang

当地企业家Stella Xue对中国茶文化极有研究。她的努力也将中国茶和茶文化带到加拿大大西洋地区。近日,Stella的网络散装茶销售公司Mateasse成立了。她的公司专注为客户提供高品质、新鲜的散装茶。

Stella介绍道:“饮茶对健康益处多多,即使这个因素并非人们饮茶的初衷。” 绿茶有着很好的抗氧化功效,同时还有补水的效果。Mateasse网站上有20余种茶叶供消费者选择。

Stella和她的女儿从浙江杭州移民哈利法克斯已有八年。她说:“我们的家乡被山湖环绕,但离海遥远。” Stella的女儿大学毕业后决定定居在渥太华,而Stella却决定留在哈利法克斯,因为她非常热爱这个沿海城市。

Stella介绍,Mateasse的客户遍布加拿大、美国以及欧洲各国。同时,她的供货商也遍布全球。她说:“我们尤其支持小种植者,因为他们制作的产品品质优良、新鲜,而且性价比高。” Mateasse所销售的印度香料茶的供应商来自印度。 Read More →

Celebrating 60 Years of Benevolence 庆祝新斯高沙省中华会馆成立60周年

文/Chris Muise    译/Christine Yang

CBANS Chairman Eric Yeung, showcasing the poster for the 60th Anniversary Banquet. 中华会馆会长杨力维先生在展示会馆60周年庆典海报。

CBANS Chairman Eric Yeung, showcasing the poster for the 60th Anniversary Banquet.

六十年前, 新斯高沙省中华会馆于哈法成立,其宗旨及目的在于:“对内联络感情,排难解纷,办理华侨公益事业,加强华裔族人的团结;对外促进邦交沟通及与其他族裔居民的交流,争取正当权益和公平待遇。” 今天,这个为当地上千华人作出贡献的新斯高沙省中华会馆迎来了它的钻禧纪念。




“他们希望所有的华人都能团结在一起。” 杨会长谈道:“几乎所有华人都非常支持,他们每人捐献五十分、一元、两元,一点一滴支持着会馆。即使他们有些生活拮据,有的只是在洗衣店或者餐馆打工,他们仍尽力为会馆献上自己的一份力量。”

前新省交通工程部门主管也是中华会馆创始人之一的Fred Lee先生回忆道:“会馆成立初期,大多数会员都是来到这里的第一代移民。由于英文水平有限,他们处理事情时常碰壁。所以,我会常常帮助他们。之后,移民政策有所改变,这里慢慢出现较多的华裔移民。他们之中首先出现了学术类移民,后来各类移民逐渐变多。”

随着中华会馆不断地成长壮大,会馆成员有机会接触到很多的新移民,随而帮助他们解决住房、教育、求职等问题。华人移民从事的行业也从早期的干洗店和餐饮业拓展到医学、科研、工程及政府职务等众多领域。 Read More →

少年帆船手眼中的加国生活 Less homework: hook for luring young sailor to Maritimes

by Cyndi Sweeney   译/刘佳宁

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Julian sailing an Optimist. Photo: Rick Qu



“我想来加拿大。”这个小冒险家说。Julian的帆船之旅始于中国,那时候他代表福建省队参加全国联赛。 2010年对于Julian来说是丰收的一年。那年,他赢得了OP级的省冠军; 也是在那年,他们一家移民到了加拿大。


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公共图书馆: 新移民的社区中心 Keshen Goodman: Community Centre for Newcomers

by Cyndi Sweeney   译/刘佳宁

Heather MacKenzie highlights some of the current Chinese magazines available in the foreign language section at Alderney Gate Public Library in Dartmouth. Photo: Cyndi Sweeney MacKenzie女士在Alderney Gate 分馆展示馆中收藏的中文读物。

Heather MacKenzie highlights some of the current Chinese magazines available in the foreign language section at Alderney Gate Public Library in Dartmouth. Photo: Cyndi Sweeney
MacKenzie女士在Alderney Gate分馆展示馆中收藏的中文读物。

当Heather MacKenzie 女士读起一封信时,她的脸上洋溢起灿烂的笑容。MacKenzie 女士是Halifax市公共图书馆多元文化部经理,主要负责移民服务项目。她读的是一封由12位阿拉伯女学员联合签名的感谢信,感谢她本人和移民服务项目改变了她们的生活。

MacKenzie女士负责的移民服务项目中提供一系列由阿拉伯语教学的计算机课程。这12位阿拉伯女学员是这个课程开展时期的第一批学员。信中,她们表示,这个课程和其他服务项目不仅让自己获取知识,也让其他新移民有机会 “独立,提高英语,建立新友谊,与当地社区和海外亲人保持紧密联系,同时节省经济支出” 。

“伸出援手和倾听大家的需要让我们收获了很多。” MacKenzie女士在图书馆工作30年了。她于2012年开始在Keshen Goodman分馆做馆长,并开始注重服务移民社区这一领域。在此之前,早在1998年英语学习项目启动的时候,市图书馆就已经开始关注移民社区服务项目了。到今天,服务项目种类已由单纯的语言培训发展到更深入、更细微的层次。

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