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Kamel Mahfoudia

Hamilton Spectator. 
May 08, 2017

Name: Kamel Mahfoudia

Age: 45

Position: Proprietor, French Confection

Job description: I am the founder and owner of a new patisserie (French pastry shop) called French Confection, located at 1 Wilson St. (at James Street North).

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Syrian children

Hamilton Spectator. 
April 20, 2017

A local body formed by the federal government to lead newcomer integration has devised a plan to make Hamilton more welcoming for immigrants and refugees.

The Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council (HIPC), mandated to co-ordinate settlement agencies, has an ambitious strategy that by 2020 includes:

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Marchese Health Care

Hamilton Spectator. 
March 04, 2016

Tatjana Sunjic was pursuing a career as a pharmacist in Bosnia, but had to flee because of the conflict.

Arriving in Hamilton in June of 1995, she began working as a pharmacy assistant at Marchese Health Care and soon became one of the first in Ontario to be licensed by the Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP).

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Hamilton Spectator. 
February 11, 2017

Born in Amsterdam and immigrating to Canada with my family as an eight-year-old, speaking not a word of English, I understand the newcomer experience. As an immigrant family in the 1960s, I grew up in social housing and poverty in the McQuesten neighbourhood of Hamilton.

Recent events have led some to question the value of immigration. Others have openly speculated as to why we have welcomed refugees to our country and our community.

Canada is a country of immigrants, of newcomers. They contribute immeasurably to the rich diversity which makes this country the envy of the world; bilingual, multicultural and a safe haven for refugees and newcomers from around the globe.

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Hamilton Spectator. 
December 13, 2016

When Mandeep, a quality assurance professional, first came to Canada, she found that she needed to take courses to upgrade her skills before she could work in her field. Keen to gain work experience in Canada, she started work on the production floor of Canada Bread in Hamilton. In the meantime, she took courses that would allow her to work in quality assurance again.

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Syrian children

Hamilton Spectator. 
November 29, 2016

"My five-year-old son is correcting me," said Emad Al Hariri, smiling broadly, proudly, as though it were the best thing in the world, and it is.

Emad's English is admirable (he's almost finished his ESL levels), his son's even better. Young brains inhale language, are enriched by it, like oxygen. Mohammed is in kindergarten at Earl Kitchener and adapting – Emad is searching for the word; he has the meaning – as fast as Canadian life can throw down stuff for the youngster to adapt to.

Emad, his sons, Mohammad and Yousself, and his wife, Kothar, were among dozens of mostly Syrian refugees and yet as many representatives of sponsor groups, municipal government, settlement and other help organizations, gathered at City Hall for a great celebration. It was to thank the community for its welcome and inclusiveness, including the refugees themselves, who are already enriching the city.

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Diversity at Coppley

Hamilton Spectator. 
November 21, 2016

There is a large world map at Coppley's office in the heart of Hamilton. More than a hundred tiny pins dot the map, seemingly placed at random. However, a closer look shows how each pin is in fact marking a different country. Stretching all the way from Asia to the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and North America, these pins mark the countries of origin of Coppley's staff. It is a powerful visualization of how skills and talents from all over the world work together at Coppley.

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Hamilton Health Sciences

Hamilton Spectator. 
October 11, 2016

When Keivan Saeedi, a nurse from Iran, moved to Canada in 2012, he needed to register to continue practising nursing. Saeedi tried to navigate the process, but found it frustrating. Then he met Daniela Beckford, a project manager and internationally educated nurse at Hamilton Health Sciences.

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Rockwell Automation

Hamilton Spectator. 
September 26, 2016

When Paul Klager signed up as a mentor for internationally trained professionals, he wanted to help others, especially newcomers, find work in their area of specialization. But the experience was eye-opening for him, too.

"Before this experience, I personally took for granted many of the cultural challenges that some of my customers and internationally trained colleagues experience on a daily basis," said Klager, account manager at Rockwell Automation, which manufactures automation equipment.

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College Boreal

Hamilton Spectator. 
August 28, 2016

When Charles Butera meets newcomer clients at Collège Boréal's Employment Options, which helps job seekers find sustainable employment and employers find suitable employees, there is often an instant connection. Butera moved to Canada from Rwanda and he can relate to the clients' experiences. Drawing from his own journey of settlement, he helps others better understand the road to success in Canada. In turn, clients trust Butera and find inspiration.

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