A portrait of Sarah Wayland, Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council senior project manager

The Hamilton Spectator
March 26, 2019

Immigrants will play a key role to help Hamilton fill gaps in the labour force with a generation of workers heading for retirement. This is one of the main take-aways from a new report by the Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council (HIPC), its members say.

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The Hamilton Spectator
July 30, 2018

The Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council, housed within the city's planning and economic development department, hosted the first Hamilton Newcomer Day Friday at city hall.

There was entertainment, food and information workshops and tables for services for newcomers to the country. . A highlight was a citizenship ceremony for 40 Hamiltonians held in council chambers and open to the public.

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People conversing at the July 27th event.

The Hamilton Spectator
July 30, 2018

“This entire country is a country of newcomers,” said Mayor Fred Eisenberger, as people swelled the city’s forecourt and first and second floors of city hall. ...

The highlight of the event was the 35 people from 15 countries who became Canadian citizens. The event was presided over by Dr. Gary Warner, an Order of Canada recipient and linguistics professor at McMaster University.

The city’s Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council, part of the city’s planning and economic development department, organized what is expected to be an annual event.

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The Hamilton Spectator
November 27, 2017

Hamilton belongs to everyone.

That is the message of a new campaign called #HamiltonForAll.

The aim is to make the city more welcoming to immigrants and refugees, while also encouraging people to take their own action to connect with newcomers.

"We really do want this campaign to show our most recent Hamiltonians that we love them and we want them here," said Nicole Longstaff, a senior project manager with Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council.

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Kaelyn Koepke visits with her neighbours, Haled Al Khalil and Fatema Al Naser, in Hamilton earlier this year. Koepke put together a group to sponsor the Al Khalil's son to come to Canada too. The city is launching a social media campaign, #hamiltonforall,

CBC Hamilton. 
August 17, 2017

In an era of racial tensions and tiki torch-carrying white nationalists, a local immigration council hopes a new social media campaign will encourage Hamiltonians to be even more immigrant friendly.

The Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council and the Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion are launching a campaign called #HamiltonForAll, which is an effort to get Hamiltonians trying harder to welcome newcomers.

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The Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council celebrated Canada 150 with a booth called "The Canadian Multicultural Exchange Station" at Bayfront Park. - Kobby Crabbe,Courtesy of HIPC

Hamilton Spectator. 
July 12, 2017

More than 300 Hamiltonians placed pins on a giant world map to showcase their roots as part of a broader community initiative to celebrate diversity.

The exercise, which saw people mark where they're from and connect their heritage to Hamilton with a string, was part of a prelaunch for a new campaign to address negative stereotypes and misconceptions around newcomers.

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Participants place pins on a map to mark their heritage at the Canada Day festivities in Hamilton. (Kelly Bennett/CBC)

CBC Hamilton. 
July 06, 2017

Where in the world do Hamiltonians have heritage roots?

A large map at Hamilton's Canada Day festivities drew a steady line of more that 300 people to place a pin to mark their family's heritage.

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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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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. 
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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