In alignment with our work with local partners across the province to foster communities that are welcoming and inclusive in order to support newcomers to become fully engaged in the social, economic, political, and cultural life of these communities the YMCA is leading the formation of a Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) in the North Central region of Nova Scotia.
As part of our in person settlement and integration services across the province The YMCA collaborates with partners in achieving our mission of ‘Building healthy communities through the power of belonging’. We are excited to build on this approach by announcing, through funding from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the formation of a Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) which will include the areas of Colchester, Pictou and Antigonish counties.
This ‘North Shore LIP’ is part of an innovative IRCC funded model of more than 60 LIPs across Canada (including four in Nova Scotia) which have the overall objective of enhancing collaboration, coordination and strategic planning at the community level to foster more welcoming and inclusive communities that improve settlement and integration outcomes for newcomers.
This regional partnership of diverse stakeholders, including multi levels of government, community agencies, health & education services, employers among others will encourage communities to better understand and consider newcomers’ assets and needs in terms of access, coordination and programming.
We are very pleased to welcome Esther Bejarano to the role of Coordinator for the North Shore LIP. Esther has been a client and community focused YREACH Settlement Staff in Truro for the past six years. She has worked collaboratively with, and on the premise that, local municipalities and community groups are best positioned to improve settlement and integration outcomes for newcomers and that the provision of basic settlement services is not sufficient to ensure success – consideration of newcomer needs must be incorporated into all aspects of community planning.
Esther will be responsible for facilitating the establishment of the LIP in the Northern Central Region of Nova Scotia that includes Colchester, Pictou and Antigonish counties. We are looking forward to being part of this innovative model and to building on, as well as creating new, partnerships that support inclusion, growth and capacity building in Nova Scotia.
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