On Monday, January 25, Cliff MacDonald and Ritu Ganiju from ISANS visited the Rotary Club of Dartmouth East during their regular meeting.  They informed the Rotarians of the mentorship programs provided through ISANS to connect new immigrants who are certified professionals with local professionals who act as mentors.  
Cliff and Ritu showed a video of some success stories of the mentorship programs.  The program is a six-week non paid work experence program between a mentor and a mentee with a goal to provide local experience to the new immigrant to help ease the transition professionally in Nova Scotia.  Mentees have the opportunity to gain experience and new connections so they can continue their career in their professional field.  Mentors have the opportunity to positively impact another professional in their own field, gain experience in mentoring and learn how their profession is different (and the same) in another culture.
Discussed were:
- the hurdles newcomers face: no Canadian work experience, the language barrier, no local references, lack of confidence, culture shock and others. 
- Assets newcomers bring to our community:  international experience, different ideas, diversity, and others
- the referral process:  ISANS does their best to ensure the best match is made with mentor and mentee
- success stories were discussed
To read more about this program, visit the ISANS website:   http://www.isans.ca/
here is the address for information on this program:  http://www.isans.ca/employment/for-immigrants/professional-mentors/