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Welcoming events highlight of summer on Nova Scotia’s South Shore


The newly immigrated can sometimes feel lost or even invisible. New geographies, new people and new ways of doing things can be exhausting and difficult to navigate at first. Settling into a new home and beginning new routines can feel isolating. A new family can feel as if they exist in a bubble – as people all around them go on about their daily lives; while they struggle to understand where things are and interpret new customs. No matter how friendly the new neighbors are, it’s always nice to be welcomed by more than just a few people.


A series of welcoming events in our region are helping to bridge the settlement gap. Held in local schools or neighborhood parks, these welcoming receptions create an opportunity for area newcomers to meet one another as well as other local residents and community leaders. An afternoon spent meeting people and both asking and answering questions can go a long


way toward building those initial human bonds so critical to successful settlement. In turn, the community gets to a chance to shine and boast a little, while helping to establish a feeling of familiarity and connection with the area. It’s a great way to build new friendships and foster a sense of belonging. “Welcoming newcomers is an important issue for Nova Scotia and especially the South Shore,” says Corey Pickens, immigration navigator for the region’s economic development agency. These newcomer meet-and-greet events are a simple way to let people know that we are a welcoming community and that we appreciate having new neighbors and friends.” A casual afternoon with refreshments and conversation can assist new families in small, but meaningful ways. Where is the closest playground or the best bakery in town? How did you find your first winter here in Nova Scotia? A sociable chat with new friends can help a new family feel less isolated and more confident in a strange new place. This summer local municipalities, in partnership with the Lunenburg Queens Regional Development Agency, are hosting several community newcomer


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