NEW GLASGOW, N.S. – One of the streams Glen Haven has used for recruiting immigrant workers is the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Project Nova Scotia.
The long-term care facility was recently among four Nova Scotian employers introduced at the Nova Scotia Legislature by the Honourable Lena Metlege Diab, minister of immigration, as one of the designated and endorsed employers and success stories of the program.
To become designated, an employer must have a business operating in good standing, provide information on labour needs and commit to working with a service provider organization on settlement and retention. To become endorsed, an employer must demonstrate that efforts to hire locally have not been successful, recruit a foreign worker, provide a valid, full-time, non-seasonal job offer co-signed with the foreign worker and provide an individualized settlement plan co-signed with the foreign worker. It was announced in early March by the Government of Canada that the Atlantic Immigration Project is being extended for two more years. The AIP is operated in partnership between the federal government and the provinces of Nova Scotia, Newfoundland & Labrador, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.
Lisa M. Smith, CEO of Glen Haven, says Glen Haven has been welcoming international staff to its team for the past several years and it has been an ongoing success story through several programs. She says these staff who have come to Canada from the Philippines, India, and Africa have adjusted extremely well to work and life in Nova Scotia and are all making meaningful contributions to Glen Haven in the areas of nursing, nutritional services and environmental services.
“We are grateful for their skill, outstanding work ethic and dedication. Each staff member has fit in very well with their colleagues and they are enriching our organization and our community,” says Smith. “I consistently hear feedback from residents, residents’ families and other staff members about the commitment and dedication of our immigrant workers to our residents and how they are strong team players, consistently contributing to Glen Haven’s priority to deliver outstanding individualized quality care. It is inspiring and motivating to see their ongoing commitment to further their professional Canadian credentials in their chosen fields. Several of our Filipino staff have gone on to achieve their Canadian nursing certifications demonstrating a strong work ethic and commitment to excellence.”
“We are appreciative of the vision and progressive approach offered by programs such as the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Project,” says Jorden. “Many immigrants have already accomplished so much in their careers in other countries and are committed to also excel in Canada. These employees demonstrate an outstanding and inspiring work ethic.”
“Having a team that is diverse makes us stronger in so many ways,” added Smith.