Help is here

January 11th, 2009

I have previously written about what I perceive to be the missing link in Canadian immigration. My grandfather’s story illustrates it best. When he arrived in Canada many years ago, my grandfather had nothing but the name of a man in Montreal who once lived in his town. My grandfather was eternally grateful when, after tracking the man down, he was given a small space to fix shoes in the corner of the man’s store. This social support, given through a random act of kindness, enabled my grandfather to begin a new life in Canada. This is the link not common enough in the fast-paced reality of Canada today. The notion has kept coming back to me, that there must be some way to facilitate connections like the one that helped my grandfather to successfully settle in Canada.

The internet began as a source of information. Now it’s a source of empowerment, a life-management tool whereby knowledge and information can be shared within a community. The internet is a perfect venue to share our Canadian immigration, settlement, and life experiences. It is a place to make connections with people in Canada and around the world who share the same dream of building a stronger Canada together.

I am happy to announce here a new initiative that I am very excited about, called LoonLounge is a new online community for Canadian immigration, settlement and life in Canada. The idea behind LoonLounge is to allow people thinking about coming to Canada, people in the process of immigrating to Canada and people living in Canada to connect, share information, learn from each other and support each other. A family moving to Calgary might ask others who have settled there how to find a place to live. A nurse moving to Toronto could connect with other nurses in the city to help begin the adjustment before even setting foot in Canada. It’s about sharing information but also about sharing experience and support.

How does it work? Well, there are a number of ways to interact on LoonLounge including forums, blogs, live chat and personal messaging. You’ll find resources and information related to the immigration and settlement process, as well as expert members who can answer your questions along the way. Members join communities that they identify with based on their home country, occupation and destination in Canada. Community membership enables members to connect and build social and professional relationships that will benefit to them in Canada. Newcomers have the chance to make friends and contact potential employers before they arrive, and Canadians have a chance to meet their future neighbours, and build business contacts with potential clients or employees. But don’t take it from me, take a look yourself.

Immigrants are a crucial part of Canada today and in our future. I believe that can provide the missing link for those newcomers to begin a strong and successful life in Canada, while enabling more established Canadians the opportunity to join in the building of their nation by connecting with newcomers. The LoonLounge community facilitates a progressive step forward in the immigration process that will build a stronger Canada.

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One Response to “Help is here”

  • On August 14th, 2009, stella said ...

    got to hear a lot of negetive reports on this immigration system issue.some positive initiatives is essential.a detailed discussion of our expectations on such initiatives would be a good feedback

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