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Pathways to Permanent Residency in Canada

It has been one year since the government has made major policy changes to the pathway to permanent residency in Canada. How have these changes impacted international students and other applicants seeking to stay? Come and hear Elizabeth Long speak on her last year working with PR applicants and her critical reflection on the efficacy of the Express Entry System in meeting Canada’s demand for skilled immigrants.

FREE event. Details below.

Monday, 25 January 2016 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EST)

Hamilton City Hall – 71 Main St. West Hamilton, ON L8P 4Y5 CA

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“Be the change, you want to see in the world.”

Our exec member, Harin, addressed new citizens in a Canadian Citizenship Ceremony at Mohawk College on October 14, 2015

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HOla – Bonjour – Namaste – Ciao (Chow) – Assalamualaikum – Annyeonghaseyo – Sat sriaakal

Good Afternoon – ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the Mohawk College Canadian Citizenship Ceremony.

Before I begin, I want to talk to you about family.

“Vasudhaiva Kutumbakkam” – is a Sanskrit phrase which is an integral part of my Indian Culture. “vasudhāiva” means our earth indeed is; and “kutumbakam” means a family; meaning – “the world, indeed is one family”. It is a philosophy to foster an understanding that the whole of humanity is one family and everything is interconnected; the whole existence is one unity which my parents and teachers instilled in me at a very young age.

Bringing different cultures, ideas and backgrounds together allows us to develop new friendships, forge new beginnings and to develop a deeper understanding of ourselves and each other.

East Indian by birth and a ‘Can’ Indian by heart, I moved to Canada as an International student to study Health Wellness and Fitness after graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Physiotherapy from India.

My core values of Empathy, Care and Respect helped me evolve as a global citizen through my education and understand my peers better.

Today I look around this theatre or any work place that I visit across Canada, or walk in any Canadian city – I see diversity. Diversity which makes me proud to live in a multicultural nation such as Canada.

Historically, Canada has proven to be a cultural mosaic. A mosaic – where citizens, – or global citizens, if I may say, coexist in a multicultural society, showcasing global citizenship on daily basis, celebrating that UNITY in Diversity. It is a wonderful time to live and work here and I congratulate you for your new beginning and thank you for the contribution that you bring with you, from your diverse backgrounds – be it your skills, your talents, or your customs – your Bravery – which it undoubtedly takes, along with enthusiasm, to embrace life in a new country – but I also want to thank you now for what you WILL contribute as you continue your life’s journey, here in Canada.

As Mother Teresa famously quoted,” It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.” And I do believe, that Love is indeed a universal language which knows no boundaries

In my time here, I was involved in plenty of events, supporting my peers and student services as a student ambassador. I started to volunteer to learn the Canadian culture and to improve my interpersonal skills in various non-profit organizations, be it at the Canadian Red Cross Society helping seniors with “Meals on Wheels” program, or at the YMCA working with the children, as a cofounder of Mohawk Student Debate Club, or as a Human Book Speaker with Historica Canada, I have been an active contributor at Mohawk and the Brant – Hamilton community alike, speaking and sharing (spreading) that universal language of Love.

In addition to working for Mohawk International, assisting our international students successfully integrate into the college, I also head the Community and Outreach subcommittee for Global Hamilton Connect as one of the 8 founding members, enabling international students and young newcomers to be fully aware of and have access to opportunities to live, work, and play in our ‘Ambitious’ city – Hamilton.

So on this auspicious day, let’s be ambitious and pledge to change ourselves from spectators into participants as Mahatma Gandhi famously quoted, “Be the change, you want to see in the world”.

On behalf of my Mohawk family and Global Hamilton Connect, I’d like to extend a warm welcome and congratulate you all on your new beginning.

Thank you.

Harin Dalal
Mohawk College International

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International student profile series

There are many international students that call Hamilton “home.” No matter where they are from, international students bring with them a wealth of experiences and perspectives to the city.
We invite you to share your experiences, interests and work in this series of international student profiles. We hope that you will take this chance to talk about your background, your experiences in Hamilton as well as advice for fellow international students.

Upon submitting your responses, a writer will contact you to follow up. Submissions will be published on Global Hamilton Connect’s website.

If you have any questions, please contact Global Hamilton Connect at

Thank you for your submission. We look forward to sharing your stories.

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GHC Fall Social, October 1

Welcome back GHC members! We hope you had a wonderful summer and are looking forward to starting Global Hamilton Connect’s second year with us as much as we are! As an executive board we are happy to share with you some of our upcoming events and opportunities to be involved in the city. We welcome all new members and look forward to seeing the rest of you.

Exactly one year ago we launched Global Hamilton Connect with a Fall Social event. Come join our one year celebration and tell us what you would like GHC to offer you this year. Meet other students and young professionals in the city, play some games, and hear Leo Johnson from Empowerment Squared speak about his experience coming to Canada as a young man and the amazing work he has been doing to help others locally and internationally.

Leo is the founder/executive director of Empowerment Squared. He moved to Canada in 2006 after spending eight years as a refugee. With a vision to help youth in Canada and Liberia become champions in their communities, he started Empowerment Squared. Leo’s work has been recognized worldwide for its innovation and impact and has received several prestigious awards for his efforts in the community.

This year we are excited to have our social at Serve Ping Pong where they provide a fun, social, and interactive experiences that are centred around the game of ping pong and delicious food and drinks. Snacks provided. Purchase your own drinks.

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GHC Fall Social, October 1, 2015
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Serve Ping Pong, 115 King Street East (2nd floor)

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Volunteer opportunity: Outreach

Connect with students, share resources and opportunities available via Global Hamilton Connect

Every year we reach out to new and returning students at educational institutions in Hamilton to let them know about Global Hamilton Connect and invite them to attend our events. This year, we are excited to be part of both Mohawk College and McMaster University’s welcome week orientations and events.

But we can’t do it alone – we need your help! We need GHC members and volunteers who can speak to new and returning students about Global Hamilton Connect and invite them to join our young professional group:

Sept. 2: McMaster University Graduate Student Fair    10 a.m. – 12 noon
Sept. 4: McMaster University    2 p.m. -5 p.m.
Sept. 8: Mohawk College Student Orientation    9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sept. 9: McMaster ClubsFest    9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sept. 19: Mohawk College International Student Orientation    11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Oct. 6: Mohawk College International Welcome Dinner    4 – 7 p.m.

* You do not have to volunteer for the entire event. We appreciate you helping out few hours here and there!

You will not be alone! We send our volunteers in pairs. And we will prepare you to speak about what GHC does, events we host and workshops we organize. You can sign up for a couple of hours on a given day if you can not commit to the whole time.

Contact Harin Dalal at to book your volunteer spot. Please specify which day you are available to help and the hours you are able to be there. Remember: You don’t need to be a student at the university or college to volunteer at the GHC booth there!

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Call for volunteers: Global Hamilton Connect executive and subcommittees

As we venture into our second year, we’re excited to expand our team and bring on new volunteers. Our vision is to enable international students and young newcomers to be fully aware of and have access to opportunities in order to live, work, and play in Hamilton. We invite applications for the following executive board and subcommittee positions.

When applying to be one or more of the subcommittees or for the executive board member positions, please tell us:

  • Why you are interested in joining the subcommittee(s)/ Global Hamilton Connect’s Executive Board
  • What you hope to gain out of this experience
  • What you hope to contribute

All subcommittee members are required to participate in meetings where necessary. There is a one-year term for each member.

Application deadline: August 9, 2015. Extended to October 4, 2015. Submit to 


Global Hamilton Connect Executive Members (2 positions)

Global Hamilton Connect (GHC) aims to enable international students and young newcomers to be fully aware of and have access to opportunities in order to live, work, and play in Hamilton. The Board is responsible for managing the affairs of Global Hamilton Connect. It plans events and workshops, fosters connections, and takes action to further Global Hamilton Connect’s objectives to connect international students and young newcomers to the city.  Executive members are to reflect the vision and mandate of Global Hamilton Connect, actively work towards collective goals, and add value to the group.

We are looking for members who have experience working with or have a strong interest to work with international students and young newcomers in Hamilton. The Board meets once a month from 6:30- 8:30 PM.

Board members are expected to:

  • Commit to a two-year term
  • Participate in all GHC events and workshops throughout their term.
  • Attend monthly executive board meetings
  • Assist with the plans of the three subcommittees (Outreach, Public Relations and Events)

The Executive Board will select the candidates with the appropriate skills, attitudes and experiences that work towards GHC’s mandate, while ensuring major sectors of the community are represented and gender and diversity balance are reflected.

Events subcommittee (2-3 positions)

Working as a team, members are to plan and coordinate details of al GHC events such as seminars, workshops, networking session, socials, etc.

  • Deciding and adhering to budget
  • Booking venue(s), audio-visual (AV) and other supplies/equipment
  • Coordinating food, catering and volunteers
  • Scheduling speakers and vendors
  • Manage event logistics (e.g. set up, registration, pre- and post-event evaluations)
  • Coordinate and monitor event timelines and ensure deadlines are met.
  • Work with PR Subcommittee to initiate, coordinate and/or participate in all efforts to publicize event

Experience and interest in event planning is an asset

Community and outreach subcommittee (2-3 positions)

Working as a team, members are to seek out and participate in community events (e.g. orientation week, workshops, fairs, networking sessions, etc.) to raise public awareness of GHC.

  • Convey the purposes GHC to community members and stakeholders and the positive impact and value of young professionals and international students in the community.
  • Prepare written reports and maintains records of outreach contacts and activities.
  • Maintain a good working relationship with all members of the community.

Assets: strong interpersonal and communication skills, an understanding of GHC’s vision and mission and the ability to communicate GHC’s mandate to the public

Public relations subcommittee (2-3 positions)

The public ‘voice’ of GHC. Working as a team, members promote GHC events and initiatives to the wider community, highlight positive newcomer stories and immigrant trends. Members can take on one or more of the following:

  • Manage GHC’s social media (Facebook and Twitter) by creating and seeking out relevant content
  • Maintain consistency and frequency of social media posts
  • Coordinate and produce content for GHC’s monthly e-newsletter via Mail Chimp
  • Write 1-2 blog posts per month highlighting GHC events and/or showcasing positive stories of international students and young newcomers
  • Work with the Events and Community and outreach subcommittees to publicize all events that GHC is a part of

Assets: Familiarity and understanding of social media, frequent and regular access to computer and internet during the day, interest in writing and seeking out new story ideas.

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Global Hamilton Connect Survey

We Want To Hear From You!

We would like to get your feedback on how we did in our first year as a young professional group. Please complete the following survey. Your input will help us improve in various areas as well as help us plan our events in the future. This survey is approximately 5 minutes in length.

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Past Newsletters

Below are links to all of Global Hamilton Connect’s past newsletters. Subscribe to the GHC newsletter to stay notified of new ones!

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GHC Cooking Class at NGen Youth Centre

Come and join us!

Global Hamilton Connect is teaming up with the New Generation Youth Centre to host a cooking class. We are making Chinese dumplings, a variety of sorts, so bring your appetite this Wednesday April 29th. Class begins a 4:30PM and dinner will be served at 6:00PM.

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Perfect Your Pitch: Workshop & Networking Session

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to network with professionals from:
McMaster University, Mohawk College, Chamber of Commerce, City of Hamilton, The Generator, Dofasco, YWCA Hamilton, Immigrant Women’s Center, RuffaloCODY, Sherwin-Williams, Tandia, Atec Marketing Ltd, Ontario Dental Education Institute, Change Management Consultants and Hamilton HIVE

You will learn to create a compelling elevator pitch to land your next job! Tammy Hwang, Senior Manager, Entrepreneur Experience at the Innovation Factory and Business Development Officer at Global Hamilton will be leading an interactive workshop highlighting the important tips and tools.

First Part: Perfect Your Pitch presentation by Tammy Hwang
Second Part: Practice networking session with employers and professionals

March 2nd 2015 7:00- 9:00 pm
McMaster Innovation Park
175 Longwood Road South, Hamilton, ON L8P 0A1
Cost: FREE
Parking available on site & accessible by bus.