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PEI ANC Expands into Summerside

Excerpt from CBC News Report

Posted: Wednesday 13th July 2011 09:31

CBC News -- July 8, 2011

PEI ANC Executive Director, Craig Mackie would like to see the new office in Summerside open full-time and serving all of western PEI. [CBC photo]

PEI's immigration boom has prompted the PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada (PEI ANC) to open a part-time office in Summerside.

For the last two years growth in settlement services has been focused on Charlottetown. PEI ANC didn't realize how much need there was in Summerside until they ran a small pilot program to help ease immigrant health professionals into life in the city. That program reached out to ten families, but then more immigrants from other professions started looking for help too.

"Other newcomers in the community, who were not necessarily health professionals, heard about it -- just word of mouth spread. So we began to get an increased demand for services," said Mackie.

There are now 70 newcomers registered in Summerside. Mackie is working on ways to meet their needs.

"If we can get additional funding then what we'll do is make it a full-time position," he said. "We're a provincial association, so it's important that we reach out to other parts of the province wherever newcomers, immigrants, and refugees happen to settle."

With the Island population growing older, Mackie said it's important to encourage newcomers to put down permanent roots.

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The new settlement officer for the PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada can be reached at Summerside City Hall.

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