Community navigator hired for western PEI
Position created to help newcomers
The position has been launched under a pilot project jointly funded by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and the provincial government and it's intended to make sure newcomers to the province have the resources they need to thrive.
Scott Smith has been in the position for three months now. He was born on the Island but spent four years working in the Dominican Republic and said he knows what it's like to be a newcomer.
"Knowing what it can be like on the other side of the coin, to have the language barriers, to not know the local culture and try to learn it and start from scratch, that experience was pretty overwhelming but very positive and wonderful," said Smith.
He said his experience abroad is what made him want to come home to PEI and help other newcomers in turn.