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My First Public Speaking In Canada: Engage Nova Scotia Share Thanksgiving Media Launch

On the 16th of August, 2017, I received a call from Hailey, one of the staff at Engage Nova Scotia. She told me about the 2017 Share Thanksgiving media launch and how they would like for me to
be one of the speakers at the media launch on September 6th, 2017. To talk about my Share Thanksgiving experience last year, talk about some of the activities my family did with our match family (The Allen family) after the Share Thanksgiving event and overall share our experiences so far since moving to Nova Scotia. She then spoke about how much they love and visit my blog at Engage Nova Scotia. It was very humbling and sweet to hear that.

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…with Hailey

Afterwards, she sent me an email about what we had discussed over the phone along with the invitation to the event.

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I wrote about our experience at the 2016 edition of the Share Thanksgiving event. You can read it here.

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So fast forward to the D-Day which took place at Pier 21; what a sheer privilege and honour, to have shared the same speaking podium with the Chief Engagement Officer of Engage Nova Scotia, Danny Graham, Sobey’s representative and the Minister of Immigration, NS, Lena Diab and other speakers.

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…with Danny Graham, Chief Engagement Officer of Engage Nova Scotia

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…with the Immigration Minister, NS, Lena Diab

Like I had told Hailey when she called me to inform me of the speaking session, I was nervous and told her how shy I am. In truth, I am a very shy person, I hide behind my keyboard and pen to write, to share my expressions and experiences, even though some people find it hard to believe that I am shy because of how vocal and expressive I am on my blog and on social media, but indeed I am shy. So this speaking session was my first in Canada, Perhaps I need to sharpen my speaking skills more 😊 as it felt good to have had people listen to me speak. Thank you all for listening and I got great feedback.

At the media launch, it was announced that Sobeys will be coming on board for the 2017 Share Thanksgiving edition as a partner, which is very commendable.

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At the event, I met my friend, Saad Zora who is a Program Coordinator for the Connector Program at The Halifax Partnership. When we just came to Canada, Saad was my case manager at The Halifax Partnership for the Connector Program, a program that connects newcomers with professionals in their field of study or career.

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…with Saad Zora

Saad was able to connect me with 3 different professionals in the IT industry, who mentored me and shared insights of the industry with me. So Saad and The Halifax Partnership will always remain dear to me. I remember him saying to me at the event ‘Sherifat, you are now famous, I came for an event and all of a sudden I am seeing you speak’, he looked very proud of me. How nice to have heard this from someone who was guiding me about networking in Canada and in addition, he said, you see Sherifat, like I always say, networking is very important. I totally agree with Saad, networking and meeting great people have helped us greatly in Canada. So wherever you are, or whatever you do, never fail to network. Like they say, your network is your net worth.

I would like to extend our thanks and gratitude to Engage Nova Scotia for the rare privilege and honour for the invitation for me and my family to the media launch as guests and as a speaker, been my first speaking session in a public domain in Canada. What a humbling and wonderful opportunity and experience.

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I would love to also thank our match family, the wonderful Allen family, who have moved from been friends to family. We have engaged in different activities together, from visiting each other at home, to sharing meals, to going bowling and swimming together, playing games, having barbecues, dinners, sharing tips on how to better our selves in Canada and e.t.c. We are definitely grateful for the show of love and care towards us. We admire you so much and we hope to keep this beautiful friendship alive.

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Jane and I, left is our first picture together at the 2016 Share Thanksgiving event and right is us at Bowlarama after we went for bowling about a week ago.

It was lovely to meet Mary, (Jane’s aunt) and her husband, Ron at the media launch, wonderful people.

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Lastly, I would love to say a HUGE THANK YOU to Nova Scotia, this great province has been exceptionally good to us. We are thankful and grateful for all our beautiful experiences in this lovely province in the past 13 months. It’s been home away from home. I got quite emotional when I was speaking about our time in Nova Scotia so far at the event, that’s how much love I have for Nova Scotia, and Canada as a whole. Many of our expectations have been surpassed in this beautiful country and we are thankful and grateful.

We pray for more fruitful and blissful experiences by God’s grace.

I will be sharing the video on my Facebook and Instagram pages.

Video credit: My Dearest Husband, my number one supporter. Thank you Sweetie.

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