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Inspiration, information, helpful tools, tips and resources – find all this and more in our new eight-episode Canadian Immigrant podcast series First Generation. You’ll hear from a wide range of immigrants – successful entrepreneurs, refugees, young Canadians, artists, Canadian Immigrant Top 25 winners and everyone in between as they share the story of their unique journeys. Find more at www.canadianimmigrant.ca.

First Generation Canadian Immigrant

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.1 • 15 Ratings

Inspiration, information, helpful tools, tips and resources – find all this and more in our new eight-episode Canadian Immigrant podcast series First Generation. You’ll hear from a wide range of immigrants – successful entrepreneurs, refugees, young Canadians, artists, Canadian Immigrant Top 25 winners and everyone in between as they share the story of their unique journeys. Find more at www.canadianimmigrant.ca.

    Managing your finances as a newcomer: Advice from personal finance expert Enoch Omololu (Bonus Episode)

    Managing your finances as a newcomer: Advice from personal finance expert Enoch Omololu (Bonus Episode)

    The financial system in Canada is obviously very different from your home countries. What are concrete steps you can take to understand this new financial landscape? 
    Where do you set up your first bank account? Is it easy to get your first credit card? Where do you start building your credit history and how do keep track of your credit score? That seems crucial, right? How can you make the money you bring with you last? Or wait: Should you invest in property at this time or is renting a better option? Or, perhaps, if you’re just heading here, how can you prepare yourself financially for this transition?  
    In this conversation with Canadian Immigrant editor Ramya Ramanathan, personal finance expert and founder of savvynewcanadians.com Enoch Omololu shares his personal experiences as an immigrant and offers valuable advice and tips to newcomers. 
    Information, resources, helpful tips and inspiration – find all this and more at Canadianimmigrant.ca/podcast.
    *This is a bonus episode of the First Generation podcast 

    • 31 min
    Meet Tareq Hadhad: Founder of Peace by Chocolate, public speaker and community leader

    Meet Tareq Hadhad: Founder of Peace by Chocolate, public speaker and community leader

    Episode 8 of First Generation, the Canadian Immigrant podcast series features Tareq Hadhad's journey from arriving in Canada along with thousands of other refugees to becoming a successful entrepreneur and leader. 
    In this inspiring conversation, Tareq speaks about going from asking: "What's Halifax?" to making the small town of Antigonish in Nova Scotia home and launching Peace by Chocolate there with the support of the community to finding ways to give back.  He shares various aspects of his journey as an immigrant, what his six years in Canada has looked like and how the country has shaped him. Hear Tareq's advice on building a life in Canada, making connections and the importance of sharing your story. 
    Host Farah Mohamed also discusses helpful resources for those on the immigrant journey with Canadian Immigrant editor Ramya Ramanathan.   
    Inspiration, information, helpful tools, tips and resources – find all this and more at canadianimmigrant.ca/podcast2021

    • 37 min
    Colombian-born Paola Gomez uses the arts to inspire and heal

    Colombian-born Paola Gomez uses the arts to inspire and heal

    Episode 7 of First Generation, the Canadian Immigrant podcast series features Paola Gomez – community organizer, human rights activist and writer.  In this raw but uplifting conversation, Paola shares her journey from Colombia to the US and then to Canada as a refugee. She talks about various aspects of making Canada home – finding the tools to support herself and her child, harnessing her passions to make a good life and going on to create spaces for artists like herself to have a sense of community and belonging. Paola gives some excellent advice and provides inspiration for those who are looking to grow and invest in themselves, no matter what that looks like.  
    Host Farah Mohamed also discusses helpful resources for those on the immigrant journey with Canadian Immigrant editor Ramya Ramanathan.  
    Inspiration, information, helpful tools, tips and resources – find all this and more at canadianimmigrant.ca/podcast2021.

    • 31 min
    Ginella Massa, unfiltered: Afro-Latina Muslim TV host speaks her truth

    Ginella Massa, unfiltered: Afro-Latina Muslim TV host speaks her truth

    Episode 6 of First Generation, the Canadian Immigrant podcast series, features Ginella Massa - journalist, news anchor and Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award winner.
    What did it take for Ginella to get past the initial barriers and find her place? How does she deal with her multiple identities? What's in the newsrooms today? Ginella Massa shares her experiences, learnings and some excellent advice for immigrant professionals, including those in the media, looking to pursue their dreams. Get ready to be inspired! Host Farah Mohamed also discusses helpful resources for those on the immigrant journey with Canadian Immigrant editor Ramya Ramanathan.
    Inspiration, information, helpful tools, tips and resources – find all this and more at canadianimmigrant.ca/podcast2021.

    • 30 min
    Ahmed Hussen's remarkable journey from Somali refugee to Member of Parliament

    Ahmed Hussen's remarkable journey from Somali refugee to Member of Parliament

    Episode 5 of First Generation, the Canadian Immigrant podcast series, features Ahmed Hussen, Somali refugee, lawyer and Member of Parliament. Minister Hussen shares his inspirational journey - from a teenager trying to figure out how laundry machines work to advocating for community services for residents of Toronto's Regent Park to entering public service to help make a difference in the lives of others like himself. He shares his experiences, learnings and advice for immigrants looking to make Canada home and ways that they can pay it forward to help others like themselves find their feet. Get ready to be inspired! 
    Host Farah Mohamed also discusses helpful resources for those on the immigrant journey with Canadian Immigrant editor Ramya Ramanathan. 
    Inspiration, information, helpful tools, tips and resources – find all this and more at canadianimmigrant.ca/podcast2021. 

    • 34 min
    The question of identity with South Asian-Canadian Alex Sangha

    The question of identity with South Asian-Canadian Alex Sangha

    Episode 4 of the Canadian Immigrant podcast First Generation features LGBTQ+ activist, documentary filmmaker and social worker of South Asian heritage Alex Sangha.  
    In this episode, we unpack Alex’s journey from changing his Punjabi birth name to fit into Canada to facing the challenges in finding his identity as a gay South Asian man to setting up Sher Vancouver to help others like himself. Alex shares his experiences, learnings and inspiration for those looking for courage to make those non-traditional life choices. Host Farah Mohamed also discusses helpful resources for those on the immigrant journey with Canadian Immigrant editor Ramya Ramanathan. 
    Inspiration, information, helpful tools, tips and resources – find all this and more at canadianimmigrant.ca/podcast2021.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

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15 Ratings

15 Ratings

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Informative!

Really informative! Looking forward to continuing to hear these great stories.

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