Newcomer stories

Each Alberta newcomer story is as unique as the person who tells it. Yet they all have one thing in common: people making a new home in a province full of opportunity. What will you experience when you come to Alberta?

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Alamgir Hossain and Family

Alamgir Hossain and Family

Bangladeshi engineer and architect find life they were looking for in Alberta

Alamgir Hossain's desire to travel, to learn about different cultures, and to achieve a better living standard for his family led the Hossains to immigrate to Canada from their home of Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. Read more…


Stanley Manjarres

Stanley Manjarres

Venezuelan engineer builds new life for family in Alberta

Professional job opportunities, high security standards, and a society with solid values are three things Stanley Manjarres and his family enjoy most about living in Alberta. Stanley chose to come to Calgary in August 2007 while his wife, Ghislaine, and their three daughters remained in Venezuela. A year later, when Stanley had secured full-time employment in Calgary and was ready for them to make the move, Ghislaine and two of their daughters joined him. Read more…


Ghani Hemad

Algerian oil and gas professional adjusts well to new life in Alberta

Alberta winters may be cold but the warmth of the people is what Abdeleghani (Ghani) Hemad appreciates most about living in Alberta. Originally from Tizi-ouzou, a city east of Algeria's capital Algiers, Ghani first came to Canada in 2003. He lived in Montreal for 15 months before moving to Calgary, where he heard there were more job opportunities in the oil and gas industry. Read more…


Sameena Arif and Family

Sameena Arif and Family

Single mother from Pakistan creates a new life in Alberta for her family

A safe, friendly environment with an excellent education system for her children that's what Sameena Arif, a teacher from Islamabaad, Pakistan, was looking for when she chose to immigrate to Canada in 2004. Read more…


Raul Carlos Cota Elizondo and Ameli Pereira

Raul Carlos Cota Elizondo and Ameli Pereira

Engineer from Mexico plans future in Alberta

Raul Carlos Cota Elizondo describes his experience immigrating to Calgary, Alberta, Canada from Monterrey, Mexico in one word - excellent. With a background in chemical engineering, Raul chose to come to Alberta because the oil and gas industry is the main industry in the province. Read more…


Brima Mohammed

Accountant from Sudan balances school and work in Alberta

Brima Mohammed is a very busy man. He studies English full time through the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in Edmonton and works part time as a security guard at the University of Alberta. Read more…


Seung Duk Rha and Family

Korean cook finds recipe for success in Calgary

Seung Duk Rha and his wife Mihyang of Seoul, Korea were looking for a fresh start in a new country and they found it in Canada. While searching on the Internet one night, Seung Duk came across a website all about the province of Alberta, and it didn't take long before he was hooked. Read more…