Gonzalo Peralta, Executive Director of Languages Canada, travelled to Nova Scotia on April 10 and 11 to conduct meetings with Ministry and Chamber of Commerce officials. He was joined by members Sheila Nunn from ECLC, Srini Pillay from ALCC and David Packer, board member and co-chair of the LC Advocacy committee, from Dalhousie University ESL to meet with the Honourable Minister of Immigration, Justice and Attorney General, Lena Diab. The meeting focused on updating the minister on Languages Canada’s advocacy efforts and presenting the association’s new membership criteria and how those new criteria provide even better protection for students.
Next stop on the agenda was Manitoba. On April 11, Gonzalo, along with Gary Gervais, board member, co-chair of the LC Advocacy committee, and owner of Heartland International English School, met with the President and CEO of the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce, Chuck Davidson. Lastly, they met with Ben Rempel, Assistant Deputy Minister of the Immigration and Economic Opportunities Division at Manitoba Education and Training.
Overall, both trips were fruitful and productive. At the end of each trip, Gonzalo met informally with members to share updates and to discuss the sector.
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