An employee of the Cape Breton Partnership has been honoured as one of the most inspiring immigrants in the Maritimes.
Omar Tag El-Din is one of 16 recipients of the 2020 Most Inspiring Immigrants in the Maritimes award, given as an acknowledgment that celebrates Canadian immigrants from across the region. Tag El-Din is the only recipient from Cape Breton and says he is pleased to receive the honour.
“I am humbled to be recognized with this amazing group of people, and also grateful every day for the opportunity to live and work in Cape Breton, contributing to its growth, despite the Arctic weather.”
Tag El-Din arrived in Canada in 2012 to finish his Bachelor of Administration degree after completing two years of his Cape Breton University degree at the Canadian International College in his home country of Egypt. He had originally planned to get his degree and then move on to a larger Canadian city but has since decided to remain in Cape Breton.
“I came to Cape Breton Island after the first revolution and the violence that came after in my home country of Egypt,” says Tag El-Din. “I fell in love with the Island immediately and knew that I had a tremendous opportunity to help other immigrants call Cape Breton home through my work with the Cape Breton Partnership.”
He became a Canadian citizen in 2016 and is now in the newly created position with the Cape Breton Partnership as its labour market development and immigration officer. In his new job he will focus on fostering inclusive labour market participation, aligning skills with labour market needs, creating efficient labour markets and attracting and keeping talent in Cape Breton.
“On behalf of the staff and Board of the Cape Breton Partnership, we are extremely proud of Omar and all he has accomplished,” says Carla Arsenault, president and CEO, Cape Breton Partnership. “I have had the privilege of working with Omar for nearly three years and have seen firsthand the positive impact his immigration-related work has had on our economy and Island. This recognition is well-deserved.”
The Most Inspiring Immigrants in the Maritimes nominees are assessed on key criteria; leadership, achievement, impact in their community, growth and development, vision, community involvement and contribution and social responsibility. They must also be living or working in any of the Maritime provinces consistently for the last five years. The honorees are then chosen by a judging panel/advisory board comprising of members from N.B., P.E.I. and N.S.