Community navigator hired for western PEI

Position created to help newcomers


The position has been launched under a pilot project jointly funded by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and the provincial government and it's intended to make sure newcomers to the province have the resources they need to thrive.

New community navigator for western PEI Scott Smith, left, stands with Maxine Rennie, executive director of the Community Business Development Corporation. (West Prince Ventures Ltd.)

Scott Smith has been in the position for three months now. He was born on the Island but spent four years working in the Dominican Republic and said he knows what it's like to be a newcomer.

"Knowing what it can be like on the other side of the coin, to have the language barriers, to not know the local culture and try to learn it and start from scratch, that experience was pretty overwhelming but very positive and wonderful," said Smith.

He said his experience abroad is what made him want to come home to PEI and help other newcomers in turn.


Full article (CBC News)