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Ruifeng (Elva) Zhou

 

Occupation:

MBA Graduate
Cape Breton University

Originally from:

China

Now living in:

Glace Bay, C.B.

 

“I think that I can have more development space to start my own business or social enterprise here”

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Ope Ojo

 

Occupation:

BBA Student
Cape Breton University

Originally from:

Nigeria

Now living in:

Sydney, C.B.

 

“I would say by far the nicest group of people I’ve met are from this Island, for sure.”

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Elena Konorezova

 

Occupation:

First Year Engineering Student
Cape Breton University

Originally from:

Ukraine

Now living in:

Sydney, C.B.

 

“It’s easy to make friends here; people are friendly.”

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Louisa and Louis Esangbedo

 

Occupation:

Siblings and Students at
Cape Breton University

Originally from:

Nigeria

Now living in:

Sydney, C.B.

 

“It’s good to feel like you’re home, even if you know you’re not; it’s good to feel like you belong in a place that is strange to you. It’s really impressive.” -Louisa

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Ian Wang and Fei Fei Yang

 

Occupation:

Owners of Neoclassic Food
& Students at Cape Breton University

Originally from:

China

Now living in:

Glace Bay, C.B.

 

“There are many great opportunities here that have not been dug out yet. It’s good for people who want to come and do business and get involved in those areas that are still buried.”

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Roman Buchhofer

 

Occupation:

Photographer, Acupuncturist
and Massage Therapist

Originally from:

Germany

Now living in:

Cheticamp, C.B.

 

“When I told my friends in Germany that I bought a house at 24 they couldn’t really believe that. I think that something like that is a really huge draw for people to come here.”

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Ann Schroeder

 

Occupation:

Fine Art Quilter

Originally from:

the United States

Now living in:

Mabou, C.B.

 

“Life in a small town is very appealing in a lot of ways. It has its drawback of course, everyone knows your business, but that’s an advantage as well; people care about their neighbours.”

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Lisa Nishi

 

Occupation:

Fashion Designer and Oyster Farmer

Originally from:

New York, USA

Now living in:

Mabou, C.B.

 

“My experiences here were just absolutely remarkable; you are just in such direct contact with the land. As an artist, it’s like water for a thirsty man.”

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Damian and Craig Phillips

 

Occupation:

Owner of Groundswell Hotel

Originally from:

England

Now living in:

D’Escousse, C.B.

 

“The bottom line is you can achieve a good work-life balance here, which is what it is all about for me”

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Iris Kedmi

 

Occupation:

Founder of Bee Happy Farm,
Marketing Coordinator, Cape Breton Connect

Originally from:

Israel

Now living in:

Baddeck, C.B.

 

“There is a lot of opportunity on this Island. It’s not competition, its working together as partners and assisting one and other in a rural area.”

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Bev Brett

 

Occupation:

Playwright, Artistic Director
Saint Anne’s Bay Players

Originally from:

the United Stated

Now living in:

North River, C.B.

 

“I always felt right at home here. I had neighbours and my best friends were born here; I didn’t feel a big divide.”

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Ton Megens

 

Occupation:

Owner of Dancing Moose Café

Originally from:

Holland

Now living in:

Ingonish, C.B

 

“You can always work if you want to, that’s what we found out in the time we were here, but you have to want it.”

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Leandro D’Addario

 

Occupation:

Founder of D’Addario’s Pizza

Originally from:

Italy

Now living in:

Sydney, C.B.

 

“It was a pleasure to start a pizza shop in Cape Breton, and have it be a success.”

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Damien Barry

 

Occupation:

Immigration Lawyer
Sampson and McDougall

Originally from:

Ireland

Now living in:

Sydney, C.B.

 

“I think it’s the kind of place where people are quite welcoming and helpful; thankfully the transition was made a lot easier because of that.”

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Charlie Chen

 

Occupation:

Sous Chef
Castle Rock Country Inn

Originally from:

China

Now living in:

Glace Bay, C.B.

 

“When I took the job at Castle Rock everything changed, everything. I met a lot of good people and good chefs who taught me how to be better, how to be perfect.”

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Nate Song

 

Occupation:

Volunteer Coordinator, ICEAP

Originally from:

China

Now living in:

Glace Bay, C.B.

 

“The friendliness and the hospitality of the people, and the chance to be part of communities where people know me well, that’s why I want to stay here.”

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Jack Yang

 

Occupation:

Event Planner, ICEAP

Originally from:

China

Now living in:

Glace Bay, C.B.

 

“To be honest, I can’t wait to become a real Cape Bretoner.”

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Maire Neville

 

Occupation:

Conference Services Support
Cape Breton University

Originally from:

Ireland

Now living in:

Dominion, C.B.

 

“I think Cape Breton is very open to new ideas. if you bring in an idea to someone who has the power to help you it will most likely happen because you are a group of people, I feel that say yes to everything.”

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Sean Howard

 

Occupation:

Poet and Adjunct Professor,
Cape Breton University

Originally from:

the United Kingdom

Now living in:

Main-a-Dieu, C.B.

 

“It was awesome to be here. I actually had a writer’s block for 3 years because it was too overwhelming, I didn’t see how I could respond to it.”

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Ava and Tom Kummar

 

Occupation:

Owners of Riverbank Restaurant and Cottages

Originally from:

Switzerland

Now living in:

Grand Mira South, C.B

 

“In season we have all of the guests coming in and out; you meet all kinds of people from all over the world. For us, it’s just paradise.”

Ann Schroeder

Occupation

Quilter

Originally from

United States

Now living in

Mabou, C.B.

Life in a small town is very appealing in a lot of ways. It has its drawback of course, everyone knows your business, but that’s an advantage as well; people care about their neighbours.