Former Halifax councillor Jennifer Watts is taking over as the CEO of Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS).
Watts, who is currently the director of settlement and integration with the organization, was chosen by the association’s board of directors after an “extensive process,” according to a news release.
Watts served as councillor for two terms in north end Halifax and opted not to run in the 2016 municipal elections.
She is trained as an urban and rural planner and has a background in community development. She has also lived overseas in Central America and the Middle East, and has been involved with supporting refugees through private sponsorships and university refugee programs.
“I am very honoured and excited to take on this new role at ISANS. I work with an incredible staff team. I look forward to building on ISANS’ strengths as we work with newcomers and partners in creating a more welcoming and inclusive province,” she said in the release.
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Watts takes over the role from Gerry Mills, who is set to retire at the end of March after almost 30 years with the organization.
ISANS helps new Canadians settle in the country by offering various programs and opportunities.