Nominee program boost for province
By Bill Redekop
Brandon Sun, March 12, 2006
WINNIPEG — Why is immigration important? Winnipeg needs people.
First launched as a trial project in Winkler in 1996, the provincial nominee program remains very much a made-in-Manitoba initiative.
The pilot project began in Winkler under the direction of Adele Dyck, matching immigrants with that city’s manufacturing jobs, and the idea blossomed into the nominee program by 1999.
By the end of this year, Dyck’s company, Star Seven International, will have helped nearly 10,000 people immigrate to Manitoba.
“We are not slowing down,” said Dyck, who uses other immigration programs in addition to the nominee program to bring people over.
For Dyck, an immigrant herself from Paraguay, it has been enormously gratifying to watch the immigrants become Canadians, and their children grow up and go to college and get married.
She gets a number of invitations to their weddings.
“I can’t go to all of them,” she said.