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About Us

Hi, I’m Ian Shepherd. I’m the founder of Right Start Newcomer Services. We are a small business located in Kjipuktuk, Mi’kma’ki (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada).

We use our years of experience in English Language Training and working in the Canadian settlement sector to support new immigrants, temporary workers, and international students.

Altogether, I have been an English instructor, curriculum developer, teacher trainer, and orientation coordinator for over 20 years. I have worked with thousands of newcomers to improve their English and get get the information they need to be successful.

I hope to help you get the Right Start in Canada, too!

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