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EDITORIAL: Make them feel at home

Alberton Health Centre nurse practitioner, Maryna Kudryacheva completes a requisition form for a patient. Kudryacheva says the rural practice she has in Alberton is just what she was looking for. She plans to attend the Here to Stay community engagement day which will be held at Mill River Resort on March 5.
Alberton Health Centre nurse practitioner, Maryna Kudryacheva completes a requisition form for a patient. Kudryacheva says the rural practice she has in Alberton is just what she was looking for. She plans to attend the Here to Stay community engagement day which will be held at Mill River Resort on March 5. - Eric McCarthy

Not all immigrants who move to P.E.I. and West Prince will stay.

That was one reality business and economic development consultant David Campbell shared as he delivered the keynote address to a Here to Stay community engagement event at Mill River recently.

The stakeholders in attendance were focused primarily on finding ways to boost the retention rate of newcomers in general and medical professionals in particular.

That some would move on was of no surprise, especially considering other statistics Campbell presented, which revealed that in 2016, 17 per cent of Canadians and 19 per cent of Islanders, had lived in a different community just five years previous.

In an age where medical professionals are in short supply, any time a new professional moves to a community it is cause for joy. When they leave, it’s a loss.

A common resolve of many of those attending the community engagement event was to do such a fine job of helping newcomers integrate into their community that they will choose to stay.

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