Emerging social networking site facilitates Canadian immigration and settlement

    LoonLounge's rapid member increase unveils burgeoning social movement

    MONTREAL, Jan. 13 /CNW/ - Although <a href="http://www.loonlounge.com/">LoonLounge</a> is only now being
officially launched, the Canadian immigration online community has already
made an impact. Nearly 15,000 members from 191 countries have registered,
indicative of a social movement over the net. And it is not just immigrants
benefiting from this social networking tool, established Canadians and
recently-landed immigrants also find the site beneficial.
    LoonLounge facilitates the creation of social and professional
connections through community membership. The concept behind LoonLounge is
based on the knowledge that communities create an informal social assistance
system. This form of assistance helps newcomers in the settlement process,
affording them the opportunity to more rapidly contribute to Canada both
economically and socially. That contribution will produce a healthier economy
and well-integrated society that is advantageous to all Canadians. Individuals
in the process of immigrating and new Canadians can forge relationships with
members who will ease their transition into Canadian society, while more
established Canadians have the opportunity to acquire new clients, employees
and friends.
    The LoonLounge communities provide space where one can connect with
Canadians, ask questions and receive guidance. Based on personal attributes
that members identify with, including member's home country, Canadian
destinations, and occupation, the communities are designed to provide a
starting point for social and professional networking. The nation has
responded with their involvement, recognizing the opportunity to reach out to
new Canadians and establish a stronger, more integrated Canada.
    "Governmental initiatives just can't provide the kind of support that
LoonLounge offers to new Canadians," says David Cohen, an immigration lawyer
and the founder of LoonLounge. "People need a support system. They need a
community to get them started in a new life, and they need it before and after
they get here."
    Cohen cites the example of Julie, a Director of Human Resources at a city
hospital. For over a year, Julie had been looking to recruit nurses with no
luck due to the North American nursing shortage. Using the LoonLounge member
base, Julie connected with Maria, a certified nurse from the Philippines who
was thinking of immigrating to Canada. Through LoonLounge, Maria sent Julie
her resume and credentials. Julie in turn obtained a work permit and
immigration documents for Maria and her family through the work permit
program, enabling them to arrive into Canada in just three months - a fraction
of the expected waiting time for a skilled worker applicant. Maria and her
family are now thrilled to be in Canada and Julie has successfully filled her
vacant position. Meanwhile, since hiring more nurses, the hospital has been
able to provide better service to the community. Thus, Julie and Maria are
building a stronger Canada together, as the LoonLounge motto states.
    Immigration is the future of Canada. LoonLounge is your invitation to
become involved. Watch a brief animated clip at
http://www.loonlounge.com/loonie-video/ and join the LoonLounge online
community today.

    About LoonLounge

    Established only a few months ago, LoonLounge is a rapidly expanding
online community and social networking site where established and prospective
Canadians can meet and connect for the purpose of building a stronger Canada.
The site offers Canadians a means of finding employees, new clients or new
friends. For new Canadians, the site eases the process of Canadian immigration
and settlement in Canada through the creation of personal and professional
networks prior to and following their arrival in Canada. With almost 15,000
members, the LoonLounge network is at the heart of a burgeoning social

For further information:

For further information: Natalie Hunter, Marketing and Communications,
(514) 940-4606, media@loonlounge.com, http://www.loonlounge.com

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