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2019 CIWA United Way Campaign was a great success this year. CIWA hosted several events
from September 23rd to October 31st. The events included yoga, denim days, parking raffle,
bingo, samosa sale, henna, bake sale, build your ice-cream sundae, accessory sale, taste of
CIWA and climb Mount Everest among others. Thanks to the contributions and efforts of CIWA
staff, clients, volunteers, past and present Board of Directors and their contacts, Ollia
Macarons, Wholesale Club, Costco, Boston Pizza, and Light Cellar. CIWA raised over $30,000
in support of the United Way.
On October 18th, CIWA hosted its 2019 Annual Alumni Networking Event. Over 30 CIWA
alumni had the opportunity to share their immigration stories and career journeys. We are very
proud of their accomplishments.
November is Family Violence Prevention Month in Alberta. Family Violence Prevention Month
started in 1986 as a local initiative in the town of Hinton where four remarkable Albertans,
Katherine Kennedy, Sonja Bennett, Faye Wheeler and Glenda Carter, formed The Hinton
Society for the Prevention of Family Violence and launched Alberta’s very first family violence
education and prevention campaign. Throughout the month of November CIWA will host
several #GoPurpleAB events! It takes all of us working together to promote healthy
relationships and safe communities in our province.
This year’s theme, #WhereToTurn, encourages you to learn what resources are available in
your community to support those affected by family violence. #GoPurpleAB in November!
November 3rd to 9th is National Francophone Immigration week! French is spoken by 10
million Canadians nation-wide and over 275 million people speak French around the world!
Visit https://www.rifalberta.com/ to learn more about Francophone immigration in Alberta and in
Canada and to learn more about events in your community.
Remembrance Day is the day we remember the fallen men and women that fought for our
country so we can be free. Jane Larush, a CIWA LINC Teacher, appreciates the importance of
this holiday and wants CIWA staff, clients, and volunteers to understand the history and
significance of Remembrance Day. As a result, she created a free educational resource which
contains information about the history, events taking place around Calgary, the meaning of a
Poppy, and much more. The free resource and Poppy pins can be found at each reception
desk at CIWA.
To commemorate Remembrance Day, please wear a Poppy on your left side above your heart
from the last Friday of October until November 11th. A Poppy is always free, but you may
donate any amount you wish!
November 17th to 23rd is Education Savings Week (ESW)! When it comes time for children to
head out to college or to university, the financial aspect can be a burden and a source of stress
for both students and parents. Alleviating this pressure by helping parents, especially those
with modest incomes, plan for their child’s future is a key objective of Education Savings Week
Join CIWA’s RESP Sign-up Event on November 22nd at 1000 Voices at the Genesis Centre of
Community Wellness to learn more about planning for your child's future.
For more information, please contact
Telephone: 403-263-4414 ext. 240
Language Venture at CIWA offers certified interpretation and professional translation services
to the community and businesses. We have 199 CIWA graduates, of which 187 are CILISAT
certificate holders, who are available as freelancers to provide interpretation and translation
services in 61 languages.
Telephone: 403-263-4414 ext.197
Financial Engagement for Immigrant Youth is a one year project funded by First Calgary
Financial. The goal of the project is to enhance the financial literacy of immigrant girls. The
project is a collaboration between CIWA’s Youth Program and Financial Empowerment for
Immigrant Women program.
Do you know an immigrant mother who is interested in supporting the early learning of her
child? Do they have a child between 19-36 months? The Innovative Approach to Supporting
Early Learning of Immigrant Children Project at CIWA provides low income mothers and
children with skills and knowledge to support early learning in different areas of development in
English and first language. These areas include cognitive, social/emotional, physical/gross and
fine motor skills by using the learning tools through play and other approaches.
Telephone: 403-263-4414 ext. 301
Volunteers please join us on Wednesday, November 20th at 11:00 am - 1:00 pm for a great
afternoon in your honor. Let’s celebrate together another year of incredible accomplishments.
Light refreshments will be served. Wear your favorite pair of glasses!
RSVP by November 15th
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