Calgary Immigrant Women's Association's Bi-monthly Newsletter
Adopt a Family
This holiday season over 250 immigrant children and 43 low-income immigrant families received toys, hampers filled with household items, groceries, gifts, clothing and much more through CIWA’s Adopt a Family. This initiative focuses on supporting the settlement and integration of immigrant women and their families and provides an opportunity for the Calgary community to showcase the spirit of giving. This type of positive impact in the community can only be achieved through the generous donations of local businesses and individuals. The 2019 Adopt a Family initiative was supported by ALSA, Angela and David Loo, Axis Developments Inc., Brightpath Kids, Calvin Pang, Certus Developments Inc., Citizen Dental Hygiene, Direct Energy, Goodwin Hanson LLP, Hedkandi Salon, Jennifer Craig, Katie Aye, Kodiak Hvac Services Ltd,Marlborough Mall Optometry Centre, Melissa Janelle, MNP LLP, Monique Cote, Patrick Teoh, Pro Property Services Inc., Redbloom Salon, Ringette Canada, Ryan Russell, Scotiabank, Soul Studios, Strides Running Store, Suncor Energy Inc., Tigerstedt Flea Market, as well as CIWA Board of Directors and private donors.
Grand & Toy Donation
CIWA was a proud recipient of Grand & Toy Calgary Pause and Affect Year-End Event. The Pause and Affect committee collaborated with SC Johnson and Hospeco to help support women’s health by collecting and donating feminine hygiene and menstrual products to Calgary Women's Emergency Shelter and CIWA. Through this initiative, over 700 packages will be distributed to women in need.
YSS Corp. Donation
YSS Corp. donated winter clothes, books, toys, crayons, stuffed animals and a gift card to CIWA. Their generous donation will be distributed to children in our SMILES childcare.
Purses of Hope Donation
Purses of Hope donated 31 purses to CIWA filled with mittens, nail clippers, scarfs, sewing kits, soap, socks and much more. Purses of Hope collects new or gently used purses and fills them with a few life essentials and lots of “HOPE” to distribute them through agencies that serve women.
Volunteer Appreciation Party
On November 20th, CIWA hosted a volunteer appreciation party in celebration of International Volunteer Day; over 80 volunteers were in attendance. CIWA celebrated and thanked our volunteers for their dedication and hard work. Volunteers contribute over 25,000 hours annually to support CIWA programs. We are truly grateful for our volunteers!
CIWA Holiday Party
On December 20th, CIWA’s Holiday Party took place at the Regency Palace. Over 150 staff came together to celebrate the achievements of 2019 as well as enjoy a talent show put on by staff. The event was filled with fun and laughter.
Join us on February 13th at the Calgary Marlborough Community Association (636 Marlborough Way NE) between 10 am to 2 pm to celebrate CIWA’s eighth annual Youth Forum. The event is held in collaboration with The Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth. The theme of this year’s event is “Confident Daughters, Dynamic Leaders.” Youth Forum provides a platform for Youth Mentorship Program participants to promote diversity and cross-cultural understanding and share their perspective on multiculturalism, tolerance and citizenship. This is a free event with music, games and dancing. We hope to see you there!
Bridge to Success for Professional Immigrant Women
Bridge to Success for Professional Immigrant Women is recruiting immigrant women (permanent residents or citizens) to take part in a full-time, 24 week employment training program. The program supports women with educational and professional backgrounds in administration, sales, marketing, community and social services and other related professions to attain professional experience in their field of expertise by helping to connect them to the labour market.
Eligible participants must be 30 years or older, unemployed or underemployed and have Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLBs) 7 or higher. Preference will be given to those women who have received Employment Insurance in the past 5 years.