The HIPPY program, in partnership with Mothers Matter Centre and First Book Canada, is launching the Adopt-a-Reader Program on Family Day, February 15th.
This three-week campaign provides an opportunity for HIPPY parents to connect with other parents while focusing on enhancing parent-child bond through reading. Participating families will read with their children for 15 minutes a day for 15 days. Each family will receive two books for free from First Book Canada.
CIWA is collaborating with Kiyooka Ohe Arts Centre to deliver two types of workshops in February. James Ziegler Tiny Art will take you through the playful process of creating small paper sculptures and to observe the unfolding of artistic possibilities, using custom laser-cut paper. Patricia Lortie’s Wild Weave will guide you through a relaxing and meditative weaving exercise with dried grass and twigs, using a handmade tablet and wool strings.
Free art kits will be delivered to participants. Keep an eye on CIWA's social media accounts for updates!
KOAC offers a welcoming creative hub where art inspires, nature heals, and communities connect. The virtual workshops are made possible with support from Rozsa Foundation and Calgary Arts Development.
Over the holiday season, 70 immigrant families received gifts of essential items and over 200 children received toys through the Adopt-a-Family project.
This remarkable outcome wouldn't have been possible without the generous support of many community members. Thank you, donors, for spreading wonderful cheer to some of the most vulnerable members of our community.
A big thank you to BAPS Charities Calgary for their generous donation through their food drive as a part of one of their COVID-19 relief efforts. The thoughtful donation of culturally appropriate vegetarian non-perishable food items to assist many struggling immigrant families during these unprecedented and stressful times is very much appreciated.
Electronic Recycling Association
ERA donated another batch of laptops to CIWA! Clients who are currently taking Retail Training received a laptop to support with ongoing remote training and job search.
Donate your used or unwanted electronics to Electronic Recycling Association! When CIWA supporters; businesses, staff, alumni, clients, or community partners donate to ERA they are supporting CIWA clients. It is a circle of support!
Enough for All
CIWA is now an Enough for All Champion! Enough for All is Calgary’s community-driven poverty reduction strategy based on 15,000 hours of consultation with citizens, the business community, government, non-profits, and academia.
You Belong Art Bench Project
Local Calgary artists, Doro Buch and Monica Ila, are creating an artwork based on how CIWA's clients experience beauty in Calgary.
You Belong Art Bench Project is an initiative of the Crescent Heights Village that aims to produce several pieces of functional art while creating awareness and supporting the important work of nonprofits. The CIWA bench will be at the Crescent Heights Village starting February 12th.
Doro Buch is a visual artist from Bremen, Germany and lives in Crescent Heights. She specializes in painting and arts education. Monica Ila is a born and raised Calgarian, currently enrolled at the Alberta University of the Arts who specializes in painting, sculpture and puppetry. They are both highly committed visual artists with a strong desire to contribute to their city and local communities. Source: Crescent Heights Village Business Improvement Area
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Health Care Aides in Long-Term Care
CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS: CIWA and Dr. Naomi Lightman of the University of Calgary are conducting research on the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on the livelihood, health and well-being of immigrant women who work as HCAs in LTC. This study will help policy makers, immigrant-serving organizations and immigrant LTC workers by raising awareness of the challenges and opportunities immigrant women experience. It will highlight the lived experiences of immigrant women HCAs and share their insights as to how to best support front-line care workers during pandemic recovery efforts.