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Welcome to the Calgary Immigrant Women's Association's bi-monthly Grapevine Newsletter!
Thanks First Calgary Financial!
CIWA is pleased to launch a brand new project
Rebuilding Lives is a yearlong project funded by Alberta Human Services. The project aims to support the healing process of immigrant children and youth who have witnessed family violence in their homes so that they are able to rebuild their lives and break the cycle. This project will be the first of its kind to provide culturally sensitive support to immigrant children and youth. The project will support clients in their healing process by providing support groups, leadership and mentorship opportunities, in home support, and one on one counselling.
CIWA hosts Low Literacy Job Fair
On August 6th, CIWA hosted a job fair for low literacy clients enrolled in the Retail Training, Food Service Industry Training, and Modular Employment programs. This is the third job fair of its kind, but by far the most successful with 55 clients and 10 CIWA business partners in attendance.
Anna Nyirabeza came to Canada in June of 2013. She is from the Congo but was living in a refugee camp in Uganda with her husband before coming to Canada. She has 4 children of her own and also takes care of her nephew. They range in age from 9-18. Anna was a meat packer in her own country but since coming to Canada has struggled to find a job. Both she and her husband have been unable to find jobs, despite their best efforts to increase their employability.
Anna connected with CIWA through a counsellor at the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society. She then enrolled in the Low Literacy Modular Employment program for housekeeping.
Anna was offered a job at CIWA's Low Literacy Job Fair. She will be employed as a housekeeper for a hotel in Calgary. Upon accepting the job offer, Anna was so relieved that she burst into tears. Her husband also managed to find a job at a warehouse in Calgary.
Anna is an example of a hard working immigrant woman who just needed a hand to be successful in Canada.
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