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Welcome to the Calgary Immigrant Women's Association's bi-monthly Grapevine Newsletter!
CIWA launches Refugee Settlement and Community Support Project
CIWA received funding from The City of Calgary Family & Community Support Services to facilitate the immediate settlement and integration of refugee women and their families. The project provides customized settlement services including information and orientation sessions, connections to employment services, supportive counselling services and parenting education for refugee parents. This project will also connect refugee women and their families to programs where they can develop supportive networks, provide education about civic engagement, and connect refugee girls to CIWA’s school-based programs.
CIWA receives Aspen's HOPE Award for Agency Collaboration
and inclusivity within communities. CIWA was one of the proud recipients of the 2016 HOPE Award in the category of collaboration. CIWA was recognized for engaging with communities, families and Aspen staff to offer programming to clients that is encouraging the successful integration of immigrant women and families throughout the city.
CIWA hosts successful Open House
CIWA's Open House took place on October 29 and was attended by over 70 people. The event was a Board led initiative and introduced CIWA to corporate and industry members. Our guests were able to learn about CIWA programs and services and volunteer opportunities to support CIWA as an agency, to help immigrant women and their families.
CIWA launches Homework Club project
Homework Club is a new initiative from Youth Collaborative at CIWA, funded by Burns Memorial Fund and will be offered at Forest Lawn High School and Henry Wise Wood High School. CIWA will be working to ensure immigrant youth are able to maximize the support they need. Homework Club will incorporate the use of volunteers from the Volunteer Program and student volunteers within the schools to provide one on one and group support.
CIWA's United Way Campaign
On November 5th, CIWA was pleased to present a cheque to Ron Antony, Campaign Associate for the United Way.
CIWA’s United Way campaign took place during the month of October. We would like to thank everyone who participated and donated, bringing our campaign total to $14,118!
Throughout the campaign, CIWA staff and clients participated in various activities, including a cooking contest, email bingo, a samosa sale, a spaghetti lunch and an especially successful accessory sale.
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