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Welcome to the Calgary Immigrant Women's Association's bi-monthly Grapevine Newsletter!
Congratulations to CIWA's Matched Savings Circle Graduates
Immigrant Seniors in Action is an initiative that engages immigrant women over the age of 50, to be leaders in raising awareness of elder abuse among immigrant seniors and community members living in Calgary. The project is funded by Service Canada New Horizons for Seniors Program.
Gerda R. Bloemraad Scholarship Fund Recipients
Mony Keo, Darartu Ahmed, Gerda R. Bloemraad and Wei Wei Teng
University of Calgary Continuing Education Scholarship Recipients
Anne Agbo and Angela Pantaleon were the recipients of the University of Calgary Contemporary Women's Scholarship Award. The awards were presented at the University's Continuing Education Convocation on June 15th. These scholarships aim to support the empowerment and educational pursuits of women with financial need.
Anne Agbo is an ambitious legal professional. She is a very recent resident of Canada. She was looking for an opportunity to upgrade her job skills so that she could successfully find permanent employment in Canada. This led her to participating in the Labour Market Bridging program at CIWA.
In addition to her high level of English & French languages, Anne is a lifelong learner; she has a PhD degree in Public International Law Public and International Relations from France.
Despite her outstanding legal background, Anne is struggling to find meaningful employment in Canada that utilizes her transferrable knowledge and skills; she is persistently working to achieve her ultimate dream, being a successful, independent individual in Canadian society. This scholarship would give her the opportunity to hone her skills and give her an edge to compete in her professional field.
Angela came to Canada from the Philippines in 2009 as a caregiver leaving behind her husband and her daughter. She got her permanent residence in 2014 and was happy to reunite with her loved ones. Angela holds a degree in Business Administration from the Philippines and she carefully planned her steps to return to her professional field in Canada. She took English classes and computer training while working full time as a caregiver and providing care for her own family as well.
Thank you to all who attended CIWA's Annual General Meeting. Our annual report is available here. At the event, the new CIWA Board of Directors for 2016-2017 was announced.
Congratulations to CIWA's Low Literacy Program Graduates!
On June 23rd, CIWA hosted a graduation celebration for clients who have participated and completed low literacy programs. These programs include the Modular Employment program, the Retail Training program and the Food Service Industry Project. There were 106 clients who graduated from the program and of those 80 have found employment. We wish them well in their future endeavors!
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