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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
Nineteen women graduated from CIWA's Matched Savings Circle Program on November 17, 2017. These dedicated women have all worked very hard towards saving up for their chosen asset, including RESPs, medical/dental expenses and many others.
CIWA is pleased to announce one new initiative
Bridge to Success for Professional Immigrant Women
The project helps immigrant and refugee women unable to attain professional experience in their field of expertise related to administration, sales and marketing, community and social services, and other related professions connect to the labour market. The project offers 16 weeks of in class training focused on pre-employment training and occupation skills training including essential skills, soft skills, computer training, leadership, work place culture and communication, as well as job search and retention followed by a 10 week mentored work experience placement.
MLA Visit to CIWA
CIWA hosted Honourable Ricardo Miranda, MLA for Calgary-Cross and Minister of Culture & Tourism, on November 17, 2017. We thank Mr. Miranda for visiting with CIWA and taking a picture with the new graduates from the Immigrant Women’s Matched Savings Circle Program.
Women in Law Leadership (WILL) Award
On November 9, 2017 CIWA Past Board Chair, Sarah King D’Souza was honoured with the Women in Law Leadership Award in the category of Leadership in the Community for her outstanding contribution to the not for profit sector in Alberta, through her involvement and leadership of the Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association (CIWA) in the role of a volunteer Board member. Her exceptional leadership has contributed to the positive image of our agency, and our credibility as a professional association. The award ceremony took place at the Westin Calgary, with more than 400 legal professionals in attendance, including Alberta Minister of Justice and Solicitor General, Honourable Kathleen Ganley.
She Who Dares - 150 Women through 150 Years Award
Fiona Fairley received YWCA Calgary’s “She Who Dares” award. This award is a part of YWCA’s Canada sesquicentennial project to recognize and celebrate 150 women who have had an impact on Calgary and the surrounding area in the last 150+ years. Women were nominated under 5 different categories which include pioneers, warriors, caregivers, teachers and artists. Fiona was nominated by a CIWA client. Stories of all the award recipients are highlighted through an exhibit with viewing at the several locations.
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