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Welcome to the Calgary Immigrant Women's Association's bi-monthly Grapevine Newsletter!
Made to Measure- An Intergenerational Dress Story Event
Made to Measure-an Intergenerational Dress Story event- took place on March 2nd at
the John Dutton Theatre of the Calgary Public Library. The event was held to mark the
end of a yearlong project that was funded by the Service Canada’s New Horizon for
Seniors Program. Made to Measure Project was a seniors-led initiative that enabled
senior immigrant women to engage in the community by mentoring young immigrant
girls through intergenerational activities. Ten seniors and ten youth came together to
design and make graduation dresses for youth. The hard work of the participants was
showcased at the event. Hair and makeup for all participants was provided by
Every year the Merit Award is awarded to Justice and Solicitor General staff in
recognition of their exceptional work and dedication. CIWA Board Director, Jade
Duong,received the Justice and Solicitor General Merit Award in the community
service category. Jade was recognized for her work in helping immigrant women
transition to Canadian life.
Each year, the Ministry of Community and Social Services celebrates remarkable
Albertans who have inspired action to end family violence, sexual violence, child abuse
and bullying. Through Alberta Inspiration Awards in Family and Community Safety, the
ministry recognizes outstanding Albertans who are making a difference in their
communities. Bela Gupta is an award recipient for working to prevent family violence
and promoting healthy relationships.
Leaders in Diversity
Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers – Western Chapter (“FACL Western”) was
pleased to award CIWA with “Leaders in Diversity” Award. CIWA was recognized for
demonstrating a commitment to advancing diversity.
Making a Difference for Women Award
On April 3rd, Soroptimist International of Calgary had their 2018 Awards Dinner. This
annual event honors women who are making a difference in the lives of other women
and those who are working through adversity to achieve their educational goals. Beba
Svigir, Chief Executive Officer of CIWA, won the Making a Difference for Women
CIWA is Proud to Announce Three New Projects
Senior Divas on a Dime is a project that will increase social participation of senior
immigrant women in the community. Seniors in this project will focus on health,
wellness, self-confidence through fashion (clothing, accessories, cosmetics, self-care,
henna) and physical activity (yoga, relaxation techniques, etc.), as well as finding ways
to give back to the community. The project is funded in part by the Government of
Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program.
Supporting the Economic Security of Unpaid Caregivers is a project that focuses on
supporting immigrant women who are providing informal/unpaid care for a family
member (spouse or aging parent/parent in-law, grandparent, etc.). The project will
provide caregivers with the knowledge, skills and connections that will enable them to
meet their current and future economic needs while providing informal/unpaid care. This
project is funded by Status of Women Alberta.
academic success of low income immigrant girls in high school. This will be
accomplished by providing high school immigrant girls with customized supports to
address learning needs through one-on-one support from volunteers, access to basic
school supplies, materials and computers in order to complete class assignments and
an environment that is conducive to learning. This project is funded by the Nickle
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