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Welcome to the Calgary Immigrant Women's Association's bi-monthly
The Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) Program celebrated
the completion of their 9th intake with a graduation on June 09 2018. In total, 31
children graduated from the program, with over 250 people in attendance at the John
Dutton Theatre of the Calgary Public Library. HIPPY mothers and their children were
presented with certificates for their efforts and commitment to the program. The HIPPY
children are on their way to a successful school year, and their parents now have the
tools to continue to support them in their education. Congratulations HIPPY graduates!
CIWA’s AGM was held on June 19 2018, with over 140 people in attendance at the
Regency Palace Restaurant. CIWA would like to thank our clients, Megha Kohli,
Fleurine Akam and Kaila Andino for sharing their stories. The AGM was a great
opportunity to feature highlights from our Board of Directors, community and business
partners, staff, volunteers and clients. Thank you to everyone who supported us.
Read CIWA’s Annual Report here
Gerda R. Bloemraad Educational Scholarship recipients
Christine Jade Salas and Jing Hua (Jen) Guo were the recipients of Gerda R.
Bloemraad Educational Scholarship at CIWA's AGM. Gerda R. Bloemraad Educational
Scholarship aims to provide monetary assistance to CIWA clients or volunteers, who
wish to further their education or commence a course at an accredited institution in a
subject of their choice.
Jing Hua (Jen) Guo is aspiring to become a doctor upon graduation from the
International Baccalaureate Program at Western Canada High School. She
will commence her studies in September 2018 in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the
University of Calgary. Originally from China, Jen is the Co-Founder and President of
Learn-Teract, a non-profit organization providing equal access to fair and quality
education for all youth in Calgary. Jen has been volunteering her time for the past four
years to support youth programming at CIWA through mentorship.
Christine Jade Salas is currently completing her last year of high school at James
Fowler. Originally from the Philippines, Christine has been participating in CIWA
programs for the past two years, including the Youth Mentorship Program and
the Made to Measure: An Intergenerational Dress Story initiative. Christine has been
accepted into Nursing and Child Studies at Mount Royal University to pursue her dream
of helping others and will start her studies this September. Christine continues to be an
active volunteer at CIWA.
CIWA is pleased to announce a new project! Employment Security Alliance
for Vulnerable Immigrant Women is a project that plans to increase the economic
security of immigrant and refugee women who are fleeing domestic abuse. As well as
establishing an alliance of employers, immigrant serving agencies, women's
organizations,community agencies, and immigrant women dedicated to supporting the
economic security of immigrant women fleeing violence. This project is
funded by Status of Women Canada.
Because Mothers Matter Award
CIWA was honoured to be invited to the Mothers Matter Centre’s annual “Because
Mothers Matter Award” night held at the Glencoe Club in Calgary on May 10, 2018. The
Honourable Lois E. Mitchell, CM, AOE, LLD, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta received
accolades as a prominent Canadian mother who has demonstrated commitment and
dedication to her community. Himani Goyal was also recognized at the event for her
success as a mother and as woman who is realizing her goals and aspirations as a
result of her participation in the HIPPY program. Himani serves as role model for other
women who are experiencing the challenges of new immigrants to Canada.
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