Calgary Immigrant Women's Association's Newsletter
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2020 Alumni Networking Event
Calling all CIWA alumnae: join us online on October 22nd at 4:30pm for an evening of inspiring talks, networking, and more! Contact Heather at HeatherH@ciwa-online.com.
Caring During the COVID-19 Crisis: Immigrant Women Working in Long-Term Care in Calgary
CIWA is excited to partner with Naomi Lightman from the University of Calgary in this 12-month initiative that will highlight immigrant women's unique lived experiences working in long-term care during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, contact Marie-Solange Evehe Bebandoue at MarieB@ciwa-online.com.
On September 25th, 30 women graduated from the Career Services for Foreign Trained Professionals Program. This program supports immigrant women to practice their skills and gain experience needed to enter the Canadian workplace. Learn more here.
"The CSFTP has been so amazing, helping me as a new Immigrant professional and Mother to gain Canadian work experience learning so many high quality skills needed to kick start my career and network with professionals in the Administrative field. I am immensely thankful for the 6 months of intellectual experience gained towards the achievement of my career goals.” - Yewande Latifat Suberu.
Thanks to Enmax, CIWA's clients, along with their families, enjoyed a visit to the Calgary Zoo. 100 individuals received access to the resource. Enmax additionally donated 100 copies of Faraway Families that will be distributed to moms with little ones. Thank you, Enmax!
Through the Equally Safe initiative, CIWA has partnered with the Calgary Police Service to provide support around domestic violence while adapting to new COVID-19 challenges. Rekha spoke about the collaborative efforts in this article: Calgary Herald.
Everyday English for Seniors
Introducing Everyday English for Seniors: a project dedicated to support immigrant seniors over 55 years of age, both male and female, who are permanent residents, citizens, refugees and refugee claimants with financial barriers. The project focuses on enhancing English oral and written skills that enable participants to become more confident and to actively participate during their integration process in Canada. For more information, please click here.
Family Resource Network Minister's Visit
We were happy to host Minister Rebecca Shulz from Children's Services during her visit to the new Family Resource Network space. The FRN hub is now located on the 6th floor of CIWA's downtown location, First Street Plaza.
Family Resource Network provides services under Cross Cultural Parenting - Post Conflict, HIPPY, Home Visitation, Immigrant Girls, Boys and More, and Rapid Access Counselling. Click here to learn how these programs support immigrant women and their families.
Speak Up Speak Out
CIWA is partnering up with Canadian Mental Health Association in a three-month initiative to raise awareness and reduce stigma surrounding mental health issues. Youth and adult leaders from the Filipino and South Asian communities will be trained on a variety of mental health topics. The representatives will spread knowledge and work towards dismantling misconceptions surrounding mental health through a social media campaign during the month of November. This project is funded by the City of Calgary. Contact Julie at JulieM@ciwa-online.com for more information.
Admin Support Training
CIWA is recruiting participants for Admin Support training. Our Fast Track Program provides individualized support and employment skills training in 3 tracks: Administrative Support Skills, Front Line Customer Service Skills, and Protection Skills (security guard). The program is available to women who are permanent residents with CLB 4-6. Classes start on October 13th. Contact Ketaki Wani at KetakiW@ciwa-online.com or 403-263-4414 ext. 270.
CIWA's Retail Training Program provides English language enhancement, essential skill and employment skills training. The training focuses on customer service, cash handling, health and safety, working with others, food demonstration and entry level job access primarily focused on the grocery sector. The program is available to immigrant women who are permanent residents with twelve years or less of education and a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 3-4. Contact Marie-Solange Evehe Bebandoue at MarieB@ciwa-online.com or 403-263-4414 ext. 229.