Newcomer Services

New Friends and Neighbourhood Groups

Program Description

The program offers a safe and supportive environment for immigrant women to practice and improve their English conversation skills, form meaningful relationships, learn about resources available to them, and share experiences with other immigrant women.

Program Details

  • FREE weekly group meetings
  • English conversation practice
  • Information about community resources, and life in Canada
  • Networking opportunities
  • Guest speakers and field trips

Eligible Clients

This program is available to any immigrant or refugee woman (Visitor, Permanent Resident, Citizen, Work Permit holders and Refugee)

Additional Program Information

  • Groups are offered both in person, and online via Zoom.
  • Participants can join more than one group.
  • Groups are drop-in, participants do not need to register in advance. (Registration is done at the meeting)
  • Online groups are offered year-round. In-person groups are offered from September to June (there are no in-person groups in July and August).

    2024 Program Schedule:

    Note: there are no group meetings on statutory holidays
    * groups are for women only except the Monday and Friday online Zoom groups, which men are welcome to join.

    In person group locations
    Day Location Time Address Start Date End Date
    Mondays Judith Umbach Library 1–3pm 6617 Centre St N, Calgary 8-Jan 24-Jun
    Mondays Seton Library 1-3pm 4995 Market St SE, Calgary 8-Jan 24-Jun
    Tuesdays Sunalta Community Association 10am-12pm 1627 10 Ave SW, Calgary 9-Jan 25-Jun
    Tuesdays Shawnessy Library 1-3pm 333 Shawville Blvd SE, Calgary 9-Jan 25-Jun
    Tuesdays Agape Language Centre 1-3pm 16 Bermuda Dr. NW, Calgary 9-Jan 25-Jun
    Wednesdays CIWA Downtown Office 5-7pm 138 4 Ave SE, Calgary (2nd floor room 202) 10-Jan 26-Jun
    Wednesdays Saddletowne Library (in the Genesis Centre) 1-3pm 7555 Falconridge Blvd NE, Calgary 10-Jan 26-Jun
    Thursdays Calgary Downtown Central Library 10am-12pm 800 3 St SE, Calgary (3rd floor room 3-10B) 11-Jan 27-Jun
    Thursdays Crowfoot Library 1-3pm 8665 Nose Hill Dr NW, Calgary 11-Jan 27-Jun
    Online Zoom groups
    Day  Location Time Zoom Meeting Link Start Date End Date
    *Mondays Online – Zoom 5-7pm Please contact 8-Jan 9-Dec
    Wednesdays Online – Zoom 10am-12pm Please contact 10-Jan 11-Dec
    Thursdays Online – Zoom 1-3pm Please contact 11-Jan 12-Dec
    *Friday Online – Zoom 1-3pm Please contact 12-Jan 13-Dec

    For more information, please email


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