CIWA’s Health Literacy Partnership

15 Jan, 2021
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Celestina Akinkunmi holds an MSc in Public Policy and Management from the University of London and currently works as the Settlement and Integration Manager at the Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association.  She has over 8 years’ experience in the nonprofit sector and her work speaks to community engagement and development related to Canada’s diversified newcomer population.

Celestina manages a large portfolio with 13 ongoing programs and several short term (2 year) projects at CIWA. She recently finished the Health Literacy Partnership Project and is currently working on The Pursuit of Happiness for Immigrant Senior Retirees project.

Celestina regularly shares her work with multiple audiences including students, government officials and community members. She is a humanitarian at heart and her passion and determination to help people is what informs her work in the non-profit sector.  She holds her Christian faith very dearly and enjoys spending time with her 3 children and husband. She enjoys reading and has a passion for cooking and decorating.


00:44 Introduction
02:33 Rationale for CIWA Health Literacy Partnership Project
05:01 Partners involved in the project
07:21 Challenges faced in the project
12:35 The importance of groundwork to the project
14:02 How this resource can be used in the classroom
15:41 Using “My Health Passport”, “My Language Card” and “Next Steps Notepad”
18:16 “What Happens” health videos in multiple languages
21:25 Plans to add more languages
23:34 Where you can find the resource
25:05 Feedback on the project
27:30 Why do you do what you do?
30:04 Thank you and outro