Monday, November 20, 2017

Dave Kelly Pays Visit to CFN

Dave Kelly recently paid CFN a visit ahead of the Dave Kelly Live Special, Home: a Calgary Christmas - set to take place at the Jubilee on December 9th.  CFN is excited to be part of the upcoming show - a night of stories, songs and laughs with Dave Kelly – and his special Guests Paul Brandt and the Young Canadians of the Calgary Stampede, as they take you through their Calgary home during the holidays.

We couldn't be happier to take part in such a wonderful evening and look forward to December 9th. For photos of Dave's recent visit click here, you can purchase tickets to the show here and to hear from Dave himself simply watch below. 
Dave Kelly @ CFN from CFN Productions on Vimeo.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Calgary Local Immigration Partnership Survey Now Online

Were you born outside Canada? Regardless of how long ago you migrated to Canada or your current immigration status, the Calgary Local Immigration Partnership Survey (CLIP) is interested in what you have to say. CLIP has been funded by Immigration, Refugees, & Citizenship Canada and the Alberta Human Rights Commission to carry out a survey to better understand why Calgarians who were born outside of Canada access or don’t access Canadian settlement services in their migration process.  Immigrants who have not accessed settlement services are an understudied group, particularly in Calgary.

Many of the questions found in this survey are derived from the broader Western Outcomes Settlement Survey,  which was a provincial-level study that examined the four Western provinces of Canada and their settlement and integration experiences and outcomes.

Participants must be 18 years of age or older, reside in Calgary, and be born outside of Canada to complete the survey.  Participants will be entered into a draw for a $20 Superstore gift card.  The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete, depending on the level of detail you provide.

Responses to this survey are confidential. Individual responses will not be released, shared, or published.. At the end of the survey, however, participants will be able to provide their contact information for the purposes of entering a draw for a gift card from Superstore. CLICK HERE to get started!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

United Way Campaign @ CFN

The United Way partners with all areas of the community to get to the root causes of social issues and build a great city for everyone. For over 75 years, thousands of Calgarians have helped us make this meaningful and measurable difference by getting involved and giving generously during our annual workplace campaign. The 2016 United Way Calgary & Area Fundraising Campaign, made possible by the collective efforts of nearly 1000 workplace campaigns, 12,000 volunteers, and almost 35,00 individual donors, raised an amazing $55.7 million - plus a one-time special gift of $2 million invested in United Way’s Tomorrow Fund.

Workplace campaigns bring organizations closer by promoting team building and enhancing morale – at every level. Like a heartbeat, they pulse with energy and enthusiasm. And, they build a stronger community and are a source of pride for employees.

This year's United Way campaign at CFN is scheduled during the week of November 20 to 24. Daily activities planned throughout the week include a 50/50 Raffle, a lucky draw for a day off with pay, Salsa Dancing Lessons by a professional trainer, a window sale from Ethnicity Catering and more. We thank you for your support in the previous years and look forward to another fun, successful campaign!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

CFN CEO Invited to Speak @ Arlington Virginia Metropolis Conference

CFN CEO Anila Lee Yuen 
In many nations, public interest in immigration is high. By extension, at a time of growing concerns about the impact of immigration, local communities, governments and key stakeholders are seeking to build stronger connections between the receiving community and newcomers themselves. Centre for Newcomers CEO Anila Lee Yuen has been invited to speak at the upcoming Metropolis Conference in Arlington Virginia on this very topic. At its core, her presentation on the challenges and best practices in the settlement of vulnerable newcomers to Calgary is about bridging divides and building resilient communities; a sentiment that in fact sits at the heart of CFN and is embedded into the Centre's vision - that being to support both newcomers and the receiving community in becoming diverse and united through services and initiatives that create conditions of success for newcomers and that foster a welcoming environment in city of Calgary.

The Metropolis Conference is an annual forum for researchers, policy makers, and representatives from community and settlement organizations across North America to get together to share and exchange knowledge and experience in the field of immigration and settlement. It facilitates open and constructive discussion between policy-makers, researchers and practitioners in order to achieve a better understanding of the respective challenges in the area of migration in the United States, Mexico and Canada. Moreover, it provides a platform to help assess the effects of migration and to propose ideas to strengthen cooperation between the three countries.

Migration has profoundly shaped the economic and social condition of North Americans and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Further still, migration has a decisive impact on public policies at the continental, national, regional and local levels. All three North American countries are responding to such challenges, while at the same time seeking to realize their own proactive policy priorities on migration. And in all three countries, public opinion on the issues is in flux. Geographic boundaries have shaped critical aspects in the relationship between the United States, Mexico and Canada with such things as population composition, labour and security.

Metropolis North America aims to provide opportunities for informed dialogue by organizing forums to be held in the United States, Canada and Mexico over the next two years. The objective is to develop a research agenda that identifies the key cross-border issues that will benefit from an evidence-base to better inform policy deliberation across relevant sectors.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Women's Self Defense Classes This Friday @ CFN

Running through December, CFN is offering self classes will be taught by instructors from Western Canada Martial Arts Academy. The classes are for immigrant women or their daughters (18+) and the same class will be taught on separate days. That being said attendees can re-register as many times as they want, if they would like to take the class more than one time.

Upcoming class dates include November 17th & 24th, as well as December 8th & 15th. For more details or to register give us a call at 403-569-3325 or email Rabah at for more details! And for some photos of the class CLICK HERE.

Women's Self Defense # CFN from CFN Productions on Vimeo.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

CFN @ the Dave Kelly Live Christmas Special

CFN is excited to be part of the upcoming Dave Kelly Christmas Special. A group from the Centre enjoyed a great afternoon this past Saturday at the Transalta Performing Arts Studio, getting the chance to meet Dave Kelly and the Young Canadians for a rehearsal.

The Young Canadians School of Performing Arts is an engaging opportunity to train in dance, voice, and performance, by a professional faculty. Training is provided by a diverse team of specialists who foster technical development, artistic creation, and performance excellence A group of Young Canadians are now partners with the children from of CFN who attended the rehearsal on Saturday  and together, they will sing the last song at Dave’s show on December 9th.

The show - a night of stories, songs and laughs with Dave Kelly – and his special Guests Paul Brandt, the most awarded male Canadian country artist in history, and the Young Canadians of the Calgary Stampede, will take you through their Calgary home during the holidays.

As a TV Host, Dave Kelly has interviewed over 23,000 guests – from kids to presidents. Nominated four times, Dave has twice won the AMPIA (Alberta Motion Picture Industry Association) award as “Best Television Host” for his work on City TV’s Breakfast Television, Calgary’s most dynamic morning television show.As a host of live events, Dave has travelled around the world to engage in compelling conversations with people as varied as HRH Prince Talal bin Muhammad  of Jordan, Order of Canada Recipient and Canadian business icon Jim Pattison, and former President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf. He has also been hired to lead unique panel conversations with executives from many of Canada’s top companies.

We couldn't be happier to take part in such a wonderful evening and look forward to December 9th. For photos our the recent rehearsal click here and you can purchase tickets to the show here.


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Domestic Violence Workshop @ CFN

On Tuesday November 21st, as part of Domestic Violence Prevention month, CFN will host a workshop delivered by Sagesse on Domestic Violence. This customized workshop is available to anyone interested in learning how to recognize domestic violence, understand its impact on an individual and the community, and develop comfort in responding to domestic violence disclosures, including providing appropriate support and referrals to services. The workshop is open to anyone who would like to attend.

Sagesse works as a community mobilizer and supports organizations and communities to build capacity.  The term capacity building is consciously used by Sagesse because it honours the knowledge, experiences and support that are present within communities and organizations, while also acknowledging that we all have room to grow and learn.

Sagesse works in more than 30 communities across Alberta – either directly providing service or partnering with agencies to help deliver their programs. As a non-profit organization, they offer a range of programs and services, including peer support groups and mentorship for women who have experienced domestic violence, are at risk of being abused, or women that have been involved in sex work; capacity building workshops about the experience of domestic violence within LGBTQ communities; education to informal support networks about how to recognize domestic violence, respond (based on the situation), and refer to the appropriate supports; and as the backbone agency for the Calgary Domestic Violence Collective (CDVC).