Friday, August 11, 2017

Women's Health & Family Wellness Expo @ CFN


The Women’s Health & Family Wellness Expo 2017 is coming to CFN. The big event will be held on Saturday August 19th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm right here the Centre for Newcomers, with registration starting at 12:30 pm.

There will be many resource tables on display, as well as live entertainment, cultural performances, activities for children, light refreshments, door prizes, along with clothing and toy give aways. Take advantage of interactive attractions, including workshops on weight management and a healthy diet, skin care, fitness and dance, arts and crafts, free health screenings and more.

In the end, the day is a chance to make changes now and work towards learning how to lead a healthier, more active, more fulfilling life. See you there! 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Totally Awesome Summer Camps @ CFN


Late last week CFN Productions once again had a chance to stop by for a visit with CFN's Totally Awesome Summer Camp's (TASC) counsellors and kids.  Totally Awesome Summer Camp is a school-aged care program for kids ages 6 – 12; it supports parents to continue their LINC English classes over the summer. Participants enjoy fun crafts, games, and outings designed to develop their creative, communication and leadership skills. The program is led by two post-secondary students through the Service Canada Summer Student grant program.

During our visit we had the chance to talk with Raina Kim, one of our TASC Counsellors and summer students who is currently enrolled at the University of Saskatchewan. And was the case with her fellow counsellor Joy, there is some serendipity to her being here. Raina's mother attended the Centre for Newcomers as a LINC student. not long after the family of five immigrated to Canada from Seoul, South Korea. After arriving here at just 7 years old, Raina has now has completed that serendipitous circle in her position as a TASC counsellor at CFN.  For a peek inside TASC, (during Science week no less!) and to hear Raina talk about her experiences simply watch below and for a few pics of our visit CLICK HERE. 

Totally Awesome Summer Camps @ CFN from CFN Productions on Vimeo.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Youth Possibilities Program Summer Graduation

Last Friday marked the latest graduating class from CFN's Youth Possibilities Program. The 21-week full-time program funded by The Government of Canada's Skills Link Program is for immigrant youth, or first generation Canadians, who have not yet reached their potential in work or school in Canada. Youth clients are supported to develop and begin to act on a career plan, to develop Life Skills and Employability Skills, and to practice their skills in a supported work placement with a local employer. With these supports, participants develop the skills to enter and succeed in the labour market.

Those in attendance receive paid training in Group-based Employability Skills as well as a 12 week paid work experience program. Immigrant youth and refugees who face barriers to employment are supported to develop their employability, communication, interpersonal and teamwork skills to a level where they can enter the labour market or engage in career-focused education.

Congratulations to our graduates and never forget, you will always be a part of the CFN family! For a few photos of the day's events CLICK HERE and to see a few highlights simply watch below.

Youth Possibilities Summer Graduation @ CFN from CFN Productions on Vimeo.

Monday, July 31, 2017

CFN Peer Mentorship for Professionals Program Visits Leduc #1 Energy Discovery Centre

As a part of CFNs Peer Mentorship for Professionals Program, a field trip to Leduc took place over c #1 Energy Discovery Centre. The Centre has an interactive museum and science space that shows you the history of the oil industry in Alberta.
this past weekend.  Some may not know this, but Alberta Oil started to flow in Ledu

In the years since the discovery at Leduc #1, oil has impacted nearly every fabric of lives in Alberta. A visit to Leduc #1 will take you through the 365 million years of history and technology that created the world we live in today. Participants in the Multicultural Peer mentorship program for professionals visited the discovery Centre on a study trip to learn more about the history and development of the oil and gas sector in Alberta.

Mentoring, at its core, guarantees people that there is someone who cares about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and makes them feel like they matter. Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations. Ultimately, mentoring connects a person to personal growth and development, and social and economic opportunity.

CFN Multicultural Peer Mentorship for Professionals  is a 4-month program that matches Mentors working as professionals in their industry in Canada with Mentees who are professionals striving to find employment in their fields. It allows for newcomers to learn from the stories and experiences of successful immigrant professionals, while improving their knowledge, skills and understanding of the Canadian workplace culture and the environment. Additionally, it helps establish a wider peer support network within and outside one's culture. Funding for the program comes from United Way of Calgary and Area and City of Calgary Family and Community Support Services.

CFN Volunteers Volume IV from CFN Productions on Vimeo.

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Indigenous Education for Newcomers a Great Success

The official launch celebration of the Indigenous Education for Newcomers Initiative was a great success. We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to our partners, the Government of Canada, Government of Alberta, Calgary Foundation, ATB, The Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth, Calgary Immigrant Educational Society, Calgary Police Service, University of Calgary, Making Treaty 7, City of Calgary, Calgary Public Library and Humainologie.

Also a special thanks to Herman Yellow Old Woman, Andy Curtis, Elder Clarence Wolfleg, Elder Clarence Wolfleg, and Gabrielle Lindstrom, our Advisory Committee, along with all the volunteers, resource tables, and last but not least - to the hundreds in attendance who took time out of their day to join us. This event was for you.  Click below to catch some of CBCs coverage of the big event and stay tuned for more.

Indigenous Education for Newcomers on CBC from CFN Productions on Vimeo.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Indigenous Education for Newcomers - Launch Celebration Agenda

With the official launch celebration set for tomorrow, July 29th at the Genesis Centre, CFN is so very proud to be a part of the Indigenous Education for Newcomers Initiative. Working in partnership, our ultimate goal is to support efforts aimed at ending cycles of systemic discrimination and abuse faced by Indigenous people through culturally appropriate educational workshops on Indigenous issues, meaningful partnerships that seek to create alliances for public education and awareness among both partners and within the broader community. Below is tomorrow's agenda and we look forward to seeing you there! 


  • 9:30    Opening Blessings from Elder - Honour Song & prayer by Herman Yellow Old Woman
  • 10:00   Welcome, Anila Lee Yuen and Cindy Provost, Event Co-Chairs 
  • 10:15   Welcoming remarks from government
  • 10:45   Making Treaty 7 - Video: To Be or Not To Be Friends - Live: Nora Dubois Tsuu T’ina Prophecy and monologue
  • 11:05   Participatory discussions with audience  - Sharing circles 
  • 12:00   Break for Lunch  - Elder Herman Yellow Old Woman sharing songs and significance - Vendors, Ethnicity catering, resources tables, etc. 
  • 1:00   Youth Reconciliation Tree with Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth
  • 2:00 Media Representation/Misrepresentation- Gabrielle Lindstrom, PhD Candidate, University of Calgary
  • 3:00 Understanding “the land.” – Making Treaty 7 with Andy Curtis and Elder Clarence Wolfleg
  • 4:00 Closing Circle & Round Dance with Elder Clarence Wolfleg

Indigenous Education for Newcomers Celebration Launch - July 29th @ the Genesis Centre from CFN Productions on Vimeo.

Indigenous Education for Newcomers - Hashtag Contest from CFN Productions on Vimeo.

Indigenous Education for Newcomers - Hashtag Contest

Saturday July 29th The Indigenous Education for Newcomers Launch Celebration will take place at the Genesis Centre from 10am to 4pm. A jam packed day will be highlighted across our social media platforms and for those tweeters out there, whoever uses the hashtag #treaty7newcomers the most on Saturday will win 6 tickets to the Laugh Shop.

Long time members of the Calgary entertainment landscape,  the Laugh Shop has been hosting premier, marquee talent in an intimate setting since the 1980s. One of the best comedy clubs in the country is also one of the most intimate for patrons and performers alike. Seating 300 people, the differences are huge when comparing The Laugh Shop to the Saddledome or a even a theatre. As a result, comedians often stick around after the show to take pictures and sign autographs and just hang out with the crowd.

Rosanne Bar, Rob Schneider, Chris Tucker, Jim Belushi, along with any one of Wayans Brothers are just a few of the A-List comedians that have recently performed at the Laugh Shop and they, along with the entertainer of the week, are guaranteed to provide a performance that will leave you with a smile on your face.

A big thank you to the Laugh Shop from all of us here at CFN and keep up the great work!