Tuesday, January 16, 2018

CFN Fundraiser: Celebrating Diversity & the Reuben Kincaids - The Boys Are Back in Town

The Reuben Kincaids @ CFNs 2017 Fundrasier
On Saturday March 10th, 2018 CFN invites you to Celebrating Diversity - a celebration of the city of Calgary, it's kaleidoscope of culture and diversity, and the undeniable potential each and every Calgarian holds.  Three decades ago the Centre for Newcomers opened its doors with a singular yet collective vision.  This vision was also our ultimate goal and the world we imagine for Calgary: a community that values diversity, in which people of all backgrounds find and create opportunities to fulfil their dreams and participate fully as citizens.

Once again, for the third year in a row, our most amazing headliner is back, as the one and only Reuben Kincaids are once again graciously donating their talents to help us with the evening's cause and our mission. A rock and roll party band from Calgary, Alberta, they have been playing together in and around YYC for more than 20 years. According to the band, in 20+ years,  they have learned, played and forgotten a large number of songs from a great playlist that even includes Canadian legend Gordon Lightfoot. I mean come on... how awesome is that! Who covers Gordon Lightfoot?
The Boys hangin' with MP Kent Hehr

In the end, the guys all are heart and work to help the community all year round. Our annual fundraiser just wouldn't seem right with out them and all of us here at CFN send the band our heartfelt thanks.

Tickets are now on sale and we look forward to seeing you on March 10th!

CFN's Annual Fundraiser from CFN Productions on Vimeo.

CFN CEO Spokeswoman for 2018 Women's March

This weekend is time for another show of solidarity here in Calgary with the Calgary Women's March. The first march was held on Jan. 21 2017 - one of hundreds in cities and towns around the world.  Last year organizers had been hoping for 500 or so people to gather at Calgary City Hall. The number was estimated at 5,000. CFN CEO Anila Lee Yuen, a guest speaker at the 2017 Calgary March, is serving as spokeswoman for the 2018 event.

Last year’s global marches helped unleash a unique sense of energy, the likes of which had not been put forth before, and greatly contributed to making 2017 such a remarkable year. The marches worked to forge a collective solidarity that very such contributed to the #MeToo movement explosion and an overall broader awareness of the discrimination and abuse women deal with across a vast array of daily life environments. It is also important to note that the women’s marches that will once again take place around the world this January 20th are not only on behalf of women. They’re for everyone who believes in equal dignity, rights and opportunity, for people of all kinds; they are for anyone who believes in the power of the human soul. 

It should also be noted that this year the Calgary march is also accompanied by a unique online campaign that asks people – men and women alike – to talk in a very brief video clip about why they are marching. You can view the videos that have been uploaded as of today's date here. People can also upload clips on social media platforms with the hashtags #WhyIMarch and #WomensMarchYYC.

This year's march, just as last, welcomes all and begins @ 12:00 pm. For more information visit the group's Facebook page and for an inspiring look back on last year's march simply watch below. 

Women's March on Washington @ CFN from CFN Productions on Vimeo.

Monday, January 15, 2018

CFN Partners with Calgary Sexual Health Centre

The Centre for Newcomers has partnered with Calgary Sexual Health Centre to offer settlement and peer support services specifically for the LGBTQ newcomer community. This project aims to build upon previously piloted services for LGBTQ newcomers and now offer services not only in Calgary, but also build capacity for LGBTQ newcomer services across Alberta.

Although both agencies are located in Calgary, we will provide support to communities that we market in across Alberta. Attention will be given to smaller cities such as Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Red Deer, Brooks, and Fort McMurray. Organizations in Edmonton will also be targeted, especially for a capacity building within the city. Within Calgary, our focus will be on refugee claimants and Canadian citizens who are LGBTQ+ immigrants requiring services. We will serve any community with immigrants and refugees that request supports.

Along with our continued settlement support for the LGBTQ+Newcomers, we now offer Alberta Practitioners education and guidance on LGBTQ newcomer issues and best practices in conducting sexual orientation and gender identity/expression needs assessments. Further still, for Alberta Communities as a whole we seek to provide LGBTQ education, capacity building and organizational assessments.

For more information on our LGBTQ settlement services or to make an appointment please contact Dr. Kelly Ernst at k.ernst@centrefornecomers.ca. or Boban Stojanovic at b.stojanovic@centrefornewcomers.ca.  As an extension of these services, CFN and Calgary Sexual Health Centre, along with the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society are hosting a meet up next week for connection and conversation about LGBTQ+ immigrant and refugee support in Calgary. CLICK HERE for more details.

The Prairie & Northwest Territories (PNT) LGBTQ+ Newcomers Settlement Conference 2017 from CFN Productions on Vimeo.

Friday, January 12, 2018

CFN Women's Self Defense Classes @ CIWA Youth Forum

On February 15th the Calgary Immigrant Women's Association's (CIWA) Youth Forum will take place at the Marlborough Community Association. An afternoon of free family friendly activities and performances include include CFN’s women’s self-defense program, taught by instructors from Western Canada Martial Arts Academy (WCMAA). WCMAA, specialist is Jeet Kune Do, created by the late Sijo Bruce Lee and carried on through living legend Guro Dan Inosanto, taught weekly classes here at CFN throughout the fall and early winter.

Self defence classes often lead those who participate to walk out as determined, strong, empowered individuals ready to take control of their own lives. A self defence can educate in showing us the options available to take control, build our inner strength and feel safer. Further still, knowing that we have the ability to defend ourselves in any given situation we're put into often helps us more fully explore the world, take on new projects, meet new people and find new ways to engage with those around us.

For a quick peak inside a self-defense class and to hear CFN CEO Anila Lee Yuen talk about the importance of such a initiative take a look below. We look forward to seeing you at on February 15th!

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

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The Power of Mentoring

South of the border its National Mentoring month and here at CFN we strongly believe in the power of mentoring.

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.

Mentoring @ CFN from CFN Productions on Vimeo.
CFN Volunteers Volume IV from CFN Productions on Vimeo.

Friday, January 5, 2018

CFN CEO to be Storyteller at One-of-a-Kind Trophy Installation

CFN CEO Anila Lee Yuen will be telling her story at Trophy, an art installation unlike any other, running from January 17th through the 19th. Trophy is a part of YYC's One Yellow Rabbit's High Performance Rodeo, Calgary’s International Festival of the Arts that runs across the city from January 3rd through the 28th. The largest festival of its kind in Western Canada features theatre, music, dance and more.  Produced by the now legendary One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre and presented in co-operation with many of Calgary’s major arts organizations such as Theatre Junction, Vertigo Theatre, Theatre Calgary, Alberta Theatre Projects and Lunchbox Theatre, the High Performance Rodeo has established itself as one of our city's major cultural events.

Trophy is a unique one-of-kind living exhibit the likes of which presents the interminable nature of the human experience. A living installation built around stories of transformation, audience members move through a pop-up Tent City of Stories, which contains 1 to 100 tents, and brings a public space to life. Inside each tent is a person telling the true story of a turning point in their life. Tents will run from the Calgary Municipal Building through the Plus-15s and into Arts Commons. Best of all, it's free, all ages and wheel chair accessible.

Comprised of illuminated architectural tents, Trophy lights up the city and the installation's evolution is determined by your actions. Trophy is a living monument to myriad of experiences that make up our lives, and a compelling conversation about how we all experience change. Growth is painful, change us beautiful and Shakespeare was correct indeed - as all the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players. For more details visit their website and for information on the Hi Performance Rodeo click here. We look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Community Based Care for Newcomer Children @ CFN

CFN is proud to be part of the Community Based Care for Newcomer Children (CB-CNC) Initiative, where low-income Newcomer Parents that are wanting to access Language instruction of Newcomers (LINC) classes anywhere in Calgary are eligible for childcare at no cost in a licensed daycare or day home.

How does the program work? When a newcomer registers for LINC at any provider in the city, the Registrar determines if they will require childcare outside of their location to attend LINC class. The generous support of the Government of Canada, has made available a federal childcare subsidy for low-income newcomers wanting to participate in LINC. This will be the “parent portion” after the existing provincial childcare subsidy. Parents choose a childcare provider that works for them and children can remain in the daycare or day home during the time the parents are in LINC classes. 

Newcomer families benefit from their choice of childcare provider in a location that is convenient for them, while receive assistance in selecting a childcare provider and accessing the Alberta Childcare Subsidies and access to a Settlement Practitioner to connect the family to additional resources and supports depending on the family’s needs.

Newcomer children are eligible for the program if their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) have registered, for LINC and have been admitted into LINC at any LINC provider in Calgary under  Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4; the parents have been referred to the program by the Registrar of a LINC provider in Calgary; parents are deemed eligible for the full provincial childcare subsidy (we help parents to determine this); and the child is 4 years of age or younger and not in school

CB-CNC is available at any licensed daycare or day home in Calgary provided that childcare space is available, and that the childcare provider agrees to participate in the program Newcomers with children under 4 years old are referred to this program when they register for LINC classes at any LINC provider in Calgary and need childcare to complete their classes.

For more information contact Suzanne Risley, Coordinator, Community-Based Care for Newcomer Children at either (403) 354-2356 or s.risley@centrefornewcomers.ca