Friday, December 8, 2017

CFN & Quaker Deliver More Than 200 Winter Coats

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CFN couldn't be more pleased to have distributed more than 200 winter coats on Thursday through our collaboration with the Quaker Oats #WarmWelcome Campaign. With nearly 300,000 newcomers arriving in Canada this year and approximately 100,000 newcomers identifying as in need, Quaker's  #WarmWelcome program wants to lend a helping hand by providing a warm welcome to newcomers in need with a winter coat.  Quaker partnered with local settlement agencies to help identify families that they feel need support the most and one of newcomers’ biggest concerns is our harsh Canadian winters. The #WarmWelcome program lends a helping hand to newcomers, as they face their first winter in Canada. CFN sends a heartfelt thank you Quaker for their amazing campaign and for helping us welcome newcomers to Canada with a smile. For photos of the big event CLICK HERE.


Thursday, December 7, 2017

CFN Clients Fill Shoeboxes For I Love First Peoples

This week, CFN clients from our Canadian Business Essentials for Accountants Program took some time to fill several shoeboxes for the I Love First Peoples Shoebox Project.

I Love First Peoples empowers Indigenous children and youth to succeed through education and the motivation to stay in school, bridging communities through practical projects that promote reconciliation and education.

For the Holiday Season, individuals, schools and community groups across Canada are adopting the gift-filled Shoebox Project as a gesture of friendship that helps students who receive them to celebrate the joy of education.

I Love First Peoples gift-filled shoeboxes represent an opportunity to engage with communities, holding school celebration events with celebrity friends and distributing gift-filled shoeboxes to every child and youth. I Love First People's presently supports students through merits and awards, anti-bullying initiatives, public speaking training and micro business education. Gift-filled shoeboxes are collected year-round — the more that are collected, the more communities that can be served!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women

Today CFN and all of Canada remembers the 14 female engineering students who were murdered at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal on December 6, 1989. They died because they were women. We also commemorate the missing and murdered Indigenous women, the trans-women and each and every woman in Canada and across the world whose lives have been harmed or lost to gender-based violence.

Inspired by the tragedy in Montréal, December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women, established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada. The day now represents a time to reflect on the phenomenon of violence against women in our society. It is also a day for communities and individuals to speak out against all forms of violence against women and its impact on victims and their families and friends.

As well as commemorating the 14 young women whose lives ended in an act of gender-based violence that shocked the nation, December 6 represents an opportunity for Canadians to reflect on the phenomenon of violence against women in our society. It is also an opportunity to consider the women and girls for whom violence is a daily reality, and to remember those who have died as a result of gender-based violence. And finally, it is a day on which communities can consider concrete actions to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

CFN Podcast Centre - Ashely Tedham of The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award


This week The CFN Podcast Centre  had the privilege of sitting down to chat with Ashley Tedham, Executive Director of the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award, Alberta, Northwest Territories, & Nunavut. What made her visit that much more enjoyable is that Ashley is a former facilitator from CFNs long running Youth Possibilities Program and we couldn't be more proud of all that Ashley has done since.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is a global program with the goal of challenging, empowering and recognizing young people between the ages of 14 and 24. From coast to coast to coast since 1963, the award has helped motivate young Canadians to set goals and challenge themselves to take control of their lives and futures. The classroom is not the only place to nurture the potential of one of our country’s greatest natural resources – our youth. The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award strives to reach young Canadians in communities across the country and provide a platform that helps them chart their individual lives and equips them with important life skills.

Today, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award - Canada can be found right across the country, engaging over 51,000 young people and over 2,700 Award Leaders annually. To hear more about Ashley's time here at CFN and the work she is doing today simply click below.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Super Heroes @ CFN

To end our month long activities to combat violence against women and children, in Family Violence Awareness month, CFN invited real life superhero women to our daycare! CFN welcomed the real life heroes from Calgary Police Services as well as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to the Centre yesterday, all while dressing up like our favourite superheroes. Children chose their own super powers - kindness, friendship, sharing and more and we had lots of fun! The campaign's mission is to empower our young people and inspire them with the knowledge that they can do anything, be anything they want to be in Canadian society.

For a photos of the day's events CLICK HERE and for some video highlights as well as an interview with Constable Kim MacDonald of the Calgary Police simply watch below.

Super Heroes @ CFN from CFN Productions on Vimeo.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Quaker's #WarmWelcome Campaign @ CFN

Through a partnership with Brands For Canada, the Quaker company is distributing new coats to six settlement agencies across Canada. CFN couldn't be more pleased to be one of them as more than 200 will receive winter coats next month through the campaign right here at the Centre. 

With nearly 300,000 newcomers arriving in Canada this year and approximately 100,000 newcomers identifying as in needQuaker's  #WarmWelcome program wants to lend a helping hand by providing a warm welcome to newcomers in need with a winter coat. The Quaker brand has a proud history of supporting both local communities and Canadians in need. This campaign is simply an extension of these efforts. Quaker has partnered with local settlement agencies to help identify families that they feel need support the most. One of newcomers’ biggest concerns is our harsh Canadian winters. The #WarmWelcome program lends a helping hand to newcomers, as they face their first winter in Canada.

PepsiCo Foods Canada employs 5,000 Canadians who are united in our commitment to supporting the communities and neighbours where we live and operate. They achieve this through national charitable partnerships, employee volunteerism and philanthropy. PepsiCo strives to support Canadians in need in three ways: building strong communities, nourishing Canadians and preserving the environment. Through their annual Employee Giving Campaign, associates have donated approximately $1 million to registered charities across Canada, with donations matched dollar-for-dollar by the global PepsiCo Foundation. Through their annual Employee Volunteer Campaign, associates have volunteered thousands of hours with community-based organizations across the country. PepsiCo Foods Canada is also a proud partner of Food Banks Canada, donating 7.2 million pounds of food since 2006, with an additional $50,000 in-kind donation in Fall 2017 to support Canadians in need.

CFN thanks PepsiCO Foods Canada and Quaker Oats for their nation wide community support and we look forward to the big event come December here at CFN! 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Giving Tuesday @ CFN

GivingTuesday is about hope about future about love and about community. Most people know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday now we celebrate Giving on this November 28, 2017. It is a global movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Black Friday. The “Opening day of the giving season,” it’s a time when charities, companies and individuals join together and rally for favourite causes. In the same way that retailers take part in Black Friday, the giving community comes together for GivingTuesday.

CFN very much believes the non-profit sector of Calgary is a family of caregivers, helping those who need it most, however, and wherever we can. Each has its own story, its own passion. All of us here at CFN strive towards collaboration with our non-profit family, as in the end, we are all here to help those who need it most, and by extension, help in making Calgary the best city in can possibly be for all who live here - and with 16 formalized partnerships with other community serving agencies, as well as more than 60 employers in the Calgary area, we don't just talk the talk - we walk it as well.

In the end, the non-profit sector is an important contributor to the economic health and vitality of Alberta. Charities and non-profits throughout the province support the quality of life enjoyed in our province, addressing social needs, providing recreational and leisure opportunities, delivering arts and cultural programs and stewarding our natural environment.

We encourage you to donate on GivingTuesday, Nov 28 or throughout the Giving Season, to help support our vision and the ultimate goal for Calgary - a community that values diversity, in which people of all backgrounds find and create opportunities to fulfil dreams and participate fully as citizens.

Giving Tuesday @ CFN from CFN Productions on Vimeo.