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.

Monday, November 27, 2017

CFN named to 2017 Calgary Herald Christmas Fund

In 1991, Calgary Herald employees began a Christmas Fund as a result of the social issues they saw within the community. 2017 marks the 26th anniversary of the Calgary Herald Christmas Fund making a difference and joining the Herald's unwavering commitment to the vulnerable populations of our city, every Holiday Season, Calgary has demonstrated its tremendous generosity of spirit. 26 years later, more than $25 million has been raised by the Herald Christmas Fund with all administrative costs associated with the fund being absorbed by the Calgary Herald; this means one hundred per cent of all funds donated to the campaign go to the recipient agencies. The over arching purpose of the Christmas Fund is to raise awareness around critical social issues including hunger, homelessness, addiction, abuse and violence.

Along with the Centre for Newcomers, this year's Herald Christmas Fund is supporting the Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre, Calgary Counselling Centre, Calgary Seniors’ Resource Society, Calgary Sexual Assault Response Team, Discovery House Family Violence Prevention Society, Further Education Society of Alberta, I Can for Kids Foundation, NorthernStar Mothers Milk Bank Association, Renfrew Recovery Centre, the RESET Society and the Mustard Seed.

To donate to this year’s campaign, please go to The Herald's secure online form or clip out the donation form in the print edition and mail it with your donation to the attached address. For those interested in calling in, please dial 403-235-7481, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

From all of us here at CFN, a huge and heartfelt thank you to the Calgary Herald for 26 years of working to make Calgary the best it can be and for being a leader in dedication and hope in our great city. Your efforts remind us all that we are not alone in trying to make our mark, and that the future will always be brightest when we walk towards it together.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Story Time with the Calgary Public Library @ CFN

Yesterday this writer had the privilege of sitting in during the Calgary Public Library weekly story time session here at CFNs Child Care centre. The wonderful program offered by the library included books, rhymes, and songs and is only one of the many community building services the Calgary Public Library offers our community. Watching the children taken away by words and reading reminded me of years passed.

Story Time @ CFN from CFN Productions on Vimeo.

Long before I fully understood what she said, my mother told me I loved to sit and listen to her read stories, as nothing was better than story time. As I got a little older, I naturally developed a love of books. That said, in the days before the internet, it was always a big event around the household whenever my mother took me down to the magical place of the one and only local library in my sleepy hometown out on the prairies in rural Alberta. By the time I was four years old, trips to the library became a regular part of life, and I so loved going there. I often spent what seemed like hours looking through all the wonderful books stacked in the towering shelves of hope that surrounded me.
Venturing off on my own, I ambled down the narrow aisles amidst a peaceful silence I could find nowhere else in my life and take in the world. Anything with pictures caught my eye in the beginning, and I reached the height of enjoyment while stretching out on the carpeted floor to look through books on animals, movies, and famous places. I always felt as though I was off on a grand adventure; as if I'd escaped the often unstable nature of my childhood. During a day at the library I always felt wrapped in an edifying cloak of silken freedom. I was disappointed whenever the call from my mother came announcing we had to leave. Nevertheless, I looked forward to taking some of the hidden treasure I discovered with me to enjoy.

After we arrived back at home, I most always went straight to my room and closed the door. Stretched out on my bed, I immediately jumped back into the world I brought back with me. The pages themselves seemed even more magical when I viewed them within the confines of my room. It was as though I managed to smuggle in another plain of existence, and the hope and freedom that came with it. My mother often told me when I would later emerge from my room I loved recounting my newfound knowledge to anyone who listened. Despite the digital age in which we live, the library continues to provide this kind of magic and so much more. Further still, both what a library offers and represents may be more important now than ever before

Many people seem to believe that the digital age is about to render libraries and all of those hard copy books on the bookshelves useless.  Although you can find almost anything on the internet,  the key words here are "almost" and "anything." You simply cannot get all you can from a library on the internet and the fact you can stumble across anything in an online world filled with untruths, fake news, trolls and intolerance - in today's world libraries have become no less than essential.
Calgary's New Central Library is set to open November 18th 2018


Libraries connect their communities in a way that benefits everyone. They pool local resources and put them all under one welcoming roof for everyone to share. Libraries play an essential role in providing safe, accessible, and 100% free educational resource centres for every member in communities across the country. At a library, it doesn't matter how much money you make, because every resource there is free of charge, including books, internet access, and educational and professional training programs. Individuals and families, no matter their socioeconomic status, can count on their libraries to provide them with the resources they need to succeed and the answers to important questions they can't otherwise find.

By extension libraries provide a crucial service for the most vulnerable segments of our population. Not only do they offer a safe and free refuge for those who need shelter, but they offer support to those in need. Each morning when public libraries open their doors, they become shelters, along with learning and employment centres for many of Calgary's most vulnerable.

In terms of newcomers to Calgary, libraries play a key role in their development as people from all over the world come to the Canada looking new opportunities. Before they can find success, they need to find a place to learn a new language. Libraries provide English language learners with the opportunity to immerse themselves in their new language, whether it be through periodicals, books, audiobooks, or resources online. Many libraries also offer multilingual books for adults and children that are designed to help new English learners master the language in a fun and engaging way. Increasingly, libraries are also expanding their collection of non-English books to help create a more inclusive environment for every kind of reader, no matter where they are from.

Last but certainly not least are the librarians. Library information science graduates are uniquely positioned to focus on the experience of their library’s users. They understand their information needs and help them navigate complex systems, whether the medium is physical books, an archive, a database or the internet. More than anything else, they provide human contact and interaction, a welcoming face to all those in our communities.

Bottom line - libraries are more more important than ever. Thanks to the Calgary Public Library for joining us regularly here at CFN and for all the incredible work you do for the greater Calgary Community and we ant wait for the new downtown location to open its doors next year!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

CFN CEO Speaks @ Chronic Pain Symposia: Complexities of Managing Chronic Conditions in Vulnerable Populations

As with many Canadian cities, Calgary is at a cross roads in caring effectively for its marginalized populations.  These individuals are at a greater risk for developing chronic conditions such as chronic pain.

CFN CEO Anila Lee Yuen recently spoke at the Calgary Pain Program's Chronic Pain Symposia, focusing on “Complexities of Managing Chronic Conditions in Vulnerable Populations,” on Newcomer Needs in Healthcare and Settlement.  Held at the Richmond Road Diagnostic & Treatment Centre, other topics and speakers included Trauma Informed Care – Gwen Moncayo, Nurse Practitioner, Calgary Urban Project Society (CUPS);  Calgary Recovery Services Task Force Report Recommendations – Dr. Katrina Milaney, PhD, Assistant Professor, Community Rehabilitation & Disability Studies, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary; and Indigenous Awareness and Perspectives – Dr. Lana Potts, Elbow River Healing Lodge and Siksika. 

In the end, the afternoon symposium explored how health care providers can support the well-being of vulnerable members of our community. As an extension of this, CFN's own vulnerable population services focus on domestic violence and homelessness services, as we work collaboratively with agencies with a focus in domestic violence and homelessness, organize events and workshops, provide needs-based settlement services information, resources to assist clients in decision making and referrals to external resources as needed. Further still, our Mental Health Related Services collaborate with agencies working with a focus in mental health, while increasing mental health awareness in communities and organizing events, workshops and campaigns.


Sagesse & Domestic Violence Awareness @ CFN

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According to 2016 Family Violence in Canada Report produced by the Chief Public Health Officer, just under 9 million Canadians, or approximately one in three people, said they experienced some form of abuse before 15 years of age. Women, children, indigenous people, people with disabilities, and those that identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans or questioning are at a greater risk of experiencing family violence and feeling its impacts. However, men are just as susceptible to domestic abuse. According to a May 2016 report on domestic violence produced by the Calgary Police Service, one in five victims of domestic conflict is male.

As a part of Family Violence Prevention month, CFN hosted 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.

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. A big thank you from all of us at CFN to Sagesse for delivering the workshop here at the Centre and for all the work the you for the community. And above all else, let's all continue work together to promote healthy relationships and safe communities across our province and all of Canada.

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. 
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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 r.swaidek@centrefornewcomers.ca 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).

Monday, November 6, 2017

CFN Job Fair Results in 88 Calgarians Hired

On Friday of last week CFN hosted a joint Popeye`s Louisiana Kitchen / Sears Canada Hiring Fair right here at the Centre.  The response was incredible, as despite the icy roads and blowing snow approximately 200 attendees came through our doors. Even more incredible is that no less than 88 people left CFN with a job (78 permanent) Friday afternoon. This represents a truly amazing return, and even more so when considering the improving but still tough economic times here in Alberta these days.

Here at CFN the world we imagine for Calgary is a community that values diversity, in which people of all backgrounds find and create opportunities to fulfil dreams and participate fully as citizens. It is our hope that participating in a collective gathering with other job seekers in the same room allowed those in attendance to discover several things one can use to improve their chances of landing a job. A big tip of the hat to all those here at CFN and the volunteers who worked so hard to make this event happen. Best of luck in your search and keep your eyes open for more upcoming events here at the Centre For Newcomers!

For a few pics of the event CLICK HERE and for a peek inside the busy day that was simply watch below.

CFN Job Fair Results in 88 Calgarians Hired from CFN Productions on Vimeo.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Empower Business Skill Training @ CFN

CFN is happy to announce our collaborative effort with Enactus Calgary to bring our clients Empower Business Skills Training. Enactus Calgary identifies demographics within our city that require support, and work with individuals to help them build the skill sets and knowledge they need to actively change their lives. Their programs focus on entrepreneurial development, economic and environmental sustainability, and financial literacy education.

And this brings us to Empower - a 9 week workshop created for immigrant women who are looking to gain the necessary business skills to start their own businesses in Canada. Many women come to Calgary with a vision of running their own small business out of their home, but are overwhelmed with the amount of bureaucracy that they have to deal with to start their own company. The problem is not that these women lack the skill or drive to be successful, but rather, that they don't know where to begin. This is where Empower comes in.

Empower aims to teach women the basics of starting a business - everything from accounting and marketing, to making a business plan and acquiring funding. Over the course of several sessions, women will be educated on the numerous steps required to start their own business. With the help of a mentor, these women will prepare a business plan and present it to our team for the opportunity to secure some seed capital for their own business endeavours. To register for the upcoming information session at CFN CLICK HERE or contact Ayo at a.kayode@centrefornewcomers.ca 

One Million Newcomers to Arrive in Canada by 2020

CFN CEO Anila Lee Yuen recently appeared on CBCs Calgary Eyeopener to talk about Canada's immigration plans over the next 3 years. By 2020, Canada will see an increase of 13 per cent in overall immigration numbers, with the vast majority coming under economic programs designed to address skills shortages and gaps in the labour market as the population ages and the birth rate declines.

At 340,000 people by 2020, for a total of a million people over the next three years, the increase represents the highest intake since before the First World War. For more details and to hear the full interview Click Here. 


Thursday, November 2, 2017

November Is Family Violence Prevention Month

The facts are simple and concerning.  Today Alberta has one of the highest rates of domestic violence in the entire country. In Calgary alone, police receive more than 18,000 domestic conflict calls per year and one in five of them involve physical violence.

Family Violence Prevention Month started in 1986 as a local initiative in the town of Hinton where four remarkable Albertans, Katherine Kennedy, Sonja Bennett, Faye Wheeler and Glenda Carter, formed The Hinton Society for the Prevention of Family Violence and launched Alberta’s very first family violence education and prevention campaign.

The Society’s goals were to draw public attention to the issue and to evoke positive change in their community. This led to expanding local supports and services for individuals and families in the areas of prevention, protection and rehabilitation. At a time when family violence was never talked about publicly, these courageous women inspired the Alberta Legislature to proclaim every November, Family Violence Prevention Month in Alberta. Today their legacy continues. Hundreds of Alberta communities and thousands of individuals are actively involved in preventing family violence by providing public education and services.

It is for these reasons and more that CFN is proud to be a part of the Calgary Domestic Violence Collective , a group of close to 60 community partners that provides a coordinated response to domestic and sexual violence prevention and intervention.

CDVC is committed to ending domestic violence through collaborative, coordinated intervention and prevention strategies and strongly believes that increasing public awareness, providing education and working to improve legislation can assist in the fight against domestic violence. Looking for ways you can get involved this month? Take a look below.

  • Host a Go Purple Potluck in your community or at work
  • Municipalities can host Go Purple Proclamation events to promote Family Violence Prevention Month
  • Sports teams can wear purple ribbons
  • Coordinate a Purple Ribbon Day or Wear Purple Day
  • Go Purple information booth
  • Put up Family Violence Prevention Month posters in your community
  • Host a Go Purple Community Walk
  • Collect toiletries, toys and books for emergency shelters
  • Host a training session on family violence prevention or awareness
  • Write a letter or email to the editor of your local newspaper on the importance of promoting healthy relationships

           

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Canadian Business Essentials for Accountants @ CFN

In collaboration with SAIT Polytechnic and funded through Alberta Human Services, CFNs Canadian Business Essentials for Accounting accepts experienced and internationally-educated professional accountants and provides them with Canadian workplace knowledge, skills, and abilities to assist them in their job search in Canada.

The graduates also go on to a 2 and half month long work experience practicum with local businesses here in Calgary.  CFN Productions recently sat down with with three CBEA clients. To hear what they have to say about the program watch below.


CBEA Oct 2017 from CFN Productions on Vimeo.

Monday, October 30, 2017

CFN CEO Named to Top 40 Under 40 List


We couldn't more proud to announce CFN CEO Anila Lee Yuen has been named to Avenue Magazine's Top 40 Under 40 list for 2017. From artists and bakers, to doctors and researchers, to entrepreneurs, engineers and inventors this group of Calgarians is moving the city forward. Avenue’s Top 40 Under 40 Class of 2017 is a celebration not only of individual success in its many guises, across a range of sectors, but also of the city that has provided the honourees a home and a foundation for their work.

When she was 23, Anila Umar Lee Yuen received a Governor General’s award for her work with the Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth and the Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association, where she advocated for women and children’s rights. At the awards ceremony, the husband of another recipient brashly suggested that she had “peaked.”

He couldn’t have been more wrong. Since then, Lee Yuen has received an Alberta Centennial Medallion for Community Service, volunteered with the Calgary Stampede’s International Agriculture Committee and completed a degree in behavioural neuroscience.

These days, she’s the CEO at the Centre For Newcomers (CFN), a registered charity that assists around 10,000 immigrants and refugees every year with resettlement. Since coming on board as CEO in 2015, Lee Yuen has spearheaded programming such as volunteer-led refugee supports for vulnerable populations with unique needs.

Among these programs is Calgary’s first settlement service addressing the needs of LGBT immigrants and refugees. “They may be afraid of being in a class learning English with other people from their home country, who might find out they’re gay and call home,” says Lee Yuen. “That could have dire consequences for family or friends in their home countries if being gay is illegal there.” To work around these concerns, CFN meets with these individuals in outside, safe locations. CFN also advocates for understanding from the government on behalf of people who are reluctant to disclose their orientations in official documents for fear of persecution.

New programs aren’t the only things that Lee Yuen has brought to CFN. When she came on board, the organization had accumulated nearly $200,000 in debt, but in the two years she’s been there, Lee Yuen has turned the charity’s finances around. In her first financial quarter as CEO, she brought in $80,000 in donations. Up to that point, the organization was averaging between $10,000 and $12,000 in donations per year, making Lee Yuen’s quarterly total higher than the previous seven years combined. Under her leadership, the CFN ended its last fiscal year with a budget surplus of more than $100,000 and has increased its budget by $2.5 million.

Through all of this, Lee Yuen has been battling chronic depression, a condition for which she has taken medication since she was 19. “There were days, months, complete years where I couldn’t get out of bed, where it was difficult for me to move,” she says. Her experiences have inspired her to advocate for mental health. “I didn’t ever feel safe enough to come out with depression until I got my job as CEO,” she says. “There’s no way anyone could say that my chronic depression is getting in the way of me being successful in my job, but it’s a struggle I deal with every day.”

Source: Avenue Magazine - Andrew Guilbert

Thursday, October 26, 2017

National Arts Centre Event @ CFN

CFN was proud to welcome The National Arts Centre (NAC) for two evenings, which included a workshop on community engagement for diverse artists, exploring methods and strategies for both teaching and sharing music, and an interactive musical performance by Samantha Whelen Kotkas and Walter MacDonald White Bear. A unique one of kind experience, the evening produced some beautiful music, as well as a lot of fun and learning for all those in attendance.

CFN would like to thank the National Arts Centre as well as Samantha and Walter for sharing with us and building community here in Calgary and all across the country. For a quick peek at last night's performance, as well as to hear from Water himself take a look below.

National Arts Centre Event @ CFN from CFN Productions on Vimeo.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

This is CFN

The city of Calgary has come to know CFN over the last three decades; a key not-for-profit resource centre for the city's’s immigrants and refugees of all nationalities to receive settlement and integration services and information. Founded in 1988, the Centre provides training programs and collaborative support services to promote full integration, cultural diversity, community participation, and citizenship, to more than 10,000 newcomers each year. But it's so much more than that...

CFN Productions has brought you countless pieces on the Centre's programs, services, staff, clients and volunteers over the last year. That being said, we never have we put together a production just about CFN, until now. Click below and watch This is CFN: Build Community, Create Hope, Inspire Love.  

This is CFN: Build Community, Create Hope, Inspire Love from CFN Productions on Vimeo.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

CFN Salutes United Nations Day

UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being.

The United Nations, as an organization, is well known to just about everyone around the world. They participate in activities ranging from assistance in times of disaster, both those coming from natural disasters and those caused by the wages of war. They offer medical assistance to those in need in these places, as well as providing clean water, food, and places to rest and recover.

The UN has been represented as both hero and villain depending on which movie or show you wind up watching. United Nations Day celebrates the foundation of this great organization, and is a great opportunity for you to learn the truth about its past, its present, and what its plans are for the future.

All the member states of the United Nations contribute finances to its operation to help further its goals. Aside from World Peace its role has grown to include protecting human rights, promoting social and economic development, and providing aid around the world in cases of famine, natural disaster, and armed conflict.The UN also represents a series of specialized agencies that enable it to do its job in each of the areas it focuses on, groups like the FAO (Food and Agricultural Organization), the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency), and more each handle their own individual aspect of its operation.

Celebrating United Nations Day can be done by getting to know about this great organization and the differences it makes in your life. Some of the basic rights and privileges enjoyed by people around the world are a result of the work done by the United Nations. Recently, access to the Internet was declared a basic human right, a declaration which ensures that everyone has access to the world wide information and communication network. While this doesn’t guarantee that everyone will have the ability to access the internet, it does guarantee that everyone has the right to.

Additionally, celebrations are held around the world. Some of them are as simple as lighting up bridges and buildings with the trademark blue of the United Nations, others represent art from around the world and are used as part of an Art Installation.

Why is the UN still an important part of the global community? A quote former UN secretary general says it best, "More than ever before in human history, we share a common destiny. We can master it only if we face it together. And that, my friends, is why we have the United Nations."

source: un.org

Servus Credit Union Grant @ CFN

Servus Credit Union's Marlene Mullinger recently stopped by CFN to drop off a generous donation to CFN as a part of their community investment program. Community building and helping people are two of the guiding principles that sit at the of CFN. Servus Credit Union is also guided by the principles, as they are commitment to going beyond simply investing dollars. In addition to donations and sponsorships, Servus supports charitable organizations, service clubs, and community groups through employee fundraising and volunteerism.

A natural extension of being member-owned, building up neighbourhoods and supporting worthy causes to enhance the quality of life for everyone in the communities where Servus Credit Union operates. Some of the areas they invest their community builders efforts are initiatives - developing and supporting initiatives to meet identified needs in the community; employee involvement - Servus Credit Union employees give much of their time to causes they are passionate about; Partnerships - always seeking for opportunities to develop partnerships with people and organizations that share common goals for the future; and Scholarship endowments - providing endowments for scholarships and awards at post-secondary schools across Alberta. The Centre for Newcomers offers its heartfelt thanks to Servus Credit Union for their support and for their consistent efforts in building community here in Calgary.


Monday, October 23, 2017

Women's Self Defense Classes @ 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 October 27th, 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 r.swaidek@centrefornewcomers.ca for more details! And for some photos of the class CLICK HERE.

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

Friday, October 20, 2017

Discover Canada: How Would You Do on a Canadian Citizenship Exam?

Getting your Canadian citizenship is a huge rite of passage for newcomers to the country. But before you can become a citizen, you have to pass an exam that tests your knowledge of Canada's history, political system and more. Those taking the exam have 30 minutes to finish, and need to get 15 out of 20 questions right to get a passing grade.

Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship study guide is used by newcomers to study for the citizenship test. It also contains information about the history of Canada, how our government works, symbols of Canada and its regions.

This is the only official study guide available from Citizenship and Immigration Canada at no cost. If you have applied for citizenship and are preparing for the citizenship test, your primary resource should be the official study guide. Download your full copy here and whether about to take your exam or born and raised in Canada try a few questions out below and see how you do!

          

Thursday, October 19, 2017

First Calgary Community Grant @ CFN

First Calgary's Tom Holloway recently stopped by CFN to deliver a generous donation to CFN as a part of First Calgary Financial's community grant programs. First Calgary offers grants to non-profit organizations, societies, charities, cooperatives, and social enterprises who share values that are consistent with their own. In 2016, they provided support to more than 100 community organizations across southern Alberta through these programs, including:

  • $850,240 in total community contributions in 2016 (includes funds leveraged from external stakeholders and in-kind support)
  • 1,547 volunteer hours donated by employees
  • 1st in Alberta to introduce an alternative to high-interest payday loans, with our fast and responsible Cash Crunch Loan
Through donations, partnerships and sponsorship funds, First Calgary is making an impact through four focus areas: building community pride and revitalization; supporting entrepreneurship & skills training; providing financial education and inclusion; and affordable housing. The Centre for Newcomers salutes First Calgary for being an integral part of building community in Calgary and for their generous support of CFN.  

First Calgary's Tom Calloway and CFN CEO Anila Lee Yuen

End of an Era as Sears Holds Job Fair @ CFN

On Friday November 3rd, from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm, CFN will host a Sears Job Fair, as Sears South Centre is looking to hire up 50 temporary workers to assist with the closing process of its store. Positions available include shipping and receiving, merchandise flow, cashiers and customer service. Sears will be joined by Popeye's, who will also be on site interviewing for service crew, cooks, dishwashers and cashiers.

Sears was a profoundly Canadian store and a titan of the industry for decades. When this writer was just a kid, one of my fondest memories was when the new Sears catalogue would show up at the local post office every fall. Raised in a small farm town on the central plains of Alberta, there were no shopping centres or malls anywhere within hundreds of kilometres,  so the thick Sears catalogue that arrived each year was a mystical window into another world where all kinds of stuff beyond imagination was at my finger tips.

The arrival of the catalogue also signalled the slow but steady beginning of Christmas season, as hours would be spent going through the large toy section, marking off everything I wanted Santa to leave under the Christmas tree. It was a magical experience indeed and I always wondered just how many of the requests made would show up Christmas morning each year.

Sears Canada will now close its final 74 full-line stores and eight Sears Home stores as it undergoes a full liquidation process. It’s the end of an era as a Canadian giant of merchandising shuts its many doors for the final time and passes into the annals of Canadian history.

To register for the upcoming job fair email v.stikic@centreforneecomers.ca 

CFN @ the Marda Loop Justice Film Festival

The Marda Loop Justice Film Festival presents some of the world’s best documentaries on the issues that are important to us as individuals, Canadians, global citizens, and humans. Influential documentaries from international filmmakers have been brought to more than 30,000 people in the Calgary area and across Canada, and thanks to our sponsors, we’ve done it free of charge.

Since its start in 2006,  the festival has grown 100%, from a three-day festival with two venues to a six-day festival in four venues. In addition to the annual festival,  justREEL, a year-round film series, has also become a part of the local arts landscape here in Calgary.

In 2016, the documentaries presented were chosen from a submission pool of more than 1000 filmmakers from over 100 countries. Every screening, whether it’s a festival presentation or part of justREEL, includes a discussion with the filmmaker or experts on the film’s topic; these conversations are lively, inclusive and enlightening, occasionally charged or even contentious, but always thought-provoking. CFN's very own Bukurie Mino will sit on the panel following the screening of Vincent De La Torre's Trails of Hope and Terror, to discuss the film about Latin Americans crossing into the U.S. and it's examination of why immigrants continue risking their lives to do so.  We look forward to being there.  For more information check out their website and to watch a preview of De La Torre's film simply click below.

Trails of Hope and Terror [Trailer] from Vincent De La Torre on Vimeo.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Time To Vote Calgary

Today is Calgary's municipal election day. No matter what your point of view, no matter which candidate you support, voting is an integral and important part of being Canadian. When it comes to those new to Calgary, the right to vote in Canada is pivotal for newcomers to become full participants in their adopted homeland. Being able to vote is an opportunity to express one's opinions and steer the political direction of the country - something foreign to many newcomers.

According to a national survey, the right to vote is definitely something new citizens cherish as a milestone in their immigration journey. The study done by Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC) examined political participation of new citizens who received their citizenship between May 2012 and November 2014. In 2014, Canada swore in more than 260,000 new citizens. As these people enter the body politic, by definition, they are also changing it. Some findings of the study can be seen below and bottom line - get out and vote today Calgary!
• 48 per cent of new citizens felt permanent residents should be allowed to vote in municipal elections;
• 23 per cent reported having emailed or called an elected official about an issue;
• 26 per cent had personally spoken with a candidate during their first election;
• 10 per cent had put a candidate sign on the front lawn;
• 5 per cent had donated money to a political party or candidate;
• 12 per cent had attended an all-candidates debate/meeting;
• 7 per cent had volunteered on a political campaign;
• 6 per cent had become a member of a political party;
• 46 per cent cited lack of knowledge of the issues and knowledge of the process as reasons not to vote;
• 6 per cent said they didn’t vote because of the lack of interest and dissatisfaction with the government or political system.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Flu Shot Time @ CFN

This year CFN is partnering with Pacific Place PHARMASAVE for the annual influenza immunization campaign. Starting October 23, 2017, staff and clients are invited to receive the vaccine at the pharmacy located in the Pacific Plaza Mall just few steps away from the Centre.
Immunization is a benefit provided at no charge for those with a valid Alberta Health Care card and there is no pre-registration.

Bottom line, getting immunized is one of the best ways to prevent influenza. If you have influenza, you can be sick for 5 to 10 days, but it can take weeks to fully recover. By protecting yourself, you help protect people around you who are at risk of complications from influenza. If more people are protected, less people will get sick from influenza. To download Alberta Health Services information sheet on immunization simply click here. 


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

CFN Productions Talks to CBEA Grads

In collaboration with SAIT Polytechnic and funded through Alberta Human Services, CFNs Canadian Business Essentials for Accounting accepts experienced and internationally-educated professional accountants and provides them with Canadian workplace knowledge, skills, and abilities to assist them in their job search in Canada. The graduates also go on to a 2 and half month long work experience practicum with local businesses here in Calgary.  CFN Productions recently sat down with with recent grads Abraham Tumebo and Maria Kotlyarov who this week, along with all CBEA students, will begin their work placement.  To hear what they have to say about the program watch below.

CBEA Grads @ CFN from CFN Productions on Vimeo.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Hiring Fair @ CFN

On Friday CFN held yet another hiring fair, this time collaborating with Loblaws looking to take on board warehouse workers and order assemblers here in the Calgary Location. More than 100 people attended the 3 hour event, organized by CFNs Career Development wing.

Here at CFN the world we imagine for Calgary is a community that values diversity, in which people of all backgrounds find and create opportunities to fulfil dreams and participate fully as citizens. It is our hope that participating in a collective gathering with other job seekers, and multiple employers in the same room allowed those in attendance to discover several things one can use to improve their chances of landing a job. A big tip of the hat to all those here at CFN and the many volunteers who worked so hard to make this event happen . Best of luck in your search and keep your eyes open for more upcoming events here at the Centre For Newcomers! For more photos of the day CLICK HERE.