Wednesday, March 29, 2017

CFN Podcast Centre - Alberta Human Rights Commission

The Alberta Human Rights Commission has a two-fold mandate: to foster equality and to reduce discrimination. It fulfils this mandate through public education and community initiatives, through the resolution and settlement of complaints of discrimination, and through human rights tribunal and court hearings.

The Alberta Human Rights Commission has a number of programs and services to educate and engage with Albertans and Alberta organizations in human rights and diversity. Information and promotional resources, education programs and other services, such as workshops, displays and consultations with organizations, help to build awareness of human rights principles and law and support individuals and organizations to create discrimination-free, welcoming and inclusive communities, organizations and workplaces.

This week the CFN Podcast Centre had the chance to talk Cam Stewart of the Alberta Human Rights Commission's Education and Engagement Unit. A veteran of the Calgary Police force and a long time community builder, it was a pleasure having Cam on the show.  For more information on the commission  visit their website and to hear Cam's thoughts on the importance of standing up to acts of discrimination, his time on Calgary Police Diversity Unit and more simply click below.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

CFN to Attend Calgary Homeless Foundation I Heart YYC Forum

For the past two years, under the I Heart Home YYC brand and as the backbone organization supporting Calgary’s collective vision of delivering on the goals of Calgary’s Plan to End Homelessness, Calgary Homeless Foundation (CHF) has convened a bi-annual gathering of Chairs of the Board of Director’s and CEO’s of agencies, foundations, government partners and other members engaged in Calgary’s Homeless-Serving System of Care. At the 3rd Connectivity Breakfast in October, 2016, attendees prioritized 3 things that they believed, as a community, we could achieve before the end of 2018 that would advance ending homelessness in Calgary - and set the stage for our sector’s ongoing work beyond Calgary’s Plan to End Homelessness.

House More People. (10,000 people 2008 - 2018) 8,000 housed to date.
Build More Futures. (+600 units) 425+ units built to date.
Save More Lives. Ensure Calgary has a high-performing system of care that provides single point of access and assessment, works collaboratively across the sector and is integrated with big systems. In addition, the system of care will be informed by quality data, rigorous performance and outcome measurements

On Thursday, April 12 CFN will attend a Communications Mixer aimed at crafting and engaging the plan to elevate conversation around the 3 Things, tell stories of success and by extension help agencies and our community achieve its goals. CHF, as part of its commitment to I Heart Home YYC, will be hosting the gathering to provide an overview of the 3 Things initiative, the framework of the Communications Strategy, and to solicit input on how we can collaborate more closely on fulfilling the goals of 3 Things.The goal is to provide everyone an overview of the 3 Things, and an opportunity to network/get to know peers from other agencies and to create an opportunity for everyone to start thinking about how they, (and their agency), can get involved with 3 Things in meaningful ways. 

         

Friday, March 24, 2017

CFN Podcast Centre - LGBTQ Evolutions

Society revolves around the production, engagement and evolution of narratives. Some will be more grandiose than others, but all are important to the overall make up of civilizations the world over. By extension, the investigation of narrative, its elements, techniques, and forms; its relations to other modes of discourse; its power and influence in cultures past and present becomes vital to the comprehension and evolution of society and self.

Distress and inequality have contributed to deep social, cultural and emotional challenges for Canada’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and queer (LGBTQ) community. Historical experiences such as prejudice, systemic discrimination, and struggles with personal identity have had a negative impact upon Canada’s LGBT community as a whole. But this narrative is changing, as LGBTQ rights in Canada are some of the most advanced in the world.  Same-sex marriage was legalized in eight of ten provinces and one of three territories beginning in 2003 and on July 20, 2005, Canada became the first country outside Europe and only the fourth country in the entire world to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide after the enactment of the Civil Marriage Act.  Same-sex adoption has also been legal in all provinces and territories under varying rules. Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in employment, housing, and public and private accommodations is banned nationwide. Transgender people are allowed to change their legal gender in all provinces and territories under varying rules. 

That being said, the LGBTQ narrative is now in the midst of the internal growth and evolutionary leap that comes with such an impactful shift in societal perspective. This week's podcast we speak with Family Law Lawyer and LGBTQ community leader Johnathan Griffith about these issues as the relate to our corner of the world. CLICK HERE to listen to Jonathan's thoughts on Calgary Outlink, the Alberta Bar in terms of LGBTQ issues, as well as CFNs collaborative effort in an innovative initiative called the LGBTQ New Canadian Resiliency Project.   

Thursday, March 23, 2017

What Will They Say About You?

An online commercial recently released by Nike portraying Arab women fencing, boxing and more, as was intended, has stirred controversy over its attempt to deconstruct stereotypes about women leading home-bound lives in a conservative region of the world. It begins with a woman peeking out of her doorway and adjusting her hijab before heading our for a run, while a female voice narrates, “What will they say about you?"

“What will they say about you?” is a question with which many young Arab females are cinsitently challenged. Women are met with this phrase from all sides when they attempt to something culturally unexpected taking their actions or behaviours the beyond social norms of their society.The ad features athletes from the Arab region, including Parkour Trainer, Amal Mourad; Figure Skater, Zahra Lari; Pop Singer; Balquees Fathi; Fencer, Inès Boubakri; and Boxer, Arifa Bseiso.  Check it out below.

         

CJSW Salutes CFN

Another part of a yet another busy week at CFN, was accepting an invitation from CJSW 90.9 FM to come down to their University of Calgary Campus Studio to talk with Peter Oliver, host of The Palgary Almanac. As a part of their CJSW Salutes Campaign, the work we do here at CFN will be highlighted by CJSW throughout the month of April.

CJSW has been on the air for more than 30 years and has played an important role in the landscape of independent radio, media, the arts and culture here in Calgary since its inception. Once the new kid on the block, CJSW is an established, professional and important par of the Calgary community, and its 250+ volunteers and staff make it one of the most successful stations of its kind in all of North America, From punk, blues, folk and world; from international acts to local bands trying to make good, and talk radio that gives the city’s many cultural communities a voice, CJSW is, in a word, Calgary. We would like to extend our thanks to the entire CJSW team for inviting us to be a part of CJSW Salutes and for the work they do for our community each and every day.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

CFN CEO Joins in on CBC's Canada 150 Campaign

With 2017 marking Canada's 150th Birthday, CBC will be at the heart of Canada's anniversary year, sharing Canadian stories to celebrate the past, the present and the future, including the perspectives of the Indigenous Peoples of Canada, whose history extends far beyond these past 150 years. This multi platform-programming offer will take all Canadians on a journey, while helping them discover a vision of Canada's future together.

One of the many parts of CBC's year long Canada 150 campaign are 30 second spots  featuring community leaders across the country sharing what they love best about Canada. CFNs very own CEO Anila Lee Yeun is one such featured community builder. To hear Anila's favourite thing about Canada, click below.

CBC Celebrates Canada's 150th with CFN CEO from CFN Productions on Vimeo.

YYC Community Builders - The Discovery House

Continuing with our series, Discovery House has been an important YYC Community Builder for nearly four decades. Discovery House was founded in 1980 as the first post-emergency women's shelter in Calgary. For more than 35 years, our programs and services have evolved to meet the ever-changing needs of women and children. Discovery House plays a predominant role in breaking the cycle of domestic violence in our city by finding safe and sustainable housing and providing support services for women and children.

Domestic violence, however, continues to lurk in the shadows not far from where we all live and
work. We need many hands in many places to begin to bend the curve on domestic violence
downward. Real and sustainable cultural change is grounded in the actions of many. As a
community, we own this agenda and we must work together to open the doors on collaborative
action.

Monique Auffrey is Executive Director of Discovery House and brings to the role both experience and a successful track record locally, nationally and internationally in leadership, program and fund development. Monique was recently re-appointed as an International Advisory Board Member to the Global Institute of Social Work. She also serves as a community volunteer for the Sunalta Community Association and Two Wheel View. She is a both a leader and innovator in today's non profit sector.

CFN thanks both the Discovery House and Monique for the tremendous work in helping build community in YYC and in doing so, helping to make our great city the best it can be. For more information visit their website and to hear Monique's own words on the Discovery House and the role non-profits play in society simply watch below.

YYC Community Builders: Discovery House from CFN Productions on Vimeo.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed with a series of events and activities worldwide on March 21 each year. The day aims to remind people of racial discrimination’s negative consequences. It also encourages people to remember their obligation and determination to combat racial discrimination.

In partnership with the Alberta Network of Immigrant Women, Students' Association of Mount Royal University (SAMRU) is proud to have presented a full day conference: Understanding the Impact of Racism. This event was open to MRU students, faculty, staff, as well as the general public and CFN was happy to attend such a worthwhile event. For a quick peek inside the conference watch below.

Understanding the Effects of Racism Conference from CFN Productions on Vimeo.

3 Things For Canada

3 Things for Canada asks all Canadians what they would give to Canada for her 150th birthday. CFN is honoured and happy to take part in this initiative of the Mayor's Civic Engagement Committee which was itself inspired by Mayor Nenshi 3 Things for Calgary campaign.

Take a look below at Volume 3 in our series, this time with CFN Clients Foram and Malak.

3 Things for Canada @ CFN Volume III from CFN Productions on Vimeo.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Happy Nowruz from CFN

With nearly 100,000 Iranian born residents and more than 160,000 residents of Iranian descent living in Canada, as well as nearly 40,000 Afghans, well over a quarter of million people begin celebrating the New Year today. The exact moment of the new year is called Tahvil and Nowruz lasts 12 days in Iran. The Persian New Year marks the first day of spring and the celebration's origins can be traced back to the Zoroastrian tradition. The word Nowruz is a compound word, combining "now" which means "new," and "roz" which means "day."As the holiday coincides with the vernal equinox, its date changes every year. For more photos of today's CFN Persian New Year celebrations CLICK HERE and from all of us here at CFN, Happy New Year!


CFN CEO Heads South to Take Part in U.S. State Department Program

CFN CEO Anila Lee Yuen is currently touring the United States with The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).  She is touring with Louisa Taylor of Refugee 613 in Ottawa, Jodie Creaser, and Amada Aldama of Regroupement Interculturel de Drummondville.   

The program is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. Through short-term visits to the United States, current and emerging foreign leaders in a variety of fields experience this country firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts. Professional meetings reflect the participants’ professional interests and support the foreign policy goals of the United States.

Each year nearly 5,000 International Visitors come to the U.S. on the IVLP. More than 200,000 International Visitors have engaged with Americans through the IVLP, including more than 335 current or former Chiefs of State or Heads of Government. There is no application as participants are nominated and selected annually by the staff at U.S. Embassies around the world. For more information check out the IVLP website and for updates of three week journey just follow us on Twitter.  

Thursday, March 16, 2017

CFN Attends Calgary Outlink's Heart of Excellence Launch Party

Calgary Outlink is the LGBTQ+ community hub for YYC providing peer support, information, education, and resources to LGBTQ+ Calgarians. Calgary Outlink's Heart of Excellence is an awards ceremony and gala fundraiser. It will honour outstanding individuals in Calgary's LGBTQ+ community by paying tribute to their contribution to community service, leadership, business, arts, and mentorship in Alberta.The Heart of Excellence awards hopes to inspire LGBTQ+ youth and community members to make an incredibly vibrant LGBTQ+ community within our extraordinary accepting city.

CFN is currently exclusively partnering with Calgary Outlink for the New Canadians Resiliency Project. This project aims to strengthen LGBTQ New Canadians’ resiliency, while helping them avoid the challenges associated with being LGBTQ and new to Canada. It facilitates belonging with Calgary's LGBTQ community; engagement with immigrant serving organizations; and creates successful integration into the Calgary Community. The project is designed to increase the number of supportive connections in client lives and produce greater feelings of acceptance in the community. To hear more about last night's event, the Heart of Excellence awards, and the New Canadians project simply click below.

Heart of Excellence Launch Party from CFN Productions on Vimeo.

CFNs 7th Annual Resource Fair

Here at CFN we strongly believe community organizations play an important role in the settlement and integration sector and as a result we are always searching ways to better serve the people of Calgary. With this in mind, we are holding our 7th Annual Resource Fair.  At the heart of this event is our belief that the non-profit sector is an important contributor to the economic health and vitality of Calgary. 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, to help make Calgary the best city in can be for all who live here.

Join us and an a long list of organizations from across the city as we promote the services and opportunities available in our great city. This event is free of charge and open to all members of the community. More details below.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

YYC Community Association Awareness Month

There are 151 community associations in Calgary providing you with endless opportunities right in your backyard, events that bring you together as neighbours, and a voice on behalf of your community on issues that affect you. You may not be aware these community associations are run by volunteers - your neighbours, your friends, and maybe even your family. In fact, there are over 20,000 volunteers involved, making it the largest collective volunteer movement here in Calgary!

The Federation of Calgary Communities is spearheading the 2017 Community Awareness Campaign. This special month of community engagement, proclaimed as such by Mayor Nenshi himself, kicked off yesterday with “How Will YOU Be Part of It" being this year's campaign name. For more information watch below.

YYC Community Association Awareness Month from CFN Productions on Vimeo.

CFN Partners with Calgary's Best Walks & Calgary Public Library

In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, Lori Beattie, author of Calgary’s Best Walks and owner or Fit Frog Adventures, is partnering with the Calgary Public Library and the Centre for Newcomers to build communities through walking. She is donating 1500 copies of her book, Calgary’s Best Walks, to give to Calgarians. The best way to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday is to introduce Calgarians to their wonderful city, to help them connect communities on foot, to meet their neighbours in all quadrants, to stay active and fit and most importantly, to make Calgary feel like home.

The simple walk, left, right, left, right, is the perfect way to get to know Calgary. At a walkers pace you’ll learn how the city connects geographically, where to go for a great cup of coffee and also, you’ll interact with the people who live in each quadrant as we stroll past.

Fresh, crisp air, big blue skies, nature tucked into all neighbourhoods, hidden stairways, over 500 km of paved pathways and wonderful independent cafe’s where you can stop and recharge.

Each walk will be approximately 2 hours in length and about 7-9 km. All ages are welcome. Translation into various languages will be part of every walk.  Check the walk description to see the languages spoken on each walk. The first 150 people registered receive a copy of Lori’s book, Calgary’s Best Walks.

Walks may travel through neighbourhoods, into parks and climb stairs or hills to viewpoints. Uneven terrain is common. Please note that most walks are NOT stroller or wheelchair friendly due to travel through natural area parks with narrow dirt pathways and/or stairs. Please read each walk description for specific walk details.

The focus of the walks is to connect the city on foot. Although these are not interpretive walks, there will be breaks and time for questions en route. Lori Beattie, author of Calgary’s Best Walks, will be leading the walks along with another guide so that the group can break into two if necessary.

What to bring: Good footwear for uneven terrain, clothing to suit the weather (walks go rain or shine), money in case you want to stop for a coffee or food (optional)


May and June Calgary walks: 
Making Calgary feel like home, one step at a time!

Tuesday, May 2: 6:30 pm: Alexander Calhoun Library, SW 
Explore Sandy Beach Park, River Park, Elbow River Pathway and the communities of Elbow Park, Mount Royal and Altadore.
Language of guides: English, French and Punjabi

Saturday, May 13: 10 am:  Bowness Library, NW
Walk through the community of Bowness to the trails of Bowmont Natural Environment Park
Language of guides: English, French and Arabic

Victoria Day Monday, May 22 at 10 am: Weaslehead Park and Glenmore Reservoir, SW
Walk and picnic (optional picnic after the walk- bring food if interested)

Meet at Weaslehead Parking lot, 66 Avenue and 37 Street, SW
This is a wilderness park with a mix of paved and gravel pathways. Families are welcome and encouraged on this walk. Young children may like to stop with their parent and enjoy the wetlands, or play in the playground nearby. Details for these options will be provided. There is one hill climb at the end of this walk.
Language of guides: English, French and Tagalog

Wednesday: May 31 at 6:30 pm: Louise Riley Library, NW (Lions Park LRT)
Explore the neighborhoods of Hounsfield Heights, Hillhurst and Bow River Pathway and Briar Hill
Language of guides: English, French and Spanish

Saturday: June 3 at 1 pm: Central Library, SE (City Hall LRT), SE-NE
Walks from the library to the East Village, along the Bow River Pathway Riverwalk, cross to the north side of Bow River and soak up expansive views of the Rocky Mountains from Tom Campbell’s Hill Park. Continue through the neighborhood of Bridgeland along side-streets and green space escarpment trails.
Language of guides: English, French and Mandarin

Wednesday, June 7 at 6:30 pm: Nicholls Family Library, SW (Westbrook LRT)
Explore the community of Wildwood, Edworthy Park and the Douglas Fir Trail, Mother Natures Stairmaster.
Language of guides: English, French and Amharic

Sunday, June 18 at 1 pm: Nose Hill Park, NW
Meet at the official Parking Lot of Berkley Gate and 14 Street, NW

Nose Hill Park is the highest point in Calgary. We’ll climb to spectacular views followed by dips into aspen filled coulees. This is a wilderness park walk with a mix of paved and gravel pathways. Families are welcome and encouraged on this walk.
Language of guides: English, French and Urdu

Tuesday, June 27 at 6:30 pm: Memorial Park Library, SW 
Walk from the Beltline, Elbow River Pathway, Erlton, Roxboro Natural Park escarpment, Parkhill, Stanley Park, East Elbow, Mission.
Language of guides: English, French and Tigrinya

Registration for all walks is free and will begin in April and online through the Calgary Public Library. 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

CFN to Attend Exceedia's Millennial Financial Roundtable

Exceedia will host a roundtable discussion on financial literacy for, with and by millennials on May 10th 2017. Exceedia is a solution focused company invested in the long-term economic well-being of our families and our communities. Through financial literacy, financial planning, tax savings and development of the micro and small business community, their team of dedicated professionals serve the highest standards of ethics, knowledge and service with a value-based, holistic solution to meet the changing needs of Canadian families.

The millennial generation is known as the most educated generation in history; one-third have earned a Bachelor’s degree or above by age 33. With higher education comes higher debt. Two-thirds of the millennial generation begin their careers with an average of $27,000 in student loan debt according to a 2014 study by the Pew Research Center. Low credit scores, large amounts of debt, a lack of financial know-how, and a culture of immediate gratification puts this generation in a crisis situation unique from any experienced by their parents or grandparents.

Financial firms that supply tools and resources to help Millennials get a better grasp on their finances and manage their debt will be seen as valued and trusted advisors. Millennials will be more likely to seek out advice from a source they trust, and will be more likely to seek out products and services that will help them in the future. How does the financial industry currently approach financial education for Millennials and what strategies are working? What do Millennials want and where are they finding it now?

Whether it’s by explaining the importance of financial products and services, engaging in partnership with the local community and school system, or providing education online for easy access, there is a huge opportunity to help Millennials succeed financially, focusing on their future. Educating this generation and helping them become financially savvy will significantly increase the likelihood that they will become financially secure, thus contributing to the overall financial well-being of our economy and our community.

This roundtable will start with an open discussion of helping define what constitutes financial security, transition into current resources available to meet these needs, and finish with ideas and recommendations as to what needs to be developed to meet the gaps. For more information and to register for this free event CLICK HERE. 

Monday, March 13, 2017

CFN Attends Opening Night of Theatre Calgary's A Thousand Splendid Suns

Photo courtesy LA Times
As the curtains rose Friday night, the visual grandeur that envelopes A Thousand Splendid Suns, a world premiere co-production from Theatre Calgary and San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theatre, was on full display.  An ethereal moon rises softly over an aching violet sky, enlightening the desolate mountains below and the backdrop of the enormous tableau that changes throughout with poignant lighting and the subtle movement of time.

The story, based on Khaled Hosseini's follow-up to The Kite Runner and adapted for the stage by Ursula Rani Sarma, is set in Afghanistan and is about a free-spirited young girl named Laila who loses her family to an attack on the city. Just 15 and alone, she marries Rasheed - a much older man who is a product of the oppressive and misogynistic culture in which he was raised. Laila seeks comfort from Rasheed's first wife Mariam. From the dishonour of her illegitimate birth, to her being unable to have children, to now being replaced by a younger wife, she has already long suffered a life of relentless torment by the time Laila arrives in her home.

Photo courtesy Mercury News
Whereas The Kite Runner concentrates on fathers and sons, A Thousand Splendid Suns traverses the lives of mothers and daughters, as the two women become implausible partners in the face of an unsympathetic and inescapable destiny. They suffer mental abuse, physical beatings, out right starvation and even the constant threat of death. Living out their lives together under the same roof and sharing the same abusive husband, together they do their best to raise a child. And it is this heartfelt collaboration that produces their very survival.

There is no hint of pretence in either the story or the incredible performances of the two female leads, which explains why there was noticeable sobbing throughout theatre on this opening night. No, it is not an easy story to digest. Not in the slightest. Women are pounded into the ground in this world, an element that is vital to the weight of Hosseini's story. That being said, by the end of the tale the audience is not only left with tears, but with the fire of beauty within. A Thousand Splendid Suns, above all else, is a story of life and the hope that will always fuel it, the bravery that comes with offering another soul loyalty and love, and the inescapable struggle that comes with living out the human experience.

Photo courtesy Mercury News
CFN would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Theatre Calgary for the invitation to not only attend what was an amazing performance, but also for highlighting, and thus making,  7 members of the CFN staff a part of this very special event for Calgary.  Theatre Calgary interviewed immigrant women living throughout our city about their journey to Canada and share their stories in visual displays throughout the Max Bell Theatre lobby. An additional thank you to Jennifer Taylor for her efforts in working with our staff to make this part of A Thousand Splendid Suns run come to fruition. And last but not least, CFN salutes Theatre Calgary for bringing such stories to our city, stories that shape and define us. We look forward to working with you again and keep up the great work. For a few photos of the evening CLICK HERE. 

Friday, March 10, 2017

CFN to Attend Understanding the Impact of Racism Conference @ MRU

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed with a series of events and activities worldwide on March 21 each year. The day aims to remind people of racial discrimination’s negative consequences. It also encourages people to remember their obligation and determination to combat racial discrimination.

Various activities and events are arranged in many countries worldwide on this day. Previous activities included a webcast from the UN headquarters on March 21 featuring special appearances of UN leaders. Such events aim to help young people voice their opinions, find ways to fight racism, and promote tolerance in their communities and in their lives.

This year, in partnership with the Alberta Network of Immigrant Women, Students' Association of Mount Royal University (SAMRU) is proud to present a full day conference: Understanding the Impact of Racism. This event is open to MRU students, faculty, staff, as well as the general public and CFN looks forward to attending.

By providing a public forum where meaningful discussions about racism, bigotry, and intolerance can be held,  SAMRU hopes to promote mutual understanding and learning. To this end, the hope is to create an environment where those problematic beliefs and attitudes can be examined and challenged, and encourage anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive practices. For more information and to register for this event visit the event page. 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Canadian Cultural Competency Quiz

How good is your Canadian workplace etiquette? Take the quiz below and find out. Canadian workplaces are made up of people from many different backgrounds. You will find yourself working amongst others of various cultures, religions, beliefs and abilities. To be successful in an increasingly global economy and diverse social climate, it is important to value this diversity and conduct yourself in a manner that aligns with the principles of equity and inclusion. Try to understand what motivates people’s behaviours as well as your own in order to ensure a cohesive work environment. Respect that others are different from you, that you are different from them, and understand that valuing these differences are important to an effective group dynamic.

Although this document contains tips on typical Canadian workplace etiquette, there will be many people in the workplace who will be influenced by their own background or beliefs. In cases where people don't conform to the what's stated here, they may not be simply rude, but acting in accordance to what they know to be proper behaviour. Knowing this will make your dealings with co-workers and clients more successful. In fact, this is a highly valued skill in the workplace – cultural competency – that is, the ability to operate effectively in cross-cultural situations. So give the quiz below as shot and see how you do! Answer is available for download at the bottom of this post.



Download Answer Key Here

source: proprofs.com & centennialcollege.ca

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

CFN Recognises International Women's Day

Here at CFN we're asking you to #BeBoldForChange for International Women's Day 2017. Whether you call on the masses or simply call on yourself to help forge a better working world - each one of us - with women, men and non-binary people joining forces - can be a leader within our own spheres of influence by taking bold pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity. Through purposeful collaboration, we can help women advance and unleash the limitless potential offered to economies the world over. a more gender inclusive world.

We have urgent work to do. Are you ready to #BeBoldForChange this IWD 2017 and beyond? Click here to see how you can get involved here in Calgary.


Monday, March 6, 2017

CFN CEO in Kosovo Presenting at Strong Cities Countering Violent Extremism Workshop

A two day workshop taking March 5th and 6th in Kosovo entitled Strong Cities Countering Violent Extremism, will feature a presentation from CFN CEO Anila Lee Yuen on the Centre For Newcomers Real Me Program. Real Me works with immigrant youth and first generation Canadians currently involved in gang-related activities, or at risk of becoming involved in those activities. Program staff help youth participants to reach their highest future potential, regardless of their past using the “High Fidelity Wraparound” model.

The workshop is for municipal level staff in Kosovo, who have signed on to be a part of the global Strong Cities Network for sharing best practices, networking, etc. The network and the project is unique in that  has concentrated on the national level and on training for law enforcement, this is support dedicated exclusively to local government levels.

CFN is proud to extend its experience and support to such an important global topic and for more information on the Real Me Program visit our website.  


A Laughing Matter Sells Out - Thank You Calgary

After weeks of build up CFNs 2nd Annual Fundraiser:  A Laughing Matter was a great success. Sold out and standing room only, the community came together and joined us in our celebration of diversity and inclusion.  Thank you to our sponsors, our special guests and to all those who came together to build community and celebrate our great city. A special thanks to Noor Kidwai for filling the Centre with laughter with his hilarious stand up. And of course a huge thanks to the one and only Ruben Kincaids, who rocked the house with covers done to perfection and who have been supporting CFN for years, helping us make the event what it is today. We also have to give a big shout out to Mark and the Ethnicity Catering team for what was no less than an amazing spread. We are lucky to have you guys!

At it's core, building community seeks to empower people and create opportunities, while engaging the community in the development process, creating different and innovative ways of working together. A strong, vibrant community requires far more than top down strategic planning. Real community thrives on an organic participatory energy - an engaging spark that provides us all with the life force of connectivity - the very energy that filled the halls of CFN Saturday night.

In the end, CFNs continuous efforts to build community through partnership and collaboration seeks to help us all feel a part of something real, integrated and tangible, deepening and refining our sense of place, and above all else helping us recognise that each and every one us truly belongs.

Lastly, a very special thanks to our Mayor, Naheed Nenshi, for stopping by and saying a few words. He reminded us all of the work that lay in front of us, but in doing so, he also reminded all in attendance of the incredible strength we collectively share to get the job done. To see his speech in its entirety visit our Facebook Page and for pictures of the event CLICK HERE.

Mayor Nenshi @ CFN from CFN Productions on Vimeo.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Mayor Nenshi Amongst Special Guests to Attend CFNs March 4th Fundraiser

CFN's March 4th Fundraiser: A Laughing Matter will get a visit from a number of special guests tomorrow, including Mayor Nenshi who will stop by to say a few words. Others include MP for Calgary Centre, Associate Minster of National Defence & Minster of Veteran Affairs Kent Hehr, MP for Calgary Skyview  Darshan Kang, MLA for Calgary East Robyn Luff,  along with City Councillor for Ward 10 and recently announced Calgary Mayoral Candidate Andre Chabot.

Local comedian Noor Kidwai, the Ruben Kincaids, CFN Board Chair Charles Buchanan, along with our CEO Anila Lee Yuen will also take the CFN stage. Throw in a Five Star menu from Ethnicity Catering, a silent auction filled with some amazing items, a 50/50 draw, along with a cash bar at the ready and CFNs A Laughing Matter should be a fun-filled night for all in attendance.  Tickets are almost gone, so get yours soon if you would like to join us. See you there and don't forget to bring your smile!


Exceedia and PostMedia Sponsor CFNs March 4th Fundraiser

Only one more day until the big night and both Exceedia and Postmedia have joined our list of sponsors for CFNs March 4th Fundraiser: A Laughing Matter.

Exceedia is a solution focused company invested in the long-term economic well-being of our families and our communities. Through financial literacy, financial planning, tax savings and development of the micro and small business community, their team of dedicated professionals will serve you with the highest standards of ethics, knowledge and service with a value-based, holistic solution to meet the changing needs of Canadian families.

Postmedia is a Canadian newsmedia company representing more than 200 brands across multiple print, online, and mobile platforms, including both the Calgary Herald and the Calgary Sun. Award-winning journalists and innovative product development teams bring engaging content to millions of people every week whenever and wherever they want it.

CFN sends both Exceedia and Postmedia a huge thank you for your support. And if you would like to join us for tomorrow night's being event, move fast as we are fast approaching a sell out crowd! 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Silent Auction @ CFNs March 4th Fundraiser Loaded with Amazing Items


Aside from local Comic Noor Kidwai, Calgary Party Band the Ruben Kincaids, some 5 Star food from EthniCity Catering, a 50/50 draw, a cash bar and a couple of surprise quests, CFNs March 4th Fundraiser: A Laughing Matter will hold a silent auction. Stocked with some entirely unique and very cool items, there will be nearly 30 to choose from. An autographed BB King Guitar, a weekend dog sledding adventure in Banff National Park, tickets to shows at places like Theatre Calgary, the Laugh Shop, and the Calgary Expo, original paintings and photography, cultural items directly from places such as Ethiopia and Ghana, along with autographed Flames and Blue Jays memorabilia - there is a wide range of items up for grabs. Tickets to the big March 4th event are almost gone, so get yours soon if you would like to join us!

Robertson College and Evergreen College Sponsor CFNs March 4th Fundraiser

CFN is happy to announce that both Robertson College and Evergreen College have joined the list of sponsors for our March 4th Fundraiser: A Laughing Matter.

Robertson College is a Canadian-based college with 12 locations globally. Its locations in Canada include Winnipeg, Brandon, Edmonton and Calgary. The College offers diploma programs in health, business, technology and continuing education. Since 2004, Robertson College has added training partnerships in China, West Africa and Mauritius and in 2009, an online training division for Robertson College was created, iRobertson College, providing distance and part-time education.

Evergreen College offers a wide range of diploma and certificate programs at its Calgary campus, including programs that prepare you for careers as Accounting & Payroll Administrators, Computer System and Networking Specialist, Education Assistant Diploma, Health Care Aides, Hospitality Management, Legal Assistants, Medical Office Administration, Oil & Gas Administration, Pharmacy Assistants and Process Piping Drafting.

All of us here at CFN extend a big thank you to both Robertson and Evergreen and hope to see you on Saturday! 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March is Community Awareness Month - How Will You Be a Part of It?

Did you know that there are 151 community associations in Calgary providing you with endless opportunities right in your backyard, events that bring you together as neighbours, and a voice on behalf of your community on issues that affect you? You may also not be aware these community associations are run by volunteers - your neighbours, your friends, and maybe even your family. In fact, there are over 20,000 volunteers involved, making it the largest collective volunteer movement here in Calgary!

The Federation of Calgary Communities is spearheading the 2017 Community Awareness Campaign. This special month of community engagement, proclaimed as such by Mayor Nenshi himself, kicked off yesterday with “How Will YOU Be Part of It" being this year's campaign name.

In the end, community associations are not-for-profit organizations dedicated to providing you with social, recreational and educational opportunities close to home, a variety of special events to bring you together as residents, and a voice for your community.  So take a minute during March Community Association Awareness Month to be part of it. To find out more about how you can get involved visit their website. 


Aussie Rules Piano Bar Sponsors CFN March 4th Fundraiser

With only 3 more days until CFNs March 4th Fundraiser: A Laughing Matter, We are happy to announce that Calgary's Aussie Rules Piano Bar has joined our list of sponsors with a donation of an Aussie Rules Party Package to our silent auction. Aussie Rules opened in the fall of 2002 with the mission of providing the very best entertainment Calgary has to offer. At Aussie Rules, they have changed the perception of ‘piano bars’ forever by combining comedic shtick with great party songs that everyone knows and loves. You’ll hear songs you remember from the 60’s to the present, from country to rock and even some of today’s hip hop and R&B hits.

 All kinds of different parties are hosted such as birthdays, corporate functions, bachelorette parties, and stag parties, while offering several great food and menu options. From their delicious four-course dinners, designed and prepared by our own executive chef, to their awesome Aussie appetizer platters, they can accommodate almost any request or any budget.

CFN would like to extend a big thank you to Aussie Rules for tier support and for more information on this one of kind Calgary experience check out their website.