Friday, April 28, 2017

CFN Volunteers Volume IV

April 23 to 29 is National Volunteer Week in Canada, but here at CFN we are dedicating the entire month of April to the hard work and passion volunteers give to others here at the centre and across the country.  Thank you Canadian volunteers, for 150 glorious years. Join us Wednesday April 25th, 1:30 – 3:30 pm, for a Volunteer Information Session for anyone who is interested in volunteering with the Centre for Newcomers or anyone else in the Calgary community.

This week CFN Productions met with Edmundo Cardenas, a volunteer in our Peer Mentorship for Professionals Program. To hear his thoughts on volunteerism simply click below.

CFN Volunteers Volume IV from CFN Productions on Vimeo.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Canada's Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen & MP Darshan Kang Visit CFN

As a young boy our nation's newest Immigration Minister fled war-torn Somalia as a refugee with family to forge a new life in Canada at just 16 years of age. When a 19-year-old Darshan Kang, the current MP for Calgary Skyview, first moved to Calgary on his own from India, with no friends or family, knowing no one, he had to make things work entirely on his own - with his very first job here in Canada milking 150 cows a day and heaving bales of hay.

Both men visited CFN yesterday and the positions they now find themselves in are not just a testament to their own hard work and dedication, but the kind of country Canada is and continues to be for all those who arrive here to start a new life. It was easy to see our clients feeling an immediate kinship with them. Newly arrived and beginning the latest chapter in their own lives, they saw in our honoured guests an inverted reflection of themselves and a hopeful vision of their future.


They were given a tour of CFN with a stop in the Ethnicity Catering Kitchen, a chat with clients from our Youth Possibilities Program and ended things with a presentation from our partners at Calgary Outlink on our joint initiative - The LGBTQ New Canadians Resiliency Project. CFN extends our thanks to both Honourable Minister Ahmed Hussen and MP Darshan Kang for taking time out of their busy schedules to visit us here at the Centre and we hope to see them again soon. For more photos of the day CLICK HERE and to see the day`s highlights simply click below.

Canada's Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen & MP Darshan Kang Visit CFN from CFN Productions on Vimeo.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

CFN CEO to be Keynote Speaker @ Best of Calgary Ideas Week

The 2017 Best of Calgary Ideas Week is almost here. The popular public survey – which names and fames the people, places and organizations that together make Calgary cool, fun, and unique – is a celebration of the city's greats. Ideas Week showcases the greats in our city through interactive labs; a two-day conference featuring keynote speakers and thought provoking panels on both Community Day and Business Day; and the ‘Best of’ Bash bringing together all the winners to raise a glass to our great city.

The Best of Calgary online survey results have been collected and counted by independent research facilitator and partner Stone Olafson and will be released to the public on May 4th, 2017 on the Best of Calgary site.  The survey collects votes across multiple categories – Food & Beverage, Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Cityscape & People and Shopping & Services.

CFN CEO Anila Lee Yuen will serve as a Keynote Speaker on Community Day – intended to discuss the importance of building community – on May 29th at Bella Concert Hall. Business Day is on May 30th, also at Bella Concert Hall. Lastly, the ‘Best of’ Bash is at The Palace Theatre on Wednesday May 31st, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m., will include entertainment programming, along with food and drinks from several of the 2017 winners. Ideas Week will also feature several interactive labs running from May 27th to June 2nd. For more information visit the website and let's celebrate Calgary!

Best of Calgary from CFN Productions on Vimeo.

Monday, April 24, 2017

National Volunteer Week

April 23 to 29 is National Volunteer Week in Canada, a week dedicating the entire month to the hard work and passion volunteers give to others here at the centre and across the country.  Thank you Canadian volunteers, for 150 glorious years.

The bottom line volunteer efforts create positive impact in communities across Canada. Here at CFN we have wide variety of areas to get involved with as a volunteer, giving one the chance to work in an professional and positive environment with people from around the world, while gaining valuable life and work experience, and helping build your community in the process.

Join us Wednesday, April 25 – 1:30 – 3:30 pm for a Volunteer Information Session for anyone who is interested in volunteering with the Centre for Newcomers or in the Calgary community. Information include a brief history of the Centre for Newcomers, volunteerism in Canad, volunteer roles at the Centre and how to look for volunteer positions in Calgary.

Volunteer @ CFN from CFN Productions on Vimeo.

Volunteerism @ CFN from CFN Productions on Vimeo.

CFN Attends Opening Night of Theatre Calgary's Crazy For You

If you’re having a difficult day or feel overcome by all the less than uplifting headlines out there these days, the Theatre Calgary production of Crazy for You is the kind of pick-me-up that can lift you up and re-charge you with the optimism and innocence of youth. The show is performed with a hopeful folly that only amplifies the entertaining script and gets the audience laughing from the opening scene. The ensemble cast executes with energy and flair, most especially the two leads, and once again, Theatre Calgary’s vibrant set design and brilliant orchestra bring the entire production to its ultimate level - achieving the beauty that is the temporary suspension of disbelief.

The winner of three Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Crazy for You started its original run back in 1992. The story follows Bobby Child, a New York banker with a love for show business, who is sent to foreclose on a theatre in a small mining town in Nevada. After falling in love with a local girl, Polly, he vows to put on a show to save the failing theatre. A family-friendly production, the audience enjoyed a show filled with wonderful song and dance, mistaken identity, plot twists, and laughter.

Part Annie Get Your Gun and part Holiday Inn, the production is light, fun, young and innocent; a musical comedy with songs by George and Ira Gershwin that make everything old, seem young again - the audience included. The colourful stock of images, metaphors, rituals and symbols throughout the performance allow those who take them in to negotiate a shared recollection and understanding of the innocent beauty that still exists in the world - a part of the human experience easily forgotten within today's collective dog-eat-dog fast paced gig-a-minute existence. At the performance’s conclusion, the audience wore smiles on their faces, most felt just a little bit lighter on their feet and even for just a few moments - all seemed right.

CFN would like to thank Theatre Calgary for the gracious invitation to attend this wonderful event, as well as for the continuous efforts to inform, entertain, educate and uplift the very spirit of the city of Calgary. Keep up the amazing work.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Sometimes All You Really Need is a Smile

A few years ago Akeam Francis, unsure of what his next move in life was to going to be, came to CFN. He enrolled in one of our youth programs - Youth Quest.  He completed the program and not long after made a decision; he wanted to to make a lot of Calgarians smile, just by lending a hand.

He started a Facebook page offering to help strangers, simply calling himself the Calgary Helper. In exchange, he asked for donations for his vehicle and food. Francis began getting many calls for help and both he and his friends soon began referring to themselves as the "Smile Gang."

Francis now travels the city, knocking on doors and offering a hand to anyone who needs it. From landscaping yards for seniors, helping someone move, or simply doing their dishes, he just wants to make someone’s day better. His work eventually caught the eye of a benefactor who has since donated several bays of a garage. This is where he now sets up his Smile Shop, donations of household items and clothes where people can come and shop for free every Saturday. His goal, over time, is to help a million people and make each and every one of them smile. Helping others in need, for help in return. So simple, it's genius.

All of us here at CFN couldn't be prouder of Akeam and of the incredible work he's doing that impacts lives of Calgarians every single day. For more information on Akeam's Smile Gang, you check things out on Facebook and Twitter and to hear from Akeam himself on his journey to becoming a community leader simply watch below. Keep it up Akeam!

The Smile Gang from CFN Productions on Vimeo.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

CFN Volunteers Volume III


April 23 to 29 is National Volunteer Week in Canada, but here at CFN we are dedicating the entire month of April to the hard work and passion volunteers give to others here at the centre and across the country.  Thank you Canadian volunteers, for 150 glorious years. Join us Wednesday April 25th, 1:30 – 3:30 pm, for a Volunteer Information Session for anyone who is interested in volunteering with the Centre for Newcomers or anyone else in the Calgary community.

This week CFN Productions met with Katherine Moraleda, a volunteer in our Job Search Centre. To hear her thoughts on volunteerism simply click below.

April is Volunteer Month @ CFN from CFN Productions on Vimeo.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

CFN Podcast Centre - Growing Up Resilient

Going from the age of 10 to that of a high school graduate is a challenging time in one's life. Young people face real problems on a daily basis during the most awkward growth stages of their lives; being exposed to some overwhelming external and internal struggles. Teens go through, and are expected to cope with social and parental forces, work and school pressures, as well as encountering many conditions and problems. When this is combined with an immigrant twist, not knowing the language or the cultural norms in which one is facing these challenges, it can appear to be an overwhelming task. That being said, young people are a highly adaptable bunch, and even more so when speaking of immigrant youth.

On this week's Podcast we talk with Fatima, a young Canadian who arrived here from Libya at just 10 years old. Her story is very much a Canadian tale and one that reminds any who listens of the incredible resiliency embodied by both young people, as well as those who cross the globe to make Canada their home.

CFN Joins Alberta Works Week

Are you looking for a job or exploring your career options? Get the information and tools that you need to succeed during Alberta Works Week - April 24 - 28. The Alberta Government is hosting more than 60 career and employment events in over 30 communities across the province to help Albertans make informed career decisions and pursue their full potential, including events right here at CFN on April 26th and 28th.

Alberta Works Week will help connect young and unemployed Albertans with the career and employment services they need to succeed in today’s shifting and increasingly competitive labour market. Alberta Human Services and Labour are co-leading Alberta Works Week with support from Advanced Education and Economic Development and Trade. These events help connect Albertans to the career services they need to succeed in Alberta’s competitive labour market and realize their full potential. For list of Calgary events simply look below.

Event: Your Future Is Now! Job Fair
Date: Monday, April 24, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Grandstand, Stampede Grounds, 3 Street SE, Calgary

Information: Meet employers from the food services, hospitality, retail, landscaping, financial, health, manufacturing and agriculture sectors and take in expert presentations.

Event: Opportunities Knock Information Booth
Date: Monday, April 24, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 12 Noon
Location: Marlborough Alberta Supports Centre 1502, Marlborough Mall, 515 Marlborough Way NE, Calgary

Information: Discover the Opportunities Knock program, which helps unemployed Calgarians find their next job. Opportunities Knock provides job search services plus informative workshops, help with resumés and cover letters and job-interview skill development.

Event: Career Planning Workshop
Date: Monday, April 24, 2017
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Locations: Fisher Park Alberta Supports Centre, 6712 Fisher Street SE, Calgary / Marlborough Alberta Supports Centre, 515 Marlborough Way NE, Calgary / Century Park Alberta Supports Centre 855-8 Avenue SW, Calgary

Information:Want to get serious about your career? Attend a three-day Career Planning workshops and get help with career ideas and increase awareness of your personal style, values, skills, interests and learn how these impact career planning. This workshop is being offered at three different locations. Register at: humanservices.alberta.ca/calgary-workshops.

Event: Resumé Writing Workshop (2 days)
Date: Monday and Tuesday, April 24 and April 25, 2017
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: One Executive Place Alberta Supports Centre. 1816 Crowchild Trail NW, Calgary

Information: Learn how to write and edit your own digital resumé and understand what employers expect in your cover letter and references. Register at: humanservices.alberta.ca/calgary-workshops.

Event: Bilingual Job Fair
Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Bow Valley College - South Campus , 345 - 6 Avenue SE, Calgary

Information: Can you speak French and English? Bow Valley College and Connexion Carrière are hosting this special job fair, featuring 20 exhibitors, for bilingual job hunters looking for positions in multiple industries.

Event: Job Placement Services Discovery
Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: One Executive Place Alberta Supports Centre, 1816 Crowchild Trail NW, Calgary

Information: Looking for a job? Drop by and learn more about how Calgary Career Hub’s Job Placement Services can help you find work quickly. Whether you are looking for your first job, have worked in the same industry for the last 15 years, or are anywhere in between, WCG has the resources, training and support needed to find and maintain employment in Calgary, all at no cost to you.

Event: Hiring and Recruitment Information Session by RCMP
Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Time: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Centre for Newcomers, 1010, 999-36 Street NE, Calgary

Information: Meet and learn from RCMP hiring representatives about recruitment processes and opportunities.

Event: Employment Services Fair
Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Time: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: Telus Convention Centre, 120 - 9 Avenue SE, Calgary

Information: Visit over 55 different booths for career & employment program information.Industry Insights recruiter panel (financial services, construction, supply chain and logistics, health services) on “who they hire!” Get advice on what it takes to stand out as a candidate of choice when searching for work; how to succeed in getting interviews; what errors job seekers are making and tips and strategies for a successful search for work that moves candidates closer to getting hired. The panel will offer insights into opportunities and those positions most difficult to recruit to.
No registration necessary.

Event: Career Planning Workshop
Date: Thursday and Friday, April 27 to April 28, 2017
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Locations: Marlborough Alberta Supports Centre, 515 Marlborough Way NE, Calgary / Century Park Alberta Supports Centre, 855-8 Avenue SW, Calgary

Information: Want to get serious about your career? Attend a three-day Career Planning workshops and get help with career ideas and increase awareness of your personal style, values, skills, interests and learn how these impact career planning. This workshop is being offered at three different locations. Register at: humanservices.alberta.ca/calgary-workshops.

Event: Company Connector featuring Matrix Labour Leasing
Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017
Time: 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Prospect Human Services, 915-33 Street NE, Calgary

Information: Matrix Labour Leasing is an industry leader in skilled trades, offering full service placement. Matrix is looking for carpenters, laborers, plumbers, and electricians in Alberta and BC.

Event: Opportunities Knock Information Booth
Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 12 Noon
Location: Radisson Alberta Supports Centre, 525 - 28 Street SE, Calgary

Information: Discover the Opportunities Knock program, which helps unemployed Calgarians find their next job. Opportunities Knock provides job search services plus informative workshops, help with resumés and cover letters and job-interview skill development.

Event: Advancing Futures Bursary Open House
Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017
Time: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Calgary - 10th and 10th, 4th Floor, RPW Building, 1021 - 10 Avenue SW, Calgary

Information: If you are between 18 and 24 years old and were a youth in government care, drop by to learn more about applying for this post-secondary bursary. June 1st is the deadline to apply to start school for the Fall 2017. To learn more about the Advancing Futures Bursary, visit advancingfutures.gov.ab.ca or call 780-415-0085.

Event: Recruitment Information Session by Calgary Transit
Date: Friday, April 28, 2017
Time: 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Centre for Newcomers 1010, 999-36 Street NE, Calgary

Information: Opportunity to meet and learn from Calgary Transit’s recruitment officer on hiring processes and work opportunities.


Thursday, April 13, 2017

CFN Volunteers

April 23 to 29 is National Volunteer Week in Canada, but here at CFN we are dedicating the entire month of April to the hard work and passion volunteers give to others here at the centre and across the country.  Thank you Canadian volunteers, for 150 glorious years. Join us Wednesday, April 18 or 25,  1:30 – 3:30 pm, for a Volunteer Information Session for anyone who is interested in volunteering with the Centre for Newcomers or anyone else in the Calgary community.

This week CFN Productions met with Gail Jardine, a volunteer in VESL, CFNs Volunteer Lead ESL Program. To hear her thoughts on volunteerism simply click below.

Volunteerism @ CFN from CFN Productions on Vimeo.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Youth Possibilities Volunteers @ Calgary Drop-In and Rehab Centre

People aren’t born on the street. Nor do lives have to end there. With help, the Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre is where some lives begin.

The Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre Society is a community of kindness, focused on providing more than 50 programs and services to Calgarians experiencing homelessness, marginalization and extreme poverty. Serving Calgary for more than 50 years, they are the largest organization of its kind in North America. The Calgary Drop-In offers a complete range of wrap-around community supports – from meals and shelter, to clothing, medical services, counseling, volunteer opportunities, education, permanent supportive housing, and more – to over 10,000 people each year.

This week CFNs Youth Possibilities Program spent an afternoon volunteering at the YYC Drop in Centre. The 21-week full-time program funded by The Government of Canada's Skills Link Program is for immigrant youth, or first generation Canadians, who have not yet been successful in work or school in Canada. Clients receive training in Group-based Employability Skills, as well as a 12 week paid work experience placement with the post program goal of entering the labour market or engaging in career-focused education. Volunteerism is a regular part of the YPP curriculum and often the most rewarding part of the YPP experience.

With National Volunteer week fast approaching  and April being Volunteer Month here at CFN, it is important to note that more than 120 people volunteer every day at the Calgary Drop-In Centre, efforts that make the important work done there possible. CFN would like to extend its heartfelt thanks for the amazing and truly front line work the Drop-In Centre does for Calgary each and every day, and appreciates the opportunity given to our YPP clients to see first hand what community building means.  A special thanks to Jordan Hamilton for guiding us through and helping with the CFN Production below. Lastly, think about volunteering at any of the hundreds of possible places across the city, because when you do, it is you who has a say in the growth of your community.

Youth Possibilities Volunteers @ Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre from CFN Productions on Vimeo.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The LGBTQ New Canadians Resiliency Project Open House

CFN has partnered with Calgary Outlink for the LGBTQ New Canadians Resiliency Project and April 10th saw the open house and official launch of this groundbreaking initiative. 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. Furthermore, the project is designed to increase the number of supportive connections in client lives and produce greater feelings of acceptance in the community.

We are excited to move forward with our partner Calgary Outlink in this endeavour and look forward to making Calgary the best city it can be for each and every one of us who call it home. For pictures of the open house launch CLICK HERE and for more details simply watch below.

LGBTQ New Canadian Resiliency Project Open House from CFN Productions on Vimeo.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Youth Toastmasters @ CFN

As a part of one of our ongoing community initiatives, CFN collaborated with the Toastmasters for youth leadership program. Teenagers drawn from various ethno-cultural communities participated, of which 18 graduated successfully.

Besides public speaking skills, teenagers were taught to evaluate speaking abilities, organize and give speeches, hold impromptu talks, control voice, vocabulary, non-verbal gestures and give constructive feedback. Some of the outcomes centring on community impact focused around youth empowerment, inter-cultural mingling and inculcating a culture of volunteering.

A graduation ceremony was held for these 18 teenagers this passed Saturday. The youth were awarded certificates on successful completion of the program. The ceremony was attended by parents, community leaders and partners. Darlene Hilland, Division Director of one of the International Districts, guided these youngsters over the 8-week program and was supported by ‘sous’ instructor Jenny Tam.

CFN would like to extend a big thank you Toastmasters instructors, community associations, ethno-cultural leaders, teenagers and most of all parents for their wholehearted commitment and support.  Congratulations Guys! For more photos of the event CLICK HERE. 


Friday, April 7, 2017

CFN Attends Bison Homecoming Celebration @ MRU

As a result of long and collaborative process, now,  after 140 years, plains bison are once again roaming their historical range in Banff’s Eastern Slopes. For 16 months, the bison will remain in an enclosed pasture in the valley 40 kilometres north of Banff, and will be monitored by Parks Canada.

In summer 2018, the herd will be released to explore a 1,200-square-kilometre zone in the Red Deer and Cascade river valleys where they will be free to interact with other native species and forage for food. Natural barriers and stretches of wildlife fencing will hopefully discourage the bison from leaving the zone.

Dr. Leroy Little Bear
As a part of CFNs Indigenous Education Initiative, several CFN Staff attended the Bison Homecoming Celebration at Mount Royal University yesterday. A number of special guests were in attendance and the guest speaker was none other than Dr. Leroy Little Bear. Leroy Little Bear has himself become an institution. This veteran educator and renowned academic is a model not only for all Aboriginals striving for success in higher learning, but for all Canadians. The founder of the Native American Studies Department at the University of Lethbridge – where he served as Chair for 21 years – also went on to become the founding Director of Harvard University’s Native American Program.

CFN was honoured to attend the event and looks forward to witnessing the development of this amazing project unfold in Banff National Park. 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

International Day of Sports

With the Calgary Flames about to start a playoff run, the Toronto Blue Jays kicking off their latest season, and today being International Day of Sport as declared by the United Nations, I think of my grandfather. He loved the Jays, the Toronto Maple Leafs, and especially boxing, with Rocky Marciano and Jack Dempsey being his all time favourite fighters. Sports was such an enormous part of his life. We shared such a very special relationship, he and I, and sports played a significant role. From boxing to hockey to baseball, the time we shared during a sporting event, in terms of the tremendous connection we cultivated together and shared with one another, would be second only to the time we spent working the farm together, side by side with our hands and our backs, under a warm prairie sun. It's been 14 years since he passed away. I miss him. I’m a middle aged man now, a father; I’ve lost things, gained others, as time continues it’s relentless push forward.

As a young man, I was completely unaware of just how cultural the sporting events we shared together truly were. In actuality, I really had no idea what an enormous part sports plays in Canadian culture until I left Canada behind and began my 14 year global trek of discovery. More than forty countries later and I still could not find a single nation, let alone a region, in which sports played such a central figure in cultural, national, municipal and even individual identity. When newcomers arrive in Canada they are often caught off guard at how much time we spend talking about sports, how many people and their kids participate in at least one sport if not several, and how pro teams like the Flames and the Stampeders are on the front page of the newspapers and mean so much to so many people.

From learning how to play a new sport, to building new relationships at their own or their children’s sporting events, to cheering for Canada’s Olympic athletes, newcomers to Canada often talk of how their involvement in sports makes them feel very much connected to Canadian life. Sports are more than just sports in Canada. They have the ability to connect people from different heritages and ethnicities, while providing a safe environment to explore different cultures. For newcomers to Canada, playing and even watching sports with native or more established Canadians provides the chance to share and engage others about Canada, its culture and its history, helping them learn more about Canadian society and feel more at home. And when Canadians show interest in the sports newcomers most enjoy, the unifying power of sports is revealed.

It is due to this vast reach, unparalleled popularity and foundation of positive values, sport is ideally positioned to contribute towards the United Nations’ objectives for development and peace. To raise awareness of this potential, April 6th was declared as the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace  by the UN General Assembly. The adoption of this Day signifies the increasing recognition by the United Nations of the positive influence that sport can have on the advancement of human rights, and social and economic development. This is why we're lucky to have the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame right there in Calgary and if you haven't I urge you to go check it out.

Often when a team is successful it pulls together a community or city, as the Flames did two springs ago here in Calgary. With the Stanley Cup Playoffs set to begin, millions of people will be on their edge of their seats from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island, the Atlantic to the Pacific, from the sleepy prairie town of Two Hills to the metropolis of Toronto, and in doing an entire nation will be pulled together. When the playoffs start I will look to my right and see my grandfather, think of how lucky I was to make and share such memories with him. And this time… I will also think about how lucky I am to be Canadian.

           

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

5 Reasons to Volunteer

As you may know, April 23 to 29 is National Volunteer Week in Canada, but here at CFN we are dedicating the entire month of April to the hard work and passion volunteers give to others here at the Centre and across the country. The benefits of volunteering work both ways and often it is the volunteer who gets more out of donating his or her time and effort. Volunteering means establishing great connections, building your career, and identifying a sense of purpose. Additionally, those who regularly volunteer live longer and healthier lives. Just a reminder, you can join us Wednesday, April 5 – 5:30 – 7:30 pm or Tuesday, April 11, 18 or 25 – 1:30 – 3:30 pm at our Volunteer Information Sessions for anyone who is interested in volunteering with CFN or anywhere else in the Calgary community. So why should we volunteer? Let us count the ways...

1. Volunteers live longer and are healthier.

Volunteers are happier and healthier than non-volunteers. In fact, during later life, volunteering is even more beneficial for one's health than exercising and eating well. Older people who volunteer remain physically functional longer, have more robust psychological well-being, and live longer. However, older people who volunteer are almost always people who volunteered earlier in life. Health and longevity gains from volunteering come from establishing meaningful volunteer roles before you retire and continuing to volunteer once you arrive in your post-retirement years.

2. Volunteering establishes strong relationships.

Despite all of the online connections that are available at our fingertips, people are lonelier now than ever before. Indeed, a 2010 AARP study reported that prevalence of loneliness is at an all time high, with about one in three adults age 45 or older categorized as lonely. Online connections, while useful for maintaining existing relationships, are not very helpful in establishing lasting, new ones. Working alongside people who feel as strongly as you do about supporting a particular cause creates a path to developing strong relationships with others. It isn’t just beneficial for making new friendships either. Volunteering alongside other members of your family strengthens family bonds based in “doing” your values.

3. Volunteering is good for your career.

People who volunteer make more money, partially because the relationships people create while volunteering can be leveraged for financial benefit. In 1973, a John’s Hopkins Sociologist named Mark Granovetter described the important role of “weak ties.” Weak ties are those relationships that are outside of one’s close-knit social network. These relationships are important because they provide access to new information and opportunities. People in your close network provide redundant information—they are already participating in the same kinds of activities and know the same people. Volunteering has long been viewed as a way to create new “weak tie” connections that lead to career opportunities. Volunteering in your current career industry—or an area you’d like to transition into—is an especially effective way to leverage social connections for career gain.

4. Volunteering is good for society.

Many businesses, and almost all mission-driven organizations, are successful only if they maintain a strong volunteer workforce. In fact, places like museums, social service organizations, and faith-based organizations often rely on more volunteers than paid workers to meet their goals and fulfill their mission. These businesses are committed to doing good things for society. They pick up the pieces where government programs leave off, and by volunteering for these organizations, you participate in helping our society meet the needs of people from all walks of life.


5. Volunteering gives you a sense of purpose.

Although it is not well-understood why volunteering provides such a profound health benefit, a key factor is assumed to be that volunteering serves to express and facilitate opportunities to carry out one’s sense of purpose. The very nature of volunteering means choosing to work without being paid for it. As a result, people choose to spend their time on issues they feel strongly about. If you are greatly concerned about the treatment and well-being of animals, for example, volunteering at an animal shelter will help you address a social problem that is meaningful to you.


list source: psycologytoday.com


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

CFN Podcast Centre - MLA and Minister of Culture & Tourism Ricardo Miranda

Recently, the CFN Podcast Centre had a visit from Ricardo Miranda, Alberta's Minster of Culture & Tourism and MLA for Calgary Cross.  Appointed by Premier Notely to a 3 member committee to research racism and prejudice in the province, Miranda sat in with several members of the CFN Team to hear feedback and commentary on the subject at hand.

Miranda was born in Nicaragua and he and his family came to Canada in 1988 as refugees, leaving the Central American country behind for Guatemala before settling in Calgary when he was just 9 years old. He lives in the neighbourhood of Temple and considers northeast Calgary home.

Miranda graduated from Father Lacombe High School, and went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Calgary. He previously served as a member of various committees, including the Standing Committee on the Alberta Heritage Savings Trust Fund and the Select Special Ethics and Accountability Committee. He also served as chair of the Standing Committee on Alberta’s Economic Future. The 40-year-old politician speaks multiple languages — including English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian — and now oversees a ministry with a $330-million budget.

He was one of the first three openly LGBTQ politicians elected to the provincial legislature, alongside caucus colleagues Michael Connolly and Estefania Cortes-Vargas. When Miranda took charge of Alberta’s Culture & Tourism Department he made further history, becoming the first openly gay cabinet minister in the province’s 112 year history. Needless to say we had and interesting chat. Simply click below to listen in.

Monday, April 3, 2017

April is Volunteer Month @ CFN

April 23 to 29 is National Volunteer Week in Canada, but here at CFN we are dedicating the entire month of April to the hard work and passion volunteers give to others here at the centre and across the country.  Thank you Canadian volunteers, for 150 glorious years.

The bottom line volunteer efforts create positive impact in communities across Canada. Here at CFN we have wide variety of areas to get involved with as a volunteer, giving one the chance to work in an professional and positive environment with people from around the world, while gaining valuable life and work experience, and helping build your community in the process.

Join us Wednesday, April 5 – 5:30 – 7:30 pm or Tuesday, April 11, 18 or 25 – 1:30 – 3:30 pm for a Volunteer Information Session for anyone who is interested in volunteering with the Centre for Newcomers or in the Calgary community. Information includes:

  • Brief history of the Centre for Newcomers
  • Volunteerism in Canada
  • Volunteer roles at the Centre
  • How to look for volunteer positions in Calgary
For more information visit our website or simple watch below and stay tuned for more! 
Volunteer @ CFN from CFN Productions on Vimeo.

Huge Turnout for CFN 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 held our 7th Annual Resource Fair last Friday here at the Centre. With nearly 30 community serving organizations and packed house the morning was a huge success.

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. For photos of the event CLICK HERE.


CFN Recognizes National Inside Out Day For Autism

Sunday was World Autism Day, a disorder that is to this day often misunderstood and misdiagnosed. When most of us hear the term autism, we often think of a childhood disorder where early assessment and intervention are of the utmost importance.  Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is however a lifelong condition for most.  We know that many can and will improve to the point of no longer needing the assistance of a parent or caregiver but just as many will continue to be affected by the disorder and continue to need supports throughout their lives.

With so many ‘aging-out’ of services by age 21 it is important to remember that like everyone else, those on the spectrum will continue to experience changes, triumphs, challenges, victories and difficulties.  Without information, compassion and support it cannot be expected that people with ASD will reach their full and optimal potential.

Today April 3rd  is also National Inside Out For Autism Day,  the only national fundraiser for autism taking place right across Canada. This event is about member national and grassroots autism organizations coming together to raise funds and promote awareness and acceptance for Autism Spectrum Disorders, by wearing your shirt inside out for the day. Funds raised within a province or territory benefit the participating provincial or territorial member organization.

Lastly, Autism Junction is Canada’s Online Autism Service Directory. Whether you are looking for dentists who specialize in patients with autism, financial assistance or funding opportunities or are in need of vocational training this database has you covered.

Take some time today to learn a bit about Autism and see just how beautiful taking in the world from a different angle can be...