Monday, August 28, 2017

Indigenous Education for Newcomers Recap

Indigenous Education for Newcomers @ CFN from CFN Productions on Vimeo.

The official launch celebration of the Indigenous Education for Newcomers Initiative took place on July 29th and was a great success. For a thoughtful look back on the day that was simply watch above. Once again, we would like to express our heartfelt thanks to our partners, the Government of Canada, Government of Alberta, Calgary Foundation, ATB, The Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth, Calgary Immigrant Educational Society, Calgary Police Service, University of Calgary, Making Treaty 7, City of Calgary, Calgary Public Library and Humainologie.

Also a special thanks to Herman Yellow Old Woman, Andy Curtis, Elder Clarence Wolfleg, Elder Clarence Wolfleg, and Gabrielle Lindstrom, our Advisory Committee, along with all the volunteers, resource tables, and last but not least - to the hundreds in attendance who took time out of their day to join us. This event was for you.

WelcomePack Canada @ CFN

Last Friday CFN handed out gift boxes from WelcomePack Canada to a number of clients here in YYC. WelcomePack Canada’s landmark annual program – the ‘WelcomePack’, brings together leading Canadian brands – in categories like banking, telecommunications, automobiles, restaurants, real estate, consumer products, media and entertainment – to extend a special and memorable welcome to new Canadian immigrants.

Launched on September 18, 2013, WelcomePack Canada has already distributed gift boxes to over 30,000 new Canadian immigrants. Phase 2 of the program started on July 1, 2015 and we will be distributing another 30,000 gift boxes to new Permanent Residents who landed in Canada on or after January 1, 2014 and are 18 years and older.

Inside the WelcomePack gift box is a colourful and informational WelcomePack Magazine that serves as a friendly guide for newcomers – full of tips and advice that will help them make smart choices as they settle in.Want to know how to save while getting ahead, where to find financial and job advice, schools, housing and healthcare information?. You will find all these and more within the covers of this magazine.At the back of the magazine are valuable coupons – over $1,000 in value and savings – that will add to the fun of your Canadian adventure by saving you money.

The success of this program is made possible by the support and participation of over 35
settlement agencies. CFN, the only distributor in Calgary, is very glad to join WelcomePack’s distribution network and looks forward to collaborating on a great initiative. For more pics from Last Friday's WelcomePack day at the Centre CLICK HERE and check out their website for more details!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Build Community, Create Hope, Inspire Love

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

Community Building is a phrase we often here from our politicians, public figures and non-profits throughout our city - but just what does community building mean? By definition, it could best be described as efforts geared toward the creation or enhancement of community among those within a given district or neighbourhood, or even amongst those who share a common interest.

A wide variety of efforts and practices can be incorporated into community building, ranging from simple events like potlucks and small book clubs, to larger–scale efforts such as mass festivals. Some engaged in community building efforts in industrialized nations see the apparent erosion of community in these places as a key cause of social disintegration and the emergence of many negative behaviours. Some see building community as a way to increase social justice, individual well-being and as a way to reduce the negative impact of disconnected individuals.

Here at CFN we see community building as working towards a community that values diversity, in which people of all backgrounds find and create opportunities to fulfil dreams and participate fully as citizens. In the end, the Centre’s promise to the community is this:  by welcoming newcomers, and supporting them to settle and integrate, by working collaboratively and in partnership, with a workplace culture that is founded on respect, co-operation and trust, we are making a positive difference in the lives of all Calgarians.

Thank you to all those who make make the effort, who inspire, who create and who build community. here in Calgary. Together we've made a difference; together we've made our city one of the best paces in the world to live. That being said... we're only just getting started.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Transition to Employment Services @ CFN

CFN is proud to introduce a new program called Transition to Employment Services (TES)  – a joint venture between CFN and Calgary Immigrant Educational Society (CIES).  It targets clients currently receiving EI or who have been on EI in the last 5 years.  Eligible clients will be provided specialized support services such as job search coaching, employability skills workshops, job placement assistance and may avail technical training (e.g. First Aid/CPR, H2S Alive and others), childcare support and workers’ compensation benefits (WCB) while attending the program.

Program features include client assessment and individual service, employment readiness support through training and one-on-one counselling, industry-specific mentorship support, job placement / direct job matching or work experience support, and networking events with perspective employers.

Service locations are right here at CFN and the CIES NE Welcome Centre location. For more information download a copy of the Program brochure HERE or book an appointment with a Career Practitioner at the CFN Front Desk.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

CFN @ Theatre Calgary

A profound, playful, and magical new Canadian play, Blow Wind, High Water will run at Theatre Calgary September 5-30. A raging flood threatens three generations of Calgarians as they struggle to come together to keep from going under. With a surging river and an aged patriarch trapped in time, the family attempts to create a legacy worth inheriting by future generations.

Theatre Calgary, throughout its history, has strived to connect their productions to the everyday lives of citizens of Calgary, By extension Theatre Calgary has long been a community builder here in YYC and is long time supporter of CFN. We look forward to taking in the show come September and congratulate Theatre Calgary on this unique and truly Canadian project, as well as on all the work they do for YYC!

CFN @ Calgary Pride

CFN is excited to be marching in this year's Calgary Pride Parade for the first time and look forward to being a part of what is no less than an important and very special event.  The signature Calgary Pride Parade is one of the most colourful celebrations of the year.  This family friendly parade sees upwards of 60,000 spectators as over 150 entries from community groups, corporations, politicians, churches and public services roll through the heart of downtown, and celebrates the tremendous diversity of Calgary’s community.

Coinciding with our first time marching in this year's parade is 2017's partnership with Calgary Outlink for the LGBTQ New Canadians Resiliency Project. April 10th saw the official launch of this groundbreaking initiative, a project that 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 more details simply watch below. If you would like to volunteer for Calgary Pride this year, visit their website and see you at the parade!

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

LGBTQ Project @ CFN from CFN Productions on Vimeo.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Women's Health & Family Wellness Expo @ CFN

The Women’s Health & Family Wellness Expo 2017 is coming to CFN. The big event will be held on Saturday August 19th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm right here the Centre for Newcomers, with registration starting at 12:30 pm.

There will be many resource tables on display, as well as live entertainment, cultural performances, activities for children, light refreshments, door prizes, along with clothing and toy give aways. Take advantage of interactive attractions, including workshops on weight management and a healthy diet, skin care, fitness and dance, arts and crafts, free health screenings and more.

In the end, the day is a chance to make changes now and work towards learning how to lead a healthier, more active, more fulfilling life. See you there! 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Totally Awesome Summer Camps @ CFN

Late last week CFN Productions once again had a chance to stop by for a visit with CFN's Totally Awesome Summer Camp's (TASC) counsellors and kids.  Totally Awesome Summer Camp is a school-aged care program for kids ages 6 – 12; it supports parents to continue their LINC English classes over the summer. Participants enjoy fun crafts, games, and outings designed to develop their creative, communication and leadership skills. The program is led by two post-secondary students through the Service Canada Summer Student grant program.

During our visit we had the chance to talk with Raina Kim, one of our TASC Counsellors and summer students who is currently enrolled at the University of Saskatchewan. And was the case with her fellow counsellor Joy, there is some serendipity to her being here. Raina's mother attended the Centre for Newcomers as a LINC student. not long after the family of five immigrated to Canada from Seoul, South Korea. After arriving here at just 7 years old, Raina has now has completed that serendipitous circle in her position as a TASC counsellor at CFN.  For a peek inside TASC, (during Science week no less!) and to hear Raina talk about her experiences simply watch below and for a few pics of our visit CLICK HERE. 

Totally Awesome Summer Camps @ CFN from CFN Productions on Vimeo.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Youth Possibilities Program Summer Graduation

Last Friday marked the latest graduating class from CFN's Youth Possibilities Program. 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 reached their potential in work or school in Canada. Youth clients are supported to develop and begin to act on a career plan, to develop Life Skills and Employability Skills, and to practice their skills in a supported work placement with a local employer. With these supports, participants develop the skills to enter and succeed in the labour market.

Those in attendance receive paid training in Group-based Employability Skills as well as a 12 week paid work experience program. Immigrant youth and refugees who face barriers to employment are supported to develop their employability, communication, interpersonal and teamwork skills to a level where they can enter the labour market or engage in career-focused education.

Congratulations to our graduates and never forget, you will always be a part of the CFN family! For a few photos of the day's events CLICK HERE and to see a few highlights simply watch below.

Youth Possibilities Summer Graduation @ CFN from CFN Productions on Vimeo.