30 years later, thousands upon thousands have been served by this vision and thus our mission, that being to support not just newcomers, but also the receiving community in becoming diverse and united through services and initiatives that create conditions of success - conditions of success for newcomers that are strategically combined and interwoven with conditions that create a welcoming environment in the city of Calgary.
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What has happened over the course of 30 years is that CFN has gone beyond offering only settlement services, to become an organization that both serves and stands for the community as a whole. CFN seeks to assist the vulnerable populations of our city - vulnerable populations include the economically disadvantaged, racial and ethnic minorities, the uninsured, low-income children, the elderly, the homeless, the abused, and those with chronic health conditions, up to and including mental illness.
Our portfolio now includes Domestic Violence and Homelessness Services, Mental Health related services, our Indigenous Education for Newcomers Initiative, along with our LGBTQ+ services, that later extended to CFN hosting The Prairie & Northwest Territories (PNT) LGBTQ+ Newcomers Settlement Conference and our hosting of the Canada-wide national conference this spring. All the while, CFN continues providing its core services of language, training and employment for those who have come to Calgary in search of a new life and to build a new home.
In doing so, since 1988 CFN has assisted in building the kind of community all Calgarians want. Calgary is one of the safest and healthiest big cities on the planet, has been named the cleanest city on Earth, boasts one of the highest volunteer participation rates in Canada, has the highest quality of life in the world after Denmark, and every year since 2009 The Economist Intelligence Unit has ranked our city among the most livable cities in the world.
Calgarians have also long been known for their generous hearts and love of community. Whether it be Syrian refugees starting anew, evacuees fleeing forest fires in Fort McMurray or during the 2013 floods, we open our hearts and our homes in times of need. And despite recent economic challenges, things are once again on the rise and Calgary remains one of the best places in the world to live and do business.
30 years later CFN’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. We sincerely hope you will join us on Saturday, March 10th in celebrating our great city and 30 years of building community here in YYC. Details coming soon!