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 her 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.