Monday, December 11, 2017

CFNs Annual Winter Event

The CFN Winter Event is held every December to show newcomers how to celebrate their first winter in Canada, providing them with a chance for them to be more familiar with their new home.  Nearly 100 attended the event that also offered an opportunity for them to interact and build social networks among fellow newcomers from different parts of the world. 

CFN was also happy to have the Calgary Public Library, Calgary Police Services, Alberta Health Services and the Boys and Girls Club take part in the event, as well as Winsport and Heninger Toyota.  There was lots of fun activities for both children and adults alike and most importantly, Santa came by for a visit as well. A heartfelt thanks from everyone at CFN to all who helped make this annual event such a great success and for photos of the day CLICK HERE. 

Friday, December 8, 2017

CFN & Quaker Deliver More Than 200 Winter Coats

CFN & Quaker Deliver More Than 200 Winter Coats from CFN Productions on Vimeo.

CFN couldn't be more pleased to have distributed more than 200 winter coats on Thursday through our collaboration with the Quaker Oats #WarmWelcome Campaign. With nearly 300,000 newcomers arriving in Canada this year and approximately 100,000 newcomers identifying as in need, Quaker's  #WarmWelcome program wants to lend a helping hand by providing a warm welcome to newcomers in need with a winter coat.  Quaker partnered with local settlement agencies to help identify families that they feel need support the most and one of newcomers’ biggest concerns is our harsh Canadian winters. The #WarmWelcome program lends a helping hand to newcomers, as they face their first winter in Canada. CFN sends a heartfelt thank you Quaker for their amazing campaign and for helping us welcome newcomers to Canada with a smile. For photos of the big event CLICK HERE.


Thursday, December 7, 2017

CFN Clients Fill Shoeboxes For I Love First Peoples

This week, CFN clients from our Canadian Business Essentials for Accountants Program took some time to fill several shoeboxes for the I Love First Peoples Shoebox Project.

I Love First Peoples empowers Indigenous children and youth to succeed through education and the motivation to stay in school, bridging communities through practical projects that promote reconciliation and education.

For the Holiday Season, individuals, schools and community groups across Canada are adopting the gift-filled Shoebox Project as a gesture of friendship that helps students who receive them to celebrate the joy of education.

I Love First Peoples gift-filled shoeboxes represent an opportunity to engage with communities, holding school celebration events with celebrity friends and distributing gift-filled shoeboxes to every child and youth. I Love First People's presently supports students through merits and awards, anti-bullying initiatives, public speaking training and micro business education. Gift-filled shoeboxes are collected year-round — the more that are collected, the more communities that can be served!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women

Today CFN and all of Canada remembers the 14 female engineering students who were murdered at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal on December 6, 1989. They died because they were women. We also commemorate the missing and murdered Indigenous women, the trans-women and each and every woman in Canada and across the world whose lives have been harmed or lost to gender-based violence.

Inspired by the tragedy in Montréal, December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women, established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada. The day now represents a time to reflect on the phenomenon of violence against women in our society. It is also a day for communities and individuals to speak out against all forms of violence against women and its impact on victims and their families and friends.

As well as commemorating the 14 young women whose lives ended in an act of gender-based violence that shocked the nation, December 6 represents an opportunity for Canadians to reflect on the phenomenon of violence against women in our society. It is also an opportunity to consider the women and girls for whom violence is a daily reality, and to remember those who have died as a result of gender-based violence. And finally, it is a day on which communities can consider concrete actions to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

CFN Podcast Centre - Ashely Tedham of The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award


This week The CFN Podcast Centre  had the privilege of sitting down to chat with Ashley Tedham, Executive Director of the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award, Alberta, Northwest Territories, & Nunavut. What made her visit that much more enjoyable is that Ashley is a former facilitator from CFNs long running Youth Possibilities Program and we couldn't be more proud of all that Ashley has done since.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is a global program with the goal of challenging, empowering and recognizing young people between the ages of 14 and 24. From coast to coast to coast since 1963, the award has helped motivate young Canadians to set goals and challenge themselves to take control of their lives and futures. The classroom is not the only place to nurture the potential of one of our country’s greatest natural resources – our youth. The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award strives to reach young Canadians in communities across the country and provide a platform that helps them chart their individual lives and equips them with important life skills.

Today, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award - Canada can be found right across the country, engaging over 51,000 young people and over 2,700 Award Leaders annually. To hear more about Ashley's time here at CFN and the work she is doing today simply click below.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Super Heroes @ CFN

To end our month long activities to combat violence against women and children, in Family Violence Awareness month, CFN invited real life superhero women to our daycare! CFN welcomed the real life heroes from Calgary Police Services as well as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to the Centre yesterday, all while dressing up like our favourite superheroes. Children chose their own super powers - kindness, friendship, sharing and more and we had lots of fun! The campaign's mission is to empower our young people and inspire them with the knowledge that they can do anything, be anything they want to be in Canadian society.

For a photos of the day's events CLICK HERE and for some video highlights as well as an interview with Constable Kim MacDonald of the Calgary Police simply watch below.

Super Heroes @ CFN from CFN Productions on Vimeo.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Quaker's #WarmWelcome Campaign @ CFN

Through a partnership with Brands For Canada, the Quaker company is distributing new coats to six settlement agencies across Canada. CFN couldn't be more pleased to be one of them as more than 200 will receive winter coats next month through the campaign right here at the Centre. 

With nearly 300,000 newcomers arriving in Canada this year and approximately 100,000 newcomers identifying as in needQuaker's  #WarmWelcome program wants to lend a helping hand by providing a warm welcome to newcomers in need with a winter coat. The Quaker brand has a proud history of supporting both local communities and Canadians in need. This campaign is simply an extension of these efforts. Quaker has partnered with local settlement agencies to help identify families that they feel need support the most. One of newcomers’ biggest concerns is our harsh Canadian winters. The #WarmWelcome program lends a helping hand to newcomers, as they face their first winter in Canada.

PepsiCo Foods Canada employs 5,000 Canadians who are united in our commitment to supporting the communities and neighbours where we live and operate. They achieve this through national charitable partnerships, employee volunteerism and philanthropy. PepsiCo strives to support Canadians in need in three ways: building strong communities, nourishing Canadians and preserving the environment. Through their annual Employee Giving Campaign, associates have donated approximately $1 million to registered charities across Canada, with donations matched dollar-for-dollar by the global PepsiCo Foundation. Through their annual Employee Volunteer Campaign, associates have volunteered thousands of hours with community-based organizations across the country. PepsiCo Foods Canada is also a proud partner of Food Banks Canada, donating 7.2 million pounds of food since 2006, with an additional $50,000 in-kind donation in Fall 2017 to support Canadians in need.

CFN thanks PepsiCO Foods Canada and Quaker Oats for their nation wide community support and we look forward to the big event come December here at CFN!