Monday, October 16, 2017

Time To Vote Calgary

Today is Calgary's municipal election day. No matter what your point of view, no matter which candidate you support, voting is an integral and important part of being Canadian. When it comes to those new to Calgary, the right to vote in Canada is pivotal for newcomers to become full participants in their adopted homeland. Being able to vote is an opportunity to express one's opinions and steer the political direction of the country - something foreign to many newcomers.

According to a national survey, the right to vote is definitely something new citizens cherish as a milestone in their immigration journey. The study done by Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC) examined political participation of new citizens who received their citizenship between May 2012 and November 2014. In 2014, Canada swore in more than 260,000 new citizens. As these people enter the body politic, by definition, they are also changing it. Some findings of the study can be seen below and bottom line - get out and vote today Calgary!
• 48 per cent of new citizens felt permanent residents should be allowed to vote in municipal elections;
• 23 per cent reported having emailed or called an elected official about an issue;
• 26 per cent had personally spoken with a candidate during their first election;
• 10 per cent had put a candidate sign on the front lawn;
• 5 per cent had donated money to a political party or candidate;
• 12 per cent had attended an all-candidates debate/meeting;
• 7 per cent had volunteered on a political campaign;
• 6 per cent had become a member of a political party;
• 46 per cent cited lack of knowledge of the issues and knowledge of the process as reasons not to vote;
• 6 per cent said they didn’t vote because of the lack of interest and dissatisfaction with the government or political system.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Flu Shot Time @ CFN

This year CFN is partnering with Pacific Place PHARMASAVE for the annual influenza immunization campaign. Starting October 23, 2017, staff and clients are invited to receive the vaccine at the pharmacy located in the Pacific Plaza Mall just few steps away from the Centre.
Immunization is a benefit provided at no charge for those with a valid Alberta Health Care card and there is no pre-registration.

Bottom line, getting immunized is one of the best ways to prevent influenza. If you have influenza, you can be sick for 5 to 10 days, but it can take weeks to fully recover. By protecting yourself, you help protect people around you who are at risk of complications from influenza. If more people are protected, less people will get sick from influenza. To download Alberta Health Services information sheet on immunization simply click here. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

CFN Productions Talks to CBEA Grads

In collaboration with SAIT Polytechnic and funded through Alberta Human Services, CFNs Canadian Business Essentials for Accounting accepts experienced and internationally-educated professional accountants and provides them with Canadian workplace knowledge, skills, and abilities to assist them in their job search in Canada. The graduates also go on to a 2 and half month long work experience practicum with local businesses here in Calgary.  CFN Productions recently sat down with with recent grads Abraham Tumebo and Maria Kotlyarov who this week, along with all CBEA students, will begin their work placement.  To hear what they have to say about the program watch below.

CBEA Grads @ CFN from CFN Productions on Vimeo.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Hiring Fair @ CFN

On Friday CFN held yet another hiring fair, this time collaborating with Loblaws looking to take on board warehouse workers and order assemblers here in the Calgary Location. More than 100 people attended the 3 hour event, organized by CFNs Career Development wing.

Here at CFN the world we imagine for Calgary is a community that values diversity, in which people of all backgrounds find and create opportunities to fulfil dreams and participate fully as citizens. It is our hope that participating in a collective gathering with other job seekers, and multiple employers in the same room allowed those in attendance to discover several things one can use to improve their chances of landing a job. A big tip of the hat to all those here at CFN and the many volunteers who worked so hard to make this event happen . Best of luck in your search and keep your eyes open for more upcoming events here at the Centre For Newcomers! For more photos of the day CLICK HERE.

Classical & Indigenous Music Comes Alive @ CFN

CFN is proud to welcome The National Arts Centre (NAC) for two evenings in October. On October 24th (from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm) Samantha Whelen Kotas will be leading a workshop on community engagement for diverse artists, exploring methods and strategies for both teaching and sharing music and culture within the Calgary community. On October 25th (7:00 pm to 8:00 pm) Samantha will be joined by Walter MacDonald White Bear for an interactive musical performance right here at CFN.  Attendance is free of charge and both musicians and music lovers of all ages and cultural backgrounds are welcome to attend.

Walter MacDonald White Bear
Walter MacDonald White Bear is a Cree singer-songwriter, educator, and motivational speaker originally from the First Nation of Moose Factory, Ontario. Walter has been performing acoustic and flute music for many years. His music is a reflection of his personal journey as a First Nations person in Canada. Performance highlights include The Edmonton Folk Music Festival, The Chiefs Summit with Tom Jackson, The Dream Speakers Festival, The Mountain Song Native Theatre, and the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education. Walter has shared his cultural knowledge with various audiences from correctional services to principals, teachers and students. He has been invited to give keynote speeches on a range of topics, including social services, justice, education, wellness and the environment.

Attendance is free of charge and both musicians and music lovers of all ages and cultural backgrounds are welcome to attend. To RSVP to this event CLICK HERE and we look forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

October is Women's History Month

October is Women’s History Month in Canada. It’s a time for Canadians to celebrate the achievements of women and girls throughout our history and recognize the trailblazing women who have shaped our country and way of life.

Looking back over the past 150 years since Confederation, countless women have harnessed their power, found their voice, and claimed their place in our country’s proud history.

Because of their efforts and those of the many women who have followed in their footsteps, we’ve made amazing strides toward gender equality and women’s empowerment over the past 150 years. But there is still more work to do: barriers still exist, and sexism and discrimination continue to impact and shape the lives of too many Canadians.

As we look to the future, we must lift each other up so that everyone has the chance to claim their place and reach their full potential. Together, we can create a Canada where every woman and girl has the chance to let her unique power shine through and make her mark.

Today, women, girls, men, and boys continue the quest for equality and inclusion in all areas of Canadian life. Honour their actions and celebrate the courageous women and girls who inspire you to #ClaimYourPlace. Join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #ClaimYourPlace and share photos, videos and words of inspiration.

source: government of Canada

Calgary Foundation Releases 2017 Vital Signs Report

Calgary’s Vital Signs Report is an annual check-up that measures the vitality of our community and identifies significant trends. The Vital Signs report combines research with the results of a survey, where citizens assign grades and provide comments in issue areas that are critical to quality of life in Calgary. Calgary Foundation, which provided more than $40 million in funding to 900 charitable organizations last year, conducts the survey annually to gauge Calgarian’s perceptions and where the city needs the most support.

Some of the overall trends of the this year's report show that Calgarians worry most about unemployment, a lack of affordable housing, and poverty as people continue to engage the challenging struggle to survive in a city they still very much love to call home.

According to the survey, 78 per cent of Calgarians are concerned about poverty in the city; Stress about personal finance is affecting two out of every three Calgarians; One in four rate their ability to find suitable employment as poor or below average; 61 per cent rate housing affordability as below average or poor; And more than 127,000 Calgarians were living below the poverty line, a significant jump from the previous year’s 114,000.

That being said, 72 per cent of Calgarians are happy with their social networks, 62 per cent are satisfied with work and home life balance and 74 per cent rate green space and parks as excellent or good. As well, 68 per cent rate access to education as excellent or good.

Calgary's Vital Signs® was launched in 2007 to increase the effectiveness of the Foundation's grant-making, to better inform donors about issues and opportunities, to spark discussion, encourage connections and inspire action.  CFN salutes Calgary Foundation for this annual effort which greatly contributes to the understanding, the traversing and the improvement of the Calgary socioeconomic landscape. As these are just a few of the stats included in this years' Vital Signs, you can CLICK HERE download the full report.