2017 Syrian Refugee Holiday Fun Event

On Saturday, December 16, Immigrant Services Calgary (ISC) was host to 96 Syrian Refugees (including 59 children) for a Family Holiday Fun Event. We had an excellent 93.5% turnout engaging in info-sessions, fun games, and food.

We conducted workshops that included topics on positive thinking & job search for men’s group as well as ‘Starting a day home’ for women’s group, which was well appreciated. Youth enjoyed activities such as bracelet making, cookie decorating and board games, while children had storytelling and toys for entertainment.

“Thank you so much for the invitation and the amazing and beautiful gifts. You are very thoughtful indeed. Have a great holiday.” One of our guest’s feedback to ISC.

We thank all who attended the event and made it a success.

Low Income Monthly Pass in Calgary

Starting April 2017, the low income monthly pass are provided on a sliding scale, which is a pricing system that assesses income and assign a purchase price based on income. It means the less a resident earns, the less he/she will need to pay for a low income monthly pass.

The sliding scale is based on the applicant’s income and the number of people in his/her household or other qualifying factors. Following is the sliding scale table from the City of Calgary:

Table source: the City of Calgary

To be eligible for the low income monthly pass, an applicant must be a resident of Calgary, and must be approved for the Fair Entry program. To learn about the Fair Entry, you can visit the City of Calgary’s website.


Special Air Quality Statement in effect for Calgary

A smoke event will occur in western and central Alberta beginning today.

Forest fires in BC are generating huge amounts of smoke over western Canada. This smoke will cross the Rockies through the day today.

Due to the smoke, the AQHI will likely reach above 10, or very high risk, in parts of western and central Alberta today. There is some uncertainty as to where the thickest smoke will set up, but current indications are that the corridor of thickest smoke and thus poorest air quality will be between Hinton, Red Deer, and Edmonton.

The smoke will remain over western and central Alberta until at least Thursday afternoon or evening, when thunderstorms may flush out some of the smoke.

Individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath. Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk.

In general, wearing a mask is not the best way to protect your health during a smoke event. In fact, masks may lead to a false sense of security, which may encourage increased physical activity and time spent outdoors, meaning increased exposure to smoke. They can also make breathing more difficult.

For more information about the statement, please visit this link.

Source: Alerts for : City of Calgary – Environment Canada

Banff Day Trip for Seniors

Immigrant Services Calgary’s seniors spent a full day at Banff National Park as part of our Canada 150 celebration. They visited the Banff Park Museum where they received a guided tour and  learned about Banff’s natural history and preservation efforts. They also visited Bow Falls and the historic Cave and Basin site.  The seniors did a lot of walking, sightseeing and had lunch in the township. A total of 42 seniors took part in this activity and for some of them, this was their first time visiting Canada’s oldest national park.

Four Things You Need to Know this Halloween in Calgary

Halloween is celebrated in Canada on October 31st or around the time leading up to this day. The occasion has Celtic origins and according to Celtic beliefs, spirits and the dead cross over into the world of the living on this night.

To celebrate, many people host costume parties, carve pumpkins, make Halloween themed treats and decorate their houses. Many children go ‘trick-or-treating’, where they dress up in their costumes and ring doorbells in their neighborhood.

Here are four things you don’t want to miss out on this Halloween in Calgary:

  1. Halloween Swim Coupons
    You can treat your treat your trick-or-treaters with a coupon (Ages 2-17 years) for a free swim at a Calgary facility! For more information please visit here.
  1. Halloween Boo Bags at North Mount Pleasant Arts Centre, October 28
    Decorating a Halloween Boo bag with your kids at North Mount Pleasant Arts Centre. To register, call 403-221-3682. This activity takes place on October 28, from 4:30pm to 6:00pm.
  1. Monster Mash Halloween Bash at Village Square, October 28
    A family-friendly Halloween event with free creepy crafts, games, and activities. It takes place at Village Square on October 28, from 4:30pm to 6:30pm.
  1. Cemetery Tour, Oct 29
    A free cemetery tour before Halloween. It  takes place at the Galloway House on Saturday, October 29, at 2:00pm.

Staying safe while enjoying your Halloween! Here are some Halloween safety tips provided by the City of Calgary

Source: http://www.calgarycitynews.com/2016/10/4-things-you-need-to-know-this-halloween.html