Through our Community Awareness initiatives, mainstream service providers, faith groups, and all Calgarians can gain a better understanding of immigrant needs, become more knowledgeable about diverse cultures, and become better equipped to welcome and assist new immigrants.
On Saturday October 4, Immigrant Services Calgary co-organized the third annual South Calgary Wellness Fair. Made up of various service providers such as Alberta Health Services, the Calgary Public Library, the City of Calgary, CCIS, Bishop O’Byrne School, the purpose of the collaborative is to promote health and wellness as well as provide resources to families living in Calgary South.
Hosted at the South Fish Creek Recreation Complex, the day consisted of fun activities for the family, entertainment, crafts for kids, face painting, story time and more. The cultural entertainment included a youth Dance Fusion group, Zhaoli Dance School, Calgary Jump Crew and Golden Generation Dancers. There were over 50 agencies present and the fair attracted over 300 community members!
On Tuesday September 22, Twenty three professionals from various immigrant serving agencies took part in a training titled, “Easier than You Think”. The training was facilitated by Diana Wark from Calgary Sexual Health Centre. The purpose was to help service providers support parents as they discuss healthy bodies and healthy relationships with their children.
Immigrant Services Calgary is a member of the Calgary Sexual Health Collaborative which includes agencies such as Alberta Health Services, Outlink, HIV Community Link and the Calgary Communities against Sexual Abuse (CCASA).
ISC has worked with the collaborative in organizing workshops for immigrant parents. Our goal is to support immigrant families in understanding the importance of sexual health and wellbeing as well as equip parents with the tools necessary to talk to their children about healthy relationships. Several of our Settlement Counselors took part in this training!