United Voices: Immigrant Youth Wellness Summit

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United Voices: Immigrant Youth Wellness Summit presented by HEADSTRONG is the first summit of its kind in Canada. Youth from all backgrounds between the ages 12 and 20 are invited to register to take part in a fun day including stories from inspirational immigrant speakers, interactive break-out sessions, great food and more, while learning how to battle the stigma surrounding mental health. Youth who wants to take action on the stigma surrounding mental health, learn skills and confidence to become an advocate for mental health are encouraged to come.

City of Calgary Bylaw Update: New rules for safer roads

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The City of Calgary has passed a new safe passing bylaw coming into effect on September 1, 2019. This bylaw requires motorists who are driving slower than 60km/hr to have at least one metre of space when passing a cyclist. Cyclists who are driving faster than 60 km/hr will need to have at least 1.5 meters of space when passing. Additionally, drivers can now legally cross a solid yellow line (when safe to do so) to pass a cyclist. Those who fail to leave the minimum safe passing distance may result in a $203 fine.

Open for Business Act effective September 1

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The Open for Business Act was passed to help reduce burdens on employers. This means that there are changes to the employment standard rules. On September 1, 2019, the act will give employers and employees the option of having straight-time banked overtime hours arrangements. Additionally, the act will return to the previous general holiday pay and banks overtime rules. This will not require employers to provide holiday pay even if they are not open that day.

Habesha United BBQ & Soccer Tournament

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Over the weekend, Immigrant Services Calgary (ISC) hosted a Habesha United BBQ & Soccer Tournament in collaboration with the Habesha United Soccer Club and Excel Family & Youth Society at the Bridgeland Riverside Community Association. This free event showcased the culture of the Eritrean and Ethiopian Communities through a coffee ceremony, cultural resource booths, kids activities and a youth soccer tournament. Entertainment included cultural dances, face painting, henna and also a fashion show. ISC would like to thank the many participants who came and participated and also the organizations who made this successful event possible.

Back to School Reminder 2019

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There are two main public school systems in Calgary, the Calgary Board of Education (CBE) and the Calgary Catholic School District (CCSD).  For CBE, classes start on September 3, 2019 for those who are on the traditional school calendars. Those who still have not enrolled their children into school yet may register on August 28, 2019 for schools on the …

August 2019 Power Breakfast Networking Event For Newcomers

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Immigrant Services Calgary hosted a Power Breakfast networking event on the morning of August 21, 219 at the New Central Library.
Newcomer clients were able to talk and connect with employers from differing industries such as finance and accounting. This event allowed for like-minded professionals to network and hear inspirational stories of immigrant professionals and their journey to settling in Canada. Immigrant Services Calgary would like to thank our clients and partners for the positive feedback and participation to make it a success!

Bake Sale to Support the Terry Fox Foundation

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Immigrant Services Calgary’s Seniors Program and Youth Inclusive Program put their culinary skills to work this week as they baked some sweet treats for their much anticipated bake sale to support the Terry Fox Foundation. The youth and seniors will join forces again in September to walk in the Terry Fox Run and Walk. Congratulations youth and seniors for a great job …

Settlement Services in Calgary

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In Calgary, there are immigrant serving agencies that offer settlement services to newcomers. These services are free for eligible newcomers and are often available in many languages. Agencies that offer settlement services aim to help newly arrived immigrants adjust to their new life in Canada. Settlement services can include: Job searching Finding a place to live Language assessment Filling out …

Windmill Microlending Announces New Mentorship Program

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To better support people in achieving professional success, Windmill Microlending has launched a new Mentorship Program. The program will help mentees navigate the Canadian labour market and provide necessary skills and tools to help them find employment that matches their skills, experience and education.