Coffee & Conversation

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On November 5, 2014 SNAP launched its most recent initiative, a Coffee & Conversation program in collaboration with Woodcliff United Church & Korean Central Presbyterian Church. The purpose of this initiative is to provide members of the Korean community with an opportunity to practice English conversation in a casual and supportive environment. With the advertising of the new program in …

October Cultural Fun Facts

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Diwali

2014 will fall on October 23.

Also known as the “festival of lights”, is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated in autumn every year.

The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair. On the same night that Hindus celebrate Diwali, Jains celebrate a festival of lights to mark the attainment of moksha by Mahavira, and Sikhs celebrate Bandi Chhor Divas.

Diwali is an official holiday in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Malaysia, Singapore and Fiji.

South Calgary Wellness Fair 2014

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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. …

National Seniors Day 2014 Celebration

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The Community Initiatives for Immigrant Seniors Program (CISP) celebrated the Annual National Seniors Day for the 5th consecutive year on Sep 27, 2014 collaboratively with the Calgary Chinese Elderly Citizens’ Association. October 1 is recognized annually as National Seniors Day and Immigrant Services Calgary has been celebrating this ever since it was officially launched by the Government of Canada in 2010 to pay tribute to the seniors who have helped build our country and continue to make valuable contributions to Canadian communities, workplaces and society.

More than 200 multi ethnic seniors took part in the celebrations which saw dignitaries representing all three levels of government: Joan Crockatt, MP, Jason Luan, MLA and Sean Chu, City Councilor as well as the Chief Executive Officer from the Kerby Centre- Luanne Whitmarsh and ISC Board member – Hala Dehais in attendance. There was a cake-cutting ceremony and vibrant intergenerational cultural entertainments like Punjabi Bhangra, Chinese Lion Dance etc. that had the audience enthralled. The seniors also got a chance to shake a leg and dance in the Flash Mob !

Citizenship Application Requirement Changes

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Here at Immigrant Services Calgary, we have been receiving a lot of questions about the new citizenship requirements under the ‘Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act’, which became law in June of 2014. Two of the major changes in the new law are that applicants for citizenship must now spend at least 4 years out of 6 years physically present in Canada before becoming eligible to apply and that 14 to 64 year olds must meet language and knowledge requirements to obtain citizenship.

Easier than You Think!

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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 …

September Cultural Fun Facts

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Did you know about these September festivals?

Navratri

Navratri (September 25 – October 3, 2014) is a festival dedicated to the worship of the Hindu deity Durga. The word Navratri means the ‘nine nights’ in Sanskrit/ The nine nights are dedicated to the three main goddesses of Hinduism. Navratri is separated into sets of three days.

First three days of Navratri are dedicated to Goddess Durga, the Goddess of power and energy.
Next three days of Navratri are dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth and prosperity.
The final three days belong to Goddess Saraswati who is worshipped to acquire spiritual knowledge.

Navratri is an important major festival and is celebrated with great zeal all over India.

Apprenticeship training is now transferable

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Alberta Premier Dave Hancock signed labour mobility agreement-in-principle with Nova Scotia premier Stephen McNeil. This agreement will allow apprenticeship training transferable between Alberta and Nova Scotia. This will improve the recognition of in-province training, allow for the recognition of apprenticeship work experience hours, and enhance labour mobility for apprentices in both Alberta and Nova Scotia. For more information please visit: http://alberta.ca/release.cfm?xid=3702029b08264-c42a-aad7-604244db603d31f9  

Alberta increases minimum wage in September

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As of September 1, 2014, Alberta’s general minimum wage will increase from $9.95 to $10.20 per hour. The liquor server minimum wage will rise from $9.05 to $9.20 per hour. A $1 per hour differential recognizes that liquor servers typically earn tips. About 1.5 per cent of Alberta’s employees that is approximately 25,700 people, earn minimum wage. To compare, 6.8 …