16 Projects Receiving Mental Health and Addiction Funding

Lisa C. COVID-19, Settlement & Community News, Updates

The City of Calgary has recently announced that 16 fast pilot projects received a combined $589,259 through the Change Can’t Wait! Program. These projects aim to find new and better ways to help Calgarians struggling with mental illness and addiction. Mental health and addiction issues impact almost everyone in Calgary either directly or indirectly. The COVID-19 pandemic has had an …

Build a Book Bag Expanded to More Age Groups

Lisa C. Community, Daily Life, Settlement & Community News, Updates

The Calgary Public Library has been offering a program called “Build a Book Bag”. Recently the Library has decided to expand this free Library service. Along with ordering custom book recommendations for adults, you can now choose book bags for babies, toddlers, school-age kids, and teens! Learn about how to join the program here: https://settlementcalgary.com/2020/08/24/build-a-book-bag-calgary-public-library/ Now the newly-added function to …

Extensive Reading Activities

Lisa C. Newcomer Information, Settlement & Community News, Settlement News, Updates

Extensive reading is an important approach to language learning that is often overlooked as a classroom activity. In today’s “English Learning Tips”, let’s take a look at what extensive reading is, its benefits, and reading activities you can try by yourself. What is extensive reading? Extensive reading is when you: read enjoyable and level-appropriate materials develop general reading skills by …

City of Calgary Job Opportunities

Lisa C. Employment, Settlement & Community News, Settlement News, Updates

If you are interested in working for the City of Calgary, please check out their recently-listed job opportunities: Job title Closing date Forensic Video Technician – Amendment 2020/09/11 Green Line Board 2020/10/12 Planning Engineer 2020/10/06 Senior Asset Planning Engineer – Stormwater 2020/09/22 City Clerk 2020/09/25 Business Support Specialist-AMENDMENT 2020/09/18 Mechanical Maintenance Worker 3 2020/09/14 Leader Operations and Maintenance 2020/09/25 Journeyman …

World Suicide Prevention Day September 10

Lisa C. Settlement & Community News, Settlement News, Updates

September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. According to statistics, about 4,000 people die by suicide in Canada each year. In Alberta, suicide is consistently a leading cause of death among those ages 30-69. Certain groups in Alberta are disproportionately affected by suicide, including people with mental illness or addiction socio-economically disadvantaged people Indigenous communities men and boys members of …

Federal Investments Announced to Launch Black Entrepreneurship Program

Lisa C. Finance, Settlement & Community News, Settlement News, Updates

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing systemic barriers faced by Black entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized business owners in Canada. We need to do more to support them and address anti-Black racism. The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has announced investments of up to nearly $221 million in partnership with Canadian financial institutions (including RBC, BMO Financial Group, Scotiabank, CIBC, National …

$5 Million Funding to Improve Access to Palliative Care

Lisa C. Seniors, Settlement & Community News, Settlement News, Updates

As its first step of $20 million commitment to enhance palliative care, the Government of Alberta has recently announced a $5 million funding to be provided to the Covenant Health Palliative Institute to increase access to palliative and end-of-life services; promote advance care planning so Albertans can ensure their wishes are honoured. Additionally, $1 million will be provided to the …

Wordfest Calgary Sep – Dec 2020

Lisa C. Newcomer Information, Settlement & Community News, Updates

Last Thursday, we explored the importance of reading in one of our “English Learning Tips” articles. In this article, let’s take a look at this event happening in Calgary right now, which is perfect for kindling (or rekindling) your passion for reading. Wordfest is a not-for-profit charitable arts organization that produces one of Canada’s largest international literary festivals, taking place …

Women’s Centre Looking for Volunteers

Lisa C. Community, Updates, Volunteers

Women’s Centre of Calgary is now resuming the recruitment and training of new volunteers. Safety and cleaning protocols have been implemented in the Centre to keep volunteers and women safe. Women’s Centre of Calgary has over 800 active volunteers who manage and support all of their programs and services. Opportunities are available for: Peer Support Volunteers Legal Assistants Wednesday Bread …