Immigrant Services Calgary (ISC) is pleased to congratulate long-time volunteer, Don Wall, on receiving the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers in recognition of his exceptional volunteer contributions. Over the past four decades, Don has devoted his life to serving immigrants and refugees and empowering them to become contributing members in Canadian society. Don has made enormous contributions through undertaking a variety of volunteer roles, including serving as community host, cultural broker, ESL instructor, refugee sponsor, employment coach, and Income Tax Clinic consultant and trainer.
In October, our Community Initiatives for Immigrant Seniors Program (CISP) participated in the 4th Annual Chinese Legal Knowledge Competition hosted by the Calgary Chinese Community Services Association(CCCSA)’s Law & Advocacy Program. The competition involved 50 seniors from the community and three seniors representing the CISP won first place in the competition. The awards were presented by the MLA for Calgary-Northern Hills Jamie Kleinstueber. CCCSA organizes this competition annually in order to educated seniors about the legal system in Canada.
In October, Immigrant Services Calgary’s seniors program hosted the 8th Annual National Seniors Day celebration in collaboration with the City of Calgary and Calgary Chinese Elderly Citizens’ Association at the Kerby Centre. The event was very successful with over 300 community members in attendance.
On October 1, 2018, Alberta’s general minimum wage will be increased to $15.00 an hour. Minimum wage is the lowest amount that can be paid to an employee by law. In Alberta, employers must pay their employees at least the minimum wage. Minimum wage is the same for adults, liquor servers, adolescents, youth and disabled people.
The Calgary Board of Education (CBE) is the public school board in Calgary. Most of CBE schools follow the traditional calendar. Their classes start on September 4, 2018. School on the traditional calendar open for registration August 30. Classes start at modified calendar schools on August 16, 2018. For more information, you can visit CBE’s website.
Immigrant Services Calgary (ISC) hosted the Bridgeland Summer Block Party and Soccer Tournament last week. More than 200 people were in attendance, most from the Ethiopian and Eritrean community in Calgary, as well as residents from the Bridgeland Calgary Housing complex nearby. A BBQ meal and snacks was provided, as well as information about community resources, facepainting and kids activities.
Immigrant Services Calgary is helping Calgary Korean Health Advocacy Society to host the Calgary Korean Health Fair 2018 on Saturday, September 8. The event widely opened to public and all the services, information and activities will be focused on attaining better health through nutrition.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has taken great strides towards improving its clients’ service experience. A reduction in backlogs and processing times is a cornerstone of that work.
On August 13, 2018, the Minister of IRCC highlighted some of the substantial improvements that IRCC has made over the past year.
Environment Canada issued a heat warning for Calgary and southern Alberta. It says maximum daytime highs are forecast to exceed 29C until at least Friday, August 10, 2018.
Last week, Immigrant Services Calgary’s Youth Inclusive Program youth were invited by Trico Homes to learn about their summer student opportunities for 2019. The Vice President Human Resources of Trico Homes gave a presentation about what they look for in their hiring process, summer student positions, and work culture.