More Support for Seniors from the Government of Alberta Budget

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The Budget 2019 includes an increase of $9 million for Seniors and Housing to ensure Alberta’s growing seniors population is well-supported. This will mean that they will maintain valuable programs that Alberta’s seniors rely on (such as financial support and programs). They will also continue to invest in affordable housing units across the province for seniors and low-income people. Senior benefits, including the Alberta Seniors Benefit will be maintained.

National Seniors Day 2019 Cerebration

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For the past 8 years on October 1st, 2019, Immigrant Services Calgary’s Seniors Program has been hosting National Seniors Day to recognize the remarkable contributions that seniors make to their families, communities and society.

This year, National Seniors Day will be happening on October 1st from 1:30 to 3:30 PM at the New Central Library “Patricia A. Whelan” Performance Hall. There will be multicultural performances, information booths and displays, inspiring stories and also light refreshments. Join us to celebrate our seniors!

Book Launch: A Colourful Life

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On August 9th 2019, Immigrant Services Calgary (ISC) hosted a book launch celebration. The Honourable Josephine Pon, Minister of Seniors and Housing, also attended this celebration and presented the signature ceremony and book presentation. The book, titled “A Colourful Life”, is collection of poems and stories written by immigrant seniors from the creative writing class for seniors at ISC. This book is a result of a collaboration between ISC and Mount Royal University. Over 12 weeks, professors and students from Mount Royal and immigrant seniors worked together to write and craft stories about the topic of home.

ISC’s Seniors Participated in the 4th Annual Chinese Legal Knowledge Competition

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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.

National Seniors Day 2018 Celebration

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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.

Banff day trip for seniors

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This past Friday, our Community Initiatives for Immigrant Seniors Program (CISP) participated in their annual day trip to Banff National Park and Lake Louise. A total of 46 seniors enjoyed a guided tour of Banff Museum National Historic Site, a picnic lunch and spent the sunny afternoon walking and sightseeing.

National Seniors Day 2017 – Inspiring Generations

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Immigrant Services Calgary, in collaboration with The City of Calgary and the Calgary Chinese Elderly Citizens’ Association, will be organizing the 7th annual National Seniors Day celebration at the Genesis Centre on Friday September 29, 2:00pm-4:00pm. Officially designated by the Government of Canada, National Seniors Day aims to recognize the significant and continuing contributions seniors add to our communities. Our …

Tell Me Your Story Project

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Immigrant Services Calgary’s Community Initiatives for Immigrant Seniors Program celebrated the end of an 8-week inter-generational project called Tell Me Your Story with a party. The seniors were paired up with technically savvy youth volunteers who helped them use PowerPoint to document stories about themselves, their homeland and settling in Canada. Audiences heard stories from Pakistan, India, Yemen and Korea. …

Talk about Elder Abuse on RedFM

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On June 15, 2016, Immigrant Services Calgary’s Community Seniors Program Facilitator, Parminder Gill, was invited to talk about Elder Abuse in program Roshani (Awareness) at Radio Red FM. In the program, they discussed  about the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) that was launched on June 15, 2006 by the International Network for the prevention of Elder Abuse, and the …

Seniors Property Tax Deferral Program

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The Seniors Property Tax Deferral Program (SPTDP) is a program that allows eligible senior homeowners to defer all or part of their property taxes through a low-interest home equity loan with the Alberta government.  For eligible seniors, the Alberta government will pay their residential property taxes to their municipal government on their behalf. Then, they repay the loan, with interest. …