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 !