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  • Arab Women of Excellence Awards 2019

    Arab Women of Excellence Awards 2019

  • University of Calgary Continuing Education Scholarship Recipients

    University of Calgary Continuing Education Scholarship Recipients

  • Gerda R. Bloemraad Educational Scholarship Recipients 2019

    Gerda R. Bloemraad Educational Scholarship Recipients 2019

  • HIPPY Graduation

    HIPPY Graduation

  • Open seats available for Bridge to Success for Professional Immigrant Women. Training is available for current or past EI clients

    Open seats available for Bridge to Success for Professional Immigrant Women. Training is available for current or past EI clients

Welcome to CIWA

Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association (CIWA) is a non-profit organization established in 1982 as a registered charity. CIWA is a culturally diverse settlement agency that recognizes, responds to, and focuses on the unique concerns and needs of immigrant and refugee women, girls and their families.

Family Services

Family Services provide support for parents and families adjusting to a new culture and life in a new country. Immigrant parents, youth and seniors have access to parenting related information and support, afterschool based programing, leadership opportunities and individual counselling support.

"CIWA's parenting program is very useful for myself and for my family. It helped my children make a good life in Canada and us as a family to be successful and happy here in Canada." - CCPP participant

After School Homework Help for Immigrant Girls

Program Description

After School Homework Help for Immigrant Girls is a program that supports the academic success of low income immigrant girls in high school.

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Civic Engagement for Immigrant Women Program

Program Description

The program helps immigrant women and girls achieve full and equal civic participation in Canada.

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Cross-Cultural Parenting Program

Program Description

The program helps immigrant parents cope with parenting challenges in a new country and culture.

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Family Conflict Program

Program Description 

The program provides professional, culturally-sensitive counselling for immigrant women and their families who are experiencing transition challenges, relationship problems, abuse and trauma.

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Grandma's Kitchen

Program Description

This project assists the isolated senior immigrant women to enhance their ability to effectively communicate and contribute their skills to the communities they live in. The group focuses on self esteem, healthy living, living and adapting to life in Canada. Through this group, senior immigrant women are able to make new friends, study English, learn multicultural recipes and share ideas and concerns.

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Hand-in-Hand Parent Link Centre

Program Description

The Parent Link Centre supports parents in their role as their child's primary and most significant teacher.

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Healthy Families Program

Program Description

Healthy Families Program is offered as a collaborative multi-agency initiative called Calgary Healthy Families Collaborative (CHFC).

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In-Home Support Program

Program Description

The In-Home Support Program assists immigrant and refugee families in Calgary with children between 0 and 17 years of age to overcome issues around family violence, parenting, etc.

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One-on-One Counselling for Immigrant Women

Program Description 

The program provides immigrant women (including seniors and youth) with the opportunity to become involved in the community and develop a sense of belonging.

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Project Footprint

Program Description  

The program aims to empower immigrant girls between 9 and 13 years of age through themed activities related to protecting the environment, preserving our eco-system and engaging in the wilderness, which build self-confidence and leadership skills. This program is the only initiative in Calgary that focuses on building leadership of immigrant girls through awareness raising activities and leadership opportunities related to the environment, wilderness and preservation/conservation.

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Supports for Immigrants and Refugees with Mental Health and Addiction Issues: A culturally sensitive approach

Program Description  

Supports for Immigrants and Refugees with Mental Health and Addiction Issues project ensures that immigrants and newcomers are able to identify and seek support for addiction issues impacting their lives and build their resilience. The project enables them to feel safe and empowered to enhance their and their family’s well-being. Through this project, immigrants dealing with these issues will be able to reclaim their self-esteem and confidence to be in control of their lives and become positive role models for their children.

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Victim Supports Outreach Program

Program Description

Victims’ Supports Outreach Program for Immigrant Children, Youth and Families Affected by Family Violence (VSO) provides outreach support services for immigrant children, youth and families experiencing family violence.

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Youth Program

Program Description 

The program empowers immigrant youth to get involved in the community and reach their full potential.

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