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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.

Language Training

Language Training provides language and literacy classes to clients in order to help them achieve proficiency in English at any level. Childcare is provided for our students’ children.

CIWA offers seven literacy classes in eight community locations through the Pebbles in the Sand Program.

CIWA also offers Language Instruction for Newcomers for immigrant women with Canadian Language Benchmarks between 1 and 4. Classes for newcomers with special needs is also available.

In conjunction with other CIWA programs, SMILES (Small Multicultural Immigrants Learning Early Strategies), provides early childhood development, lifelong learning opportunities and quality childcare for immigrant and refugee children (aged six months to six years) while their mothers attend other CIWA programs. Qualified SMILES childcare workers provide children with culturally sensitive, age-appropriate developmental activities via a play-based curriculum to increase their school-readiness. Ultimately, the goal is to provide children with the tools needed to succeed in the mainstream Canadian school system.

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"I learned that I am ready to take the challenges as they come.  I am very happy that I could share my thoughts about being an immigrant in Canada.  I learned a lot about working with my child at home with the support from my HV." - HIPPY Program participant

HIPPY - Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters

Program Description

The program provides immigrant women and their families support with literacy skills to prepare their preschool aged children for school.

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Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada

Program Description

The program helps immigrant women who are permanent residents learn English.

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Pebbles in the Sand

Program Description

The program helps immigrant women learn to read and write.

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Learning Support Services

Program Description

This program provides support to struggling English language learners in LINC and ESL programs.

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