CIES and ASCEND partner for Women’s English Language & Computer Literacy program

We are excited to announce that this summer, from August 8-11, 2017, CIES is partnering with ASCEND (the Alex Schaap Charity to Educate and Nurture Development) to offer a week-long English Language and Computer Literacy program for Calgary’s immigrant women’s community. CIES and ASCEND are united in their goal to help empower, educate, and inspire our newcomer community to reach beyond the barriers they may face.

Immigrant women often fill the role of caregiver within their families, and as such are often among the last to receive settlement assistance. This is especially true during the summer months, when schools are on hiatus and children are at home. This event addresses the resulting gaps in opportunity by providing English language instruction, computer skills, and resume building assistance in a compact, week-long format. At the end of the week, participants will get to keep the laptop used during their lessons, and will bring it home loaded with English learning software. Additionally, the City of Calgary will be providing childminding assistance throughout the week of learning, and will host a carnival on the final day.

Funds for the program will be provided by ASCEND’s annual 24-Hour Wiffle Ball Marathon. This unique event will be held on July 29th and 30th, 2017 and will feature retired MLB players, spotlighting live on Sportsnet prior to the July 30th Toronto Blue Jays game. Proceeds from the event will support both the week of learning and ASCEND’s other initiatives, which include providing computers, laptops and tablets to local community organizations that help families in need. If you would like to sponsor this event, contact ASCEND at For more information on ASCEND’s mission and operations, visit their website at


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