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Water Use Restrictions in Place for All of Calgary

Calgary faces critical water shortage due to a major water main break. The city is asking all Calgarians to stop outdoor water use immediately and reduce indoor water consumption. During this critical time, let us all follow the government’s instructions for water conservation to ensure our community’s water supply.

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TIES Paves the Way for a More Inclusive Canada with Centre for Immigrant Research

TIES (The Immigrant Education Society) is breaking new ground in newcomer support with the launch of its Centre for Immigrant Research. This is an expansion of their Research and Program Development department (RPD), dedicated to understanding the unique challenges of newcomers and developing programs that address their needs and empower them to thrive.

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TIES President & CEO Receives Prestigious Women of Inspiration Award

The Immigrant Education Society (TIES) President & CEO, Dr. Sally Zhao, has been honoured with the prestigious Women of Inspiration Award in the Advocate & Catalyst for Change category. The award recognizes her exceptional leadership in empowering newcomers and vulnerable populations.

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TIES Inspiring Showcase 2024 Featured on CTV News

The second annual TIES Inspiring Showcase was a successful event, celebrating the remarkable achievements of women from TIES Entrepreneurship Programs. About 30 market booths showcased the diverse businesses launched by these inspiring graduates, while a thrilling pitch competition awarded cash prizes to fuel their continued growth. We’re excited to share CTV news coverage of the event and more highlights on YouTube.

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TIES Expands Financial Literacy Program for Newcomers with Support from TD Ready Commitment

The Immigrant Education Society (TIES) has been awarded a $360,000 grant from TD Bank Group, to support its Pathways to Financial Success program for the next three years. The program, funded through the TD Ready Commitment, will provide financial literacy training and education to newcomers and low-income Canadians.

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Little Beginnings Urban Oasis Opens in NE Calgary, Offering Affordable Childcare and Culturally Rich Experiences

In response to the growing need for accessible and quality childcare services, Little Beginnings Urban Oasis Childcare Centre is proud to announce its grand opening in the heart of NE Calgary on March 6, 2024. The centre, strategically located in the community of Whitehorn, is dedicated to serving immigrant families and low-income Calgarians, offering affordable, high-quality, and culturally rich childcare experiences.

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TIES Staff Q&A: Evangeline Ross, Childcare Centre Manager

Introducing Evangeline Ross, affectionately known as the “pink lady,” our dedicated Childcare Centre Manager at TIES Little Beginnings Urban Oasis. In this Q&A session, Evangeline talks about her journey to leadership and passion for child development. She also shares her message to families considering childcare at TIES for their little ones.

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ECO Canada: Where Environmental and Sustainability Careers Grow

At TIES, we are proud of our partnerships with organizations that support the growth and success of the people we serve. In this edition, we are pleased to showcase ECO Canada, our valued community partner.

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TIES Staff Q&A: DONNA CLARKE, Literacy Centre of Expertise Lead

Introducing our “Meet the Team” series, where we showcase TIES members shaping our programs and driving our mission forward. In this interview, we are privileged to feature Donna Clarke, Lead of the Literacy Centre of Expertise. Donna shares her journey since joining TIES in 2009, her passionate advocacy for literacy learners, and the much anticipated For The Love of Literacy Conference 2024.

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Global News Shines a Light on LINC Program and Holiday Spirit at TIES

Global News recently featured the heartwarming festivities at TIES LINC Holiday Party, where Santa spread joy to English language students experiencing their first Canadian Christmas. Personal stories shared by Hamza Ally and Misam Almsri further highlight the positive impact of TIES in helping newcomers adjust and settle in the city.

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CityNews Features LINC Holiday Celebrations at TIES

CityNews featured our Language Instruction for Newcomers (LINC) program as we celebrated the holiday season with Santa Claus, Christmas carols, and the joy of community at TIES.

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The RBC Future Launch Scholarships

The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) is thrilled to announce the opening of two scholarship programs: The RBC Future Launch Scholarship for Indigenous Youth and The RBC Future Launch Scholarship.

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Stronger Together: TIES 35th Anniversary Gala Highlights Community Spirit

Immigrant Educational Society (TIES) marked its 35th year of dedicated service to immigrants and low-income Canadians with a memorable anniversary gala, filled with inspiring remarks, multicultural performances, and special moments. About 350 guests, including government leaders, funders, sponsors, partners, clients, volunteers, and staff came together to celebrate the TIES 35th Anniversary Gala. With the theme “Stronger Together”, this remarkable event took place on October 26 at the Best Western Premier Calgary Plaza Hotel and Conference Centre.

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TIES Celebrates 35 Years of Helping Immigrants and Low-income Canadians

The Immigrant Educational Society (TIES) will host an anniversary gala, Stronger Together, on October 26, 2023 to celebrate its 35 years of service for immigrants and low-income Canadians.

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Dr. Sally Zhao Awarded QE2 Platinum Jubilee Medal

Our President and CEO, Dr. Sally Zhao, was presented recently with the Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee Medal (Alberta) as an outstanding citizen working in service to the community.

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TIES Awards QE2 Platinum Jubilee Medals

The Immigrant Education Society (TIES) proudly honoured ten outstanding Albertans with the Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee Medal (Alberta) at a ceremony in Calgary on January 24th, 2023.

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Cesar Suva: In Remembrance

TIES is devastated to announce the sudden passing of Dr. Cesar Suva, Vice President, Research & Program Development, but more importantly, the passing of our amazing friend, partner, ally, and kuya.

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The Gift of Toys and Joy from COLLIERS

The Immigrant Education Society (TIES) would like to gratefully acknowledge the whole team at Colliers’ Calgary office for their very generous gift of 130+ toys for the children in the Care for Newcomer Children (CNC) Program at TIES.

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SERVUS Credit Union Donates to TIES

For the second year in a row, SERVUS Credit Union has generously donated to TIES to help the organization amplify its work in the community promoting multiculturalism. This year the funds will be going to support the Society’s upcoming Multicultural Sports Festival on June 27th, 2023.

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Canada Volunteer Awards Recognizes TIES

On December 5th, 2022, TIES was presented with the Social Innovator Award for the Prairies region for the 2022 Canada Volunteer Awards!

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Thank You Team CGI

At the end of September, the YYC Next group in the CGI Calgary office organized the first-ever Screw-Up Night!

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Apply Today for the RBC Future Launch Scholarship for Indigenous Youth

The RBC Future Launch Scholarship for Indigenous Youth awards 20 scholarships annually, valued at up to $10,000 each per year (for up to 4 years), to students who self-identify as Status Indian (as defined in Section 2(1) of the Indian Act), Non-Status Indian, Inuit or Métis, and who demonstrate strong academic performance and community involvement.

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Josseline Dayana Sagastume

Josseline started in the LINC Literacy program in the summer of 2021. With her continued perseverance and relentless help from the LINC instructors, she advanced quickly. Now, she is working on her Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) 2/3.

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Abdelrahman Hamad

Abdelrahman came to Canada with his wife and young daughter in October 2019. He immigrated from South Sudan, but before arriving in Canada, he had lived in Lebanon for about 6 years. Now a Permanent Resident of Canada, he has adapted well to life in Calgary.

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Paul Emerson Almontero

Last year, 2021, was one of the lowest times of my life, but through the EYE Program, I found hope and the drive to persevere and work hard again.

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Angeline Yu

I was particularly interested in learning computer and office skills because I wanted to change careers. That’s why when I saw the TIES ads on Facebook, I immediately enrolled in the class.

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Anti-racism in Alberta

Newcomers face enough hardship when immigrating to a new country and on top of that, having qualifications go unrecognized is a huge barrier to allowing newcomers to build a life.

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How to Help the People in Türkiye and Syria

A devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck south-eastern Türkiye near the border with Syria. Here is how you can help the survivors.

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TIES is located on the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region, which includes the Blackfoot Confederacy comprising the Siksika, Piikani and Kanai First Nations, the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda including the Chiniki, Bearspaw and Wesley First Nations. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.