CIES celebrated its Staff Appreciation and Annual General Meeting on Monday, June 19, 2017. While the AGM was previously held at Fort Calgary, this year CIES opted to host the community at its northeast Welcome Centre location. HR Manager Eva Su and a team of staff volunteers beautifully decorated the assembly room and provided a gorgeous buffet of food, including fruit and cheese skewers, samosas and an assortment of appetizers.
This year, CIES staff voted to champion and recognize their coworkers for a variety of awards. They were presented as follows:
Award for Instructor Going Above and Beyond: Rob MacInnis
Award for Staff Going Above and Beyond for Clients: Noha El Tanahi
Award for Creativity: Colyn deGraaff and Eva Su
Award for Exemplary Dedication: Jana Ciobanu
Award for PBLA MVP: Richard LeBlanc
Award for Most Encouraging Attitude: Melissa McKinnon
CEO’s Award of Distinction: Suman Khanal
Each of these awards is heartily deserved and we were truly happy to see them awarded to some of our hardest-working staff.
Staff and volunteers also got a bit carried away with the games component of the evening, which you can see in the image gallery below.
Community support for our Annual General Meeting was strong as always, with attendance from our funders and community partners as valued as ever. Board President M’Liss Edwards opened the meeting by recognizing Canada’s role as a safe and prosperous country on the world stage, and acknowledged that CIES must continue to strive to uphold the values of openness and opportunity by providing the tools for newcomers to succeed. Chief Executive Officer Sally Zhao highlighted notable milestones from the 2016/1017 fiscal year and expressed her gratitude for the support of CIES’ valued funders, donors, and community partners, without whose help we would not be able to continue. Notable highlights from 2016/2017 include:
- The LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada) program expanded from 56 to 70 classes in 2016/2017, serving 1,611 adults and 410 children through our Childminding program
- Approximately 150 staff members and 167 volunteers selflessly contributed 17,450 volunteer hours to CIES
- The influx of Syrian refugees to Calgary spurred the community to offer specialized programming for these newcomers, including the REDI (Refugee Express Drop In ESL & Integration) program, EASSY (The Economic and Social Integration of Syrian Refugees and Other Immigrant Youth), and ESR (Empowering Syrian Refugees through Life Skills and Resources Information) at CIES
- CIES served 1,400 adult clients and 170 chidren per week between its northeast and southeast locations
Thanks to all of the staff, volunteers, clients and community partners who attended our 29th Annual General Meeting and made it such a success. We can’t wait to celebrate 30 years of CIES with you.