Over the past week the Calgary Immigrant Educational Society celebrated not one, but four holiday-themed events! We’d like to thank everyone who participated in making these celebrations and community empowerment initiatives a success. With your help, our combined efforts distributed over 160 presents to newcomer families and their children! With so much going on, we thought we’d briefly touch on some of the fun and important activities that happened.
Fill This Basket 2018 – Childcare Campaign
For the second year, the Fill This Basket childcare campaign was a success. With the help of passionate donors and community members we were able to successfully meet our $1,000 goal, helping 113 children received a holiday surprise full of goodies including toys, clothes, stuffed animals, books, and more!
Donations from the Calgary French and International School
The Calgary French and International School (CFIS) is an independent school dedicated to the development of the next generation of global citizens and leaders. With a safe, secure, and enduring school community, it provides French immersion and international education to over 1000 students from preschool to Grade 12.
From November to December, their senior high students volunteered their time to set up a Christmas tree, write down the names and backgrounds of LINC Literacy students, and encourage their fellow students to pluck a name and purchase a gift. Additionally, the Grade 5 Math students ran a bake sale to raise money, budget it, and then use the funds to buy gifts for in-need CIES students and their kids. All together, more than 40 gifts were donated from students at CFIS!
A giant thank you to the students and staff at CFIS who helped extend a warm welcome to these newcomers during the holidays.
Counselling Wishlist Support
As part of our ongoing commitment to newcomer families in the community, volunteers from the Refugees & Newcomers Emotional Wellness (ReNew) program branded together to collect gifts for children living in at-risk, low-income families. These gifts can’t eliminate the anxiety and stress that comes with dislocation, but they can promote self-care, wellbeing, and a sense of belonging in a new home.
Newcomers Celebrate the Holidays
With over 30 programs running at the Calgary Immigrant Educational Society, there was never any doubt that we’d put on a series of parties. With events including carolling, karaoke, games, crafts, poems, and potlucks, the sound of laughter could be heard down every hallway with over 1,000 students participating at our locations in Forest Lawn, Whitehorn, and Westwinds.
Thanks to each of our friends for supporting us throughout 2018 and for helping us mark 30 years in your community. Here’s to a beautiful 2019.