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  • The 7th Annual CIES Summer Festival

    Do you know what you’re doing on Thursday, August 17th yet? If the answer isn’t “Joining CIES for its 7th Annual Summer Festival in Forest Lawn”, then it’s the wrong one! Join us for a beautiful day outside from 10:00am to 3:00pm at our southeast location – 1723-40 Street SE. There will be live music and dance onstage, delicious food from around the world, a local marketplace,…

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  • For GROW, it’s the most beautiful time of the year

    If you’ve been following our social media, you’ve probably seen more than a few of the ambitious projects the students and staff in our GROW (Gardens by Refugees and Other newcomers Welcomed) program have undertaken. From planting the first seedlings in early spring and visiting the GROW Calgary farm, to building beautiful raised garden beds, a new fence, and a small garden shed, it’s safe…

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  • Wandering in the Wilderness: CIES students explore the Rockies

    On Saturday, July 29, students from CIES’ SE location participated in the inaugural Wandering in the Wilderness hike at Upper Kananaskis lake, Alberta. The 8 km hike was organized and led by CIES volunteers Felipe Civita and Matt Hill, and Program Development Coordinator Oxana Cherednik. The students were provided with poles to borrow and scarves, water bottles and camping food supplies to keep. The perfect weather…

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  • A very special kind of student profile: Lai Hoang

    Today we have a very special kind of student profile: we want to extend our most heartfelt thanks to our student, Lai Hoang, who daily goes above and beyond to help at CIES. Originally from Vietnam, Lai has been studying at our NE Welcome Centre location since October 2015. Lai has a quiet, happy laugh and a smile that makes his eyes crinkle up. He…

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