We turned 30!
On October 30th, 2018 the Calgary Immigrant Educational Society invited Calgarians to travel the world in a single night at its One World Many Stories anniversary gala. Thanks to your participation, we filled the room and shared some amazing newcomer stories of strength and fortitude, including some truly moving video portraits, exciting art and performances, and a moving production of Sleman Aldib’s play The Opposite.
Taking place at the Best Western Premier Calgary Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre, this event celebrated the Society’s growth from a consultation and translation service in Forest Lawn to one of the city’s prominent language, employment, and settlement service providers. With three facilities, the Calgary Immigrant Educational Society has supported over 250,000 newcomers from 75 diverse backgrounds since its opened its doors in 1988, and is now looking to bring these communities together again under one roof.
We would like to extend special thanks to Governor General Julie Payette, Lieutenant Governor Lois Mitchell, Mayor Naheed Nenshi, and city councillors Gian-Carlo Carra and George Chahal for contributing so wonderfully to our evening, and to our host Angela Kokott for emceeing. The gala would not have been possible without the contributions of everyone across CIES and our community.
We’d also like to thank our generous sponsors at CTV, Arshad Photography, Arthur J. Gallagher & Gallagher Benefit Services, Cedarglen Homes, CIK Telecom, Cenera, Fresh Taste Corner, Minuteman Press Beltline, and Nova Chemicals.
Thank you Calgary – here’s to another 30 years!