Community Resources



Welcome to the Community Resources bulletin board. Postings are updated regularly. To submit a posting, please e-mail If you are looking for resources aimed specifically at teachers or newcomers, check our resources pages.

Earn as You Learn! Matched Savings Programs

Learn to manage your money and build your savings along the way. For every $1 you save, you could earn $2-$3 depending on the program. Momentum’s Saving Circle group starts on July 18, 2015. This program partners with Calgarians living on a small income to help them move forward by building better money management skills.

Register now for an information session called ‘Steps to Savings’ to get started. Call 403-272-9323.

CIWA Introduces ABCs of Breast Health Program

Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association has introduced a new program designed to educate immigrant women and create awareness about breast health, prevention and early detection of breast cancer. They aspire to reach as many women as possible to promote and champion a healthy lifestyle, focusing on immigrant women with language and cultural barriers. The session is two hours long and is presented in plain language with images to illustrate. Workshops are also available in a number of other languages presented by native speakers.

This project provides:

  • Information about breast cancer.
  • Information about healthy living.
  • Support with accessing health services.
  • Individual counselling and support.
  • Free training for immigrant women wanting to volunteer as health educators.

Childcare is available upon request.

If you are interested in having CIWA do a breast health presentation for the women in your ESL class, please contact Tayyiba Khan at 403.263.441 ext. 150 or email

Making Changes – Free Clothes for 12-18 year old girls

My Best Friend’s Closet provides teenaged girls from low-income households with clothing for school. They have a wonderful selection of gently used clothing, including jeans, skirts, tops, hoodies, sweaters, boots, accessories and more. All at no cost!

If you know a young woman who is interested in attending this program, please email a referral with the girl’s first and last name to Then the referring agency, the participant or her mother can call 403.262.5776 to book a time on a Saturday for an appt. Appointment times are 10:00 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm and 3:00 pm. Each appointment lasts 90 minutes. Address: 6502 – 1A ST. SW, one block south of the Chinook C-Train station.

CIWA New Friends and Neighbourhood Groups

The New Friends and Neighbourhood Groups program offers immigrant women a place to build friendships and develop community support! This is a weekly, 2-hour women’s only drop-in program. • Practice English conversation • Make new friends • Learn about resources in your neighbourhood • Share your experiences and stories. Free childcare is provided. Sessions run from September to December and January to June. The program runs in 16 different locations across Calgary (Edgemont, Varsity, Montgomery, Saddletowne, Forest Lawn, Glenmore Square, Glenbrook, Chinatown, Beddington, Village Square, Thornhill, Temple, Shawnessy, Fish Creek, Shaganappi, Downtown). Open to any woman born outside of Canada. For more information, please contact Marilee Campbell:

CCIS Toy Lending Library

The CCIS Toy Lending Library is open Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.! Toys, DVDs and books in different languages are available for lending. Drop-in playtime. Registration is required. Located at: CCIS Parent Link Family Resource Centre #200, 1509 Centre Street S.
For more information contact Natacha Martinez: or phone 403-266-6686 ext.370

Civic Engagement Program

Would your group be interested in having a Civic Engagement workshop offered in your location?  This program offers a two hour workshop that includes an interactive presentation and a handbook for each participant. Shorter and more specific workshops are also available.  The workshop includes:

An overview of multiculturalism and the Canadian way of life including rights and responsibilities

Information about Canadian government practice, structure and history Educational information to encourage volunteerism

Encouragement for everyone to understand advocacy and voice their opinions appropriately

To book a workshop contact  Shannon Edeonu at Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association 403-263-4414 ext. 199, or visit

Services for Immigrants in Calgary Brochure

ISCC is pleased to offer  the updated version of the “Services for Immigrants in Calgary“.  This free brochure is available in two versions  – Multilingual –  English, Chinese Punjabi, Urdu, Spanish and Arabic and a French/English version.

It can be picked up at front reception at the ISCC office located in the Prospect Building at 915 – 33rd Street NE Calgary during office hours from Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Please provide notice of 1 week prior to your pickup date to ensure we have the brochures in stock at our office.

To order, please visit

Learning English with CBC Radio

An exciting new resource for ESL teachers and learners in Alberta was recently launched by CBC Edmonton and Alberta Employment and Immigration. The project can be found at website resources are made up of two types of audio stories, each supported by ESL learning materials.

Newscasts (Weekly News Stories) The stories in this section are shorter. They focus on the current events of the day. They are suitable for students who have reached CLB 4.

Monthly Stories (Monthly Feature Stories)The stories in this section are a bit longer. They feature items of general human interest. One of these stories is uploaded each month and they are suitable for students who have reached CLB 6+ and for teachers looking for materials to use with higher level classes.

The audio files and documents can all be downloaded and kept on your computer absolutely free! The audio files are in MP3 format and will play on most computer audio players. For more information contact Project Manager, Justine Light at

Ethos Youth and Family

Calgary Catholic Immigration Society’s SOT program has a new extension: Ethos Youth & Family. They are aiming to provide culturally sensitive support for immigrant and refugee children and youth ages 3 to 18, and their families addressing post-traumatic stress related to migration, resettlement, socio-economic barriers, and isolation. We are now ready to accept referrals and/or answer any questions you may have regarding this new service. We are also happy to provide informational materials and presentations to elaborate on our service and the population we serve. We strive to promote health and healing, in children, youth, and their families.

We offer a variety of services including individual and group therapy, as well as parent support and education. In addition we deliver outreach educational services to schools, professionals, and community organizations. The program counsellors deliver individual and parental support to attend to underlying issues of trauma, migration, and acculturations stress. Services are available by referral from teachers, social workers, or other community service providers involved with immigrant and refugee youth and family. Interested parents or youth are welcome to contact us with questions and/or to self-refer. For more details contact Chantal Côté Coordinator, ethos youth & family,

Never too Late Guide

United Way has released /_Never Too Late_/, a guide developed to help youth navigate returning to school. If you would like to receive free copies of the Never Too Late guide, please contact Shayna Nackoney at 403-410-2573 or

Calgary Workers’ Resource Centre

The Calgary Workers’ Resource Centre offers an Employment Rights, Obligations and Benefits Education Program. If your team, clients or students would benefit from more knowledge about their work-related rights, obligations and benefits, then contact the Calgary Workers’ Resource Centre! Subjects covered include: Alberta employment standards, employment insurance, human rights in the workplace, and workers’ compensation. These workshops may be particularly of interest to members of vulnerable populations including new immigrants and ESL students, Temporary Foreign Workers, youth, Aboriginal workers, persons with disabilities, and unemployed/underemployed workers. For more information or to book a workshop, contact Candace Martens (403-264-8100, ext. 26) or

Calgary AfterSchool

The goal of Calgary AfterSchool is to increase the number of quality after school programming opportunities for youth ages 6 – 16. The programs are available between the hours of 3 and 6 pm on weekdays throughout the year. To find programs near your home or school, go to the web site. This website will tell you more about the initiative. Also, Calgary AfterSchool invites you to call the City’s 24/7 media line at 403-828-2954 to arrange an interview with a Calgary AfterSchool spokesperson.