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Building Calgary Communities SPEAKER SERIES

This series sponsored by the Chinook Country Historical Society (CCHS) and the Calgary Association of Lifelong Learners (CALL) highlights the contribution of the many groups that comprise our city today. It explores the pioneers who came to Calgary to build a new life while enriching our city with the culture of their homeland.

Our objective is to highlight the individuals from these communities that brought their pioneering spirit along with their traditions and beliefs. Why did they come here? What have they contributed to our community? How did they make it easier for others to follow in their footsteps? What imprint has this community left on our city and province?

Events will generally be held on the first Friday of each month, with the exception of January, June, July and August.

When:first Friday of the month
Time:1:00 - 3:00 PM
Where:cSpace, 1721-29 Ave. SW

Free for members, $5 charge at door for non-members. No registration required.

Friday, November 1

Welcoming Syrian Refugees to Calgary

Sam Nammoura and Saima Jamal, co-founders of Calgary Immigrant Support Society, will focus on how, after the Syrian refugee crisis, local communities created warm welcomes for refugees coming to Calgary. They will demonstrate how this initiative created a reciprocal benefit for everyone and inspired change across Canada. They will also share experiences of refugees and show how, through meaningful, personal interactions, the fears that we hold of the “other” evaporate. 

The Syrian Refugee Support Group/ Calgary Immigrant Support Society is a citizen's action-driven group of community volunteers, with various origins and beliefs and from all walks of life, who are trying to make Calgary the most welcoming place for refugees and newcomers of all backgrounds.

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*To participate in most programs, you must be a member.  Exceptions are listed as Open to the Public

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