First Filipino TFW Assembly successfully launched by CCIS' TFW Program

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More than a hundred participants took part in the whole day Alberta Filipino Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW) Assembly held on September 24, 2022 at the Kerby Gymnasium in Calgary. The assembly was a first in terms of inter-agency collaboration betwee...
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CCIS Board Names Gordana Radan as Next Chief Executive Officer

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CCIS' Board Chair, Mike Shaikh, and Incoming CEO, Gordana Radan The Board of Directors of the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society (CCIS) has named Gordana Radan as CCIS’ next CEORadan most recently served as the Director of CCIS’ Business, Employmen...
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Having fled Russian attacks, woman now helps other Ukrainians settle in Calgary

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  I was lucky, I'm doing fine and now I'm hoping to help more people' Author of the article:Bill KaufmannPublishing date:Jul 18, 2022  •  16 hours ago  •  3 minute read   Kateryna Zarvii joi...
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Calgarians with family in Afghanistan struggle to help earthquake survivors

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  By Carolyn Kury de Castillo  Global NewsPosted June 23, 2022 4:54 pm  Calgarians are doing what they can to help victims of the devastating earthquake in Afghanistan, but some say their efforts are limited by...
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Airbnb.org’s support of refugees around the world

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To date, the Airbnb.org team has connected more than 100,000 refugees and asylum seekers to temporary housing, including more than 50,000 people who have fled the conflict in Ukraine. As we marked World Refugee Day, Airbnb.org is proud to work with H...
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Dozens of Ukrainian families seeking refuge now settled in Cochrane

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Volunteers have been using Facebook to communicate with Ukrainian families seeking refuge, helping them connect with resources and services Author of the article:Patrick GibsonPublishing date:Jun 20, 2022  • An estimated 50 Ukrainian famili...
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Afghan Project Interview

Afghan Project Interview with Fariborz Birjandian, CCIS CEO  
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How the CRE industry can aid Ukrainian, Afghan refugees

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Canada has pledged to accept thousands of refugees from dangerous situations and war in Ukraine and Afghanistan, but what is it doing to help and house them once they arrive? Two recent webinars — by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada&...
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Calgary prepares for arrival of Ukrainian refugees

After a flight of displaced Ukranian nationals landed in Edmonton, Fariborz Birjandian from the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society joins Global News Morning Calgary to discuss preparations happening in southern Alberta to resettle refugees.   ...
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Minister Fraser meets with Afghan newcomers and settlement services organizations in Alberta

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  OTTAWA, ON, March 18, 2022 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is working hard to resettle at least 40,000 Afghan nationals as quickly and safely as possible. Canada has now welcomed over 9,400 Afghan refugees, with ...
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333 Afghan refugees arrive in Calgary, 1,800 more expected by June

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 By Michael King  Global NewsPosted February 24, 2022 7:26 pm Updated February 24, 2022 7:57 pm  As part of Canada’s promise to help 40,000 Afghan refugees, another charter flight landed in Calgary on Thursday. 333 ...
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Albertans send cash to Ukraine by renting Airbnb room without staying

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  Stephanie ThomasCTV News Calgary Video Journalist       Airbnb says more than 430,000 bookings have been made in Ukraine out of a community driven effort to send cash directly to Ukrainian residents, without actually spending th...
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First Afghan human-rights activists arrive six months after Ottawa's promise of help

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The Liberal government launched the special program in July after weeks of criticism from angry Canadian veterans upset Ottawa wasn't doing more to help OTTAWA — Six months after the federal government promised to help thousands of Afghan women leade...
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Temporary homes provided to Afghan refugees now settling in to new life in Calgary

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  Mark VillaniCTV News Calgary Video Journalist   CALGARY -  Shafiqullah Sahil arrived in Calgary just three days ago and was overjoyed to find out that he and his family will soon move in to a new temporary residence they can call ‘ho...
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Airbnb.org launches partnership to support Afghan refugees in Canada

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Airbnb.org will partner with the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society to help support some of the 40,000 Afghan refugees the Canadian government has committed to welcome over the coming months.   Earlier this year, Airbnb.org committed ...
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Members of Calgary's Afghan community to rally for more aid as organizations mobilize to help refugees

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    By Chris Chacon       As the crisis in Afghanistan continues to unfold, Edmonton and Calgary are now welcoming people who were able to escape the Taliban. This is the beginning, with thousands of refugees expected to...
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Afghan refugees grateful to settle into ‘bright future’ in Calgary

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By Gil Tucker  Global NewsPosted September 14, 2021 6:04 pm       Thousands of Afghan refugees are on their way to a new life in Canada, with many of them coming through Calgary. Calgarians are now working hard to welcom...
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Catholic Social Services starts resettling Afghan refugees in Edmonton and Calgary

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Kellen Taniguchi  Alberta has welcomed its first group of Afghanistan refugees who were able to escape the Taliban and fly into Canada. Fariborz Birjandian, CEO of Calgary Catholic Social Services, said 60 have made their way to Calgary and 20 h...
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Up to 400 Afghan refugees expected in Calgary following fall of Kabul to Taliban

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  On Aug. 15, Kabul fell to the Taliban, leading thousands of Afghans trying to flee the country. Various organizations across Canada are getting prepared to welcome those who were able to escape. Khatera Rashidi, an immigrant from Kabul living ...
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Edmonton agencies getting ready to resettle Afghan refugees

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National settlement co-chair expects 40 people will arrive in the next 10 days Madeleine Cummings    Local social agencies are preparing to welcome dozens of Afghan refugees to Edmonton over the next few weeks. Plans are in flux, but nation...
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