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Rocky View Immigrant Services and London Drugs Airdrie Partner to Support New Canadian Families in the Region

Rocky View Immigrant Services and London Drugs Airdrie Partner to Support New Canadian Families in the Region

Airdrie, Alberta – Canadian retailer, London Drugs, today launched #Welcoming150, a special program and donation drive that will support 150 new Canadian families across Western Canada who left their country of origin sometimes due to unsafe circumstances. As part of celebrating Canada 150, the program will support families identified as still-in-need by participating agencies in the various markets where London Drugs stores are located. In Airdrie, London Drugs is proud to be partnered with Rocky View Immigrant Services.

“Our customers show us time and time again, that they want to support people in their local communities,” said Colleen Lancaster, Store Manager, London Drugs Airdrie. “Because of this, it’s important for us to provide these opportunities where we can, to help connect our store staff and our customers to the people in our community that can use a little extra support and care. Together, we can make a significant positive impact supporting these families in need.”

Starting today, people can visit London Drugs in Airdrie to learn about the families adopted by the store, and donate items based on the specific needs of those families. Items collected will then be delivered to the participating 150 families across Western Canada before Canada Day on July 1, 2017.

“We are grateful to people in Airdrie and surrounding communities for their generosity. On behalf of the families we work with, we would like to thank everyone for truly reinforcing our Canadian values, and showing what it means to be Canadian during this very special time in the country’s history,” said Fariborz Birjandian with Rocky View Immigrant Services.

The Continued Need for Refugee Support

According to Rocky View Immigrant Services, there is continued need amongst refugee families in the area. Items needed currently include:

  • Hygiene products such as soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, etc.
  • Kitchen wares such as dishes, cutlery, cooking utensils, small appliances, etc.
  • Linens for the kitchen, bath and bedroom.
  • Food including snacks, cooking oil, rice, pasta, flour, cereal, juice, etc.
  • Cleaning supplies including laundry soap, broom, dust pan, iron, etc.
  • Family needs such as books, games or puzzles.

The inspiration behind #Welcoming150 is two-fold. First, it provides continued support for new Canadian families who come from unsafe backgrounds. Second, it honours the legacy of Tong Louie, whose family acquired London Drugs in 1945 and grew the company to what it is today. In 1914, Tong Louie was born to an immigrant Chinese family who owned a wholesale food business. Tong Louie and the Louie family have been instrumental in shaping today’s retail industry in Canada.

“Welcoming and helping newcomers distinguishes what makes Canada great and so we are very excited to launch and facilitate this support program in all London Drugs stores in June, across Western Canada,” said Clint Mahlman, executive vice president and chief operating officer, London Drugs. “As a proud family-owned 72-year-old Canadian company, we will also be contributing corporately, alongside the donations from our customers and staff to ensure each family’s immediate needs are met.”

To learn more about the #Welcoming150, the families, and how you can support, please visit


Founded in 1945, B.C.-based London Drugs has 79 stores in more than 35 major markets throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba including its online store London Drugs offers consumers a range of products from digital cameras and cosmetics to computers and televisions. Renowned for its creative approach to retailing, the company employs more than 7,000 people with pharmacy and health care services being the heart of its business. Committed to innovation and superior customer service, London Drugs has established itself as a reputable and caring company and continues to position itself for future growth and development.


Rocky View Immigrant Services (RVIS) was created to assist newcomers integrate and settlement into their new communities of Airdrie, Chestermere, Cochrane and Rocky View. RVIS provides immigrants and refugees with orientation, information and referrals to schools, community and government services, youth support, and cultural Interpretation, amongst others.

RVIS is a project of Calgary Catholic Immigration Society (CCIS).

For interviews, photos/video, or more information, please contact:

Angela Joyce, London Drugs Media Relations


Fariborz Birjandian, CEO, Calgary Catholic Immigration Society


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