Calgary Chinese Community Service Association
Our Story Why We Exist
The valuable services CCCSA offered touch the hearts of many, it helps immigrant families integrate into Canada and become empowered to become citizens leading dynamic and prosperous lives:
We care for our clients and support them through their hard times
Ms. C started working at the age of 17 and taking care of three children at the same time. With little to no help from her husband, Ms. C worked very hard for the family and also paid off the debts that her husband had accumulated. The relationship between Ms. C and her husband finally broke apart.
In 2000, Ms. C was diagnosed with depression and anxiety disorder and had to receive treatment. In 2005, she decided to move to Calgary. It was tough starting off fresh into another country, she had trouble adapting to the new environment, she had a language barrier and was financially strapped. Encountering all these difficulties, she became depressed again and she suffered insomnia. Worse still, her doctor had told her that her spinal cord was compressed and that her 4th vertebrae had shifted.
The physical and mental suffering brought her into deep despair, the feeling of being hopeless and helpless overcame her. One day as she was wandering on the street, trying to kill time, she shoplifted in a store and was caught and immediately handed over to the authorities. Actually, she was mentally incapable of making sound judgements, she could not tell right from wrong and she had no idea what she was doing.
Guilt, shame and regret hit her and that’s when she turned to the Calgary Chinese Community Service Association (CCCSA) for help. Through the legal clinic which was held in partnership between CCCSA and Calgary Legal Guidance, a volunteer lawyer explain to her about her situation and give her guidance on the steps she needed to take. CCCSA staff gave Ms. C. a lot of support including accompanying her to the court appearance and helping her with the necessary procedures to enter the Mental Health Diversion Program, where Ms. C went through a four month program offered by Alberta Health Services. Ms. C successfully completed the program, her charges were withdrawn and her mental conditions were properly dealt with. Now, smiles reappeared on her face and she has turned a new page in her life.
To this day, Ms. C is thankful to everyone who helped her throughout her life and is grateful to have to stepped foot in CCCSA.
"I want to thank CCCSA for getting me through this experience and would suggest that all who needs help or wants to volunteer call CCCSA."
Our Impact: a few client indicators...
Last year, our front desk served 2,763 clients and a total of 5,327 clients received CCCSA services. We also had 542 volunteers contributing over 12,260 hours with CCCSA.
We've learned that 80% of our clients have increased knowledge of life in Canada - including laws, rights and responsibilities. We've also learned that 80% of our clients have increased knowledge of culturally appropriate parenting skills and also feel they have the necessary supports to experience greater family wellness.
We've also found that 80% of clients have decreased social isolation and experience a sense of belonging in Canada, which links directly to our mission.
Our Impact What We Do
CCCSA serves over 5000 clients each year with the help of more than 500 volunteers who contribute over 12,000 volunteer hours.
To create a vibrant and integrative community by bridging the Chinese community, other ethnic communities, and mainstream society.
The Calgary Chinese Community Service Association (CCCSA) envisions an inclusive and supportive society, where Calgarians of all ethnic origins have full and equitable access to all aspects of Canadian society.
- It is important to preserve our Chinese heritage, while focussing on service activities that give clients and members the opportunity to reach their full potential in a Canadian setting and more particularly in Calgary.
- We celebrate both shared heritage and diversity among Chinese Canadians.
- All Calgary residents of Chinese heritage have unique needs that require ethno-specific services.
- We focus on community members of Chinese heritage but also reach out to other cultural groups and facilitate cross-cultural exchanges and service provision.
- Residents are entitled to have access to all services.
- It is important to acknowledge and promote contributions of Chinese Canadians in Canadian Society.
- We can play a role in building a more inclusive Canadian society.
- We celebrate mentorship and collaboration.
- We complement other services and organizations within the Calgary Chinese community.
Our Programs How We Do It
Our programs can be cateogorized into four streams, responding to the needs of the Chinese community at large:
- Integration and Civic Engagement Program - This program offers a holistic range of services to Chinese-speaking immigrants in Calgary. The programs in this stream are designed to reduce barriers and promote an inclusive and supportive society where members in the Chinese speaking community have full and equitable access to and participation in Canadian society. CCCSA services are solution-focused and empowerment-based to support Chinese-speaking immigrants to successfully integrate socially, culturally, and economically within Calgary.
- Children and Youth Program - The objective of this program is to foster meaningful relationships, assist youth to build reiliency and develop positive social and leadership skills. The mission is to ensure that children and youth have an opportunity for healthy growth and development. CCCSA has established the following fun and inspiration programs to meet the mental, physical, and emotional needs of children and youth in Calgary.
- Law & Advocacy Program - This program was initiated with the objective of enhancing the quality of legal services delivered within the Calgary Chinese community. It serves those individuals who come to CCCSA to seek legal information, summary advice from volunteer lawyers at the outreach clinic, referral services and legal interpretation/translation assistance.
- Health Program - Our Health program’s overall goal is to deliver a culturally and linguistically-sensitive health promotion model to the Chinese community. We aim at increasing the awareness of knowledge for Chinese immigrants. This project is designed to address Calgary's Chinese community health needs through education, early detection, and intervention: Specifically, we offer educational workshops and public education through media to reach the community at large and raise public awareness on health related topics. We promote early screening and detection through women screening day, screening mammogram clinic, and kidney’s screening days. For those who are diagnosed with cancer, patient support groups can address emotional and individual needs of the patients and their families.
By partnering with other organization and engaging our volunteers, we develop and deliver a variety of initiatives:
The Integration and Civic Engagement Program
- Information Referral & Resources
- Legal Clinic
- Career and EI
- ClinicTax Clinic
- Front Desk Job Training
- Interpretation Training
- Chinatown Safety Project
- Family & Parenting Program
- New Immigrant Circle
- Support Groups
Children and Youth Program
- Super Cool After-School program
- Social Knot
- Career Scene Investigation
- Spring camp
- Summer camp
- Youth-in-Action Leadership training
- Life Skills training
Law & Advocacy Program
- Legal Information and Referrals
- Commissioner for Oaths
- CCCSA/CLG outreach clinics
- Wills & Estates clinics
- Do-Your-Own-Divorce clinics
- Client advocacy and support
- Legal Resources and Publications
- Legal Educational Seminars
- Cantonese and Mandarin Radio Programs
- Volunteer Programs
- Health Awareness
- Breast cancer support group
- Healthy living workshops
- Women’s screening days and follow-up services
- Screening mammogram clinic
- Interpretation services and individual support
Our Requests What You Can Do
By volunteering you will deepen your engagement within the Calgary Chinese community while providing much needed support in areas such as:
- Front Desk
- Summer Camp
- Spring Camp
- After School
- Fund Raising
- Chinatown Cleanup
- Health Program
- Legal Program
- Speical Events and many more…
Your financial contribution will allow us to carry on the above programs and reach out more people in the community who needs help. A 100 dollar donation can help us to buy 10 gift cards to appreciate our volunteers' contribution. For a 250 dollars, we can provide accommodation and expenses for 8 youth volunteers of our 3 day 2 night summer youth camp.
You can donate online at https://www.canadahelps.org/dn/4382 or donate to our centre at #1 128 2nd Ave SW Calgary