CIWA takes a holistic and wraparound approach to addressing integration challenges immigrant women and their families face when settling in a new country. CIWA’s mandate is as follows:
During its 40 year history, CIWA has developed innovative programs, entered into partnerships and become an organization that is truly responsive to the unique and diverse needs of its constituency. Over the years, CIWA has made the transition to Canada a more comfortable, pleasant and successful one for more than 80,000 immigrant women.
CIWA focuses its financial strategy on strengthening core programs in the areas of settlement, language training, employment skills, and family services. We also respond to tenders for new pilot initiatives by developing innovative program ideas to compete with other agencies for government funding. We feel confident that our funders value the good work that we do for clients and our adherence to standards of professional accountability.
A key component to CIWA’s financial growth and sustainability involves the enhancement of fund development strategies through research, consultations, networking and development of strong partnerships. We will continue to work towards expanding funding for enhanced language training projects, skills training, and other projects aimed at supporting clients with basic needs and/or family violence issues. We hope that our effort to connect with the corporate sector will provide further stability for the organization through small projects that will benefit our clients and the entire Calgary community.
Over the years, CIWA has been locally and nationally recognized for our commitment to serving immigrant women and their families through collaborative and innovative approaches to service delivery. Most recently, CIWA programs, volunteers, staff and clients were the recipients of the following:
CIWA programs and services are offered in the following five core areas:
There are many ways to get involved at CIWA.
Whether you purchase a membership, donate to our programs, volunteer a few of hours of your time, work at CIWA or refer an immigrant woman, your support is invaluable to us.
You can help us achieve our mission to engage and integrate immigrant women and their families in the community.
Work with us: CIWA’s extensive programs and services are coordinated and facilitated by dedicated staff members who appreciate the diverse environment within which they work. They are committed to providing their best, and bring experience, expertise, passion and focus to their roles each day.
CIWA seeks individuals who are community minded and can understand the needs of the clients we serve. In turn, we offer a career experience in an environment that is collaborative, innovative and supportive.
Volunteer: CIWA truly believes in volunteerism and the potential of all women. Volunteers are a precious resource to our agency and allow us to promote and enhance our services. The mission of the Volunteer Program is to empower immigrant women through volunteering and recruiting exceptional volunteers to support CIWA’s programs and services.
Become a member: For a small annual fee you can contribute to CIWA as a member of the society.
Donate: CIWA serves a wide range of clients from low literacy to professional immigrant women. Almost 30% of CIWA clients have 12 years of education or less. These women face issues related to self-esteem, health and poverty, attitude towards education, learning disabilities, family violence, and an inability to support their children in school. It is important for CIWA to support this highly barriered and isolated client group. CIWA values inclusion and strives to support all immigrant women in their integration process. Due to the lack of formal education, these women are missing foundational learning skills and are not equipped to function fully in a text driven society. By donating to CIWA, you will be supporting the integration of these multi-barriered clients into our community.
Calgary is a diverse city and we invite you to set an example of inclusion and tolerance by contributing a small amount to our services that will support newcomers in their ability to co-exist with you and your family and contribute to our community.